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Ireland Travel Insurance

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Canada enjoys a strong positive bilateral relationship with Ireland. The two countries share people-to-people, family, and cultural ties, democratic political traditions, and a mutually beneficial commercial relationship.

Furthermore, 14% of the Canadian population, more than 4.4 million Canadians, claims to have Irish ancestry. As a result, Irish is the fourth largest ethnic group in Canada. Also, young people from both countries can travel to either country to work up to two years; this is made possible via the Canada-Ireland Working Holiday Programme.

Whether you are traveling to Ireland for education, work, or tourism, you need to protect yourself and your family with the right Ireland travel insurance. The coverage should be comprehensive and cover medical emergencies, trip cancellation and so forth.

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Basic Information About Ireland

Some important information on Ireland Travel Insurance that we think you’ll want to know before you travel.

Name Value
Currency Euro
Official languages Irish and English
Capital Dublin
Continent Europe
Population Approx. 4.8 million
Plug type Plug type G
Driving side Left-hand side
  • Spring – March to May
  • Summer – June to August
  • Autumn – September to November
  • Winter – December to February
Laws Local laws and customs


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Ireland Security Measures for travelers

The decision to travel abroad is your choice and you are responsible for your personal safety abroad. Since we care about your security and safety abroad, we provide useful and credible information in our Travel Advice to help you in making an informed decision and to stay safe while in the Republic of Ireland.

Risk Level

Ireland – Take normal security precautions

Entry / Exit requirements

The Republic of Ireland, just like other countries, can decide who passes through its borders (whether entry or exit). In other words, the Government of Canada will not interfere with the country’s decision to let you in or out if you do not meet Ireland’s entry or exit requirements.

The information on this page was obtained from the Irish authorities, however, it can change at any time. Moreover, you can verify the information with foreign diplomatic missions and consulates in Canada.


The entry requirement that applies to you depends on the passport you use for travel. Learn about passport requirements from your transportation company before you travel.

  • Regular Canadian Passport – You need to hold a passport valid for your expected period of stay in Ireland
  • Passport for official travel – Different rules may apply. Learn more about official travel here.
  • Other travel documents – The entry rule that may apply when traveling with a temporary passport or an emergency travel document could differ. Contact the closest diplomatic mission for Ireland to find out about the applicable travel document before you travel.

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Ireland Healthcare

Ireland operates both private and public healthcare system. Some hospitals are run by the government while some others are privately owned. When traveling from Canada to Ireland, you need to be sure that you have the right Ireland travel insurance or private medical insurance to cover you and your loved ones in case of medical emergencies. Without the right travel insurance, you might end up forking over a lot of money to settle medical bills in the event of medical emergencies.

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Ireland Travel Insurance News

Travel Guard Group Canada launched a pay-as-you-go travel insurance app, known as Travel Guard on Demand app, available on iPhones in March 2018. The app is designed to allow Canadians (with the exception of Quebecers) to buy travel insurance coverage in time blocks that ranged from 1 to 90 days.

Also, the app uses GPS technology to detect the traveler’s location in order to make coverage available to them from the time they travel out of their home province to the time they return. During the process, the app tracks the number of hours used.

The policy provides coverage that includes $2 million in emergency medical expenses, $1,600 in baggage and personal effects, $1,500 in emergency dental expenses, $1,500 in trip delays and so forth.

The app does not follow the normal or traditional insurance options including the annual plans or single trip. The company said in the release that usage-based insurance is a new concept in travel insurance. It is a method of buying and using travel insurance that puts the power on the palms of the travelers, allowing them to customize their protection period for each of their trips down to the hour.

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Ireland Travel Insurance FAQ

Do you need a Visa for travelling to Ireland?

Canadians entering Ireland for short stay less than 90 days do not require visas. You don’t need a visa if you intend to visit Ireland for tourism, business or study. However, tourisms and businesses that would exceed 90 days would require tourist visas and business visas respectively. If you plan to work in Ireland, you will need a work visa, an exception is the Student Work Abroad Program.

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Can I buy multiple travel insurance policies?

Canadian travelers can purchase multiple Ireland travel insurance policies if they are not satisfied with the features and benefits offered by a single policy. However, multiple policies should be purchased from different providers.

Does travel insurance cover doctor visits?

Yes, an Ireland travel insurance policy covers doctor visits and other outpatient services.

Can I buy travel insurance the day I leave?

Canadian travelers can purchase an Ireland travel insurance policy before they leave Canada to Ireland. However, with the advent of usage-based insurance offered by some providers, it may be possible to purchase coverage the day you leave to Ireland or later.

How long does a travel insurance claim take?

The length of time required to make a claim varies with the type of claim in question. However, if you provide the necessary documents to your travel insurer, you should receive an outcome within 10 to 14 business days.

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