Do I need a passport for Ireland?

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A passport - kenishirotie

You need to travel to Ireland, but don’t know if you need a passport to enter the country? Don’t panic, we’ll help you find out what you need to make your passage through Ireland trouble-free!

Passport to Ireland

The main principles:

Before you start, here are the main principles to respect in order to avoid problems later on:

  • Take more than 6 months in advance before planning your trip: this will give you time to make your administrative requests, make sure you have the necessary papers to provide…etc.
  • Make sure you know how long it will take to obtain a passport from your city hall (delays vary from one city to another and can be a determining factor in your project)
  • Avoid booking your plane tickets without knowing the terms and conditions of entry that will apply to you. This will save you stress and money in the event of a forced cancellation of your ticket.

Do I need a passport to enter Ireland?

Most travellers will need a valid passport to enter the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland with the following exceptions:

  • british nationals (who can use an official photo ID)
  • eU nationals. (who can use a national identity card).

For others, the presentation of a passport is MANDATORY in order to enter Irish territory.

Please note that a biometric passport is not an obligation for Ireland. A simple passport can also do the trick.

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