Official information British people moving to and living in Ireland need to know, including EU Exit guidance, residency, healthcare and driving.
EU Exit: what you need to know
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There will be no change to the rights and status of UK nationals living in Ireland while the UK remains in the EU.
While the government continues to negotiate EU Exit, you should:
- read UK nationals in the EU: essential information
- read about Citizens’ rights: UK and Irish nationals in the Common Travel Area
- follow your local British Embassy on Facebook and Twitter
Before you go
See our travel advice for Ireland and sign up for up-to-date information on local laws and customs, safety and emergencies.
The rules for travel to most countries in Europe will change if the UK leaves the EU with no deal. You can check a passport for travel to Europe.
Citizens Information has advice about moving to and living in Ireland.
Visas and residency
See entry requirements for Ireland in our travel advice.
For British and Irish citizens, see entry requirements for Ireland
See our travel advice for Ireland.
The NHS has for information about healthcare for British people living in and visiting Ireland.
You need a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) to get emergency medical treatment during temporary stays in EU countries. You also need comprehensive travel insurance to cover anything not covered by your EHIC.
S1 form – healthcare paid for by the UK
You may be entitled to state healthcare paid for by the UK if you live in Ireland and get an exportable UK pension, contribution-based Employment Support Allowance or another exportable benefit.
You need to apply for a S1 form – contact the Department for Work and Pensions’ International Pensions Centre.
Working in Ireland
For British and Irish citizens, see working in another EU country
See also Citizens Information – employment.
We recommend you get professional advice on paying tax in Ireland.
The UK Government will continue to pay state pension, child benefits, and disability benefits to eligible UK nationals in the EU after the UK’s exit from the EU. Find guidance on benefits and pensions in a no deal scenario.
If you’ve worked in Ireland, you should apply to the Department of Social Protection.
If you haven’t worked in Ireland, you should claim your UK state pension by contacting the International Pension Centre.
If you’ve worked in several EU countries, see state pensions abroad.
See also Citizens Information – pensions.
Life certificates for UK state pensions
If you get a ‘life certificate’ from the UK Pension Service, you need to respond as soon as possible – your payments may be suspended if you don’t.
Find out which UK benefits you might be able to get while you’re abroad and how to claim them.
Many income-related benefits such as Pension Credit and Housing Benefit can’t be paid if you’re abroad for more than 4 weeks.
Driving in Ireland
It’s illegal to use a hand-held mobile while driving and to not wear seatbelts in both front and rear seats.
If you’re resident in Ireland, you can vote in local municipal and European parliamentary elections.
See also Citizens Information – voting.
See travelling with pets.
UK nationals will still be able to travel to and from the UK with a pet (cat, dog or ferret) when the UK leaves the EU, but the rules will change. See pet travel to Europe after Brexit for more information.
As well as the European emergency number 112, Ireland also has the national emergency number 999.
If you need urgent help, contact your nearest British embassy or consulate.
Accommodation and buying property
Other useful information
Returning to the UK
To move your pension to the UK, contact the International Pension Centre.
Please note that this information is provided as a guide only. Definitive information should be obtained from the Irish authorities. The FCO will not be liable for any inaccuracies in this information.