Ireland

A small country with a big reputation: breathtaking landscapes and fascinating, friendly people, whose lyrical nature is expressed in the warmth of their welcome.

Yearly Weather

Ireland enjoys a temperate maritime climate, due mainly to its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean and the presence of the Gulf Stream. Summers are warm, while temperatures during winter are much cooler. Spring and autumn are very mild, with rainfall expected all year round. In winter average temperatures are around 0 degrees Celsius (32 degrees Fahrenheit). Typical winter weather in Ireland is clouds and rain with the occasional sunny spell. Some years Ireland is struck by a heatwave during summer.

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Travel Facts

VISA & PASSPORT

You must have a valid passport to enter Ireland, but U.S. citizens can enter visa-free for tourism or business stays of up to three months.

There is no minimum passport validity for U.S. citizens entering Ireland. We recommend you have a passport that is valid for the duration of your stay, sufficient funds, and a return airline ticket.

CLOTHING

Lightweights during summer with warmer medium weights for the winter. Rainwear is advisable throughout the year. If you find yourself lacking anything essential on arrival, of course, all key centers are well stocked with clothing outlets, with the larger cities particularly good in terms of picking up high-quality outdoor equipment. And it’s worth remembering that certain clothing items which are more commonly seen as souvenirs – hand-knit Aran sweaters, for example – can be practical purchases for the trip itself.

HEALTH

Visit your health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or other preventive measures.

You should be up to date on routine vaccinations while traveling to any destination. Some vaccines may also be required for travel.

FOOD & DRINK

Levels of hygiene are of a high standard in Ireland, so travelers should only take precautions that they would do in any other developed country. There’s no more danger of being served contaminated or undercooked food in Ireland than anywhere else. Tap water is generally fine to drink.

TIPPING

When you are eating at a restaurant in Ireland, you should tip 10-15% of your bill. However, when you get your bill make sure to check and see if the restaurant added a “service charge”. This will be printed near the end of your bill.

Our suggestions for daily tipping are the following:

Drivers: $ 2.00 to $ 5.00

Tour Guide: $ 10.00 to $ 20.00

House Keepers: $ 2.00

Porters: $ 1.00 per luggage

CURRENCY

Euro (EUR; symbol €) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of €2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.

CREDIT CARDS

American Express, MasterCard, and Visa are all widely accepted. ATMs are available everywhere, catering for Cirrus and Maestro symbols.

ELECTRICITY

In Ireland, the standard voltage is 230 V. The standard frequency is 50 Hz. The power sockets that are used are of type G.