These pages provide information for New Zealanders living or travelling in Ireland.

Health insurance

Please note there is no reciprocal agreement between Ireland and New Zealand for visitor access to public health services, so all New Zealanders are strongly advised to take out medical insurance.

Driving licences

New Zealanders may drive on their New Zealand driver licence for a period of up to one year after which time they must apply for and obtain an Irish driver licence. However on taking up ‘normal residence’ in Ireland you must either exchange your driving licence or apply for a driving licence in Ireland. You are considered to be normally resident in Ireland if, because of personal and occupational ties, you usually live here for at least 185 days in each calendar year.

If you wish to exchange your driver licence for an equivalent Irish driver licence, you must do so within one year of your driving licence expiring.

Under the Road Traffic (Recognition of Foreign Driver Licences — New Zealand and Taiwan) Order 2010 (SI 402/2010) New Zealand was added to the list of recognised states but with certain qualifications. Motorcycle & Car are the only categories recognised for exchange between Ireland & New Zealand.

In order to exchange your licence you must return the following documentation to your local Motor Taxation Office:

• D900 (Exchange of licence)
• D401 (Driving Licence)
• Return foreign Licence
• 2 passport size photographs (signed on back)
• Fee (3 year = €15 or 10 year = €25)
• D502(Eyesight Report)

For further information on Irish driving regulations, contact the Road Safety Authority in Ireland (external link):

Road Safety Authority
Driver Licensing
Moyvalley Business Park
Primrose Hill
Ballina, Co. Mayo
Tel: 1890 41 61 41
Email: licensingqueries@rsa.ie

Getting married in Ireland

Ireland has exactly the same requirements for foreign nationals getting married in Ireland as it does for Irish nationals.

A certificate of no impediment to marry is not required in Ireland, but you must submit your marriage application to the relevant registrar at least three months in advance. This can be done by post from outside Ireland.

Please note that for civil ceremonies there are sometimes long waiting periods which can exceed six months in some areas. You are advised to contact the registrar to make your appointment as far as possible in advance.

Irish visas and immigration

The Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) (external link) is responsible for asylum, immigration, citizenship and visa services.

Find more information on the services they provide (external link).

Non-EU citizens resident in Ireland are required to register immigration permission and apply for a Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) card.

For people living in Dublin, registration of immigration permission is operated by INIS. The offices are located at 13/14 Burgh Quay, Dublin 2.  People living in the rest of the country should register with their local Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB)  immigration office. These are located in  Garda District Headquarter Stations. To find out where your District Headquarters are, contact your local Garda Station. (external link) 

Rural landscape in Ireland
Rural landscape in Ireland