Ireland is a beautiful country full of old world charm, rolling hills, castles and plenty of outdoor activities. However, when planning a vacation to Ireland, there are certain things that you must do. These requirements will ensure your safety and health while touring the island as well as meet legal obligations. Once complete, you are all set to enjoy a vacation full of exciting activities, such as touring castles, golf, caving, or even scuba diving.
All routine vaccinations should be up to date before you go on your trip. These include mumps, measles, polio and others normally received during childhood. More recent vaccinations, such as chickenpox, are also recommended if you have never had the disease, and flu vaccines are also encouraged during flu season. If you think you will be in a situation that puts you in contact with bodily fluids, such as blood, then it is also recommended that you receive a Hepatitis B shot. Those working in the health field or participating in rough sports are an example of some that should consider the vaccine.
Those traveling in Ireland are strongly encouraged to let the U.S. Embassy know where you will be and how to get in touch with you. Since you might be out exploring, it is always a good idea to have someone know where you are. If your location changes while you are in Ireland, you should recontact the embassy to change the information. This process works to help you in two ways. If an emergency happened at home, the embassy would be able to help family members get in contact with you. Or if for some reason during your explorations, something happened to you, the embassy would have a list of your itenerary so that they would be able to search in the right areas.
Passports are required of all those traveling to Ireland. The document must be on you at all times for identification purposes. Some airlines might tell you that your passport must be valid for six months past the date of travel in order to go to Ireland, but this not a requirement of the Ireland government. Visas are not required of short trips of three months or less, but must be obtained if you are planning to stay in the country for an extended period.
England to Ireland
If you are touring more than one European country, you should know that coming from England can cause you delays if you have been to a farm that contains sheep, goats, or other hooved animals. This is due to the rise in hoof and mouth disease in the England area. If you have visited a farm of some type in England, you will be required to go to the Irish Department of Agriculture and Food office.