Country: Ireland is an island in the North Atlantic and is west of Great Britain. It is the third largest island in Europe. Politically, Ireland is divided between the Republic of Ireland, which covers five-sixths of the island, and Northern Ireland, a part of the United Kingdom, which covers the remaining area and is located in the northeast section of the island.

The population of Ireland is about 6.4 million. Approximately 4.6 million live in the Republic of Ireland and 1.8 million live in Northern Ireland. Dublin is the capital of the Republic of Ireland and Belfast is the capital of Northern Ireland. English is the primary language spoken. Some people speak Irish (Gaelic).

To access emergency services: In the Republic of Ireland, dial 112; in Northern Ireland, dial 999   

Currency: Euro (EUR)

Recommended immunizations and vaccines for travelers:  Before traveling to Ireland, ask your doctor what vaccines are recommended. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are excellent resources as well.

Insurance: Find out in advance if your insurance plan will make payments directly to providers or reimburse you later for overseas health expend­itures.

It is also worth ensuring your travel insurance will cover ambulances or transport either home or to more advanced medical facilities, if needed. Not all insurance covers emergency medical evacu­ation home or to a hospital in a major city, which may be the only way to receive medical attention in a serious emergency.

Source: International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers

What to expect in an Irish hospital: If you are not a resident in Ireland and you do not belong to any groups that are entitled to free services, you have to pay the full cost of the bed, whether it is a public or private bed. You also have to pay the doctor (consultant). If you use accident and emergency services without being referred by a general practitioner, there is a charge of €100.

Health centers also provide a wide range of primary care and community services in towns and villages throughout Ireland.

Contact your embassy/consulate: When in doubt, your country’s embassy is a good resource to turn to for medical assistance guidance.

JCI-accredited hospitals/clinics in Ireland: To read about specific facilities that are JCI-accredited, visit the Hospital Search section.

Ireland-specific helpful health resources:

Travel health notices: Visit the CDC or the WHO for up-to-date travel notices.

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