The Green Island is the ideal travel destination for nature and culture lovers. Here you will find everything you need to know about entry requirements for Ireland. Ireland with its fairy-tale landscapes, unique cultural treasures and historical cities is perfect for a dream trip.

Whether you are passionate about natural monuments like the Giant’s Causeway or want to follow in the footsteps of Oscar Wilde and other Irish intellectuals in Dublin: The Green Island has something for everyone.

Here you will find all entry requirements for Ireland that you must observe. Whether you are travelling alone, with your children or your four-legged friend, you are well equipped with the following information.

What documents are required to enter Ireland?

The following entry requirements for Ireland apply to both the Republic of Ireland, which makes up the largest part of the country on the Green Island and Northern Ireland, which belongs to the United Kingdom of Great Britain.

Entry into Ireland is generally extremely straightforward for German citizens. An identity card or passport is sufficient. A temporary identity card or a temporary passport is also accepted. These documents must contain a current biometric passport photo and be valid for at least six months when leaving the country.

A tip: If you lose your travel document, it can be very helpful to have a photocopy of your ID or passport with you. Even if you are staying in Ireland for a longer period of time, German nationals do not need an entry visa.

As part of the free movement within the European Union, there is no obligation to register and register, so you do not need a residence and/or work permit. If you want to drive a car in Ireland, for example with a rental car, a German driver’s license is sufficient. Another important travel document for Ireland is the European Health Insurance Card. For more information, see the section on vaccinations.

The same provisions apply to Austria and the other EU members. Swiss citizens can enter Germany with their ID card for a stay of up to three months without a visa. Citizens of the following countries also do not need a visa to enter Ireland: Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Estonia, Grenada, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Canada, Korean Republic, Croatia, Latvia, Lesotho, Lithuania, Malawi, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Nauru, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Poland, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Czech Republic, USA, Uruguay, Venezuela, Western Samoa, Zimbabwe and Cyprus.

Nationals of all other nations require a visa to enter Ireland. You can apply for this at the Irish embassy in your country. If Ireland does not have an embassy/consulate in your country, please contact the visa office in Dublin at the following address: Visas Division Head Office, 13-14 Burgh Quay, Dublin 2, Ireland.

The following documents must be included with your visa application: passport (must be valid for at least six months), three passport photos and a justification for residence, e.g. the booking confirmation of your hotel, the certificate of enrolment from an Irish university or an invitation to a conference. 

Entry requirements for children

As of June 26, 2012, child entries in a parent’s passport are no longer valid. Therefore, every child needs their own travel document. Children’s ID cards have not been issued in Germany since 2007 and have not been extended. This is why children under the age of 12 need a child’s passport to enter Ireland.

This is also requested when checking into the aircraft and possibly during a traffic check or a doctor’s visit on vacation. The Federal Foreign Office recommends that the child’s passport be photographed. The children’s passport must also be valid for at least six months when leaving the country.

Incidentally, these entry requirements for Ireland also affect babies and infants. Parents can apply for an identity card for young people older than 12 years.

Where can I get the children’s passport?

If you do not yet have a children’s passport for your little one, you can apply for it at your local registration office upon presentation of the birth certificate and a declaration of consent from the custodian. Both parents must agree to the application.

You should, therefore, take a written declaration of consent and your partner’s ID card with you if you go to the Residents’ Registration Office on your own. The passport photo must meet certain criteria, which are not as strict for children under the age of five as for an adult passport.

However, the photo must have been taken frontally against a plain background, have sufficient sharpness and be evenly


What are the rules for bringing pets?

Fortunately, the days when our four-legged friends either had to stay at home during a trip to Ireland or had to endure the stress of a month-long quarantine stay are over. Since October 1, 2001, the regulations for bringing pets to Ireland have been regulated in the Pet Travel Ordinance.

In English, it is called Pet Travel Scheme or PETS for short. Dogs, cats and ferrets from EU member states can now enter with an EU pet permit accompanied by their owner. You can get it from your veterinarian. This ID shows that the animal has a microchip for identification and is vaccinated against rabies.

However, this vaccination must have been given at least three weeks before the start of the trip. Treatment for tapeworms and ticks must also be carried out by the veterinarian and must not be older than five days. It is also noted in the EU pet passport. If these requirements are met, there is no quarantine requirement.

