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With its rolling green hills, Ireland is a country loved for its natural beauty and history. Its capital city, Dublin, was founded as a Viking settlement and is now a popular city famous for its universities and pubs. From charming countryside bed-and-breakfasts to ancient castles, Ireland offers gorgeous sites and fascinating new things.
Yes, some vaccines are recommended or required for Ireland. The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccines for Ireland: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, rabies, and influenza.
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No, travelers do not need a visa when traveling to Ireland for tourism for a period of three months or less. You should have a passport that is valid throughout the entire period of your intended trip.
For more information contact a Passport Health Passport and Visa specialist by calling 1-844-366-8472 or by filling out our online form.
Ireland is famous for its rainy weather. While rain is most likely to occur during the winter months, weather can change quickly. Most rainstorms disappear as quickly as they arrive. This keeps the rain from disrupting most people’s plans.
The weather in Ireland tends to be fairly identical across the entire island. Because of Ireland’s position and the currents that warm its waters, it tends to have mild weather. The temperatures in the summer months are in the high-60’s. During the winter, temperatures are in the 40’s. The temperature rarely falls below freezing, and heavy snowfall is rare on the island.
Because of Ireland’s latitude, the sunset and sunrise times change greatly. Sunset in the summer can be well after 11 PM, while in the winter the sun may set as early as 4:30 PM.
Ireland is a safe country for tourists in general. The country has a low rate of violent crime, but some petty crime is common. Pickpocketing is possible, so you should always keep an eye on your belongings. ATM crime may be a concern; always protect your PIN and check ATMs for signs of tampering.
Rental cars have also been targets for crime in recent years. These cars are distinguishable by stickers often placed in the rear windows. You should remove the sticker if possible, and always keep your rental car locked.
Blarney Castle is a medieval castle built before the year 1200 located in County Cork. The castle was involved in a few different wars and sieges over the centuries. It has been rebuilt three separate times, the last time in 1446.
The castle is one of Ireland’s best-known and most popular tourist destinations. This is partially because of the tradition of kissing the Blarney Stone. This stone has many legends to describe its origin. Some say it was the stone struck by Moses in the Bible that began to gush water. But, it is known for its mythical ability to give “the gift of gab”—or eloquence—to those who kiss it. Visitors from all over the world and of all walks of life come to Ireland to kiss the Blarney Stone.
To make the best of your Ireland trip, remember to bring all the essentials.
The U.S. embassy to Ireland is located in the capital city of Dublin.
U.S. Embassy Dublin
42 Elgin Road
Phone: +353 1 668-8777
Consider enrolling in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program before your trip to stay up-to-date on all important travel notifications in the country.
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