Getting here and advice about your stay

Entry requirements

Passports and Visas
You do not require a visa to travel or work in Ireland.

The UK and Ireland share a common travel area so there’s no passport controls for UK and Ireland citizens when travelling between both countries. This means passports are not needed, but people need a form of valid official photo ID. These include:

  • passports

  • driver’s licences

  • international student cards

  • national ID cards

  • bus passes

  • police IDs

  • work IDs

In addition, individual travel providers, such as airlines, ferry and bus companies, may have their own photo ID requirements.

Check with your travel provider to make sure you have the right form of official photo ID.



Visit your health professional at least four to six weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or other preventive measures. Country-specific information and advice is published by the National Travel Health Network and Centre on the TravelHealthPro website:  and by NHS (Scotland) on the fitfortravel website:

Useful information and advice about healthcare abroad is also available on the NHS Choices website: 

If you are visiting Ireland you should get a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before leaving the UK. The EHIC is not a substitute for medical and travel insurance, but it entitles you to state-provided medical treatment that may become necessary during your trip. Any treatment provided is on the same terms as for Irish nationals.

If you do not have your EHIC with you or you have lost it, you can call the Department of Health Overseas Healthcare Team (+44 191 218 1999) to get a Provisional Replacement Certificate. The EHIC will not cover medical repatriation, ongoing medical treatment or non-urgent treatment, so you should make sure you have adequate travel insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment and repatriation.

[Source: FCO Travel advice/ (Feb 2016)]


FCO Travel Advice

If you are travelling to Ireland for business, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) website has travel advice to help you prepare for your visits overseas and to stay safe and secure while you are there.

For advice please visit the FCO Travel section pages on the website:

Or the FCO Travel Advice Twitter page:

Bribery and corruption

Bribery is illegal. It is an offence for British nationals or someone who is ordinarily resident in the UK, a body incorporated in the UK or a Scottish partnership, to bribe anywhere in the world. In addition, a commercial organisation carrying on a business in the UK can be liable for the conduct of a person who is neither a UK national nor resident in the UK or a body incorporated or formed in the UK. In this case it does not matter whether the acts or omissions which form part of the offence take place in the UK or elsewhere.

The UK government takes a very serious view on bribery and corruption, and any UK company considered to be involved in corrupt practices will feel the full weight of the law bear down on them under the UK Bribery Act 2010. The UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has published a number of documents on their website. For assistance in this area, see:

British nationals have been arrested for possessing counterfeit currency. Avoid changing money anywhere other than banks or legitimate bureaux de change.

[Source: BIS, FCO Travel advice/ (Feb 2016)]


Travel insurance

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel. See FCO Foreign Travel Insurance:

[Source: FCO Travel (Feb 2016)]

The Irish Tourist Assistance Service (ITAS) can also offer support and practical assistance to victims of crime. This includes liaison with travel companies and financial institutions and, in emergency situations, arranging accommodation, meals and transport. The service is free and Ireland-wide. The ITAS recommends you report any incident in person to the nearest Garda (Police) Station who will then contact the organisation.  

ITAS can be contacted at:

Irish Tourist Assistance Service (ITAS)
Monday-Friday: 6 - 7 Hanover Street East, Dublin
Weekends and public holidays: Store Street Garda Station, Dublin 2
tel: Mon-Fri: +353 (0)1-6610562; Weekend and public holidays: +353 (0)1 6668109

Open Mon-Sat: 10:00 - 18:00, Sun & Public Holidays: 12:00 - 18:00.

[Source: ITAS (Feb 2016)]


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