Practical information guide - Arts Festivals Summit 2021

Travelling to Ireland

If you are travelling to Ireland from overseas you must fill out a Passenger Locator Form before departure.

You also have to have appropriate valid proof of vaccination or recovery, or to present evidence of a negative RT-PCR result from a test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival into the country.

A relevant EU Digital COVID Certificate based on vaccination, recovery or a negative RT-PCR test constitutes valid proof.

You are fully vaccinated when you get a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and it is:

  • 15 days after the second AstraZeneca dose or second Covishield dose
  • 7 days after the second Pfizer-BioNtech dose
  • 14 days after the second Moderna dose
  • 14 days after the single Janssen dose

If you got a vaccine other than those listed above, you are not considered ‘fully vaccinated’. People arriving from outside the EU will need in this case to quarantine and do a test on Day 5. 

Find all details about the regulations on this page.  

How to get to Galway

Airports in Ireland

There is no airport in Galway. If you expect to fly to Ireland you can land in Dublin Airport, the biggest airport of the country. Many airports have direct connections to Dublin. Some countries also have direct flights to Shannon Airport. From the airports, there are several ways to get to Galway.  

Check now the possible flights connections to Ireland (non-exhaustive list). 

From Dublin Airport to Galway

On 21 November from 12:00 to 19:30 and on 22 November from 8:00 to 20:00, somebody at the airport will be there to help you out, look for the EFA/AOIFE boot. There are three bus services for the route between Dublin Airport & Galway. It takes approximately 3 hours to go from one city to the other. Tickets can be booked here:

There is also a rail service between Dublin & Galway. However you would need to travel to the city first and then to the train station, which is not located in the city center. Tickets can be booked here:

From Shannon Airport to Galway

The bus service Bus Eireann connects the Shannon Airport to Galway. Tickets can be booked here:

Visa requirements

Citizens of EU/EEA member states or Switzerland do not require a visa to travel to Ireland for a conference or an event (the members of the EEA are the 28 countries of the European Union (EU), together with Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein). Other EU contries and countries outside of Europe often need to apply for a visa. 

You can check this website to know if you need a visa to enter Ireland:

If you need more information on how to apply for a visa, you can check this page.

Where to stay

The Galway Bay Hotel, the Conference hotel

We are taking care for the accomodation at the Galway Bay Hotel. EFA members and all delegates will be accommodated here. 

Hotel price per night: single room €120 / double room €140 (2 nights for free for first delegate of EFA members fully paying)

Galway Bay Hotel
The Promenade
H91 W295, Galway, Ireland 
T: (+353) 91 514 645
Booking online through the registration form (coming soon).

Some other hotels in Galway or Airbnbs can also be good accomodations during your stay. 

Summit venues

Galway Bay Hotel

Accommodation / AOIFE Arts Festivals Summit Meet Up / Open Podium / Opening night of the Arts Festivals Summit / Dinner on Monday, 22 November 2021
Festival Cities Round Table on Tuesday, 23 November 2020
EFA General Assembly / EFFE Hubs and Collective and Affiliate Members meeting on Wednesday, 24 November 2021

The Promenade
H91 W295, Galway, Ireland 
T: (+353) 91 514 645

Saint Nicholas Church

Closing of the Summit and concert, 23 November 2020

Lombard St
H91 PY20, Galway, Ireland

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