Fire and rescue services
Police (locally know as Garda)
Call 112 or contact the nearest police station.
Exercise normal safety precautions in Ireland.
Exercise normal safety precautions in Ireland.
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Petty crime is common, particularly in city centres like Dublin. Risks include bag snatching and pickpocketing.
Thieves target areas popular with tourists.
Car theft and break-ins are increasing. Thieves target rental cars, especially in Dublin and tourist areas.
Use secure parking lots when possible and keep your luggage and valuables out of sight.
Watch your belongings on public transport and in crowded places.
There's a moderate risk of serious violent crime.
Avoid secluded parks, unlit areas and known trouble spots.
Check local media for news on crime.
Scams and fraud
Credit card fraud and ATM scams are becoming more common.
Don't use ATMs that look unusual.
You may be at risk of cyber-based threats during overseas travel to any country. Digital identity theft is a growing concern. Your devices and personal data can be compromised, especially if you're connecting to Wi-Fi, using or connecting to shared or public computers, or to Bluetooth.
Social media can also be risky in destinations where there are social or political tensions or laws that may seem unreasonable by Australian standards. Travellers have been arrested for things they have said on social media. Don't comment on local or political events on your social media.
Public protests and events that draw large groups of people can turn violent. While this is unlikely in Ireland, you should avoid affected areas.
To stay safe during periods of unrest:
While there have been no recent terrorist attacks in Ireland, they can still happen.
The terrorist threat level in Northern Ireland is different to Ireland. If you plan to visit Northern Ireland, you should read the UK travel advice.
In recent years, terrorists have attacked some European cities. Targets have included:
European security services have disrupted several planned attacks in recent years.
To stay safe:
If there's a terrorist attack:
Terrorism is a threat worldwide.
Severe weather can disrupt your travel plans.
Monitor local media for updates.
If you visit somewhere that's had severe weather:
Get comprehensive travel insurance before you leave.
Your policy needs to cover all overseas medical costs, including medical evacuation. The Australian Government won't pay for these costs.
If you can't afford travel insurance, you can't afford to travel. This applies to everyone, no matter how healthy and fit you are.
If you're not insured, you may have to pay many thousands of dollars up-front for medical care.
Consider your physical and mental health before you travel, especially if you have an existing medical condition.
See your doctor or travel clinic to:
Do this at least 8 weeks before you leave.
If you have immediate concerns for your welfare or the welfare of another Australian call the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on +61 2 6261 3305 or contact your nearest Australian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate to discuss counselling hotlines and services available in your location.
Health risks in Ireland are similar to those in Australia.
Not all medication available over the counter or by prescription in Australia is available in other countries. Some may even be considered illegal or a controlled substance, even if prescribed by an Australian doctor.
If you plan to bring medication, check if it's legal in Ireland. Take enough legal medication for your trip.
Carry a copy of your prescription or a letter from your doctor stating:
The standard of health care is similar to that in Australia.
Australia and Ireland share a reciprocal healthcare agreement. This means you can get emergency medical treatment at public hospitals in the same way Irish people can.
However, the agreement doesn't:
You're subject to all local laws and penalties, including those that may appear harsh by Australian standards. Research local laws before travelling.
If you're arrested or jailed, the Australian Government will do what it can to help you under our Consular Services Charter. But we can't get you out of trouble or out of jail.
Possessing even a small amount of illegal drugs can lead to a long jail sentence.
Don't carry items for anyone when you enter or leave Ireland.
Some Australian criminal laws still apply when you're overseas. If you break these laws, you may face prosecution in Australia.
Ireland recognises dual nationality.
Every country or territory decides who can enter or leave through its borders. For specific information about the evidence you'll need to enter a foreign destination, check with the nearest embassy, consulate or immigration department of the destination you're entering.
You don't need to apply for a tourist visa before departing Australia. A tourist visa of up to 90 days will be issued on arrival, as determined by the immigration officer.
At least one blank page in your passport is required for entry.
