Before You Leave

Leaving Europe | Departure conditions/formalities | Ireland

General Information

Whether you are planning to travel overseas or emigrate, points for consideration are available on the Citizens Information website . It goes through the following information on:

  • For example, you should apply for an Irish passport if you don’t have one already.
  • Your travel agent or the embassy of the country you will be visiting can advise on this.
  • Health issues while abroad- If you are going to the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland to travel or look for work you should get the European Health Insurance Card.
  • Traveling abroad and vaccinations - If you normally live in Ireland and are travelling abroad, you should check whether you require vaccinations in order to travel to the country or countries you intend to visit
  • international credit cards and debit cards are the safest way to carry funds when travelling abroad.
  • Driving abroad- You can check whether you can use or exchange your Irish driving licence when you move abroad.
  • Electrical equipment- Electrical plugs and sockets in other countries will be different from those in use in Ireland.
  • Mobile telephone- check in advance that it will work in the country to which you are travelling.
  • Documentation and other requirements when leaving Ireland
  • Travel warnings- The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Ireland provide travel advice to Irish people planning a trip overseas.

Social Security

If you leave Ireland to live or work in another country or if you are returning to your country having worked in Ireland you may be entitled to receive social security benefits in the country you are moving to. You can find information about it in social security arrangements that Ireland has with other countries.

Ireland has social security arrangements with other countries. Here's what you need to know about social security (PRSI) if you are leaving Ireland to return home or work abroad.

Cancelling Bills

Get all financial admin tasks out of the way in the appropriate time; you'll need to cancel direct debits and standing orders. Remember to cancel other monthly payments such as satellite television, Internet, mobile phone bills etc.

Accommodation oversees

Find accommodation beforehand so that you can factor in how much rent you will be spending. Do some research into living expenses in your new country.