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Ireland is an island in the North Atlantic Ocean, in northwestern Europe. It is separated from Great Britain to its east by the North Channel, the Irish Sea, and St. George's Channel. Famous for Saint Patrick’s Day, Pubs and Guinness beer, historic castles, Rugby, horse races, such as the Irish Derby, and more. The Irish (Celtic) harp and the Irish Shamrock are national symbols.
With so many places to visit, planning ahead for any unexpected medical event or other issues before starting out on your journeys is essential. Consider travel insurance for your vacation or business adventures.
Travel Insurance Requirements
For travelers visiting Ireland from America or internationally, it is required that travel insurance covers all overseas medical costs, including medical repatriation/evacuation, repatriation of remains and legal costs.
Ireland is not a part of the Schengen area, so non-U.S. residents planning to tour other European countries may need to acquire travel insurance before the issuance of your Schengen Visa.
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We have travel medical plans with emergency medical evacuation, comprehensive coverage, and more. We also have plans that cover the Covid-19 requirements.
If you’re an American citizen traveling from the U.S., should you need to cancel, postpone or cut short your original travel plans for any reason, including COVID-19-related issues, trip insurance with Cancel For Any Reason (CFAR) insurance may be a better option. For international and non-US residents, the best fit may be International Travel Medical Insurance.
COVID-19 in Ireland
Check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for current COVID-19 conditions and requirements. Do not travel if you test positive for Covid, and make sure your vaccinations are up to date.
It is still important to continue safe hygiene practices.
- Wash your hands often, especially before eating.
- If you are sick, stay home or in your hotel room, unless you need medical care.
Other health and safety recommendations include:.
- Research your destination(s), including local laws, customs, and culture.
- Monitor local media for breaking events and be prepared to adjust your plans.
- Contact your airline or travel agency prior to travel.
Covid information for your trip
Do you know the Covid situation for your destination? Keep up with country-specific advisories and notifications.
Health & Safety
Currently Ireland suggests that visitors should exercise normal precautions. To learn more about the current conditions while traveling, visit the Ireland Travel Advisory website.
Maintain Personal Security:
- Monitor travel advisories and alerts from the U.S. Department of State.
- Carry contact information for the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.
- Carry a photocopy of your passport and entry stamp; leave the actual passport securely in your hotel to avoid loss or theft.
- Follow all local laws and social customs.
Make sure you are up-to-date on all routine vaccines before every trip. Some of these vaccines include:
- Chickenpox (Varicella)
- Flu (influenza)
- Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR)
For the most up-to-date information on required vaccinations and other health requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website.
Visas & Documentation
To enter Ireland, your passport must be valid for the duration of your stay, with a one blank page requirement for entry stamp.
Although Ireland is in the European Union it is not a member of the Schengen Area of countries with automatic visa-free travel, tourist visas are not required.