Located on the edge of Europe and less than six hours from the east coast of the United States, we’re easy to get to, and easy-going. Only two hours from many mainland Europe capitals and 50 minutes from London, access to Ireland is simple from most parts of the world. Over 189 US flights, 1,368 EU flights and 1,159 UK flights arrive into Ireland every week, with Dublin, Shannon, Cork, Kerry and Belfast Airports always ready to cater for international visitors. As the only country in Europe to offer US Customs and Immigration pre-clearance prior to departure, travelling back across the Atlantic from Ireland couldn’t be more convenient.
Dublin Port Tunnel cuts journey time from the airport to the city centre, to 12-15 minutes. Private/public bus services operate from the airport are called Air coach and Airlink and tickets cost approximately €15 – €20 return.
Most international car rental companies have representation in the airport terminal. Taxis are readily available for hire outside the airport (a taxi journey into the city centre from the airport should cost approximately €25.00 – €30.00).
Banks and Exchange Office
Credit and Debit Cards
Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted throughout the island of Ireland; American Express is accepted in some places but not all. Credit cards can be used for purchases and also to withdraw cash from ATMs (although this usually is accompanied by a fee). You can also withdraw cash from ATMs with your MasterCard or Visa debit card. Fees will still be charged but at a lower rate to credit cards. Ireland uses “chip and pin” system for debit and credit card transactions. Most retailers will accept swipe cards but please note this is not always guaranteed.
Banks in Ireland generally open around 09:30 and close about 16:30, Monday to Friday. Selected banks may open on Saturday mornings ATM (cash) machines are located at most banks and in cities, towns and villages and accept most credit and debit cards.
Traveller’s cheques are no longer widely accepted on the island of Ireland.
In Ireland, an umbrella and sunglasses are your best friends!
Well, it rains sometimes in Ireland, but long showers are quite rare and it’s what keeps us green. The mild climate makes every season suitable to visit Ireland. In summer the average daytime temperature inland is approximately 18 °C.
Wondering what to pack?
Choose layers that are easy to put on and take off when the temperature changes. Take a sweater (even in summer), waterproof jacket, sunglasses, comfortable walking shoes and an umbrella.
Although the sun may not seem very bright, it is still important to use sunscreen. The hottest months, July and August, get about 18 hours of daylight, only turning dark after 23:00. Hence the well-known saying in Ireland, “make the most of your evening”.
Culture and Entertainment
Dublin is a truly unique capital that’s steeped in tradition yet young at heart. Dublin is a coastal city within easy reach of rolling countryside and mountains, a place that will still your mind, inspire your heart and fill your soul. There is so much to see and do in and around Dublin; visit www.visitdublin.com and have a look at the insiders’ tips tab.
Ireland’s main currency is the Euro. Because most places you visit will be able to take your credit or debit cards, you don’t need to take much cash. In fact, there is really no reason to get Euros before you leave.
The voltage in Ireland is the same as the rest of Europe (220 volts), you’ll need to use an adapter for plugs.
Dial 999 or 911 for emergency services, but hopefully you won’t need these.
Food and Drink
When it comes to food on the island of Ireland, you need to start at the very beginning. The purity of the natural produce here has made the island one of the most talked about food destinations in Europe, with an emphasis on artisan cheese, exceptional beef and lamb and fresh-off-the-boat seafood.
The green pastures deep valleys and abundant waters surround the island have helped create outstanding natural flavours that you won’t get everywhere else.
From sublime smoked salmon to the creamiest butter imaginable, Ireland’s food boasts an impeccable provenance and can be best enjoyed here in the very place it comes from.
We have two official languages, English and Gaelic. English is the most widely spoken, with just 30% of the Irish population fluent in Gaelic.
Phoning from Ireland
When using your mobile phone keep in mind that only digital phones with Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) services and a roaming agreement will work on the island of Ireland.
Shopping and Opening Hours
Most shops in Dublin typically open from 09:00 – 18:00 Mondays to Saturdays, extending their opening hours every Thursday until 20:00. Some of the city’s shopping centres and department stores open every day until 20:00 – 21:00. Currently, nearly all stores on Sundays are open from midday until 18:00.
Tourist Information Office
To make the most of your holiday in Ireland, make sure your first stop is a visit to one of the tourist information centres where you will receive free and independent advice, information, maps and literature to enhance your holiday experience.
The friendly and professional staff are happy to help you discover the capital city of Dublin and the many places of interest around the country, including the Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland’s Ancient East and Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands.
Dublin is a walkable city, easy to get around and easy to navigate.
Public transport is certainly not the only way to travel around Dublin or Ireland but it’s one of the best! All the islands public transport is over ground, so it’s easy to enjoy the sites and scenery along your journey.
Jump on our coastal train, the DART, to discover the beautiful towns and villages dotted along the Dublin coast, or use our extensive public bus network to travel the city and suburbs. There’s the Luas tram system to get you out to the suburbs too as well as bicycle hire throughout the city! If you are here for a few days then the best value across bus and rail options is the Leap Visitor Card.
Why not download the official Transport for Ireland Journey Planner to view all Dublin’s transport options. It’s completely free and covers bus, Luas, taxis, ferries and even walking!
It is the sole responsibility of the attendee to take care of his / her visa requirements. Attendees who require an entry visa must allow sufficient time for the application procedure. Attendees should contact the nearest embassy or consulate to determine the appropriate timing of their visa applications. It is recommended to apply for a visa at least 3 months in advance of the congress. When the registration has already been paid, the registration fee minus a handling fee of EUR 50 will be refunded after the congress (no later than 14 days after the congress) if the visa was applied for in time, and proof of this, together with an official notice from the embassy confirming that a visa could not be granted, is forwarded to K.I.T. Group.
Ireland’s passport and visa requirements vary for different nationalities so check with your local Irish embassy or consulate before you travel. EU citizens need a valid passport or national identity card to enter Ireland and Northern Ireland. Always check what form of ID is required by your individual airline, ferry company or travel agent before travelling. Although Ireland is a member of the EU, it is not in the Schengen Area so Schengen visas do not apply.
Nationals from countries which are not exempt will require a Conference/Event visa to attend the Congress. There is an extensive list of countries requiring a visa available at: http://www.inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/Pages/visa-required-countries. Requirements for Short Stay Conference Visa are available here.
You can also find out about visa requirements from your local embassy or consulate. Anyone coming to Ireland on a visa and wishing to visit Northern Ireland, England, Scotland or Wales, would need a multiple entry Irish visa and a UK visa as well. Your passport must be valid up to the return date of your trip to Ireland.