Moving to Ireland – Complete Guide

Moving abroad is always a big step requiring a lot of planning and coordination. So, be prepared for this change in your lifestyle.


It might be good to know that all European Union passport holders are not required a visa to live and work in Ireland. However, people from the countries below need to get a visa prior to landing in Ireland:

Afghanistan Guinea-Bissau Papua New Guinea
Albania Haiti Peru
Algeria India Philippines
Angola Indonesia Puerto Rico
Armenia Iran Qatar
Azerbaijan Iraq Russian Federation
Bahrain Jamaica Rwanda
Bangladesh Jordan Sao Tome and Principe
Belarus Kazakhstan Saudi Arabia
Benin Kenya Senegal
Bhutan Korea Serbia
Bosnia and Herzegovina Kosovo Sierra Leone
Burkina Faso Kuwait Somalia
Burma Kyrgyzstan Sri Lanka
Burundi Laos Sudan
Cambodia Lebanon Suriname
Cameroon Liberia Syrian Arab Republic
Cape Verde Libya Tajikistan
Central African Republic Macedonia Tanzania
Chad Madagascar Thailand
China Mali Timor-Leste
Colombia Marshall Islands Togo
Comoros Martinique Tunisia
Congo Mauritania Turkey
Congo Mauritius Turkmenistan
Cote d’Ivoire, Micronesia Uganda
Cuba Moldova Ukraine
Djibouti Mongolia United Arab Emirates
Dominican Republic Montenegro U.S. Minor Outlying Islands
Ecuador Morocco Uzbekistan
Egypt Mozambique Venezuela
Eritrea Namibia Vietnam
Equatorial Guinea Nepal Virgin Islands (U.S.)
Ethiopia Netherlands Antilles Yemen
Faroe Islands Niger Zambia
Gabon Nigeria Zimbabwe
Gambia Oman
Georgia Pakistan
Ghana Palau
Greenland Palestinian National Authority


Types of Visas

In case you need a visa for Ireland, you can avail of different visa options depending on your intentions – whether you plan to work temporarily or move to Ireland permanently.

Irish Working Holiday visa is for young Australians, Canadians, New Zealanders and Americans between 18 and 30 years old to visit Ireland for an extended holiday supplemented by casual employment for 12 months. Apply for your Ireland Working Holiday Visa here.

Ireland General Employment Permit  – the Irish Work permit is for non-EU citizens to work legally in Ireland for an employer in a particular occupation. The validity of the permit is two years. In order to qualify you need a job offer from an Irish employer. There is a requirement for the employer to have a minimum number of EEA nationals employed with the Irish entity. Exemptions may apply for start-ups. You can only get a Work Permit for Ireland for certain occupations or salary levels:

  • Whereby your remuneration is above €30,000. Irish Work Permits will only be considered for a very limited number of occupations below an annual salary of €30,000.
  • There are a number of occupations for which work permit applications will not be considered – please see  Am I Eligible for more information.

Ireland Student Visa – if your intention is to move to Ireland to undertake a course of study, you need a student visa. Nationals of all countries are eligible to this visa. For more information and Click here to see if you are eligible to apply.


Cost of Living in Ireland

Dublin is approx. 30% cheaper than in London. Look at the prices of the basic goods, utilities and services below to get a rough idea of the cost of living in Ireland.


Restaurants Avg.
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 13.00 €
Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 50.00 €
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 4.50 €
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 1.21 €
Milk (regular), (1 liter) 1.09 €
Fresh White Bread (500g) 1.48 €
Rice (white), (1kg) 1.80 €
Eggs (12) 2.57 €
Cheese (1kg) 9.09 €
Chicken Breasts, (1kg) 8.45 €
Apples (1kg) 2.24 €
Oranges (1kg) 2.15 €
Tomato (1kg) 2.49 €
Potato (1kg) 1.58 €
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.37 €
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 10.00 €
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.53 €
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 2.33 €
Pack of Cigarettes 10.00 €
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.50 €
Monthly Pass 90.00 €
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 4.32 €
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) 1.03 €
Gasoline (1 liter) 1.41 €
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 (Or Equivalent New Car) 22,000.00 €
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment 146.95 €
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local 0.24 €
Internet (6 Mbps) 35.77 €
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 42.59 €
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 16.09 €
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 10.00 €
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans 68.33 €
1 Pair of Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 75.20 €
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 76.93 €
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 915.19 €
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 753.54 €
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,532.76 €
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,186.20 €
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre 4,445.66 €
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 2,880.53 €
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Salary (After Tax) 2,241.83 €
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 4.11


Tax Rates

One of the first things you need to do upon arrival in Ireland is to get a PPS number (Personal Public Service number). You need to give it to your employer with regards to your taxes and revenue. It also gives you an access to welfare and public services and you neeed a PPS number to be able to set up a bank account in Ireland.

In Ireland, taxes are deducted from your salary in a Pay as You Earn system (PAYS). The percentage of your tax rate depends on your income. The standard rate of tax in Ireland is set up at 20% and it is for the first part of your income which is up to a certain amount. The remainder of your income is taxed at a higher rate – 40%. You can view and update your details directly online here.

For Annual income up to €32,800                   rate is 20%

For Annual income over €32,801                    rate is 21%

Tax credits reduce the amount of income tax you are due to pay annually. They are deducted from the gross tax you pay and not on your overall income.

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