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Do you have the right adapters, currency and raingear for your trip? Besides settling on your itinerary, there are some important odds and ends you need to consider before setting foot on Irish soil. Scan these travel tips to make sure your journey to the Emerald Isle is a stellar one.

Do I Need a Visa?

Currently, travelers from the U.S., Canada, Australia, the U.K. and the EU do not need a visa to enter the Republic of Ireland. It’s always a good idea, however, to check with your travel agent, embassy, consulate, the U.S. Bureau of Consular Affair's Travel Information or the Citizens Information Board of Ireland for the latest updates.

Shopping Refunds

If you purchase goods in Ireland to bring home and you’re not from the E.U., you can benefit from a 17% discount through a special value-added-tax (VAT) refund. It usually requires some paperwork and a customs stamp upon departure. Ask the retailer where you purchase your goods for the necessary guidance and paperwork.

Money, Money

The currency of Ireland is the euro, while Northern Ireland uses the U.K. pound sterling. Visa and MasterCard are widely accepted, but check with your bank to ensure your cards are activated for use there. Always carry some cash in one of our handy wallets, like the Eagle Creek® Slim Euro Wallet.

What’s That You Say?

Ireland has two official languages, English and Gaelic, so street and road signs are bilingual. Locals all speak English with an Irish accent and different colloquialisms. Did you know the jacks means toilet? Brush up on some common Irish slang before you go, so you don’t feel completely knackered (tired).

Emerald Showers

Autumn temperatures in Ireland are mild and hover around 50 degrees Fahrenheit, but the Emerald Isle is green for a reason. No matter the time of year or area of the country, visitors should carry an umbrella and suitable rain attire. Shop our complete selection of raincoats, liners and rain gear.

Driving in Ireland

Prepare for narrow, uneven and winding roads, not to mention ambling sheep and cows. Although the map may show 45 miles to your destination, you won’t be getting there in an hour, given these challenges. Remember, too, that you must drive on the left, traffic in a roundabout has the right of way, and turning right on red is illegal.

Car Rental

To see the most of Ireland, it’s best to rent a car. If you are under 21 or over 75, car rental companies may impose extra fees or not allow you to rent a vehicle. If you plan on driving to Northern Ireland, you may also incur a surcharge or need extra insurance. Ask for specifics in advance. Visit Ireland's Yes's How to Rent a Car in Ireland Guide.

Can You Hear Me Now?

If you plan on using your cell phone in Ireland, you need a GSM digital phone with a roaming agreement. To use the Irish cell network and avoid international roaming charges, you need an unlocked GSM phone and a prepaid SIM card.

Adapting to Ireland: 220V at 50Hz

Ireland has different electrical requirements than the United States and Canada. Travelers will need to use adapters to plug into Irish outlets. If your electronics and electric devices aren’t dual voltage, bring converters or transformers. Take out the guesswork with our Auto-Switch Voltage Converter Kit or other travel appliances at travelsmith.com.

No Smoking

The days of smoke-shrouded Irish pubs are gone. In 2004, the Republic of Ireland introduced a smoking ban for enclosed public areas. Northern Ireland followed with its own ban in 2007, which includes all workplaces, restaurants, hotel lobbies, pubs and nightclubs. The debate continues on whether pub culture has been adversely affected, but the pubs sure smell better.

Ireland & Northern Ireland

Although they share similar culture, they’re still two different countries. The Republic of Ireland (Ireland) stands on its own, while Northern Ireland remains part of the United Kingdom. The land border between the two, however, is not like it once was. Immigration officials may board buses and trains, but road travelers will only see the occasional border check. Most likely, you’ll just see a sign informing you that Northern Ireland uses miles instead of kilometers.

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