Republic of Ireland under 18s guidance

We strongly recommend that all students who are under the age of 18 years old and who are arriving from countries on the Republic of Ireland designated country list should begin their studies virtually from home.

When a student turns 18 years old, or when their country is moved off the Republic of Ireland designated country list, we recommend that the student should then travel to the Republic of Ireland to continue their studies on-campus. All students should be in the Republic of Ireland to continue their studies on-campus before the start of their second term.

We advise all students under the age of 18 to start their programme virtually from home. However, for those students who are under the age of 18 and wishing to travel to the Republic of Ireland before turning 18 years old from a country on the designated list, then please note the current Government guidance: 

  • Quarantine with a responsible adult, or
  • In another location where a member of the Garda Síochána, immigration authorities or another relevant person under the Act determines that the child can isolate effectively in their place of residence (which may include a boarding school) and a responsible adult signs a written undertaking that they will ensure the child adheres to quarantine requirement rules under their care at that location, or
  • The requirement to quarantine at a designated facility is also deemed to be satisfied where an unaccompanied minor in the care of the Child and Family Agency (Túsla) can effectively isolate and completes their quarantine at facilities provided by Túsla

It is important to note, students who do not follow the above Government guidance and attempt to travel into the Republic of Ireland will be refused entry, turned away on arrival and have to return home.

Please note, completing the full course via online virtual study will only be permitted under exceptional circumstances. Such cases will be considered on an individual basis.

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