State Department Travel Alerts
Emerald Isle Classic, September 1, 2012
Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland will host the Emerald Isle Classic on September 1, 2012. U.S. citizens visiting Ireland will join thousands of others from around the world in celebration of the sport and highly anticipated Notre Dame-Navy rivalry.
Flights to Ireland during the summer months from the U.S. are generally booked to capacity and passengers should pay close attention to any last minute schedule changes. Hotel rooms are in high demand during the summer period and especially for this event. U.S. citizen visitors should book accommodations accordingly and confirm their reservations.
Use the information and resources below to have a safe and enjoyable experience.
Know before you go...
- Ensure you have a valid U.S. Passport. If it's due to expire before or during your trip, get it renewed now. Don't forget to sign your passport and complete the emergency information page in the passport book. Find information on passport renewals on our website (http://travel.state.gov/passport/). Also, don't forget to sign your passport and complete the emergency information page.
- Visit our Country Specific Information on travel to Ireland at (http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1145.html), also found at http://travel.state.gov/. Please review the entry and exit requirements to ensure you have the correct documentation for entry into Ireland.
- Check your overseas medical insurance coverage - ensuring you're covered abroad could be one of the best investments you'll ever make. Information on medical insurance and travel abroad can be found on our website at http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1470.html.
- Notify your credit card company of your overseas travel prior to your departure from the United States. Check out the helpful information on the U.S. Citizen Services page of the U.S. Embassy's website for more about using your credit card in the United Kingdom http://london.usembassy.gov/service.html
- Enroll with the U.S. Embassy's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). This will enable the Embassy to keep you up to date with important safety and security announcements, and enable your friends and family get in touch with you in an emergency https://step.state.gov/step/. The Smart Traveler App, available for both Android and iPhone, provides easy access to your STEP account and allows you to create personal itineraries, add notes, and organize your trips. Not only that, but it provides quick access to our Facebook and Twitter pages.
- Check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) travel website, www.cdc.gov/travel, for needed vaccines and other medications and information about how to protect you from illness and injury while traveling.
The emergency number for the Irish police, rescue, and fire departments is 9-9-9.
U.S. citizens in Ireland requiring emergency assistance outside of regular business hours (including weekends and holidays): please call the Embassy's main number (01) 630-6200 and follow the prompts to reach the operator. You will be connected to the U.S. Marine Security Guard on duty who will assist you with directing your call.
U.S. citizens in Ireland requiring emergency assistance during regular business hours (8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.): please call the Embassy main number (01)630-6200, press 1 at the first recorded message, and follow the prompts to reach the American Citizens Services Unit. Fax or e-mail services are also available on (01)668-8056 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A list of U.S. and Irish holiday can be found on the U.S. Embassy's website at http://dublin.usembassy.gov/holidays_page6.html.