Pre-Arrival Information

Student Information

Pre-arrival information and Covid-19 Protocol

Our updated pre-arrival information and FAQs explains what to expect when arriving in Dublin and contains important information about new requirements.

The safety and well-being of our staff and students is our main priority and we have put a number of steps and measures in place to manage the risk of infection. You can find out more in our Covid-19 Protocol and Guidelines.

Our student handbook is a useful guide to life and study at Emerald, with information on student services, academic services, Emerald rules and regulations, essential telephone numbers, foreign embassy contact details and more.

Pre-arrival Information


Do I need a visa to come to Ireland?

People from certain countries need a visa to travel to Ireland. If you are from the EU/EEA you do not require a visa. Students from certain countries such as Brazil, Mexico, South Korea, Japan and Taiwan do not need a visa to enter Ireland but are required to register with INIS in Dublin if they plan on staying in Ireland for more than 90 days.

Students from visa-requiring countries such as Russia, Ukraine, Colombia and China should contact the relevant embassy for more information, or check the website www.inis.gov.ie

What should I bring with me to Dublin?

For your classes, bring pen, paper and a bilingual dictionary. You can buy your textbook on your first day of school at a cost of €50, depending on your level and the duration of your stay with us. You should also bring a laptop or table to access digital materials.

We recommend bringing a water bottle.

Carry details of your insurance with you. Make sure to be covered by some form of medical insurance (we can provide medical insurance at a cost of €140 for a period of up to one year, contact us for more information).

Ireland has a variable but temperate climate and weather extremes are rare. You should bring some rain gear or warm clothes with you.


Where should I go when I arrive in Dublin airport?

If you have booked a transfer for your arrival, an Emerald driver will pick you up in the arrivals hall of Dublin airport, he/she will be holding a sign with your name on it. Our driver will take you to the accommodation that you have booked with us.

It is possible to book airport transfers at a cost of €95 each way.

If you have not booked a transfer, we recommend that you take a taxi directly to your accommodation or the AIRCOACH bus from outside the arrivals hall to the city centre (www.aircoach.ie).