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Ireland - Exercise normal security precautions
There is no nationwide advisory in effect for Ireland. Exercise normal security precautions.
The decision to travel is your responsibility. You are also responsible for your personal safety abroad. The purpose of this Travel Advice is to provide up-to-date information to enable you to make well-informed decisions.
Petty crime (pickpocketing, bag snatching and stealing passports) occurs, particularly in areas frequented by tourists. Violent crime, although rare, occurs in larger cities. Avoid secluded parks and unlit areas.
Car theft is on the rise, especially in Dublin; rental vehicles are especially targeted. Vehicles should be parked in secure parking lots.
Demonstrations occur and have the potential to suddenly turn violent. They can lead to significant disruptions to traffic and public transportation. Avoid all demonstrations and large gatherings, follow the advice of local authorities and monitor local media.
Automated banking machine (ABM) card and credit card scams are becoming more common.
See our Overseas Fraud page for more information on scams abroad.
Taxis are widely available. The tariff structure counts time stopped in traffic as part of the fare. In Dublin, gridlock can prove expensive. Expect long delays during rush hours.
Intercity bus and train services are occasionally affected by overcrowding and traffic congestion or disrupted by strike action.
Ferry services are available between Ireland and the United Kingdom. Ferries can be delayed or cancelled due to weather conditions.
See Transportation Safety in order to verify if national airlines meet safety standards.
General safety information
Exercise normal safety precautions. Ensure that your personal belongings, passports and other travel documents are secure at all times. Avoid showing signs of affluence and carrying large sums of cash.
Dial 112 for emergency assistance.
It is the sole prerogative of each country or region to determine who is allowed to enter. Canadian consular officials cannot intervene on your behalf if you do not meet entry requirements. The following information on entry and exit requirements has been obtained from the Irish authorities. However, these requirements are subject to change at any time. It is your responsibility to check with the Embassy of Ireland or one of its consulates for up-to-date information.
Official (special and diplomatic) passport holders must consult the Official Travel page, as they may be subject to different entry requirements.
Canadians must present a passport to visit Ireland, which must be valid for at least the expected duration of their stay in that country. This requirement also applies if you enter Ireland from the United Kingdom. Before you leave, ask your transportation company about its requirements related to passport validity, which may be more stringent than the country's entry rules.
Customs officials may ask you to show them a return or onward ticket and proof of sufficient funds for your stay.
Tourist visa: Not required for stays up to 90 days
Business visa: Not required for stays up to 90 days
Student visa: Not required
Work permit: Required (except for the Student Work Abroad Program)
If you wish to work or study in Ireland, please contact the Embassy of Ireland in Ottawa to obtain up-to-date information on the requirements related to work permits or stays for study purposes. Students can apply for a working holiday visa through the Student Work Abroad Program.
Children and travel
Children need special documentation to visit certain countries. See Children for more information.
See Health to obtain information on this country’s vaccination requirements.
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Be sure that your routine vaccines are up-to-date regardless of your travel destination.
Vaccines to Consider
You may be at risk for these vaccine-preventable diseases while travelling in this country. Talk to your travel health provider about which ones are right for you.
Hepatitis B is a disease of the liver spread through blood or other bodily fluids. Travellers who may be exposed (e.g., through sexual contact, medical treatment, sharing needles, tattooing, acupuncture or occupational exposure) should get vaccinated.
Seasonal influenza occurs worldwide. The flu season usually runs from November to April in the northern hemisphere, between April and October in the southern hemisphere and year round in the tropics. Influenza (flu) is caused by a virus spread from person to person when they cough or sneeze or by touching objects and surfaces that have been contaminated with the virus. Get the flu shot.
Measles is a highly contagious viral disease and is common in most parts of the world. Be sure your measles vaccination is up-to-date regardless of your travel destination.
Yellow Fever Vaccination
Yellow fever is a disease caused by a flavivirus from the bite of an infected mosquito.
Travellers get vaccinated either because it is required to enter a country or because it is recommended for their protection.
|* It is important to note that country entry requirements may not reflect your risk of yellow fever at your destination. It is recommended that you contact the nearest diplomatic or consular office of the destination(s) you will be visiting to verify any additional entry requirements.|
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Food and Water-borne Diseases
Travellers to any destination in the world can develop travellers' diarrhea from consuming contaminated water or food.
Practise safe food and water precautions while travelling in Western Europe. When in doubt, remember…boil it, cook it, peel it, or leave it!
Insects and Illness
Travellers are advised to take precautions against bites.
There is no risk of malaria in this country.
Animals and Illness
Travellers are cautioned to avoid contact with animals, including dogs, snakes, rodents, birds, and bats. Certain infections found in some areas in Western Europe, like rabies, can be shared between humans and animals.
Medical services and facilities
The standard of health care in Ireland is high, and excellent medical care is widely available. Payment is required before treatment.
Keep in Mind...
The decision to travel is the sole responsibility of the traveller. The traveller is also responsible for his or her own personal safety.
Be prepared. Do not expect medical services to be the same as in Canada. Pack a travel health kit, especially if you will be travelling away from major city centres.
Laws & culture
Laws & culture
You are subject to local laws. See Arrest and detention for more information.
Canada and Ireland are signatories to the European Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons. This enables a Canadian imprisoned in Ireland to request a transfer to a Canadian prison to complete a sentence. The transfer requires the agreement of both Canadian and Irish authorities.
Penalties for possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs are strict.
An International Driving Permit is recommended.
Traffic drives on the left. Turning at a red light is prohibited. Reduce speed on narrow, uneven country roads. The use of a cellular telephone while driving is prohibited, unless it is fitted with a hands-free device.
Motorways in Ireland are subject to tolls. For more information, please visit the AA Ireland website.
Penalties for drinking and driving are strict. Convicted offenders can expect jail sentences and heavy fines.
The currency of Ireland is the euro (EUR).
Credit cards and traveller’s cheques in U.S. dollars and euros are widely accepted. Automated banking machines (ABMs) are available in urban centres.
When crossing one of the external border control points of the European Union (EU), you must make a declaration to customs upon entry or exit if you have at least €10,000 or the equivalent in other currencies. The sum can be in cash, cheques, money orders, traveller’s cheques or any other convertible assets. This does not apply if you are travelling within the EU or in transit to a non-EU country. For more information on the EU legislation and links to EU countries’ sites, visit the web page of the European Commission on cash controls.
Natural disasters & climate
Natural disasters & climate
Heavy rains are frequent, sometimes resulting in flooding.
Dublin - Embassy of Canada
For emergency assistance after hours, call the Embassy of Canada in Dublin and follow the instructions. You may also place a collect call (via the international operator at 1800 9455 55) to the Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa at 613-996-8885. Please note that no immigration, travel, visa or passport renewal information is available at this number.
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