Key features of our travel insurance for Ireland

Known for its rugged, green scenery, traditional pubs and friendly locals, Ireland is a favourite with UK holidaymakers looking for a short trip abroad.

With the emerald isle being so close to the UK, some people may forget the need for travel insurance when planning a trip there. It is important to remember that wherever you’re visiting, holiday insurance is a necessity.

To be sure you are adequately covered simply give us a call on 0800 033 4902 and a member of our team will gladly discuss all the options with you.

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Cover for medical conditions in Ireland

If you are a UK resident, you do not need a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) to access healthcare services when on a temporary stay in Ireland. Simply show proof that you are a resident in the UK (a driving licence or passport is usually sufficient) along with documentation that shows your NHS number.

Ireland travel information


If you need emergency medical assistance while in Ireland, dial 112 for an ambulance. If you are referred to a medical facility for treatment, make sure you contact your travel insurance company immediately.


Ireland is a member of the Common Travel Area so there are no visas required for British travellers. You are advised to take your British passport with you as Irish immigration officers check the ID of all passengers arriving by air from the UK.

Driving in Ireland

Driving is much the same as in Britain and you’ll be pleased to know you will not have to get used to driving on the right, but be aware that speed limits and road signs are in kilometres, not miles. Drink driving is a very serious offence in Ireland, the legal limit being 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood.

You can drive using the driving license of the country you are resident in – no international driving license is required.


  • Exchanging currency to Euros is straightforward and can be done through currency exchange providers. It’s a good idea to buy your Euros well in advance as exchange rates in airports and stations can often be poor.
  • Credit and debit cards are widely accepted throughout Ireland, both at cashiers and at cash point machines.
  • Banks are generally open from 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday except for public holidays when they are closed.

Travel Insurance Ireland

For your Ireland travel insurance quote, simply apply online or speak to one of our travel insurance specialists on 0800 033 4902.

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*Price is correct at the time of publishing, based on one person aged 18-65 on a Basic policy travelling within 30 days of purchase, excluding medical conditions