Know Before You Go: Ireland

Know Before You Go: Ireland

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Communications

The international dialing code for Ireland is 353 and for Northern Ireland is 44.

When dialing an Irish number from abroad, drop the preceding 0 from the local area code e.g. Within Ireland, our telephone number is 01 – 293 3000. From outside Ireland our number is +353 – 1 – 293 3000.

Electricity

The electrical current in Ireland is 220 volts, 50 cycles alternating current (AC). Wall sockets take plugs with 3 flat-pins, as in the United Kingdom. To use American appliances both a converter and adapter are required except for dual voltage appliances, which need only an adapter, for example laptop computers.

Money

As part of the European Monetary System, the basic unit of currency in Republic of Ireland is the Euro (€), while Northern Ireland remains on its existing currency system of Pounds Sterling (£).

Foreign exchange bureaus are available throughout the country in banks, tourist information offices, and airports. Visa, MasterCard or American Express credit cards will be widely accepted in Ireland. Visitors with other cards should ask in advance if they will be accepted.

Passports and Visas

Passports are not required by British citizens born in the United Kingdom and traveling from Britain, however photo identification is commonly required and should be carried. Citizens of European Union states and Switzerland may use a passport or national identity card to gain entry to the Republic of Ireland.

All other nationalities must produce a passport to gain entry to the Republic of Ireland.

Click here to visit the Department of Foreign Affairs website for further information.

Tipping

Hotels and restaurants may add a service charge of between 10%-15% to the bill in lieu of a tip and generally is clearly displayed. If in doubt, ask whether service is included.

Tipping in pubs is generally not expected, with exceptions for table service; taxi fares are usually rounded up, incorporating a small tip.

Climate

Ireland’s climate is influenced heavily by the Atlantic Ocean, resulting in mild winters with temperatures in the coldest months, January and February, rarely falling below freezing. The sunniest months are May and June with up to 18 hours of daylight. In the warmest months; July and August, temperatures can sometimes reach 25 C (78 F).

Weather can alter dramatically from day to day; it can change from fair to showery and back again to fair in a matter of minutes. June is typically the driest month and the winter months of December and January the wettest.

Further details and on-line weather updates are available at www.met.ie

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