Check Visa Entry Requirements
Failure to present the correct visa class on arrival may lead to refused immigration clearance. Getting a business visa can be more complicated than a tourist visa, so make sure that you know the correct visa type you need, and apply for it as early as possible.
Contact the Embassy of your destination country for full information on he types of visas available and associated requirements. A full list of Embassies accredited to Ireland is here.
Double-Check Your Passport Expiry
For many destinations, a minimum of six months remaining on your passport is required at the time of entry. Order your new passport in good time. The standard 10-year Irish passport is available for €80 through the Passport Express service and application forms can be found at your local Post Office or directly from the Passport Offices in Cork or Dublin City. Keep a photocopy of your passport with you during travel.
A passport card is also available for €35 to Irish Citizens with a valid Passport (minimum of 30 days validity) and whoa re aged 18 or over. The passport card is valid for travel within the EU/EEA and Switzerland. Order yours through the mobile app "Irish Passport Card" on i or Android.
Get Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is essential when travelling abroad for the full duration of your trip. Comprehensive travel insurance should include all medical care abroad (including medevac), personal liability cover, lost and stolen possessions, and travel cancellation.
Full information on travel insurance can be found in the "Know Before You Go" section.
Set an Alert
Select the country that you are travelling to from the list of 200 countries available on the TravelWise app and set an alert. This will ensure that you receive a message direct to your phone in the event of a major security incident in that country
Share your Itinerary and Stay in Touch
Between the busy meetings, time zone differences and phone network access, keeping in touch while travelling can be difficult.
When you are visiting a number of destinations on a business trip, you should ensure that your family and office have a detailed itinerary for your travel. Knowing where you will be can prevent people at home from becoming worried.
Get a SIM card for the countries you will visit or a roaming package from your Irish network. This will allow you to be much more accessible when outside of the hotel.
It is not always possible to rely on your credit card being widely accepted when travelling. It is advisable to either bring some cash for exchange or to withdraw funds at the airport. In particular for covering taxi costs.
Be aware that in some countries you may be asked to leave your passport when renting a car. Do not hand your passport over as a form of security. If you are allowing it to be photocopied, keep it in your sight at all times. Check that you have adequate insurance and get the agent to explain the small print or the vehicle hire contract (particularly any waiver that will come into effect if the vehicle is damaged).
Research Electrical Adapters
Sockets and currents vary across different regions and countries. Buy a universal adapter or research local power supply options.
Fully charge all your devices at home prior to departure. If you will spend large amounts of time travelling outside hotels or offices, consider buying a back-up battery.
If you are likely to travel to tropical countries, you should ensure that your vaccinations are up to date. Some vaccinations must be received a number of weeks in advance. Check with a doctor what vaccinations you may need for your trip at least eight weeks before you travel. You can find out more information about vaccinations on the HSE's website. Evidence of vaccination (in the form of a certificate) can be a requirement for entry into some countries.
If you require medication, be sure to pack an adequate supply for the duration of your travel. You may also need to check that the medication adheres to travel regulations and local customs regulations.
Learn the Local Culture and Laws
When travelling to an unfamiliar country, it can be advisable to spend a little time brushing up on the culture and customs. Some behaviours which are considered normal in Ireland may be seen as inappropriate or offensive in other countries. To help you integration, you could also learn some basic greetings in the local language.
For travel advice on local security, laws and practical issues, visit the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's country profile for your destination.