The official language is English, but Irish Gaelic is spoken in western parts of the country.

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The official currency is the euro, which you can exchange for at banks, exchange bureaus and ATMs. Traveler’s checks, credit cards and debit cards are widely accepted.

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Ireland’s international country code is 353. To call another country from Ireland, dial 00, or 048 for Northern Ireland, followed by the appropriate country code. The main tourist areas usually have Internet cafes.

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You don’t need to tip in bars and pubs or for other services, but a 10 percent tip is always appreciated in restaurants and cafes.

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Ireland is generally safe, but you should use common sense to guard yourself against petty theft.

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You don’t need any vaccinations to enter the country, and the medical facilities are good. If you need medical treatment, you’ll be expected to pay for it in cash.

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Ireland’s electrical current is 230 volts, 50Hz and uses UK-style and round three-pinned plugs.

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Melisse Hinkle
A New England native but explorer at heart, Melisse has lived in four U.S. cities, spent a summer in Hawaii, made her way through wine-producing regions in Australia and New Zealand, and traveled around Europe while studying abroad in London. She is the Content Manager for the U.S. and Canada at Cheapflights.
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