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Typical conference information (arrival, transportation, etc.) are under other pages under the Attendees tab. This FAQ is for questions specific to this year like COVID-19 information, and to counterbalance that, tourism activities, some practical information that doesn’t fit typical conference transport/arrival information, and fun stuff that is specific to our location. We might add more categories too.

How do I get an answer to a question that isn’t here?

Email Brett and Keith ( with subject “ITiCSE FAQ” or fill in the form at the bottom of the page.


Are there any COVID-19 entry requirements for Ireland?

Are there any COVID-19 restrictions in Ireland?

Currently, “All COVID-19 restrictions have ended”

Do I need a COVID-19 test to return to the US?

From June 12 the US is lifting the requirement to test negative to reenter the US:

What COVID-19 testing facilities are available in Ireland if I need one to return to my home country?

There is a list here: Many more can be found online.

What are the closest testing facilities to ITiCSE?

There are several in the city centre that are only 10-20 minutes from ITiCSE by bus such as,, and more.

If I test positive and need to extend my stay will the UCD residences have availability?

We have every reason to believe there is capacity for this

Are home tests available in Ireland?

Readily. Supermarkets, pharmacies/chemists and convenience stores sell them for a few Euro each.


What’s neat that’s not on the tourist trail?

I want to travel around but not stay in boring hotels. Where can I stay?

How can I see as much of the tourist trail as possible in the most efficient way?


Is there parking available at UCD for ITiCSE?

Yes, parking is available for the conference and for the Roebuck residences. During the summer parking is free and ample at UCD. You will see “permit required” signs but these only apply during the semester (and ITiCSE is out-of-semester). There are major works underway which might limit the normal number of spaces, but it should not be a problem. Just ensure that you don’t park in pay and display areas which are clearly marked. For the main conference, the O’Reilly car park is the closest (lot N2 on the map here: N1, N3, O1, W4 and W5 are within 3-4 minutes walking. For Roebuck O3, O4, O5, O6, O11 are close (1-2 min walk) and N1 and N3 are not far (3-4 min walk).

How do I find out practical information about Ireland?

“Citizen’s Information” is an amazing resource that is kept up to date and can tell you almost anything about coming to, getting around, and even living, in Ireland:

What about the weather?

July is one of the best months to visit Ireland with daily high temperatures around 19°C (that’s 66°F for our American friends) and rarely falling below 15°C (59°F) or exceeding 22°C (72°F). Yep – average temperature is t-shirt weather and rarely gets into fleece territory, and not even close to sweltering! That being said, it does rain around 10 days every July. Shoes that can deal with a little water, an umbrella, a hat, sunglasses, and a light rain jacket or fleece are good to bring, and keep relatively nearby on most days.

Fun stuff

Is it true that Ireland is at the same latitude as some parts of Alaska and Siberia?


Is it true that there are palm trees in Ireland?

Yes See!