For non-EU countries, a distinction is made between high-risk countries and low-risk countries such as Australia, New Zealand, the USA, Canada, Mexico, Russia, Japan and the United Arab Emirates. Pets from low-risk countries must have been chipped then vaccinated against rabies and have a veterinary health certificate from the competent authority in their home country.

Dogs must also have tapeworm treatment one to five days before departure. This is also noted in the pet ID. All of the above points apply to pets from a risk country. In addition, the following requirements must be met: The animal is subjected to a blood test after the rabies vaccination and at least three months before entry to detect antibodies against the virus. Ireland is entered by air with an approved airline.

Alternatively, you can contact the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine apply for pre-approval with an investigation at the quarantine station in Dublin. Entry is then only possible via Dublin Airport.

Which customs regulations apply?

Basically, the import and export of goods to Ireland are subject to the provisions of the European Union. It goes without saying that the import of weapons and drugs into Ireland is prohibited. But meat, fish and poultry products, fresh vegetables as well as milk and dairy products are also subject to an import ban for health and environmental reasons.

You can import luxury goods such as tobacco and alcoholic goods to Ireland duty-free for private use. The following quantities serve as guidelines for all EU member states: Either 800 cigarettes, 400 cigarillos, 200 cigars or 1kg of tobacco are allowed per person over the age of 18.

Additionally, either 10l high-proof spirits (e.g. whiskey, vodka or gin), 20l intermediate products (e.g. sherry, port wine, liqueur), 90l wine (including a maximum of 60l sparkling wine or sparkling wine) or 110l beer. These quantities also apply to the return trip to Germany if you want to stock up on real Irish whiskey or aromatic Guinness during your vacation. 10kg of coffee and 20l of fuel in reserve containers are also permitted for every traveller.

Since no one will take a plane trip with 20 litres of petrol in hand luggage, the latter mainly refers to travellers who travel to Ireland by ferry with their own car. Switzerland has significantly lower guide values: 200 cigarettes, 100 cigarillos, 50 cigars or 250g tobacco can be imported or exported duty-free per person aged 17 and over.

In addition, either 1l spirits, 2l intermediate products or 2l wine up to 15% alcohol or 1l wine over 15% alcohol. There are also no customs fees for souvenirs and souvenirs worth up to 300 Swiss francs. A few words about customs clearance in Ireland: when you get off the plane or the ship, you will see bands of different colours that mark the individual customs areas: blue, red and green.

The blue area is intended for EU citizens who have nothing to declare. Here, only random checks are carried out by the customs officials. If you are carrying goods that exceed the duty-free allowance, follow the red marking. All travellers from non-EU countries have to go through customs control.

Follow the green bands if you have nothing to declare and the red bands if you have to register goods. For all travellers: in case of doubt, it is better to go through customs too much than too little.

Vaccinations and health warnings

No special vaccinations are planned for Ireland. However, a trip is a suitable opportunity to check the standard vaccinations according to the vaccination calendar of the Robert Koch Institute and to refresh them if necessary.

For children and adolescents, the Federal Foreign Office also recommends a meningococcal vaccination if a longer stay in Ireland is planned or if there is a special exposure. This is particularly the case where many people come together in a confined space, for example during a school trip in a youth hostel.

Of course, everyone wants to be healthy and happy on vacation. Nevertheless, you should make provisions just in case. If you fall ill or have an accident during your trip, you will need the European Health Insurance Card. If you are legally insured in Germany, you do not have to apply for them separately.

It is on the back of your regular insurance card and entitles you to benefit from the Irish public health system in the event of an emergency. Present them directly to the doctor, dentist or hospital. In addition, it is always advisable to take out travel health insurance for the duration of your stay in Ireland.

This also covers risks that are not covered by the statutory health insurance, such as treatment by private doctors or return transport to Germany in the event of illness. Avoiding complications when entering the country Complications when entering the country are always annoying, but fortunately, with a little care and planning, they do not occur often.

If you follow the aforementioned entry requirements for Ireland, your arrival should be smooth. However, the Federal Foreign Office does not recommend entering documents that you have previously reported as lost or stolen and then found again.

Otherwise, it can happen in individual cases that the Irish border police seize these papers because they have not yet been found in the Interpol database. To avoid such inconvenience, you should apply for a new identity card or passport in good time before the trip.

If you follow the instructions and guidelines described above, there is nothing to prevent you from visiting the Green Island, spend unforgettable vacation days in the home of Guinness,