After you Arrive
Airport Immigration Control
When you arrive in Ireland, an immigration officer at the airport will review your passport and paperwork. Please make sure to bring all documents you have received from Trinity (e.g. offer letter, evidence of tuition fees paid, scholarship details or US Financial Aid if applicable, evidence of private medical health insurance, accommodation details, etc) so that you can show a complete record to the immigration officer as they can refuse entry if they are not satisfied with your paperwork or answers to their questions.
On approval, you will get a temporary immigration permission (for either one or three months) stamped into your passport
This means you must register with the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) within the time frame stamped on the passport. Further details on the registration process are below.
Airport Meet and Greet
Trinity students run an optional Meet & Greet Service to give international students a warm ‘Céad Míle Fáilte’ (Irish for ‘One Hundred Thousand Welcomes’).
This is a free service and offers students a stress-free transition to Ireland. A fellow Trinity student will meet you in the arrivals area of Dublin Airport and direct you to possible modes of transport to your accommodation. Our students can also direct you to some of Trinity’s essential services as well as answer any first time questions you may have about living in Dublin. It is a perfect opportunity to ask a fellow student about their experience of student life at Trinity. This service runs in advance of academic term time in August/September and January each year.
For the August/September period, the Service will run from Saturday the 18th of August until Monday the 3rd of September, between 6am and 7pm. The deadline for signing up for this service is Wednesday the 15th of August at 5pm.
To sign up for this optional service, please complete this form when you have your flight details
For queries in between services (i.e. outside of the periods of August/September and early January), please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Travelling from Dublin Airport
Trinity College Dublin is located in the city centre, making travel from the airport easy and convenient.
Dublin Airport is served by many international airlines and regular ferry services operate from the UK and France to Ireland. There are a number of options to get to Trinity College from the Airport. Dublin Bus Airlink 747 stops in Dame Street, across from the Trinity gates. The fare is €6 each way. Please see the Dublin Bus Airlink page.
The Aircoach service runs 24 hours a day and stops outside the College; the fare is €7.
Taxis are metered. The fare to the city centre will cost approximately €25/30 with extra charges for each additional passenger and for carrying luggage. There is no rail link from the airport.
International students may want to get involved in the New2Dublin service on Monday evenings for the first six weeks of college. New2Dublin Ambassadors run various events such as movie nights and cultural exchanges to help incoming students adjust to life in Dublin city. Visit the Student2Student website for more information.
Health InsuranceIn order to register with the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration service (INIS), as all non-EU/EEA students are required to do, you must show proof of health insurance to cover any major medical care necessary during your stay. Please check with your insurance company at home that you are sufficiently insured for your period of study in Ireland. If a student chooses to use a health insurance policy from their home country please be aware that this will only be valid for the students first 12 months. It can be used for first registration with INIS, but not with second registration. Health insurance must be purchased from an Irish based insurance provider after your first year of study.
If students do not already have insurance cover, they may wish to insure with one of the health insurance providers in Ireland.
A basic medical expenses insurance policy, which satisfies the Irish immigration requirements, can be purchased online for €120 from O'Driscoll O'Neil Insurance website. This policy can be obtained before students arrive in Ireland. If you have any further questions, please contact Chris Anako at email@example.com for more information.
VHI Healthcare: www.vhi.ie
Irish Life Health: www.irishlifehealth.ie
Laya Healthcare: www.layahealthcare.ie
Students from EU states should apply for a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) in their home country before departure: http://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?catId=559.
All full-time registered students are eligible to use the College Health Service throughout the year. Detailed information regarding services can be accessed on the College Health Service website: https://www.tcd.ie/collegehealth/. The service offers on campus primary health and psychiatric care, between 10.30 a.m. and 4.40 p.m. weekdays excluding lunchtime. The Health Centre is located in House 47. Many services, including physician consultations and emergency clinics, are free, although some services can incur a small fee. See the Health Service website for a breakdown.
Registration with Irish Naturalisation & Immigration Services (INIS)
ALL non-EU/EEA students, must register with INIS in order to obtain a permission to remain. INIS registration must take place before the expiry date stamped on their passport by immigration officials at the airport. This also includes countries such as USA, Canada, Australia and Brazil, which though they do not require a visa to enter Ireland, are required to register with INIS after arrival.
