In Irish: Éire. the third largest island in Europe. Politically, the island is divided into two parts: Ireland and Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain.
6,572,728 inhabitants in 2016 (ranked 19th).
84,421 km2 (ranked 20th).
As Ireland is part of the EU (EUR, €) the country adopted the Euro as the official currency. The VAT (Value added Tax) is 23% for all goods and services. It is common to leave tip 10-12,5% of the bill, however some restaurant are including the service charge to the bill, which is 12,5%. The value of the Euro as well as the VAT can be subject to fluctuations. Therefore, if you are a non-European citizen, it is always recommended to keep an eye on the exchange rates in case you plan to change currencies.
The climate of Ireland is influenced by the inflow of the air flows from the south-west of the Atlantic Ocean and mitigating the North Atlantic Current. Average temperatures range between 4 and 7°C in January and February, 14 to 16°C in July and August.
Perhaps the Ireland is not the sunniest country on the Earth and those who don’t admire rainy and windy days (in Ireland during the entire year) it is better to avoid this country. However, all those factors, like, mainly humidity has its influence on the landscape. Thanks to the presence of the rain you will not miss the opportunity to see the rainbow above the Irish’s breath-taking cliffs.
The country has at least 250 raining days during the year and the weather during the day can change many times. Within 1 day you can experience, a little bit of sun, rain, drizzle, the big drops of rain, hailstorms. In winter occasionally, you can be surprised by snow.
The best weather for visiting Dublin is between May and October. The warmest months are July, August and September. The coldest months are January, February and December. The biggest amount of rainfalls is in January, June. July, August and October. January is known as the worst month in Dublin. The average temperature on the mornings is 4°C and the rainfall level is 10mm. In the February until April the weather continues to be bad, the average temperature by the end of the day reach 10°C. Between May and October the weather is getting a bit better and the average temperature is 13°C. Rains in October are about 106mm. In November and December the weather again gets worst and the average temperature is 8°C, in both months rainfall level is 90mm.
The best times for going to Ireland
Even though the Irish weather is not as amazing as i.e. in Costa Rica it should not drive us away from visiting this charming country with the fairytale’s landscapes. The country is a paradise for those who seek varied hilly landscape and architecture heritage. You can enjoy the festivals and parties during the entire year. One of the biggest festival in scale of the whole country is St. Patrick’s Day, colorful parades full of oddly dressed crowds, celebrating 5 days the saint of Ireland. During the spring take place, the Six Nations rugby match which is a popular sport in this country. During the fall time it is quite common to pay numerous visits at theaters and art galleries, enjoy the bars and pubs with the pint of Irish pride – Guinness.
Tourist season in Ireland:
- Low Season: November, December, January, February
- High Season: March, April, May and September,
- Very high Season: June, July, August.
In Ireland there is only one single zone with GMT (UTC) and WEST (UTC+1) in the summer.
Phone and Internet
Since 2017, there are no more roaming charges in Europe. With the introduction of the “Roam-Like-At-Home-Principle” you can surf at home prices throughout the EU. Hereby, the new roaming rules apply to both contract and prepaid rates. Restrictions apply to users who use mobile data, surf or text more than 90 days in other EU countries, and not just on occasional trips. If you are planning to move to Ireland for a longer period of time it is reasonable. In this case you can easily purchase an Irish SIM card from one of the main providers (O2, Vodafone and Meteor).
For international calls:
– From Ireland to the UK: 00 + 44 + city code + number of the correspondent.
– From the UK to the Ireland: 00 + 353 + number of the correspondent.
The emergency dial is 112 (no area code needed) for all parts of Ireland. This number can always be reached, even with a mobile without a Irish SIM card. The number for emergencies can be reached from pay phones, without a phone card nor money. Even in the case of your phone being locked or showing “no network available” the number can be reached anytime.
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Entry Requirements for Ireland
Ireland is not a Member State of the Schengen Area. Therefore, if you are not citizens of the EU or EEA countries you might need visa. About the visa restrictions you can find more information on the website of the Irish Naturalization and Immigration Service (INIS), where before applying, you can check, if you really need visa to enter this country. For the rest of EU’s citizens there is no visa restrictions, however, it is mandatory to travel with either a valid national identification card or passport. The document should be valid for the whole duration of the stay in Ireland.
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