Country-specific travel advice
Select the country you will be travelling in to see motoring information and advice, including any accessories you may need to purchase. Don't forget the RAC provides European breakdown cover while you're driving in Europe.
Driving in Ireland
If you're driving in Ireland, your checklist requirements are:
- A valid UK driving licence.
- A GB sticker on the back of your car – unless your car has 'Euro-plates' (number-plates that show a circle of 12 stars on a blue background).
- Your motor insurance certificate.
Going away? Remember to take RAC Travel Insurance with you.
You must also:
- Be 17 or over.
- Wear your seatbelt at all times (this applies to everyone in the car).
- Wear a crash helmet if you're riding a motorcycle.
It's a good idea to have:
- Spare bulbs for your car's external lights.
- A fire extinguisher.
- A first aid kit.
- A warning triangle.
- A Camping Card International to give you additional proof of identity, third party liability insurance, plus discounts at a wide range of campsites and tourist attractions.
- A Green Card – it's a useful back-up to your motor insurance documents and shows you've got the minimum legal level of cover. If you'd like to find out more, contact your insurance company.
Other things you should know:
- You have to pay tolls for some motorways – most don't take credit cards so make sure you've got some change.
- Petrol, diesel, LPG and lead replacement petrol (LRP) are readily available.
- Children under 12 and less than 1.5m tall must use a suitable seat restraint.
- The speed limit is 50kph in built-up areas, 80kph on regional and local roads, 100kph on national roads and 120kph on motorways.
- It's illegal to carry or use any radar detection equipment, when driving through Ireland.
- If you have a GPS navigation system that shows you where any fixed speed cameras are, you must deactivate this function.
- Don't use your horn between 11.30pm - 7am.
Useful guides and maps
Michelin - National Map Ireland
Michelin Green Tourist Guide Ireland
- Still current at:
- 26th Feb 2017
- Updated at:
- 17th Feb 2017
- Latest update:
- Latest update: this advice has been reviewed and re-issued without amendment
Information and advice for British nationals travelling and living in Europe, following the result of the EU referendum.
There is an underlying threat from terrorism. See Terrorism
You should carry an acceptable form of photo-identification to travel between the UK and Ireland. See Entry Requirements
Around 3 million British nationals visit Ireland each year. Most visits are trouble free.
New drink driving limits were introduced in 2011. See Road Travel
If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.
Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.
British Embassy Dublin
29 Merrion Road
Telephone: +353 (1) 205 3700
Fax (management): +353 (1) 205 3885