Passport and Visas

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Passport and Visas

Travel documents can take time to organise, so find out exactly what you need for your trip and give yourself plenty of time to get everything you need.

Quick tips
– Check your passport is in date
– Keep copies of your passport and other travel documents, in case they’re lost or stolen
– Carry a copy of your passport in case you’re asked for personal identification
– Find out if you need a visa for your trip

Passports
Your passport is an important document and should always be kept safe. Don’t carry it with you unless absolutely necessary – if you need to have carry personal identification, bring a photocopy of your passport.

Keep electronic and paper copies of your passport and other important documents safe

Make sure somebody at home can send them to you if required.

Always check your passport is in date – for the duration of your trip.

Ask your travel agent or contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate of the country you are travelling to for more information on particular passport requirements.

Lost or stolen passport?
If your passport is lost or stolen while you’re abroad, you need to report it immediately to the local police, then contact your nearest Embassy or Consulate.
They can give you:

– a replacement passport that will let you finish your trip or
– an emergency travel document that will get you home

They will do their best to help you as quickly as possible but this can take some time.

Entry requirements

Visas
Many countries require you to have an entry visa or travel permit before they let you enter the country. Find out if you need a visa before you leave on your trip. You may be able to get one at the point of entry of a country (airport, land border, sea port), but in most cases, you’ll have to apply to the Embassy or Consulate of the country you plan to visit in advance.

Always make sure you get the right visa for your trip (ie tourist, volunteering, study, work, etc) and never outstay your visa as there can be hefty penalties involved.

Vaccination certificates
Some countries require evidence (in the form of a certificate) that you have appropriate vaccinations before they’ll let you enter. Check with your doctor well in advance of travelling to see what vaccinations you may need for your trip.

Other possible entry requirements
– Proof that you have access to sufficient funds
– A return or onward ticket
– Proof of accommodation booked for at least the first night

Other official documents

Identification
Some countries require you to carry identification at all times, including proof of your immigration status in the country. Check our travel advice pages or find out from your travel agent or the Embassy or Consulate of the country you’re visiting about these requirements.

Registration
In some countries, you need to register with the authorities when you arrive. If you’re staying in a hotel, staff may do it for you (sometimes for a fee). However, if you’re staying with friends or in self-catering accommodation, you’ll need to register yourself. Check our travel advice pages, get local advice or talk to your travel agent or the Embassy or Consulate of the country you’re visiting to find out what’s required.

Driver’s licence
Depending on where you travel, you may just need a full Irish driver’s licence to drive or rent a vehicle. However, in other countries you must have an international driving licence. Check our travel advice pages for more details or contact the Embassy or Consulate of the country you’re visiting. You can download an application form for an international driving permit from AA Ireland.

For more information please go to the Irish Dept. of Justice and Equality website, please click on the image below

For more information please go to the Irish Dept. of Foreign Affairs and Trade website, please click on the image below

Employment Permits

In order to work in Ireland a non-EEA National, unless they are exempted, must hold a valid Employment Permit. The Department’s Employment Permits Section administers the Employment Permits system. **Please note: Working Holiday Authorisations are different to Employment Permits.**

For more information on the different types of Employment Permits please click the image below

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