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Living in Ireland guide

Find out all you need to know to relocate and live in Ireland with the expat guide

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Generalities

General information
  • Ireland is one of Northern Europe's key expatriation and tourism destinations thanks to its mild climate, its stable economy and political situation.

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Formalities

Visas, passports and entry requirements
  • Foreigners in Ireland are allowed to celebrate their civil, secular or religious marriage in Ireland provided they fill in all required formalities.

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  • European Union nationals do not require a visa to travel to Ireland. They can simply produce a valid passport for a maximum 90 days stay in the country.

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Visas

Work visas, work permits, working holiday visas and residence permits
  • If you are going to work in Ireland, you are advised to inquire if you need a work visa and a work permit. This does not apply to European Union citizens.

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Work

Labour market, how to find a job
  • Want to become a digital nomad in Ireland? The digital nomad's guide to Ireland will help you make the most of your nomadic life abroad.

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  • Cork City has a developed economy which is based on several sectors, namely pharmaceutical industry and new technologies.

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  • Dublin, Ireland's capital city, is full of job opportunities for expatriates. You will have no trouble in finding a job if you are moving there.

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  • Ireland's economy has gradually started to recover from the global economic crisis. Its labor market is now quite dynamic and open to foreigners.

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  • If you wish to set up a business in Ireland, you should first seek the authorization of the Irish Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform.

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Accommodation

How to rent a house or an apartment, leases and rental agreements
  • Find accommodation in Cork is not a difficult task. But rent prices in some neighborhoods are higher than in others. Make sure to compare beforehand.

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  • Dublin's different neighborhoods are all interesting in terms of housing, affordable rent prices and other facilities offered.

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  • Finding accommodation in Ireland can be a quite complicated task. Demands are far higher than the supply and rent prices can be quite high in some regions.

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Study

Student visa, University registration
  • Do you wish to study in Ireland? All enrollment formalities have to be filled in at the Central Admissions Office. Student visas are also available.

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  • Details about studying in Ireland in general and studying make-up in particular

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Health care

Public and private health systems
  • The Irish public health care system is fairly managed at regional levels. But you are advised to subscribe to a health insurance before moving there.

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Bank

Open and manage a bank account
  • Foreigners are allowed to open a bank account in Ireland provided they produce their identity documents, residence permit or visa and proof of residence.

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Tax

Tax system, income tax
  • If you are working in Ireland, you will have to pay income tax. Like in most European countries, income tax in Ireland is deducted at source.

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Transports

Train, bus, plane, car rental
  • If you wish to travel across Ireland, you can choose among different means of transport: buses, trains, planes, taxis, etc., or even rent a car.

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Driver's licence

Driving requirements
  • European Union nationals are allowed to drive in Ireland with their national driving license. They may also exchange it for an Irish driver's license.

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  • Getting a driver's license for someone outside the EU or one of the countries with left-side driving is like starting all over again...

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Removal

moving, formalities and useful tips
  • Relocating to Ireland requires proper planning. Hence, you are advised to hire removal experts to assist you with related proceedings.

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Communications

Phone line, internet provider, post office
  • Like most European countries, Ireland also enjoys good high-speed and broadband internet coverage via its numerous internet service providers.

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  • Ireland has an extensive telecommunications network, including land lines and mobile phones allowing you to make local and international phone calls.

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Leisure

Sports, leisure and cultural activities
  • Sports are very popular in Ireland. Gaelic sports such as Gaelic football, hurling and rugby, etc., are the Irishs' most favorite sports.

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  • Visiting Ireland can take days, weeks and even months. There are so many things to discover there: ruins, landscapes, forests, amusement parks, etc.

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  • Your pet must be in possession of an animal passport and health and vaccination cards to be allowed to travel with you to Ireland.

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  • If you are moving to Ireland with your less than 6 years old children, you can easily register them with a nursery, kindergarten or preprimary school.

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