Travel Tips

Passports

In Ireland, Passport application forms are available from all Garda stations and from Post Offices that provide the "Passport Express" service.

Children under 16 years of age, who are Irish Citizens may be included on a parents' passport at the time of issue and can travel to most countries up to their 16th Birthday without a separate passport. A person over 16 MUST have his/her own passport. A child under 16 years of age can hold a passport in his or her own right with the consent of both parents.

Your passport is a valuable document. You must carry it when travelling abroad, including on visits to other members states of the European Union except the U.K., although it is advisable to bring some form of identification when travelling to the U.K. You will often have to produce your passport when registering at hotels or cashing travellers cheques.

For further up to date information on passports visit www.irlgov.ie website and look for Foreign Affairs, Department of.

Some countries insist that passports must be valid for 6 or more months after the date you are visiting.

Visas

Many countries require Irish Citizens to have a visa before they can enter that country on holiday or to work. Please check with your Worldchoice agent about visas for your destination or the Embassy or Consulate of the Country you intend to visit.

Please allow plenty of time to apply for your visa if required.

USA VISA WAIVER PROGRAM INFORMATION

As you may be aware the US government is planning to implement changes that will affect passengers planning to travel to the United States. These changes are due to come into effect immediately.

The new system is known as ESTA, which stands for Electronic System for Travel Authorisation. It is designed to add another layer of security for the Dept of Homeland Security to determine if an individual is eligible to travel to US. It will act in conjunction with the current green visa waiver form (I-94W).

It will become mandatory for passengers to log on to a website and manually fill in their details. Application is quick, simple and free. Authorisation is normally granted immediately but may take up to 72 hours. Once granted, authorisation is valid for two years. Travellers do not need to have firm plans to travel to apply for authorisation.

Travellers with a resident permit 'green card' or travelling on a visa will not need to apply for authorisation as they are not travelling under the visa-waiver programme.

The website is https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov
For more information please visit www.visitusa.org.uk

Health Issues & Vaccinations

Prior to travelling abroad for an extended period you should consider consulting your doctor in order to discuss known or possible health risks. This is particularly important if you are visiting a tropical region or a country where the conditions exist for the spread of infectious diseases. If you take medication on a regular basis you should ask your doctor to prescribe an amount adequate for your visit and bring it with you.

Certain diseases are prevalent in particular world regions. Malaria is present in parts of Africa, Central and South America, Asia and the Pacific. Some diseases or illnesses - e.g. cholera, dysentery, hepatitis A, typhoid, various types of food poisoning - can be contracted from consumption of contaminated food or water, especially in areas where standards of hygiene are low. If you are visiting such areas you should avoid certain foodstuffs, particularly dairy products salads, seafood and untreated water.

For further information on vaccinations click on www.travelvax.net

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E111

If you are visiting another Member State of the European Union you are entitled to receive emergency medical treatment on the same basis as a national of the country concerned, but you must bring with you a form E111 issued by your local Health Board.

Remember however, the form E111, does not replace full Travel Insurance Cover.

Pre-trip planning checklist

Have you got?

  1. A Valid Passport
  2. A Visa if necessary
  3. Holiday Insurance
  4. Travellers Cheques & Foreign Currency & Credit Cards
  5. Vaccination requirements
  6. Car Hire and your Driving Licence

For your peace of mind!

  1. Switch off Gas and Electricity
  2. Lock all windows and doors securely
  3. Cancel milk and newspaper deliveries.
  4. Leave a house key and contact address with a neighbour or the police.
  5. Check dates and flight timings on your tickets

Safety First when Travelling.

  1. Invest in adequate travel/medical insurance
  2. Bring enough money for your trip, but limit the amount of cash you carry - by using traveller's cheques, euro cheques or international credit cards.
  3. Ensure your passport is valid for longer than the duration of your trip.
  4. Bring a photocopy of the personal information pages of your passport Ensure that you obtain in advance, any visas you require.
  5. Do not overstay the period of your permitted visit.
  6. Never carry items for others
  7. Never leave your luggage unattended.
  8. Consider leaving valuables in the hotel safe or safety deposit box.
  9. Seek advice locally about places to visit and to steer clear of; at night avoid dark or isolated areas.
  10. Keep in touch with home and let family or friends know when they can next expect to hear from you and how they can contact you in an emergency
  11. Plan the routes of car journeys in advance, keep doors locked, do not give lifts to hitchhikers, park in safe and well-lit areas.