SAFETY TIPS

SAFETY AND SECURITY

CRIME

Petty crime (pickpocketing, bag snatching and passport theft) occurs, particularly in areas frequented by tourists.

Violent crime, although rare, occurs in larger cities. Avoid secluded parks and unlit areas.

Car theft and break-ins occur, particularly in tourist areas in Dublin and surrounding areas. Rental vehicles are a target of choice.

  • Ensure that valuables in vehicles are kept out of sight at all times
  • Use secure parking facilities where available, particularly overnight
  • Ensure that your personal belongings, including passports and other travel documents, are secure at all times
  • Avoid showing signs of affluence and carrying large sums of cash

ASSISTANCE FOR VICTIMS OF CRIME

The Irish Tourist Assistance Service (ITAS) offers support and assistance to tourists who become victims of crime while in Ireland. The service can arrange accommodation, transportation and meals, and can liaise with many companies, such as travel insurance and financial institutions. They can also assist with contacting the local police and embassies.

More about assistance for victims of crime – ITAS

FRAUD

Credit card fraud and ATM scams occur. Fraudulent electronic readout devices are sometimes used at ATMs in Ireland. Be cautious when using debit or credit cards:

  • pay careful attention when your cards are being handled by others
  • use ATMs located in well-lit public areas or inside a bank or business
  • avoid using card readers with an irregular or unusual feature
  • cover the keypad with one hand when entering your PIN
  • check for any unauthorized transactions on your account statements

More about overseas fraud

TERRORISM

There is a threat of terrorism in Europe. Terrorist attacks have occurred in a number of European cities. There is a potential for other violent incidents.

Targets could include:

  • government buildings, including schools
  • places of worship
  • airports and other transportation hubs and networks
  • public areas such as tourist attractions, restaurants, bars, coffee shops, shopping centres, markets, hotels and other sites frequented by foreigners

Always be aware of your surroundings when in public places.

DEMONSTRATIONS

Demonstrations occur. Even peaceful demonstrations can turn violent at any time. They can also lead to disruptions to traffic and public transportation.

  • Avoid areas where demonstrations and large gatherings are taking place
  • Follow the instructions of local authorities
  • Monitor local media for information on ongoing demonstrations

More about mass gatherings (large-scale events)

ROAD SAFETY

Use caution when entering a traffic circle (roundabout). 

Road conditions are generally good. Some roads can be narrow and winding, particularly in rural areas.

Reduce speed on narrow, uneven country roads. These may become hazardous during severe weather conditions.

AA Road travel advice and route planning – Ireland’s Roadwatch Newsroom

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

Taxi rates can vary based on the time of day and location.

Intercity bus and train services are occasionally affected by overcrowding and traffic congestion. Strike actions may also cause disruptions.

AIR TRAVEL

We do not make assessments on the compliance of foreign domestic airlines with international safety standards.

General information about foreign domestic airlines