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Documents and travel insurance needed for Travelling to Ireland

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Travel documents needed


To enter the Republic or Northern Ireland most people would need a passport  but there are some exceptions:

  • If you’re a UK citizen, you can also use official photo identification.
  • If you’re an EU citizen, you can also use a national identity card.

Most transportation carriers and airlines will require photo identification which could be a national identity card, a driver’s licence or a passport. A Passport would be required for all visitors not mentioned in the exceptions above.

To be safe, check with your travel agent or airline before travelling.


Some visitors to Ireland might need a visa to enter but this will depend on your Citizenship.

If you’re a citizen of a European Economic Area (EEA) member state (27 countries of the European Union, together with Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein) and many other countries including Great Britain, the USA, Australia, Canada and New Zealand, you don’t need a visa to visit the Republic or Northern Ireland. 

South African visitors can visit the Republic of Ireland without a visa, but need a UK visa in order to enter Northern Ireland.

Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has a full list of countries whose citizens do NOT need a visa to visit Ireland.

You could also contact your local Irish embassy/consulate before you travel to find out your visa requirements. 

Also be aware of all entry requirements into The Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Money / Currency

Money in Ireland

The Republic of Ireland is part of the European Union and as such uses the single European currency known as the euro (€). 

Euro notes come in denominations of €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200, and €500. The euro is divided into 100 cents; coins come in denominations of €2, €1, 50¢, 20¢, 10¢, 5¢, 2¢, and 1¢.

Northern Ireland is part part of the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland uses the British pound sterling (£). 

Unfortunately the British pound is not accepted in the Republic of Ireland and conversely the British Pound is not accepted in Ireland. So, if you are travelling to both parts of Ireland it is important that you have some of both currencies. 

It is well advisable to change some currency in your home country where you can go to your local bank and get good exchange rates, well in advance of your visit.

Getting cash when travelling is as easy as going to your local ATM (automated teller machine), these machines are plentiful in most cities and work with most banks. Check your withdrawal limits with your bank before you leave your country and make sure that you remember your PIN. You should also be aware of the fees that might be levied for cash withdrawals.

Another safe way to carry money is payment cards such as credit cards, debit cards, travel cards etc. You should be able to pay at most restaurants and shops with your card.

Visa and MasterCard are the most widely accepted credit cards in Ireland. American Express and Diners Club are accepted by most major hotels, but are less commonly accepted elsewhere.

Traveler’s checks are not widely accepted in Ireland. You’ll probably have to change the checks at a bank and pay a fee for the privilege, so this is not an option that we would recommend.

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance is a necessity for any overseas trip and the amount you require is related to the amount of risk that you are willing to take on, 

What Does Travel Insurance cover and what are the costs?

A packaged policy solution could cost from 4-8% of your trip cost and would include coverage for delays or cancellation of trips, medical costs when on your trip, baggage claims etc. You could also add additional coverage like pandemic coverage, medical evacuations and more. The more options you add, the higher the cost of your policy.

There is good news though, a lot of you might already have some coverage.

If you are using a credit card for travel or have homeowners or renters insurance, travel insurance might be already included.  Talk to your insurance company and credit card provider to find out what might already be covered.

We recommend purchasing travel insurance for an Ireland vacation package.

If you ever purchase a vacation package or use a tour operator then you should definitely make sure that you have travel insure. An unexpected closure of any travel company leaves many travelers high and dry.

Where to buy Travel Insurance 

Trip operators, airlines, cruise companies, even travel agents, offer travel insurance plans, however most of these policies have a mark-up, or the coverage isn’t as good as a third-party insurer.  Compare policies before purchasing any insurance and make sure that you have read the contract including the fine print.

A Google search will give you many options including comparison sights and with a little bit of your own research you can get good insurance from a respectable company.

When to buy  Travel Insurance?

You can buy travel insurance any time before you depart on your trip but it is best to buy travel insurance just after securing the flights, accommodation or other details of your trip. The reason being that if something happens to the airline or tour company making them go out of business most  travel insurance policies cover pre-existing conditions.

Ready to go? Here is  The top 10 places to visit in Ireland


Last updated May 29, 2023


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Harry Fisher

Friday 30th of July 2021

"Unfortunately the British pound is not accepted in the Republic of Ireland and conversely the British Pound is not accepted in Ireland. So, if you are travelling to both parts of Ireland it is important that you have some of both currencies." This bit needs to be checked...sterling and euro can be accepted in Republican/Northern ireland. Needs to be reworded too..