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What do I need to travel to Ireland? 

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The Emerald Island next door draws millions of UK visitors every year. If you’re planning a getaway to Ireland, you’re in for a fantastic time. But what do you need to arrange before you take your trip?

We’ve answered some of your most common questions about visiting Ireland, so you can focus on enjoying your holiday.


Do I need a passport to enter Ireland?

No; Ireland and the UK are members of the Common Travel Area, so you don’t need a passport to travel between the two countries. However, you will still need an approved photo ID, which officials will check. 

There are several forms of accepted ID, but the UK government advises using a valid UK passport. Some airlines or ferry companies will only accept passports, so check with them before you leave.

What documents do I need for my car to travel to Ireland?

You can drive in Ireland with a valid UK driving licence or an international driving permit. Before you go, make sure you familiarise yourself with the Irish rules of the road. It’s worth remembering that Ireland uses kilometres per hour for speed limits.

Does my UK car insurance cover me in Ireland?

You’ll need to check your policy, but UK car insurance usually provides at least 3rd party cover while driving in Ireland and elsewhere in the EU.

Do I need travel insurance for Ireland?

Absolutely. Like any destination, you should arrange quality travel insurance as soon as you book your trip to Ireland. 

Make sure your policy includes enough cancellation cover for your trip, as well as cover for your baggage and any delays. If you have a medical condition, you’ll need to declare it as usual when you buy travel insurance for medical conditions.

Now that you know what you need for your trip to Ireland, all that’s left to do is start planning your holiday.