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
An International Higher Education Students – Greet and Transfer Service from Dublin Airport will be operational at Dublin Airport from August 24th, 2020. After landing in Dublin, you should present yourself to a member of the “International Higher Education Students – Greet and Transfer Service” team who will be in both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2.
They will be wearing bright yellow jackets and there will be signage in arrivals and, from there, you will be directed to the dedicated transport service to bring you to your Trinity approved accommodation.
Students in other types of accommodation should also present themselves to the International Higher Education Students – Greet and Transfer Service upon arrival and they will be advised about next steps for their onward journey.
You must have a copy available of a document from Trinity showing your enrolment/acceptance or an offer letter for your Trinity approved accommodation and present this to the Greet and Transfer Service team. Without this, you may not be able to avail of this service.
All students must also have details of their specific accommodation address, particularly if it is not a Trinity accommodation site.
On arrival at the airport you will also be required to complete a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form, as is the case for all incoming passengers to Ireland.
You must wear a face covering at all times from the exit of the flight to the time of being dropped to your accommodation. The Greet and Transfer Service Team at Dublin Airport will provide face masks and hand sanitisers as needed. It is essential that you wear a face covering during any interactions with College, Residential or any service staff. You must also comply with all social distancing requirements.
Trinity offers a comprehensive Orientation programme for all international students on arrival.
For more details of the supports and programme of events offered to newly arrived International students in 2020 who are restricting their movements, please visit the Pre-Orientation webpage. If you need further advice, contact the Global Room team, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trinity also offers Orientation for Parents. Find out more.
International students may want to get involved in the New2Dublin activities organised by The Global Room team. For more information visit The Global Room on Facebook.
For information on Peer to Peer support and how to engage with a student mentor please visit the Student2Student website.
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.
Below are a list of Irish insurance companies to consider:
Irish Life Health: www.irishlifehealth.ie
VHI Healthcare: www.vhi.ie/home
Laya Healthcare: www.layahealthcare.ie
Study and Protect: www.studyandprotect.com/unilanding
Trinity recommends that you have a level of insurance to cover your health needs and requirements for the duration of your studies. For example, if you have a pre-existing condition, please check the level of insurance cover in any new policy to ensure that it will cover this. As a Trinity student you can avail of any Irish Life Policy that is of the most benefit to you, but you must state that you are a TCD student when taking out the policy. If you state this then any Irish Life policy will cover you for pre-existing conditions and the normal waiting period for cover is waived. The cost of the policy varies based on age of the applicant. Further information is available from Irish Life: www.irishlifehealth.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.
What you need for the airport
Ensure that you have the following documents in your hand luggage ready to pass through immigration at Dublin Airport:
- Passport- with a valid visa sticker if they are visa required. Check here: http://www.inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/Pages/check-irish-visa
- A visa letter, which can be printed from my.tcd.ie student portal by following these steps:
- 1. Log in to the portal (my.tcd.ie)
- 2. Select “My Applications” from the top menu
- 3. Click on “generate visa letter”
- 4. Select their course from the drop-down list
- 5. Click “Generate”
- Your full TCD offer letter
- Address of where you will be staying
- Health Insurance Policy document
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 email@example.com
Re-entry and multiple-entry visas
If you are from a visa required country, and have a valid IRP card or GNIB card, you will no longer require a visa to leave and return to Ireland on or after 13 May 2019. You will be able to show your passport and IRP or GNIB card to prove to airlines and immigration officials that you have a right to travel to Ireland. You will be exempt from the requirement to hold a visa.
- For immigration registration queries, please contact Trinity’s International Student support hub, the Global Room at firstname.lastname@example.org