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Ireland is a highly developed democracy with a modern economy. Tourist facilities are widely available. Read the Department of State Background Notes on Ireland for additional information.


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Country Name: Ireland
Continent: Europe
Capital City: Dublin
Boundary Countries:

United Kingdom

Recommended Hospitals in Capital:

Cork:  Bon Secours Hospital
Dublin:  Beaumont Hospital, Bon Secours Hospital, Cherry Orchard Hospital, Mater Private Hospital, Mercy University Hospital
Galway:  Bon Secours Hospital
Tralee:  Bon Secours Hospital

Main Cities:

Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Killarney

Country Size: 70,280 sq km
Population: 3,969,558



English (official) is the language generally used, Irish (official) (Gaelic or Gaeilge) spoken mainly in areas located along the western seaboard

Currency: Euro (EUR)
Predominant Religions:

Roman Catholic 88.4%, Church of Ireland 3%, other Christian 1.6%, other 1.5%, unspecified 1%, none 3.5%.

National Holidays: Saint Patrick's Day, 17 March
Economic Status:

Ireland is a highly developed democracy with a modern economy.


Irish Defense Forces (Oglaigh na h-Eireann): Army (includes Naval Service and Air Corps)

US Presence:

The US Embassy is located at 42 Elgin Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, tel (353) (1) 668-8777, after hours number: (353) (1) 668-9612, fax: (353) (1) 668-8056, and online at http://dublin.usembassy.gov.

Document Requirements:

A passport is necessary, but a visa is not required for tourist or business stays of up to three months.  Visit the Embassy of Ireland web site for the most current visa information, or contact the Embassy at 2234 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC  20008, tel: 1-202-462-3939, or the nearest Irish consulate in Boston, Chicago, New York or San Francisco.

Information about dual nationality or the prevention of international child abduction can be found on our website.  For further information about customs regulations, please read our Customs Information Sheet.

The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Ireland.

Major Airports:

Airports:  36, Airports w/paved runways:  15

Dublin Airport (DUB/EIDW)
Dublin Airport, Ireland, Aer Rianta, Dublin, REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
Tel: +353 (0)1 814 1111, +353 (0)1 814 4092
Fax: +353 (0)1 814 4364
Customs, hours: 24 hours
Tel: +353 (0)1 808 0400

Servicing Airlines:
+ Aer Lingus     + AerArann     + Air Canada    
+ Air France     + Air Transat     + American Airlines    
+ Belavia     + bmi British Midland     + bmiBaby    
+ British Airways     + Centralwings     + Continental Airlines    
+ easyJet     + Flybe     + FlyGlobespan    
+ German Wings     + Iberia     + Jet2    
+ LOT Polish Airlines     + Lufthansa     + Luxair    
+ Ryanair     + Scandinavian Airlines System      + Sky Europe    
+ Spanair     + Swissair     + Turkish Airlines    
+ USAir     + Wizz Air    
Risks and Precautions:

Ireland remains largely free of terrorist incidents. There have been spates of violence in Northern Ireland associated with paramilitary organizations.  These incidents have the potential for some spillover into Ireland. Several Americans have reported incidents of verbal abuse and one reported a physical assault apparently in reaction to U.S. policy on the war on terrorism. Americans are advised to avoid public demonstrations in general and to monitor local media when protests occur. Although Ireland has historically had a low rate of violent crime, it is increasing, and there have been a limited number of incidents in which foreigners and tourists have been victims of assault, including instances of violence toward those who appear to be members of racial minority groups.

Mortality Statistics:

Infant MR total:  5.5 deaths/ 1,000 live births

Life expectancy at birth:  TOTAL 77.36  (male 74.74/ female 80.15)

Immunization Indicators:

Required:  None

Recommended:  Hep A & B
Boosters:  MMR, DPT, poliovirus

Infectious Disease Concerns:

In 2004-2005 there has been a marked increase in reported cases of mumps in the United Kingdom. As of mid-December 2006, the number of reported mumps cases in the United Kingdom had declined compared with the same period in 2005.

Overall Quality of Medical Services:

Modern medical facilities and highly skilled medical practitioners are available in Ireland. Because of high demand, however, access to medical specialists can be difficult and admissions to hospitals for certain non-life threatening medical conditions may require spending significant periods of time on waiting lists. Those traveling to or intending to reside in Ireland who may require medical treatment while in Ireland should consult with their personal physicians prior to traveling.

Providers in Network:
Direct Payment: 11
Referrals: 86
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Recent Medical Threats/ Concerns/Warnings:

Variant Creutzfeldt-Jacob (in animals bovine spongiform encephalopathy/mad-cow disease) cases have been reported primarily from the United Kingdom. Also, see “Infectious Disease Concerns”.

Communications Info:

Country Calling Code:  +353

Internet Country Code:  .ie


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