Pre-Arrival Information

For international students

International Students at GMIT

This information is for International students who are travelling to GMIT in September 2020 to begin or continue their studies.

This webpage will be continually updated as further information becomes available.

Please contact the International Office at if you require further information or guidance.


When should I arrive?

You should arrive in Ireland on or before 13 September 2020 because you are currently required to restrict your movements for 14 days after arriving in Ireland.

Teaching will commence on the week beginning the 28 September 2020. Some programmes may start later which will be communicated directly to you by your Academic School.

There will be an induction programme for continuing students commencing from the 21st September. 


What do I need to do before I travel to Ireland?

There are important tasks that all international students must complete before you travel to Ireland.

Detailed information about each requirement is available on this page.

1. Book Accommodation

2. Provide GMIT with an update on your Student Visa Application using the Visa Update Form (if applicable).

3. Complete the Health & Symptom Tracker Form daily for 14 days prior to your arrival to Ireland (and 14 days after your arrival to Ireland)

4. Book your Airport Collection by completing the International Student Arrival Form.

5. Pack all important documents in your hand luggage

6. Complete the Covid-19 Passenger Locator Form.


What do I need to do after I arrive in Ireland?

There are important tasks that all international students must complete when they arrive in Ireland.

Detailed information about each requirement is available on this page.

1. Restrict your movements for 14 days after arrival to Ireland

2. Travel to GMIT using the Dedicated Airport Collection Service

3. Complete the Health & Symptom Tracker Form daily for 14 days after arrival

4. Download and use the Covid Tracker.

5. Understand and follow all Covid-19 Public Health Guidance.


Accommodation Options & Audit

You must have accommodation secured for when you arrive in Ireland that will allow you to Restrict your Movements for 14 days on arrival.

If you are unable to secure accommodation that meets this requirement you must inform the International Office

Information about accommodation options is available online from GMIT’s SU

All returning and new international students must also complete the Mandatory Accommodation Audit.


Health and Symptom Questionnaire

You are required to complete the online GMIT International Student Health & Symptom Tracker Form every day for i) 14 days prior to your arrival in Ireland and for ii) 14 days after your arrival in Ireland.

You must not travel to Ireland if you feel unwell or have symptoms of Covid-19.

If you have had symptoms of Covid-19 or have tested positive for Covid-19 you must not travel to Ireland until you have been symptom free for 14 days.


Airport Collections

There will be Airport Collections from Dublin International Airport to Glásan Student Village, opposite GMIT from 24 August 2020.

You must book an Airport Collection. You will not be able to use public transport to travel to Galway. There is no cost for the Airport Collection.

Book your Airport Collection by completing this online form: International Student Arrival Form.

You must complete this form a minimum of 4 working days prior to your arrival.

At the Airport:

There will be an Airport Collection Team to meet you at Dublin International Airport. They will be located in the Arrivals Halls (after baggage collection). 

The team will have logo/signs with ‘International Higher Education Students Meet and Greet Service’ and will be wearing yellow jackets. The team will escort you to the transportation service to Galway.

  • You must present yourself to the Airport Collection Team
  • You must present a copy of your GMIT Offer Letter or GMIT Student Card.
  • You must bring a face mask.

The Airport Collection will drop you at Glásan Student Village in Galway, opposite GMIT’s main campus.

Additional transportation, where required has also been arranged to take you from Glásan Student Village to your specific accommodation in Galway. 


Prepare important documentation

You will need important documents for Border/Immigration Control and for your Airport Collection.

We recommend that students pack the following documents in their hand luggage:

  • Passport
  • Visa or Irish Residence Permit (if applicable)
  • Offer Letter from GMIT or GMIT Student Card
  • Port of Entry/Confirmation of Acceptance Letter*
  • Receipt of Tuition Fees Payment
  • Confirmation of Accommodation
  • Medical / Health Insurance
  • Face Masks / Hand Sanitiser

*Port of Entry Letters will be issued to all students once they have accepted their offer and/or paid their tuition fees.


COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form

You must complete the COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form before departing your home country.

You must bring an email copy of the receipt with you for presentation to the Immigration Officer in Dublin Airport.


Restricting your Movements

You are required to restrict your movements for 14 days if you arrive in Ireland from another location that is not on the COVID-19 Green List.

Restricting your movement means staying indoors and avoiding contact with other people and social situations as much as possible.

  • Do not go to work or school
  • Do not use public transport
  • Do not visit others or have visitors at your home
  • Do not go to the shops or pharmacy unless necessary. Order your groceries online instead, where possible. Face-masks should be worn if it is absolutely necessary for you to visit shops for essential supplies/medicine
  • Do not meet face-to-face with anyone who is at higher risk of Covid-19 (including older people, pregnant women or anyone with a long-term medical condition).
  • Limit your contact to only those people you are sharing accommodation with, also known as your GROUP or POD 

Further information is available online here.

During this 14 days you will need to complete the Health & Symptom Tracker Form every day.


Follow Public Health Guidance

During and after your 14 days of Restricted Movement you must follow all public health guidance to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.

This includes:

  • Washing your hands often
  • Covering your mouth if coughing or sneezing
  • Avoiding touching your face
  • Keeping surfaces clean
  • Not shaking hands or hugging
  • Keeping a safe distance from others (2 metres)
  • Wearing a face mask on public transport, in shops and other indoor settings

Further information is available online here.


Covid Tracker

COVID Tracker is a free app for your mobile phone launched by the Government of Ireland. 

It will help  slow the spread of COVID-19 in Ireland.

Further information is available online here.


What should I do if I have COVID-19 symptoms whilst in Ireland?

If you have any common symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19), you SHOULD NOT ATTEND CAMPUS.

You should self-isolate and contact the GMIT Student Health Unit (contact details below) straight away and the Institute Nurse will advise the next course of action.

  • Student Health Unit: or telephone: 091 742228 / 091 742440
  • University Hospital Galway Emergency Department (091) 524 222 [For outside normal college hours]

Additionally, you must notify GMIT immediately by emailing or phoning 091 742708 if:

  • A positive test outcome for COVID-19 has been issued by any healthcare provider and you are required to self-isolate.
  • Or if you have been identified as a contact and must self-isolate.


Important Links and Resources

Covid-19 Travel Advice (Irish Government)
Public Health Guidance (Health Service Executive)
Covid-19 Tracker App (Irish Government) 
Covid-19 Statistics and Updates (Irish Government)


GMIT President's Welcome - International Students (August 2020)

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