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Ireland: FAQs

Our frequently asked questions about travel to Ireland. If you have any other questions, please contact your travel designer or concierge.

Do I need to get a visa?

A valid passport for 6 months beyond your return date is required to enter Ireland and at least one page for stamps. US citizens are among those who may enter Ireland as tourists without a visa. This information can change at any time at short notice and we recommend you reconfirm closer to the date of travel.

Do I need any vaccinations before I go?

Although no inoculations are required to enter Ireland, we recommend you make sure you are up to date with all your regular vaccinations.

What currency should I bring?

The official currency in Ireland is the Euro (€). If you haven’t exchanged money back home or you aren’t pulling funds out of an ATM machine in Ireland, exchanging money is more streamlined at the big banks in city centers and the exchange rates also tend to be better.

The use of major credit cards is common among shops and restaurants although cash is still popular and we strongly recommend you also have cash with you in order to purchase small drinks and bites to eat in local places where credit card payments aren’t possible. ATMs are located in all cities and most small towns, usually in or outside banks.

Please ensure you let your bank know that you will be travelling to avoid any block on your card while you are abroad.

What are the tipping suggestions?

We advise the following although tipping is at your discretion and depends on the level of service you have received.

Taxis: Round up to the next figure or add 10% to the total fare
Restaurants: Add on 10% of the total bill if not already included. A service charge of 12.5% is often already included in the bill, if this is the case it is customary to round up to the next figure.
Luggage: Around €1-2 per bag.

The following guidelines are per every 2 people:
Private transfers: Drivers do not expect tips for short airport or train station transfers.
Private car & driver: €50-75 to the driver a day based on two people.
Guided tour: €25 to the guide for a half day tour / €50 for a full day tour total

Travel insurance

It is vital that you take out valid comprehensive travel insurance that covers medical repatriation, cancellation and curtailment for you trip to Ireland. This gives you peace of mind that you will not lose money should you be forced to cancel your trip due to illness before you travel or during your vacation.

Please ensure that your insurance covers you for medical evacuation and repatriation both internationally and locally, and we advise that your policy covers loss and theft of your possessions. It is your responsibility to ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all aspects of your vacation. You must ensure that you will be covered for activities such as walking, rafting, canoeing and horse riding.

Remember to carry your insurance details with you at all times.