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Help & Advice

Emergency Numbers

In the Republic of Ireland for Emergency Police, Fire Services, Ambulance and Coast Guard call: 

ROI Tel: 112 or 999

The fire, ambulance, police and coast guard services are all contactable via the above numbers. When calling the emergency services you will be asked to provide:

  • The exact address of the incident or emergency and/or any noticeable landmarks nearby

  • Directions to the scene of the emergency

  • The telephone number you are calling from

  • Details on the incident itself, the number of persons involved, the description of any visible injuries and knowledge of any pre-existing medical conditions



The climate is mild and temperate (showers can occur any time of the year). Summer temperatures range 15-25 degrees Celsius (60-75 Fahrenheit). Spring and autumn temperatures average around 10+ degrees Celsius (50+ Fahrenheit). Winter is 0 to 10 degrees Celsius (30 to 50 Fahrenheit).


The Republic of Ireland uses the Euro, the common European currency. Bank opening times are generally:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 10am-4pm 
Thursdays, 10am-5pm in Dublin (and some other regions)

Banks in smaller towns along the Wild Atlantic Way may open until 5pm one day a week. In small towns and rural areas, banks may close for lunch between 12.30pm and 1.30pm. 

Please note that product and service providers may not accept high denomination notes (€200, €500 notes). For this reason we encourage visitors to ensure they order smaller denominations (€100, €50, €20s) in advance of travelling, or from Bureau de Change outlets on arrival.


Visitors to the island of Ireland from the United Kingdom and other EU countries are not required to make a declaration to customs at their place of entry. However, certain goods are prohibited or restricted to protect health and the environment. These include meat and poultry.

Customs operate green and red channels at most ports and airports. If you need to declare goods over the duty and tax-free allowances for non-EU visitors you must use the red channel. Pass through the green channel if you have nothing to declare.

For goods obtained within the EU:

There are no limits imposed on importing tobacco and alcohol products from one EU country to another. Travellers should note however that they may be required to prove at customs that the goods are for personal use only.

For goods obtained outside the EU:

For travellers to either the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland, there are circumstances for allowances on duty-free goods. Travellers must be arriving either directly from a country outside the European Union (EU), or from a non-EU country via another EU country, or from the Canary Islands, Channel Islands or Gibraltar.

Duty-Free Allowances

You are allowed to bring in goods (including gifts, souvenirs, perfume and clothing) free of duty, the combined value of which does not exceed:

  • €430 in the case of an individual aged 15 years or over

  • €215 in the case of an individual aged under 15 years

Be aware that the above monetary allowances do not apply to any individual item which exceeds the values above. So if you bring in something worth more than the relevant limit of €430 or €215, you must pay import charges on the full value. If you are bringing back any duty-free goods you bought when you travelled out from Ireland, these count as part of your allowance.

You are allowed to bring in goods free of duty in the categories below (tobacco, alcohol etc) subject to the limits indicated.

Tobacco Products

  • 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco

Allowances are on a fractional basis, for example 100 cigarettes plus 50 cigarillos would be the total limit.

Alcohol Products

  • 1 litre of spirits (more than 22%) or 2 litres of intermediate products (eg port, sherry, etc, but not sparkling wine) 


  • 4 litres of wine or 16 litres of beer


  • 50g of perfume and 250ml of eau de toilette

Customs Duty, Excise Duty and VAT, where applicable, are charged on goods in excess of the duty-free allowances.

VAT refund scheme for non-EU visitors

Visitors to Ireland who live outside of the EU are entitled to claim back a portion of the VAT on purchases made during their stay. Most retailers participate in the VAT refund scheme and you can ask for a VAT refund form in the store once your purchase has been completed. You must fill the form out fully, making sure to include a credit card number to facilitate the refund. The goods must be exported outside of the EU within three months following the month of purchase and typically, it will take between four to six weeks to receive your refund from the refund agent.

Alternatively, you can claim your refund in cash through Tax Free Worldwide and Carroll's Irish Gifts at four refund points in Dublin:

57/58 Upper O’Connell Street, Dublin 1
2-5 Ballast House, Westmoreland Street, Dublin 2
22/23 Suffolk Street, Dublin 2
10 St Patrick Street, Cork

If the purchase value of any one item on your VAT refund form is €2,000 or above, you will need to present your form, goods receipt and the item to Customs at your point of exit for a validation stamp. There are two main refund agents in Ireland, Tax Free Worldwide and Fexco and you can visit their websites for more information on how to shop tax free.

Electric Current

The standard voltage in Ireland is 240 volts AC. Sockets in Ireland and the UK differ from the US and mainland Europe. A plug adaptor may be required for small appliances to work in the standard flat three-pin/round two-pin sockets here. Visitors bringing electrical appliances should ask an electrician or appliance dealer if it is possible to use a transformer.

Visa, passport and embassy information

You'll need to check Ireland's visa and passport requirements before you begin your visit. Of course we’ll say céad míle fáilte (one hundred thousand welcomes) when you arrive in Ireland, but just after that, we’ll probably ask you for your passport. There are different requirements for different nationalities so here’s what you need to know.


To enter the Republic of Ireland, you need a valid passport. While e-passports are commonly used now, they are not a necessity to enter Ireland. UK citizens do not require a passport to enter Ireland, but carriers by air or sea require some form of identification with a photograph (usually either a passport or driving license with photo).

EU citizens are required to have a passport or national identity card; while citizens of all other countries must have a valid passport. Always check what form of ID is required with your individual airline, ferry company or travel agent before travelling.


Citizens of the EEA member states (the 27 countries of the European Union, together with Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein) and many other countries including USA, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa do not require visas to gain entry to Republic or Northern Ireland.

Citizens of all other countries should contact their local Irish Embassy/Consulate prior to travelling to the Republic of Ireland, and visitors to Northern Ireland should contact their local British Embassy/High Commission or Consular Office. Irish visa information can be found on the Department of Foreign Affairs website and citizens information website.

From July 2012 extending for a period of four years, tourists from 14 nations that previously did require a visa to holiday in the Republic will not need a separate Irish visa if they have a short-term UK visa. Check the list here for the list of countries that are able to avail of this scheme.  

Embassies and Visa Contacts
Further information for the Republic of Ireland, including a full list of Irish Embassies, is available from: 

The Department of Foreign Affairs
Tel: +353 1 478 0822

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