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 Ireland - Formalities

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As Ireland is a member of the European Union, EU regulations apply. All boats must report to Immigration.

Boats from non-EU countries, or EU boats arriving from a non-EU country, must notify Customs whether having dutiable stores on board or not. At night, a red light over a white light, not more than six feet apart, must be shown. On arrival the Customs office should be contacted, or if no Customs officer is available, the local police (Garda). The Harbour Master must also be notified. All dutiable, restricted and prohibited items must be declared to Customs.

The officer in charge of the port of departure must be notified of details of the yacht, its destination and name of the captain.

Last updated August 2018.

Immigration

Passports must be valid for 3 months beyond the length of stay except for EU citizens travelling from an EU country.

An up todate list of nationals of countries NOT requiring a visa for visits of up to 90 days can be found in the Visa section of this website www.inis.gov.ie. This list includes the EU, Australia, Canada, USA, Japan, New Zealand as well as several South American countries.

Visitors from some countries who have a UK visa and who have already entered the UK can take advantage of a limited visa waiver scheme which allows them to spend any time remaining on their UK visa in Ireland.

The countries included in the visa waiver Programme are:-

Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Russian Federation, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, India, Kazakhstan, Peoples Republic of China*, Thailand and Uzbekistan.

See this Irish Immigration website page for a list of nationals who require a visa.

All non-EU citizens require a visa for stays over 90 days.

Ireland is NOT part of the Schengen Area Agreement. However, it is important to note that when a Non-EU crew travels from The Republic of Ireland (Eire) to any U.K. port, they must report to Immigration on arrival.

Last updated August 2018.

Customs

Firearms must be declared. The importation of firearms and ammunition is prohibited unless a licence is granted by the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform.

Excess dutiable stores (i.e. those purchased outside the EU) will be placed under Customs seal on arrival; these, and stores shipped from bond, must not be consumed in port without prior permission from Customs and on payment of duty. They may be used while cruising Irish waters but duty must then be paid on the quantity consumed in the subsequent port. Yachts laid up or remaining longer must pay all duty owed on dutiable stores, or deposit the stores in a State Warehouse, or have them sealed on board, in which case a bond must be given by the captain or owner.

There are restrictions on the import of meat and meat products, poultry and poultry products, plants and plant products including vegetables, hay or straw.

EU regulations apply concerning temporary importation of yachts. See EU VAT page for more information.

Last updated August 2018.

Documents

Yachts must carry their original registration document, insurance policy and ship's radio licence. One member of the crew must have a radio certificate of competence. For EU boats, proof of VAT status is also required.

Fees

Overtime is charged on Sundays, public holidays and outside working hours 08:00 to 20:00 on weekdays.

Restrictions

It is mandatory for all persons under 16 to wear a lifejacket (or floatation device) when on deck and underway. This regulation also applies to all persons in craft under 7m.

It is prohibited to smoke in public places.

Pets

The Pets Travel Scheme (PETS) operates in Ireland which requires animals to have a Pet Passport, microchipped and a current Health Certificate and Rabies Vaccination Certificate issued by authorised Veterinarian and to have been blood tested prior to travel.

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