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Department of Foreign Affairs – General information

The Department of Foreign Affairs’ website offers a range of information that will be of use to people who are travelling overseas. This includes information on passports, visas and insurance.

You can also contact the Department at 80 St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2 (Tel: 01 4780822).

Department of Foreign Affairs – Specific travel advice

According to the Department’s specific travel advice section, “You are strongly advised to take out travel insurance to cover medical treatment, accidents and unexpected losses such as cancelled flights, or stolen cash, cards, passports or luggage. Include enough cover to allow for the extra cost of travelling home (which might require an air ambulance) in an emergency. If you already have private medical cover, check with your insurer whether you are covered for foreign travel and, if so, find out how to avail of this cover.”

Irish embassies and consulates abroad

Specific information on Irish embassies and consulates abroad can be found at the Department of Foreign Affairs web site.

Foreign embassies and consulates in Ireland

Specific information on foreign embassies and consulates in Ireland is available at can be found at the Department of Foreign Affairs web site.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office, which is the British government’s foreign office, offers travel advice for UK citizens, much of which is also applicable and useful for Irish citizens. This includes the “Know Before You Go” campaign, which was set up in 2001, and which “encourages British nationals to be better prepared for their overseas trips with a view to avoiding common travelling traumas, risks and dangers”.  This includes travel advice by country, travel checklists to assist with planning trips, and advice on travel insurance and health.

Aid Workers Forum

Post a query here on the Aid Workers Forum bulletin board about any aspect of aid work. There is also a section on volunteering in developing countries. See the “Living in the Field” section for suggestions on what to bring with you when you go to work overseas.

Thorn Tree

The Thorn Tree website has a frequently used bulletin board where people can post any type of query they have relating to travelling in different regions of the world, eg, information on visas, accommodation, getting around.


Travellerspoint is another bulletin board where anyone can post a travel-related query.  The site also has information on accommodation.

Language Courses

Latin America Solidarity Centre – Charla Latina conversational Spanish language classes focusing on development issues.

Latin Languages: A language school focusing on Latin American Spanish and Portuguese and cultural issues.

Dublin Swahili Institute: Swahili Language classes for beginners.

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