When you arrive, immigration authorities may ask for details of your:
If they don't believe you're a genuine tourist, they may:
You'll need a visa for longer visits or if you want to work or study. You'll need to apply for your visa before you leave Australia.
Ireland isn't a part of the Schengen area and doesn't accept Schengen visas.
Entry and exit requirements can change at short notice. For details about visas, customs and quarantine conditions, contact either:
Working in Ireland
If you plan to work, you'll need an employment permit.
Use the Employment Permits Online System (EPOS) to choose the right permit.
Travel with children
Immigration authorities have strict entry requirements for children aged under 18 years.
Authorities may ask the child, or adults accompanying them, for additional supporting documentation.
Some countries won't let you enter unless your passport is valid for 6 months after you plan to leave that country. This can apply even if you're just transiting or stopping over.
Some foreign governments and airlines apply the rule inconsistently. Travellers can receive conflicting advice from different sources.
You can end up stranded if your passport is not valid for more than 6 months.
The Australian Government does not set these rules. Check your passport's expiry date before you travel. If you're not sure it'll be valid for long enough, consider getting a new passport.
Your passport is a valuable document. It's attractive to people who may try to use your identity to commit crimes.
Some people may try to trick you into giving them your passport. Always keep it in a safe place.
If your passport is lost or stolen, tell the Australian Government as soon as possible:
Although Australian passports comply with international standards for sex and gender, we can't guarantee that a passport showing 'X' in the sex field will be accepted for entry or transit by another country. Contact the nearest embassy, high commission or consulate of your destination before you arrive at the border to confirm if authorities will accept passports with 'X' gender markers.
The local currency is the Euro.
Ireland is a member of the European Union (EU). If you're travelling between Ireland and any non-EU country, you must declare amounts over 10,000 euros or equivalent. This covers all forms of currency, not only cash.
You'll have to pay a fine when you enter or leave Ireland if you:
You don't need to declare currency if you're travelling between EU countries.
ATMs are widely available. Ask your bank before you leave if your card will work in Ireland.
Contact your provider with any complaints about tourist services or products.
If you're not satisfied with the response, contact the Irish Tourist Assistance Service (ITAS) for support and advice.
You can use your Australian driver's licence for up to 12 months. After this, you'll need to get an Irish licence.
Ireland and Australia have a driver's licence exchange for car and motorcycle licences, meaning that if you have an Australian licence, you can apply for an Irish licence without sitting any tests. You must apply for a Personal Public Service (PPS) Number before exchanging your licence.
When hiring a car, check with your hire car provider whether you need an International Driving Permit. The electronic version of your driver's licence won't be accepted.
Conditions on major roads and in urban areas are good. However, hazards in country areas include:
You face serious penalties for drink driving, including heavy fines and jail sentences.
The blood alcohol limits are:
If you plan to drive:
Check if your travel insurance policy covers you when riding a motorbike.
Always wear a helmet.
Ireland has several authorised taxi and limousine services.
Ireland has well-developed networks of buses, trains and ferries.
However, public transport may be disrupted by:
Many international cruise lines stop over in Ireland.
DFAT doesn't provide information on the safety of individual commercial airlines or flight paths.
Check Ireland's air safety profile with the Aviation Safety Network.
Depending on what you need, contact your:
Call 112 or contact the nearest police station.
Always get a police report when you report a crime.
Your insurer should have a 24-hour emergency number.
If you're a victim of a crime, police may refer you to the Irish Tourist Assistance Service (ITAS).
Read the Consular Services Charter for what the Australian Government can and can't do to help you overseas.
You can get consular help from the Australian Embassy in Dublin.
47-49 St Stephen's Green
Dublin 2, D02 W634
Phone: (+353 1) 664 5300
Fax: (+353 1) 678 5185
Facebook: Australian Embassy, Ireland
Make an appointment to get help from the embassy.
Check the Embassy website for details about opening hours and any temporary closures.
In a consular emergency, if you can't contact an embassy, call the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on:
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