Due to ongoing uncertainties regarding the travel regulations related to COVID-19, IFR will assess the local conditions closer to the travel date (5–6 weeks prior to the program beginning) and will make Go/No Go decisions then. We urge you to participate in the mandatory orientation meeting when we will discuss the latest travel information and regulations. We also suggest you consider postponing the purchase of your airline ticket until after the program orientation.
As people will arrive at different times we will all meet at the Abbey Hotel on the Diamond in Donegal Town at 5pm on Saturday, 18 June 2022. A meeting room will be available to us. However, if you arrive early then ask if you can leave luggage at Reception. After the welcome meeting we will share an evening meal before transferring to the accommodation.
It is strongly recommended that you fly into Dublin rather than Shannon airport as transport links are direct. From Dublin Airport or from Dublin Busáras (Main Bus Station) take Bus Eireann Service 30 or X30 which runs every 90 minutes to Donegal Town. The bus drops off directly outside the Abbey Hotel. See http://buseireann.ie for details. There is no train to Donegal, however bus services are available from all major towns, see http://buseireann.ie and http://busfeda.ie for details. If you miss your connection or your flight is delayed, please call, text or email the project director immediately. A local emergency cell phone number will be provided to all enrolled students.
In Ireland, we follow the government guidelines and restrictions, which are published on the Health Service Executive (our equivalent of the CDC), which has a designated webpage for COVID-19 restrictions, information and advice (see https://www2.hse.ie/coronavirus/).
Please also consult the following websites for up-to-date COVID-19 travel regulations and restrictions:
Currently (January 2022), travelers from overseas to Ireland must:
Citizens of the US and Canada do not require visas to enter Ireland. Your passport should be valid for at least 90 days after the end of your trip. Citizens of other countries are asked to check the embassy website of their home country for specific visa requirements.