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What travel insurance do I need when visiting Ireland ?

How to prepare for your trip to Ireland ?

With its rich romantic history, beautiful countryside, and the famously welcoming attitude of the locals, Ireland has long drawn tourists from across the globe. Before and during your trip, AXA is here to help you by providing comprehensive travel insurance, plenty of advice on important information, like visa requirements, as well as the weather, safety, and Ireland’s must-see attractions.

The first thing you need to know is that although Ireland is in the European Union it is not a member of the Schengen Area of countries with automatic visa-free travel. As a result, you cannot travel to Ireland on a Schengen Visa, nor can one be issued from there. Instead, should you require a visa you will need to apply for an Irish one. However, residents of a number of countries do not need a visa to travel to Ireland - including those from the U.K., U.S., and EU/EEA countries.

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What travel insurance do I need when visiting Ireland?

If you are requesting a visa to travel to Ireland, you need to prove you have valid medical and travel insurance. AXA Europe Travel and AXA Multi Trip insurance covers all European Union member states - including Ireland - and provides you with additional coverage of medical costs up to €100,000, help recovering lost vital items, and other assistance. All our products come with a free, easily available online certificate and assistance 24 hours, 7 days a week.

Advice on health, vaccinations, and Covid-19

The U.S. CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccinations for Ireland: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, rabies, meningitis, polio, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis), chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia, and influenza.

Information on Covid-19

From July, Ireland is implementing the EU’s Digital COVID Certificate (DCC) for travel originating within the EU/EEA. A DCC will show if a passenger is vaccinated against Covid-19, has recovered from Covid-19, or has a negative test result.

The status of passengers from outside the EU will depend on whether they are arriving from a country on which the EU has applied “emergency brake” measures or not. For those countries without an emergency brake, you will need to present proof of vaccination - and then no travel-related testing or quarantine will be necessary. Alternatively, you will need to present evidence of a negative PCR test result within 72 hours prior to arrival into the country, self-quarantine, or undergo post-arrival testing. If they have proof of vaccination, those from countries named under “emergency brake” procedures will need to produce a negative result from a PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival, self-quarantine, and undergo post-arrival testing. Those without proof of vaccination will need to produce evidence of a negative result from a PCR test undertaken no more than 72 hours before arrival, undergo mandatory hotel quarantine, and post-arrival testing.

You should check to see if these rules have been updated before you book your trip, and before traveling.

Will I be covered on my insurance for Covid-19 related issues?

We will cover your medical costs related to coronavirus provided you haven't traveled against the advice of the World Health Organization, your government or the Irish government, or the medical advice of your doctor.

AXA Schengen Travel Insurance policies cover medical costs related to Covid-19 within the limits, conditions, and exclusions defined in each insurance policy. Our policies will cover your medical costs if you are the victim of an accident or fall ill, including suffering from Covid-19 and related illnesses.

The certificates of insurance provided on our website include the statement: "Medical expenses related to Covid-19 are covered within the limits, conditions, and exclusions defined in the insurance policy.

Our policies are available to purchase whatever your age and nationality, at no extra cost, and meet the standards required by the European Union countries in order to obtain a Schengen or national visa. They also take care of medical repatriation expenses, including when its causes are linked to Covid-19.

How to get to Ireland

By plane : Ireland’s main airport is in Dublin, with flights arriving from across Europe, the U.S., and other major international hubs. Other airports are Cork, Donegal, Ireland West Knock, Kerry, and Shannon.

By car : One of the best ways to see Ireland is by car. Ireland's roads link Dublin with all the major cities, and a car may be the best way to see Ireland’s more rural areas. Driving is on the left.

By ferry : There are direct trips to Ireland from the U.K., mainland Europe and Scandinavia.

By bus : An express coach network connects most cities in Ireland, along with local bus services in the provincial cities.

Discover Ireland

There’s plenty to enjoy in Ireland whatever you are looking for from a holiday, whether you want to find yourself with nature, or are looking to take in the Dublin nightlife. Top attractions include the Connemara and Killarney national parks, the latter of which contains Ireland’s last remaining forest. Lovers of a tipple who visit Dublin can enjoy a drink at the Guinness brewery or Jameson distillery before heading out to one of Dublin’s many bars and pubs. History lovers are also spoilt for choice, with Ireland’s many castles a must-see. These include Blarney Castle near Cork, with its main attraction – the Blarney Stone. The stone is believed to give the gift of the gab to anyone who leans over the sharp drop off to kiss it.

Practical information

The Irish capital is Dublin, where most countries will have their embassy. Check to see where the embassy of your home nation is before leaving in case you need to visit in an emergency. The official languages are Irish and English. The currency is the Euro. Cars drive on the left.

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Frequently asked questions about travel insurance to Ireland

Why is Ireland not part of the Schengen Area ?

When the Schengen treaty was signed Ireland opted out of it along with the U.K. with which it shared a common travel area allowing British and Irish citizens to move freely and reside in either jurisdiction.

Will my travel insurance fees be refunded if my visa is refused ?

Yes. If your visa is refused AXA will refund your insurance fees in most cases but you will need to provide documentation stating why your application was refused.

Are my children covered by AXA’s travel insurance ?

Yes. AXA’s insurance provides coverage for your family on your trip - providing you with peace of mind throughout your stay.