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The languages that are typically spoken are Irish and English
Ireland uses the euro (symbol: €), code EUR.Banknotes come in denominations of 500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5 euros. Euro is subdivided into 100 cents. Coins come in denominations of 2 and 1 euros and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.
Automatic teller machines are very common in Ireland. You can find them in both large & small cities, tourist areas etc.You do not need a chip & PIN card to use an ATM — your standard magnetic card will work fine.
Internet speed in Ireland is on average 12.8 Mbps. WiFi coverage in Ireland is high. Many hotels, hostels, cafes, restaurants and bars have it.
You can buy a SIM card for about €9.01, which includes 1 GB of data plan. You can choose from 3 telecoms: 3 (Three), Vodafone or eir. Ireland uses GSM mobile networks GSM 900 and GSM 1800. If you don't want to buy SIM card in Ireland upon arrival, make sure to check the roaming charges with your telecom provider before your departure so there are no surprises when you return home.
To call Ireland, dial +, then 353 (the country code for Ireland), then the area code (without the initial 0) and the local number. For local calls within Ireland, start with the area code (with the initial 0). In the case above area code is 22 .
In Ireland you drive on the left side. Most cars have manual transmission (stick). Unless otherwise posted, the speed limits for cars and motorcycles are as follows: 50 km/h (31 mph) in all built-up areas, 80-100 km/h (49-62 mph) on undivided highways, 80-120 km/h (49-74 mph) on motorways and 80-120 km/h (49-74 mph) on expressways. Left turn on red lights is strictly forbidden unless an additional green semaphore arrow allows it. It is illegal to drive with blood alcohol content higher than 0.05%.
Road assistance is available at 0333 2000 999 (RAC), +353 1 649 7460 (AA Ireland) or 1850-227869 (CarTow). For general news on Ireland's traffic use Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII). For news on Ireland’s motorways and tolls use Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII). Most popular petrol stations in Ireland are Tesco, Campus, EMO, Texaco, Esso, Applegreen, Topaz and MaxOil. Petrol (unleaded) gas options are called petrol or Unleaded petrol (95). Petrol costs about €1.27 per liter.Diesel option is called Diesel.
Import and export information
All items on the prohibited import list.
Cultural goods require a licence from theDepartment of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.
Animal-based exports require clearance. For further information, please visit theIrish Food Safety Authority.
Firearms require a permit. For further information, please visit the Department of Justice and Equality.
Protected species and products protected under CITES. A permit is required for export.
Explosives, pyrotechnics and fireworks.
There are no restrictions on the export of currency if leaving for another EU country. Funds of more than €10,000 must be declared when leaving the EU.
Tobacco:250g of smoking tobacco; or
Tobacco:A proportional combination of these goods (such as 100 cigarettes and 50 cigarillos).
Alcohol:There are no restrictions on the importation of currency into the EU.
Alcohol:Funds of more than €10,000 must be declared to the customs authorities.
Currency:There are no restrictions on the importation of currency into the EU.
Currency:Funds of more than €10,000 must be declared to the customs authorities.
Other items:Medicines for personal use.
Other items:Personal items of non-commercial nature worth up to €430.
Other items:Personal items of non-commercial nature worth up to €215 for travellers under 15 years of age.
Certain plants and plant products from outside the EU.
Offensive weapons, such as knuckledusters, flick knives, and machetes.
Goods which may be used for torture.
Indecent articles, publications, videos, and other media.
Indecent or obsceneprints paintings, and other media.
Counterfeit currency and goods.
Live or dead animals from outside the EU.
Poultry, birds or eggs from outside the EU.
Most meat and dairy products from outside the EU.
All animals and animal products are subject to a mandatory health inspection at the first point of entry on EU territory. Pets such as cats and dogs must also have a microchip or tattoo, and have been properly vaccinated against rabies. A Common Veterinary Entry Document certifying the healthy inspection must be provided with the customs declaration. Pets travelling within the EU must have a valid pet passport. For further information, please visitPet Travel.
Plants and plant products are subject to certain restrictions, particularly if they are arriving from outside the EU. For further information, please visitControls on the Importation of Plants and Plant Produce into Ireland from Third Countries, andGuide to EC Plant Passport System.
Narcotic and psychotropic substances may only be brought to Ireland with a licence from the Minister for Health.
Endangered animals, plants, and their derivative products protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) may require protected species permits. For further information, please visit the National Parks and Wildlife Service.
Radioactive substances require a licence from theEnvironmental Protection Agency.
Firearms require a licence issued by theDepartment of Justice and Equality.
Explosives and pyrotechnics are strictly controlled, and require a licence issued by theDepartment of Justice and Equality.
Books and periodical publications which have been prohibited under the Censorship of Publication Acts require a permit issued by the Minister for Justice and Equality.
Rough diamonds require a Kimberley Process Certificate.
Archaeological objects require a licence from the National Museum of Ireland.
Meat, milk and other dairy products for personal consumption are allowed from EU countries and Andorra, Canary Islands, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, Liechtenstein, Norway, San Marino and Switzerland.
Meat and dairy products are not allowed from non EU countries except Croatia, the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Iceland. For more information see Irish Import Restrictions.
It is recommended that travellers are up to date on routine vaccinations including measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus (DPT), varicella (chickenpox), polio, and yearly flu shots.
As hepatitis A outbreaks occur throughout the world and sometimes in countries with a low risk for hepatitis A, travellers should consult with their doctor prior to travel to see if the hepatitis A vaccine is necessary.
A hepatitis B vaccination is recommended for those who may have sexual contact with a new partner, who may get a tattoo or piercing, or have any medical procedures.
A rabies vaccination is recommended for those planning an outdoor holiday, for wildlife professionals and researchers, or for those who may come into contact with bats.