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Compare travel insurance for Ireland

Compare travel insurance for Ireland

Green pastures, iconic cathedrals and mighty castles are among some of Ireland’s most impressive settings. Read what you need to know about travel insurance for Ireland to keep you covered for your trip.

Patrick Ikhena
From the Travel team
3
minute read
posted 10 0CTOBER 2019

Why do I need travel insurance for Ireland?

It’s important to get travel insurance as it can provide financial cover for a range of eventualities, including any medical treatment should you need it while you’re away.

If you’re visiting Ireland, you won’t need your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)** to access state healthcare services, as you would in most other European countries, but you’ll have to prove you’re a UK resident. You can show your NHS number, alongside your passport, driving licence or similar documentation as proof of UK residency.

Travel insurance will also cover you in the event your trip is cancelled or cut short due to any of the reasons specified in your policy, such as bereavement. It’s a key part of your travel insurance policy should the worst happens and you need to cancel your trip. Therefore, it’s a good idea to arrange your travel insurance when you book your holiday.

If your belongings are stolen or damaged, they’ll typically be covered under a travel insurance policy. Make sure you check your single item limit – this is the maximum you can claim on any one item.

Each policy will vary depending on the provider and the level of cover you choose. You can easily click on each policy to check what you’re covered for before committing to one.

**UK residents can use their EHIC during the Brexit negotiations, until the UK is scheduled to leave the EU on 31 January 2020. The UK Government has proposed a scheme similar to the EHIC in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal, and consequently the EHIC no longer being usable. However, the implementation of that scheme is subject to EU countries agreeing to that proposal.

What kind of travel insurance might I need for Ireland?

The type of cover you’ll need depends on what you plan to do during your trip. You might need:

  • Single trip: This insurance will cover you for one trip up to 30 days.  
  • Annual multi-trip: If you’re taking more than one trip a year to various destinations, then a multi-trip policy could be the most cost-effective.
  • Business travel: If you’re travelling for work, then you must select business travel when you do a quote.

How much is travel insurance for Ireland?

If you’re visiting Ireland, 50% of people could achieve a quote of £5*** for European travel insurance for one week or £9**** for a multi-trip policy, based on Compare the Market data in September 2019. A single-trip policy tends to cover you for up to 30-days and a multi-trip policy will cover more than one trip (each for up to 30 days) in a 12-month period.

***50% of people could achieve a quote of £4.59 for single trip travel insurance for 1 week in Europe based on Compare the Market data in September 2019
****50% of people could achieve a quote of £8.25 for for Europe multi travel insurance based on Compare the Market data in September 2019

Any other travel tips for Ireland?

Weather: Ireland has a mild but damp climate, so bear that in mind when packing.

Transport: Buses don’t stop in Ireland, even at the designated bus stops, unless you flag them down.

Shops: Shops and restaurants may have limited opening hours on Sundays, so make sure you check and plan ahead.

Currency: The Republic of Ireland currency is the euro. However, if you cross into Northern Ireland, the currency is sterling.

Get a heritage card: you can get a heritage card that provides free entry to castles, national parks and war memorial gardens.

Culture: Ireland has a lot of traditions and customs such as Irish dancing, Gaelic sports and a big pub culture. You can also expect a real buzz if you’re visiting for St Patrick’s Day on the 17 March.

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