Ireland Business Travel Guide

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The Ireland Business Travel Guide has a range of useful resources and tools to help assist business travellers on their trips. The travel guide has visa information, facts on Ireland, business customs, culture, tips, and more. A good understanding of other cultures, languages, customs and traditions can be a distinct advantage for business travellers helping to foster better understanding, avoid cultural misunderstandings and helping to create a successful business trip.

Ireland has an advanced and developed economy with a number of business opportunities. Ireland is a member of the EU, OECD and the Eurozone. Major trading partners include EU neighbours UK, France, Germany Belgium and the USA. Ireland is located in the North Atlantic to the west of the UK; the Republic of Ireland has the Celtic Sea to the South, the Atlantic Ocean to the west, the Irish Sea to the east and shares a border with Northern Ireland in the north and north east.

The country has a variety of landscapes including beaches, mountains, rivers and lush vegetation. Famous attractions include the Guinness Store House, Phoenix Park, Trinity College, Kilmainham Gaol , National Gallery of Ireland and Leinster House in the capital Dublin and the Cliffs of Moher, The Burren, Bunratty Castle and Killarney National Park.

Ireland Guide

Quick Facts on Ireland
Ireland Travel Advice
Visa Requirements
Business Customs and Etiquette
Travel Advice and Tips
Public Holidays
Ireland Map
Ireland Weather & Climate

Quick Facts on Ireland

Country: Ireland

Capital: Dublin

Currency: Euro (1 euro = 100 cents)

Population: 4.6 Million (UN, 2012)

Area total: 70,000 sq km

Languages: Irish (Gaelic), English

Time Zone: GMT

Daylight Saving Details: Starts in late March until late October

Electricity: 230V 50Hz

Dialling Code: 353

GDP: USD$ 217.8 billion (World Bank, 2013)

Religion: Predominately Christian (Catholic, Protestant)

Political System: Republic

Internet Domain: .ie

Ireland Travel Advice

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office offers travellers useful advice when travelling to Ireland. Here you can find more information on entry requirements for Ireland, advice on local laws and customs, tips on safety and security and the address and contact details of the British Embassy in Ireland. The information is regularly updated making it a good resource for both business and leisure travellers to check before starting their trips. For more information please see: Ireland Travel Advice

Visa Requirements

No visa requirement for national of EU member states. No visa need for US and Canadian nationals for visits less than six months. Visa requirements are subject to change with changes in requirements and rules for further information please see: Ireland Embassy UK

Business Customs and Etiquette

Business dress is conservative, greetings are usually with a handshake. Address people by their title and surname and wait to be addressed by your first name before reciprocating. Overall the way of doing business is relatively informal Business lunches are a common way of doing business, you may be invited to one; meetings may also be held over breakfast or dinner most likely in a restaurant.

Small talk that leads to trust between business associates is an important way of doing business. Discussions in meetings can be lengthy so will need to be patient. Overall business practices are those that one would expect to find in most western countries.

Travel Advice and Tips

Ireland is a relatively safe country to visit for business travellers and tourists with most trips being incident free. However be aware of pick pockets and bag snatchers in crowded places and always ensure valuables are kept out of public view. It is important to always be alert and aware of your surroundings and environment.

Travel Checklist: See our Travel & Packing Checklist containing useful tips and reminders to ensure you have everything you will need on your trip.

Travel Vaccinations: For the latest travel vaccinations advice it is recommended you check with your GP whether you require any vaccinations up to eight weeks before you travel. For more information and advice on travel vaccinations please see the NHS Fit for Travel website.

Tipping: If service charge is not included usually around 10%

Hours of Business:

For Businesses:
9.00 to 17.00 Monday to Friday

Public Holidays

Public Holidays (2015):

January 1: New Year's Day
March 17: St Patrick's Day
April 6: Easter Monday
May 4: May Day
June 1: June Holiday
August 3: August Holiday
October 26: October Holiday
December 26: Christmas Day
December 27: St Stephen's Day

Ireland Map

Map of Dublin, Ireland

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Ireland Weather & Climate

Ireland has a temperate climate resulting in warm summers and cooler winters with spring and autumn relatively mild; rainfall happens throughout the year. The weather like that of the UK is well known for its unpredictability and it is possible to see a number of weather elements in a day. The temperate climate means that Ireland rarely experiences very extreme temperatures with freezing temperatures and snowfall not very frequent; it also means Ireland can be visited around the year. Dublin has established itself as a very popular city breaks destination

Lightweight cotton and linen clothing can be warn in the summer, with rain coats and umbrellas advisable throughout the year. Visitors should be prepared for a range of weather as elements of all four seasons may be experienced in one day. Additional layers and warmer clothing is required in the winter.

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