Pre-Arrival Information

We want to reassure you that we are working hard to ensure that we manage any impact that COVID-19 (Coronavirus) might have on you during the academic year 21/22. NUI Galway is here to support you during this time of uncertainty in order for you to commence, and continue your studies.

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Important Travel Information for International Students

Whether you are a new student to NUI Galway, a returning NUI Galway student the information below still applies for you, on arrival in to Ireland.

COVID-19 is making planning for travel very difficult for everyone at the moment. It is important to note that the current requirements for entering Ireland may change before your arrival.  Please refer to  your travel advice and also check   Irish Goverment Advice.

Please note that from Friday 3 December 2021, anyone travelling to Ireland has to show a negative antigen test for COVID-19. Antigen tests have to be carried out by approved professionals - you can't test yourself.

Please pay close attention to the updated details of entry requirements given here:

Before Your Travel - Irish Government Essential travel requirements?

  • You must complete a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form and present it to an immigration officer at your point of entry. This form is available at COVID-19 Passenger Locator FormAfter you complete this form you will receive an email which contains a receipt. This receipt proves you have filled out the form. You will be asked to show this receipt when boarding your plane or ferry. When arriving into Ireland you may also have to show this receipt to border officials. If any of the information you provide on this form changes, you must send an email with your complete and updated information to the following email address:
  • You also have to have appropriate valid proof of vaccination or recovery, OR present a Negative or ‘not detected’ result from a COVID-19 (RT-PCR) test carried out no more than 72 hours before you arrive into Ireland.
  • All travel-specific public health guidelines related to your journey are available here.
  • Click here to Book a COVID-19 test if your circumstances require oneYou can book online from 2 days before you arrive and up to 4 days after you arrive. The nearest COVID-19 testing centre is on Forster Street, just a 10 minute walk from campus. 

We recommend that you should avail of an approved Vaccine before your departure for Ireland.  

What if I get to campus and feel unwell?

In the event that you should become ill while in restricted movement or thereafter, you should contact the local health unit on campus or out of hours doctor services. Please ensure you isolate your movement.If experiencing breathing difficulties, or seriously ill, you should call an ambulance immediately (dial 999 or 112). 

The Student Health Unit (091) 492604) is providing a service to all full-time registered students as normal, though with the majority of consultations at present still being undertaken remotely, as per public health/ICGP infection prevention & control practice management recommendations. The Student Health Unit does not provide housecall visits as part of its service.The current 'outside term-time' opening hours are: 09.30-16.30, Monday to Friday.

Outside of these hours, please continue to contact the Student Health Unit (091) 492604) and you will receive more information on the appropriate point of contact.

Contact numbers for both are below as well as some additional emergency numbers.

Local Medical Service Contact Information



University Health Unit

(091) 492604

University Hospital Galway

091 524222


091 747710

Other Contact Numbers:


Reception, Residences

091 527112

Millstreet Garda Station (Police station)

091 538000

University Late Night Pharmacy

091 520115

Click here for more information on Health

We strongly encourage all students to download the HSE Track and Trace App upon arrival into Ireland. 

Vaccination Information

You can find information on the vaccinations accepted in Ireland and what it means to be fully vaccinated here, under the 'Vaccination' section. 

If you are arriving in Ireland in mid/late August, the University Health Centre’s advice is that it should be possible for you to access vaccination at that time via the national vaccination programme.Their advice is that if you don't manage to obtain your 2nd vaccine dose before you leave home, then what you will need to do after you arrive in Ireland is  register with our national Covid-19 vaccination programme.

If you have a PPS number, you can use the online registration portal to book your vaccination:

If you don't hold a PPS number, you will need to use the telephone registration helpline to register for your vaccination: 1850241850 from Monday-Sunday, 8am-8pm.

You will need to be residing here in Ireland in order to book a vaccination appointment, and the health service will not permit you to book an appointment in advance, before your arrival here.You will be required to bring photo identification and proof of address with you when attending your appointment.

Under the current rules, anyone who has received mixed vaccines is not considered fully vaccinated and will need to present evidence of a negative result from a RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival into the country and self-quarantine for 14 days. 

If you were vaccinated in a different country

If you were vaccinated abroad, you can get your booster here if you are due one. Wait until it has been at least 5 months since your second dose. 

Call HSELive on 1800 700 700 to arrange your appointment. You will need your vaccination details including vaccination type, date given and expiry date.

Mobile Sim Cards

 Sim Cards: You will require an Irish number to be contactable by Irish Health Services to receive the results of your COVID-19 test. Please see information in the point above about what to do if you begin to feel unwell.

Please ensure your mobile phone is unlocked and is compatible to accept an international SIM card. Your current network provider can provide you with your unlocking code. Your phone may be unlocked already; you can check this by putting in a different SIM card to your current network to see if it works.

SIM cards are easily purchased in Galway City Centre from different providers. If you are self-isolating, you can order a SIM card to be delivered from Tesco Mobile. 

Vodafone is a common option for students to get. The recommended plan is "Vodafone X" as it is the best value for money for International students. You will need to signup for the plan as follows:

Set Up:

  1.    Pop your new Vodafone sim into your unlocked phone.
  2. Text UNLIMITED to 50222 to avail of our Vodafone X student plan.

What do I get?

  • Unlimited data (there is no cap on data, it’s truly unlimited)
  • Unlimited any network texts
  • 100 any network minutes & unlimited minutes from 3pm on Fridays until 11.59pm on Sundays
  • Includes roaming across Europe
  • More info available here


The plan costs €20 for 28 days. To avail of the student offer, you will need to top up by €20 in one go. If you want to add more credit and do not want to reactivate/reset your offer, you will need to top up by €5, €10 or €15.

How do I top up?

  • Online on our website
  • On the My Vodafone app available on the Apple App Store or Google Play Store
  • In any of our Vodafone stores
  • Most convenience stores and supermarkets also offer top up (Spar, Mace, Londis, Centra, Supervalu, Tesco etc.). You should ask at the till for '€X Vodafone Credit'

How do I find my number?

  • Make a call or send a text to a friend

International Calls

You can purchase an add on that will give you international minutes to eligible countries to use for 28 days for a flat fee. Full information is available by clicking here.

Add on

Price      Validity


100 international minutes

€5           28 days

Text 5INTER to 50233

400 international minutes

€15         28 days

Text 15INTER to 50233


You can find common FAQ’s here.

There are several other mobile phone service providers in Ireland offer a range of monthly plans. By topping up mobile credit each month, students can avail of unlimited data and texts with certain mobile phone companies. See the links below for current promotions and call allowances. 

3 Mobile

Tesco Mobile

Before I arrive can I get a Vodafone E-SIM instead of a plastic SIM card?

Yes, Vodafone eSims are available for certain supported devices (check here).  You order a new number online here for free – simply choose “get a new number”, continue and then choose “eSim”. A debit or credit card is required to order a new number for security purposes but no charge is made – the sim is completely free. After the order has been placed, an email with next steps and how to connect the eSIM to the phone will be sent to you. eSim FAQs are available here .





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