No matter where you travel, your personal safety, health and security should be your top priority. Follow our quick tips to make sure your trip goes according to plan.
You should always take sensible precautions to protect yourself and your belongings. Check our travel advice pages for specific information on your destination and follow these simple guidelines:
Reporting a crime
If you’re a victim of a crime while abroad, report it to the local police immediately. To make a claim on your travel insurance or replace a stolen passport, you’ll need a police report. You can contact the nearest Irish Embassy, Consulate or Honorary Consul if you need help, but we cannot report a crime on your behalf.
Always check our travel advice pages for information on the security situation in the country you’re travelling to and register your details with us so that we can contact you in an emergency. When you’re abroad, stay aware of any developing situations by monitoring local media and consulting with local contacts, hotels or tour organisers.
Always avoid demonstrations and protests as they may be targeted and can become confrontational.
You should stay away from military sites, and be conscious that taking photos of, or near, military or security installations, and some public buildings, may be prohibited.
Unexploded mines and ordnance can be a hazard in former battlefields. Don’t stray off main routes, particularly in rural areas, and get up-to-date information through local contacts or your tour operator.
There is a risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks in many countries, which could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by tourists and expatriates. Check our travel advice pages and register your details with us so that we can contact you in an emergency.
In some countries, foreign nationals can be targets for kidnapping. Check our travel advice page to see if there is a risk of kidnapping in your destination. If so, you should follow these basic precautions:
Driving abroad can be a challenge. Driving on the other side of the road, dealing with unfamiliar traffic laws, and driving an unfamiliar vehicle can make for a stressful situation. In some countries, you may have to deal with poor roads, inadequate lighting and bad driving. Always check our travel advice pages for details about driving in your destination and read the Driving Abroad advice from the AA. You should also remember these simple guidelines:
Driver and passengers must wear seatbelts at all times.
Keep your vehicle doors locked and your bags out of sight to prevent bag-snatching if you’re stopped at traffic lights.
Hiring a vehicle
If you’re hiring a vehicle, we advise you not to hand over your passport as a form of security. If you’re allowing your passport to be photocopied, keep it in your sight at all times.
Check that you have adequate insurance and read the small print of the vehicle hire contract (particularly any waiver that will come into effect if the vehicle is damaged).
Our consular staff is happy to help if you run into difficulties abroad. However, there are limits to what we can do in some situations.