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When traveling in Ireland should you have your passport with you at all times or can you leave it at the hotel or B & B?

Ventry, Ireland
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1. Re: Passports

There is no need to carry your passport at all times, but keep it safe

Whitney, Texas
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2. Re: Passports

I keep mine with me all the times...of course that could be because i'm older and know that if I had an accident, or illness (God forbid), and was incapacitated, my emergency contact info is in the passport....

Tralee, Ireland
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3. Re: Passports

There is no legal requirement to carry any ID with you. If you are fortunate to be still in the flush of youth and wanting to enter pubs catering for that demographic, you may be asked for photographic proof that you are over 18!

Edited: 04 August 2014, 16:16
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4. Re: Passports

The law on this one is complicated

It states that "Every non-national present in the State (other than a non-national under the age of 16 years) shall produce on demand a valid passport or other equivalent document, issued by or on behalf of an authority recognised by the Government, which establishes his or her identity and nationality"

However, this was later found to not be applicable to EU citizens, who should have the same rights as Irish citizens.

There are additional complications too.

A garda can only demand to see identification if you are suspected of an offence. So, as long as you avoid committing offences, it should be OK. In reality few people commit non-motoring offences, so it should be adequate to just carry ID when driving.

Finally, there's an obvious flaw in the legislation in that ID can only be demanded of non-EU citizens, but there's no clear way to identify that someone in a non-EU citizen without them producing ID.

So, in practice, I wouldn't stress about the question. Even if you do find yourself in any trouble, being polite and saying sorry will usually get you the benefit of the doubt.

Charlotte, NC
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5. Re: Passports

Not "required" but for peace of mind I always carry mine with me. I'd hate to have in stolen and go through the hassle of replacing it. Enjoy your trip!!

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