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.
Students attending this program must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at least three weeks prior to travel.
According to IFR protocol students must arrange a RT-PCR test for COVID-19 for themselves in their home location within 72 hours prior to arrival at the destination and upload proof of negative result to their IFR application portal.
After demonstrating they tested negative, students must take all precautions possible to ensure they remain COVID-19 free prior to and during travel to the field school. Students should plan to travel in the safest manner that they are able (e.g., avoid flights with long layovers and multiple connections). In addition, we require the following from all students: use of a face mask during travel to, from, and on airlines, ferries, trains, busses, and the like; regular washing of hands; and, in so far as possible, maintain social distancing of 6 feet / 2 meters in airports and other spaces.
TRAVEL (TO AND DURING THE PROGRAM)
Students will be met at Dublin Airport (in the coach park) at 12 noon on Wednesday, January 5th. Details on the meeting location at the coach park will be emailed to students. Normally we meet students in the Arrivals section of the airport, but airports are now restricted zones, and so we will meet in an outdoor setting (there is shelter if it is raining on that day). If students are not availing of this coach transfer, they are to arrive at the Irish National Heritage Park in Wexford by 2pm on the same day. A travel sheet, detailing how to get to the Heritage Park, will be circulated to all students.
Early arrival: If you arrive before January 5th you will need to arrange accommodation and return to the airport for the coach transfer by 12pm on January 5th, or the Irish National Heritage Park in Wexford by 2pm on January 5th.
Late arrival: If you arrive too late for the coach transfer, you will need to make your own way to Wexford (there are details of the options for this in the Orientation presentation document and in the travel sheet). If you missed your connection or your flight is delayed, please call, text or email the field school director(s) immediately. A local emergency mobile phone number will be provided to all enrolled students.
Citizens of the US and Canada do not require visas to enter Ireland. You will need your passport to be valid for at least 90 days and will enter on a tourist visa. Citizens of other countries are asked to check the embassy website page at their home country for specific visa requirements
No other vaccinations are required for entry to Ireland but anyone working in archaeology in Ireland needs to have an up-to-date tetanus shot.