Travel Advice

The Department of Foreign Affairs (Republic of Ireland) and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office  (Northern Ireland) has up-to-date advice for Irish/British citizens on staying safe and healthy abroad.

The advice can change so check regularly for updates.

Before you depart:

  • Take out appropriate travel insurance before travelling and make sure it covers you for all the activities you want to do.
  • If you are travelling within Europe, ensure you have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) that hasn’t expired and understand what it covers -you still need full travel insurance though! For your free EHIC card visit www.hse.ie/eng/services/list/1/schemes/ehic (Republic of Ireland) | www.nhs.uk/ehic (Northern Ireland)
  • Learn about the laws, customs and entry requirements of the country you’re visiting and understand how they differ from home, check www.dfa.ie/travel (Republic of Ireland) | www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice  (Northern Ireland)
  • Check your passport is valid, fill out the emergency details, look after it while travelling and keep it in a safe place. Make sure you have all necessary visas.
  • Make copies of important travel documents, take a picture or make copies and store them securely using a secure data storage site.
  • Research vaccinations or any other medical requirements for your destination, and if necessary visit a travel health clinic before you travel. For medical advice visit www.tmb.ie (Republic of Ireland) | www.travelhealthpro.org.uk (Northern Ireland)
  • Tell your friends or family about your travel plans and where you’re going and leave emergency contact details.
  • Take enough money with you and have access to emergency funds. Ensure you take the contact details of the local Irish or British Consulate in case of emergencies www.dfa.ie/embassies (Republic of Ireland) | www.gov.uk/government/world/embassies (Northern Ireland)
  • Understand what consular staff can and can’t do to help British nationals travelling overseas, check www.dfa.ie/global-irish/support-overseas (Republic of Ireland) | www.gov.uk/government/publications/support-for-british-nationals-abroad-a-guide (Northern Ireland)
  • Act responsibly, and be responsible for yourself when abroad.