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Do I need a visa to travel to Ireland?

British subjects born in the United Kingdom when traveling to Ireland do not require passports and visas. However, identification is required. Residents of the U.K. or those traveling to Ireland via the U.K. do require a passport and may require a visa. From the United States and Canada a valid passport is required. For current information, visit the Irish Government website (

Can I use my U.S. driver's licence as I.D. in Ireland?

A valid U.S. or Canadian driver's license is sufficient to drive a car in Ireland, but is not a suitable form of identification. A passport is required.

How can I get health insurance while in Ireland?

The Irish National Health Plan does not cover U.S. or Canadian visitors. Ask your insurance agent before travel if your health plan is valid in Ireland. Visitors from the United Kingdom should obtain an E111 form prior to travel from your local post office and present this in Ireland for treatment from any general practitioner who has an agreement with a local health board.

Do I need health insurance before coming to Ireland?

Yes, we recommend that your travel insurance covers this. Please check with your insurance provider.

Can I get U.S. prescriptions filled in Ireland?

You should bring with you a sufficient supply of any regularly-prescribed medicine you take. If needed, it is advisable to visit an Irish general practitioner, explain your situation, and get an Irish prescription which any pharmacy will service.

What will happen if I get sick while in Ireland?

Admission to hospital is usually arranged by a doctor. In the event of an emergency situation, you should present identification to the hospital services. Hospital services are provided free of charge in a public ward for British and E.U. visitors.

What is the emergency phone number in Ireland?

Emergency services - dial 999

Can I custom-build my vacation or do I have to follow your itineraries?

We are here to help you plan the vacation that is right for you. If you can't find exactly what you're looking for on our website, just let us know and we'll get to work designing a trip that's specifically tailored to your interests, schedule, and budget.

Do you book flights?

No, we don’t book flights…we’ve found that it’s easier for our clients to book flights themselves.

Do golfers need to have travel insurance?

Due to the fact that many people now have annual travel insurance  and others obtain it through a variety of ways including frequent flyer or credit card benefits we ask that all travellers must take out their own insurance prior to travel. If you do not have travel insurance, more information can be viewed at

Are your accommodations graded and inspected?

Yes. All lodgings and other vacation products are thoroughly inspected and graded by the Irish Tourist Board authorities.

What are your Terms and Conditions?

Please click here to view our Terms and Conditions.

What clothes should I pack?

If golfing, one should always pack golf waterproofs which allow easy movement. While polo shirts, light trousers and even tailored shorts may well be required, it is essential to have adequate rain gear. Because of the variable weather, clothes should be flexible enough to allow for temperature change. Between May and September, it is usually warm but a light waterproof jacket should still be packed. From October to April, heavier sweaters are recommended, particularly if spending time outdoors.

What is the voltage in Ireland?

The standard electrical supply is 230 volts AC (50 cycles). To use small appliances, you may need a plug adaptor to fit our 3 pin flat or 2 pin round wall sockets. If required, small travel transformers and adaptors should be purchased prior to departure.

Can I charge my U.S. laptop in Ireland?

Yes, most laptops and devices can be charged at your desired hotel with an adaptor for US plugs.

What is the weather like in Ireland?

Click here for information about Ireland's weather.

Where can I get the best exchange rate in Ireland, at a bank or at an ATM?

The exchange rate in Ireland is the same either at a bank counter or via an ATM operated by that bank.

Should I convert my money to Euros in the U.S. or Ireland?

Either will suffice. It is advisable to exchange some currency prior to travel.

Should I use cash or travellers checks?

It is advisable to have some cash upon arrival for incidentals such as tips, taxis, etc. Please note you should not bring $100 bills with you as banks will not exchange these due to the high amount of forgeries with this note.

Will ATMs in Ireland accept my bankcards?

ATMs located in most banks accept VISA and MasterCard as well as PLUS and CIRRUS debit cards.

Will I be charged to use my U.S. bankcard in Irish ATMs?

You will be charged the exchange rate and a bank-handling fee. Check with your bank prior to travel.

Are credit cards readily accepted in Ireland?

Yes, credit cards are widely accepted in Ireland.

Which U.S. credit cards can I use in Ireland?

VISA, MasterCard, AMEX are widely accepted in Ireland. Diners Club is accepted in most establishments but usually in urban areas.

How can I get a VAT refund?

Be sure to ask for a tax free shopping form with each purchase and present these forms to either the Global Tax Free Shopping or Tax Back counter at the airport prior to your departure. (Not valid for U.K. or E.U. originating visitors)

Is tipping expected in Irish restaurants, bars, hotels and taxis?

Many hotels and restaurants add a service charge of about 10-15% to the bill (check). However this is not universal. When service is not included a tip of 15% is appropriate. Taxi drivers should be tipped 10% of the fare and porters about 50 cents per bag.

What about tipping caddies?

Caddies are requested for customers but cannot be guaranteed, as they are effectively self-employed. The standard cost for a caddy at most clubs is between €25 and €38 per bag. Gratuity varies depending on your satisfaction but a tip of between €10 and €20 is recommended. The rates vary from course to course and you should check with the caddy master at the course.

What hours are banks open in Ireland?

Banks are open Monday thru Friday, 10am - 4pm with some branches open later on a Thursday.

What is the exchange rate between my currency and the Euro?

The exchange rate varies so it’s best to check regularly.

Will I be able to get Internet access in Ireland?

Most 4- and 5-star hotels in Ireland offer Internet access direct from your hotel room. Internet cafes are situated in most major cities and towns.

How much does it cost to send a letter from Ireland?

Postal charges to the United Kingdom and other E.U. countries are 38 cents per letter. Charges to other countries depend upon the weight and size of the parcel/letter, the destination of the post, and the form of transport chosen.

When are post offices open?

Post offices are open Monday thru Friday 9am - 5:30pm and Saturday 9am - 1pm, 2:15pm - 5pm

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