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    Traveler health and COVID-19 update

    Here's what you need to know about medical insurance, pharmacies and health care


    Medicines should be carried in original, labeled containers with a prescription or doctor's letter.
    As on any trip, it is advised to purchase travel insurance before traveling.
    Entry requirements for Northern Ireland depend on whether you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or not. There are no COVID-19 entry requirements for the Republic of Ireland.
    Most pharmacies operate between 9am and 6pm but some open late and on weekends.
    EU members should bring a European Health Insurance card (EHIC) which covers most medical care.

    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update

    Before you travel

    The guidance on travel to the island of Ireland is changing frequently. If you’re planning a trip, you should check with the relevant government website so you know how it may impact your travel plans.

    Irish Government website

    Northern Ireland Government website

    No other vaccinations are required for travel to the island of Ireland.

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    Healthcare in Ireland

    Ireland has great healthcare, but there are a few things to keep in mind before you go. If you’re bringing medicines with you into Ireland, carry them in their original, clearly labelled container, along with your prescription or a letter from your doctor.

    It’s a rule of thumb that anything over a three-month supply of medicine will be questioned and any “controlled drugs” as well as any syringes or needles, should be declared and explained in a letter from your doctor.

    Travel and medical insurance

    You should always obtain travel insurance to cover any potential overseas medical costs including medical repatriation/evacuation, repatriation of remains and legal costs, before you travel. Be sure to check for any exclusions that might affect your policy and that it covers all the activities you plan on doing in Ireland, and make sure that your travel insurance has medical cover. If you’re a member of the 28 EU countries or Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway and Switzerland, bring a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), which covers you for most medical care.

    Pharmacies and opticians

    There are plenty of pharmacies in Ireland, and they’re a good first stop for travelers seeking medical advice or a local referral. Most towns have one or two pharmacies and urban areas have many. Pharmacies generally operate from 9am to 6pm Monday to Saturday, but many pharmacies in urban areas open late and on weekends.

    If you wear glasses or contact lenses, bring a spare pair with you and don’t forget your optical prescription – just in case.