How to Register
ALL non-EU/EEA students, after they have registered with Trinity, must register with INIS in order to obtain a permission to remain. INIS registration must take place before the expiry date stamped on their passport by immigration officials at the airport. This also includes countries such as USA, Canada, Australia and Brazil, which though they do not require a visa to enter Ireland, are required to register with INIS after arrival.
In order to complete immigration registration with INIS, you must go in person to INIS at the Burgh Quay Registration Office, just 10 min walk away from the Front Square of Trinity.
Full information is available here.
Steps to Register
You will have to make an appointment online at https://burghquayregistrationoffice.inis.gov.ie
Appointments are posted at 10am on weekdays, nine weeks in advance on a continuous basis
Cancellations and extra appointments are added at 2.30pm, so check regularly if all the appointments are full
A current valid passport
A college letter stating your course and its duration. This can be obtained from the Academic Registry (AR) which takes 2-5 working days to process. The letter must not be dated more than 7 days away from your appointment date.
An Irish bank account statement with a balance of more than €3,000
(If your stay in Ireland is less than 6 months, €500 per month must be shown)
Proof of private health insurance with accompanying policy document that shows coverage in Ireland
Go to your appointment, no earlier than 10 minutes prior to your time slot
Present your printed ‘appointment confirmation email’ to the check-in desk
You will go through the registration process (approximately 90 minutes) which involves providing your documentation, fingerprints, and getting your photograph taken. The registration fee costs €300 (paid by card only)
Receive your INIS GNIB Card
Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service
13-14 Burgh Quay, Dublin 2
Ph: +353 1 666 9130/01
Monday to Thursday: 8.00am – 9.00pm
Friday: 8.00am – 6.00pm
For immigration registration queries, please contact Trinity’s International Student support hub, the Global Room at firstname.lastname@example.org
Re-entry and multiple-entry visas
If you required a visa to enter Ireland, you will need to apply for a re-entry visa if you plan to leave and return to Ireland during the course of your studies. Further information on applying for re-entry visas is available here
Types of Re-entry Visas:
•Single Entry: This only allows you to leave and enter the country once within a 90 day period. Cost: €60
•Multiple Entry (recommended): This allows you to enter and re-enter Ireland an unlimited number of times within the time-frame of given on your INIS/GNIB card (one year). Cost: €100
How to apply:
Registered Post (preferred application method). Processing takes approximately 10 working days
Online appointment system (https://reentryvisa.inis.gov.ie/)
IMPORTANT: Please do not attend the visa office without making an appointment, as your application will not be processed.
Required documents to apply for a re-entry visa:
Completed application form (download from http://www.inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/reentry-visa-form.pdf/Files/reentry-visa-form.pdf)
Valid passport (and entry visa)
INIS / GNIB Registration Card
A passport sized photograph (see instructions on application form)
The appropriate fee
(Payment must be via bank draft or postal order made payable to the Department of Justice and Equality. Credit/debit cards, cash or cheques are NOT accepted.)
Letter from Academic Registry
Address (for postal applications and appointments):
Re-Entry Visa Processing Office
Irish Naturalisation and Immigration service (INIS)
Department of Justice & Equality
It is possible to reserve an emergency appointment for Single Entry visas in urgent cases. This costs €160.
There are a limited number of such appointments are available each day to cover an unforeseen event such as the death or serious illness of a family member, or for emergency medical treatment of the applicant, and the applicant must be travelling within the next 2 days. When you attend your emergency appointment you will be required to show documentary proof that your application meets this definition. The visa that will issue under emergency circumstances is a single entry visa to facilitate your emergency travel only. The validity period will expire 5 days after the date of your return to Ireland as shown on your return flight ticket. All required documentation must be provided as required for a re-entry visa along with your travel tickets.
To book an emergency appointment use the online appointment system http://reentryvisa.inis.gov.ieFor immigration registration queries, please contact Trinity’s International Student support hub, the Global Room at email@example.com