There are important issues you should keep in mind before heading abroad. So, we have put together some frequently asked questions for you. And if you need some more information we’re happy to help just call us on (01) 8434538.
Q: My passport is expiring but will be valid for at least a month after my return date, is that okay?
A: The quick answer is your passport may require being valid for up to 6 months after the return date of your trip, dependent on where you’re going to, so you will need to check.
And just a little more. It is your responsibility to ensure that your passport is valid for the full duration of your holiday. In addition you should note that some overseas countries have an immigration requirement for a passport to remain valid for a minimum period after the date of entry to that country. If your passport is in its final year of validity, you are advised to check the requirements of the destination before you make your final travel plans. If you need to obtain a new passport, you should do so in good time. It can take up to 12 weeks to obtain a passport by post but this may vary depending upon the time of year.
For more information check out the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website on http://www.dfa.ie/home/index.aspx?id=253
Q: Do I need a Visa to travel?
A: If you are travelling to a country in the European Community (EC) and have a Irish Passport and are a Irish Citizen then you will not need a visa. If you travel outside the European community then you may need a visa.
Please note it is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct documentation to travel.
Q: Do I need to take out insurance for my trip?
A: It cannot be stressed strongly enough how important it is that you have travel insurance and that you are adequately insured. If you have existing medical problems, it’s essential you double check the insurance you have will cover you in case of any eventualities.
Remember some private medical care products on the market cover you for travel abroad so it’s worth giving your supplier a call and checking with them about coverage.
Q: Do I need to think about being vaccinated for my next trip?
A: If you intend travelling to a tropical region or country, it is advisable to receive vaccinations against diseases like Hepatitis A or Typhoid. Some countries require that you receive Yellow Fever vaccinations and of course, there is also Malaria to consider. Before you travel, we recommend you consult your doctor or a tropical medical centre, and discuss any possible health risks.
It is advisable to make an appointment a minimum of 4-5 weeks prior to your departure date or up to 8 weeks if you’re travelling to somewhere a little more exotic or adventurous.