About Ireland

passportPassports and Visas

The Visa requirements for Northern Ireland are different to those of the Republic of Ireland. Northern Ireland is part of the Uk and as such subject to British immigration law. For more information on UK Visa requirements click here. For ROI click here. Due to a recent change in the law, many countries outside the EU are now able to visit the ROI with a UK Visa. EU members are free to enter both the UK and ROI without a Visa. Please ensure you are familiar with the requirements and have the necessary arrangements in place before you travel.

piggy bankMoney & exchange rates

Britain’s unit of currency is the Great British Pound (sterling) – GBP. Please note the Euro is generally not accepted within the UK as payment! The Pound is accepted within Northern Ireland but not Republic of Ireland. The Euro is the main currency in the ROI.
Foreign currency can be exchanged at banks, post offices, some hotels and Bureau de Change kiosks, which are found at international airports and most city centres. All credit cards that bear the Visa, MasterCard or American Express logo are widely accepted in Britain and the Republic or Ireland.

mousaeEmail and Communications

Telephone boxes are still widely used within Ireland the UK and usually accept coins or prepay cards. Many public phones also allow you to access email, the internet and send SMS messages. Many hotels, cafes, restaurants and public areas offer a Wi-fi service, often free of charge.

The international dialling code for Britain is +44 and Ireland is +353 Most dual and tri band mobile phones that have GSM 900 or 1800, will work in Britain and Ireland. It’s best to check with your mobile phone provider before you leave to check prices and access. To use an overseas SIM card you will need to make sure that your phone is not ‘locked’ to a specific network provider.

All phone companies offer a ‘pay as you go’ SIM card which can be widely purchased throughout the UK and ROI. We will include a SIM card with your information pack that allows cheap international calls if you wish to use this. Please note this is a UK sim card and may cost more in the ROI.

What things cost

Here's the approximate cost of a few daily items:

- A hotel breakfast - €5- €17 or
- Dinner (3-course, no wine) - €15- €45
- Lunch snack/sandwich - €2- €4
- Postcard stamp to anywhere abroad – 50c
- Cola can - €1
- Pint of beer in pub - €2- €4

Health

It is a requirement of Great Irish Trips that all customers have their own private travel insurance which covers all potential medical expenses.

If you become ill while visiting Britain, you can get free emergency treatment in the Accident and Emergency departments of National Health Service hospitals. However, in the Republic of Ireland or if you are admitted to hospital as an in-patient, or referred to an out-patient clinic, you will be asked to pay unless you meet certain exemption criteria.
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