Visitors from all nations are welcome to Ireland however need a valid passport to enter the country. Certain visitors need beside a valid passport an additional VISA. Please consult your travel agent or the Irish Embassy well in advance before traveling. You may check your status at: http://www.dfa.ie/home/index.aspx?id=8777
Visas: For the latest information on visa requirements check. www.foreignaffairs.gov.ie/services/visas/
Currency: The currency of Ireland is the Euro which is made up of 100 cents, for daily exchange rates check, http://www.ecb.int/stats/eurofxref/eurofxref-xml.html as a guide:
1 EUR = 1.30 US$
1 EUR = 165 JPĽ
Travel - www.irelandinspires.com
Language: There are two official languages in Ireland: Irish, which is the national language, and English which is spoken well by all Irish people.
No Smoking: Smoking is now forbidden in all enclosed places of work. This includes office blocks, various buildings, public houses/bars, restaurants; for more information: http://www.oasis.gov.ie/employment/health_and _safety_in_employment/ban_on_smoking_in_the_workplace_in_ireland.html
Time Zone: Ireland operates on GMT+1 (known as BST).
Tipping: Many hotels and restaurants include a service charge of 10% to your bill. A small tip of 10% is appreciated for good service, if a service charge is not applied. Tipping is not expected in pubs.
Useful facts: More useful information can be found at http://www.irelandwest.ie/practical_info
Vat Refunds: Value Added Tax (VAT) is usually included in the price of goods and services in Ireland. Visitors to Ireland from outside the EU can obtain a refund of VAT. www.fexco.com
Voltage: Mains electricity is supplied at 220 Volts, 50 Hz www.iol.ie/~discover/elect.htm.
TRAVEL TO GALWAY
Galway is situated on the West Coast of Ireland and may be easily reached by air, ferry, train, bus or car or a combination of these. To help you find the best access route to suit you, please see the following site for further information: http://www.irelandwest.travel.ie/getting/
Our local airport Galway offers connections to many of the major British Airports including Luton, Manchester etc., there is also a service to Lorient so please check this web site as new routes are opening up regularly. Galway airport is just a 15 minute drive from the city circa 15.00 by taxi.
Alternatively, there are a number of other access points - please see the following links for further information.
Shannon Airport (approx. 1.5 hours by bus/car)
Dublin Airport (approx. 4 hours by car/bus or 3 h by train)
Galway Airport (approx 15 min by car/bus)
Knock Airport (approx 1.5 hours by car/bus)
Cork International Airport
Travel around Ireland
During your stay you may wish to take in some of the wonderful sights of Ireland. For further information please see website http://www.map-ireland.com/
Internet and phone
There are public telephones just outside the main entrance of the University, which operate on coins, telephone cards or credit card. During the conference a PC suite will be made available for the delegates to check email.