Passport and Visas
Travel documents can take time to organise, so find out exactly what you need for your trip and give yourself time to get everything you need.
- Check your passport is in date and valid for the duration of your stay. Some countries also require your passport to be valid for several months after you are due to depart.
- Keep copies of your passport and other travel documents in case they’re lost or stolen. Consider emailing copies of key documents to yourself and friends, so that they can be accessed them from any computer.
- Carry a photocopy of your passport, or a passport card, in case you’re asked for personal identification.
- Find out if you need a visa for your trip from the nearest Embassy or Consulate of the country you intend to visit. Most of our travel advice pages have advice about visas.
Your passport is an important document and should always be kept safe. Don’t carry it with you unless absolutely necessary.
- If you need to have carry personal identification, bring a photocopy of your passport or a passport card.
- Keep electronic and paper copies of your passport and other important documents safe.
- Make sure somebody at home can send them to you if required. Consider emailing yourself copies of key documents, so that you can access them from any computer.
Your travel agent or the nearest Embassy or Consulate of the country you are travelling to will be able to provide you with more information on any specific requirements. These may include:
- A passport that’s valid for longer than your intended stay.
- Enough blank pages in your passport.
- An individual passport for your child.
Need a new passport?
Get more information on how to apply for a new passport from the Passports and Citizenship section of our website.
Lost or stolen passport
If your passport is lost or stolen while you’re abroad, we can help.
- Issue you a temporary passport (note that some countries will not accept this for immigration purposes), or;
- Issue you with an emergency travel document to get you home.
We’ll do our best to help you as quickly as possible but this can take some time. Your location and circumstances may limit the help we can give you.
You should contact the nearest Irish Embassy or Consulate to find out what you need to do to apply for a passport. They will also be able to advise you on the fees which apply.
Many countries require you to have an entry visa or travel permit before they let you enter the country. Always find out if you need a visa before you leave on your trip. You may be able to get one at the point of entry of a country (airport, land border, sea port), but in most cases, you’ll have to apply to the Embassy or Consulate of the country you plan to visit in advance.
Always make sure you get the right visa for your trip (i.e. tourist, volunteering, study, business etc.) and never outstay your visa as there can be hefty penalties involved. Penalties may apply and you may be detained if you engage in activities outside of the terms of your visa (e.g. business activities on a tourist visa).
Some countries require evidence (in the form of a certificate) that you have appropriate vaccinations before they’ll let you enter. Check with your doctor at least eight weeks before you travel to check what vaccinations you may need.
Other possible entry requirements
Some countries may impose additional restrictions on entry, such as:
- Proof that you have access to sufficient funds to cover your stay (if you’re bringing a credit card, we advise you to carry a statement to prove the limit).
- A return or onward ticket.
- Proof of accommodation booked for at least the first night.
Other official documents
Some countries require you to carry identification at all times, possibly including proof of your immigration status in the country. Check our travel advice pages or find out from your travel agent or the Embassy or Consulate of the country you’re visiting about these requirements.
In some countries, you need to register with the authorities when you arrive. If you’re staying in a hotel, staff may do it for you (sometimes for a fee). However, if you’re staying with friends or in self-catering accommodation, you’ll need to register yourself. Check our travel advice pages, get local advice or talk to your travel agent or the Embassy or Consulate of the country you’re visiting to find out what’s required.
Depending on where you travel, you may just need a full Irish driver’s licence to drive or rent a vehicle. However, in some countries you must have an international driving licence. Check our travel advice pages for more details or contact the Embassy or Consulate of the country you’re visiting. You can download an application form for an international driving permit from AA Ireland.
What we can and cannot do
Our consular staff are happy to help if you run into difficulties abroad. However, there are limits to what we can do in some situations.