Moving to Ireland from UK


Although neither Britain nor Ireland are members of the Schengen area, because we are members of the EU, there is little of consequence to concern the average Briton moving to Ireland from UK.

There are no restrictions on the amount of currency you may bring in; medication must be for personal use only. Alcohol and tobacco have some restrictions, and for firearms you need a European Firearms Pass and, in order to obtain a permit, you should contact the Department of Justice.

Registering Essentials

When you arrive in Ireland, you may be asked for valid official photo identification which shows your nationality. Your passport will suffice and proves you are a UK national.

You can stay in Ireland for up to 3 months without restriction. If you plan to stay more than 3 months, you must:

  • Have a job, pension or be self-employed;
  • Have health insurance; or
  • Be enrolled as a student or vocational trainee.

You can apply for permanent residence after living in Ireland for five years.


Moving to Ireland from UK


Moving to Ireland from UK with Pets

Dogs, cats and ferrets require their own pet passport, microchips, rabies vaccinations within 1 year, but not closer than 21 days from departure, and up-to-date routine vaccinations. If you intend to bring the pet back to the UK you must ensure the rabies vaccinations are kept up to date. As at least 7 months from vaccination is required, pets under 3 months cannot enter the Irish Republic. For service/assistance dogs you need a permit to travel in the cabin if coming by air. You get this from the Irish Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM).

Other Pets

If you are bringing a pet bird, rabbit or rodent, you must accompany the pet to Ireland. At least 24 hours before you arrive in Ireland you must send a completed advance notice of importation form into Ireland to the DAFM at the address below. Owners of pet birds must also travel with a completed Owner of Pet Birds form.

Animal Health and Welfare Division
Floor 3 Centre
Agriculture House
Kildare Street
Dublin 2

Tel: +353 (0)1 607 2862
Website: Animal Welfare Ireland

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