Moving to Ireland from the UK
Emerald Isle Moving Guide

If the colour green is one of favourites, then moving to Ireland might be the right choice. The Emerald Isle is a great spot to move to due to its booming economy, beautiful scenery, and proximity to the UK, which means it’s easy to visit family in the UK. Before you can enjoy everything life in Ireland has to offer, you’ll need to move there. So, read our guide on removals to Ireland for moving costs, an essential checklist, and tips. With a little help from Sirelo, you will be enjoying life in the Emerald Isle before you know it!

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The Cost of Removals to Ireland from the UK

Moving house is exciting, but it also comes at a cost. Luckily, as the UK’s next-door neighbour, removals to Ireland are about as cheap as it gets in terms of international moving costs. Nonetheless, it is important to budget effectively to ensure a smooth international removal from the UK to Ireland. Let’s hope the luck of the Irish is on your side too 😉.

The table below shows estimates of the cost of removals from London to Ireland, via road, for various sized properties.

Property SizeTimeAverage Cost
1-bedroom house9 – 11 days£1,000 – £1,400
2-bedroom house2 – 4 days£1,200 – £1,700
3-bedroom house2 – 4 days£1,600 – £2,400
4-bedroom house2 – 4 days£2,100 – £2,900
5-bedroom house2 – 4 days£2,600 – £3,600

While we hope this helps calm any nerves, it is important to note that the final removals cost from the UK to Ireland will be dependent on several factors, including the exact distance you travel and the volume of your things.

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Moving to Ireland After Brexit

As you’re likely well aware, the UK has decided to leave the EU. As a result, it has often become more complicated to move to European countries. However, moving to Ireland from the UK after Brexit hasn’t changed. Due to the Common Travel Area (CTA), UK citizens are still free to move and work in the Republic of Ireland. What luck!

There is a small caveat, if you happen to have a partner or family member that is neither a UK nor EU nor EEA citizen, they are not guaranteed the right to move to Ireland and will need to apply for a visa. You can read more information here.

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Checklist for Moving to Ireland

Moving to Ireland from the UK comes with its own unique twists and turns. To ensure you don’t forget a thing, we have put together this moving to Ireland checklist. If this doesn’t float your boat, our more general and comprehensive moving abroad checklist is sure to do the trick.

Before you go:

✔️ Important documents

Gather all of your vital paperwork and store it in a safe, accessible place.

  • Passport
  • Birth Certificate
  • Marriage certificate (if applicable)
  • Medical Documentation
  • University Degree(s)
  • Driver License

✔️ Find an International Removal Company

Start by checking out our list of top international removal companies. Get this step right, and your house removal from the UK to Ireland can’t go wrong unless you encounter some mischievous leprechauns along the way 😎.

✔️ Pack

When packing for house removals to Ireland from the UK, you can never start too early! Check out our packing to move house guide for expert tips. This ain’t our first rodeo!

Tip! Not sure how much furniture you have? Unless you fancy spending hours fumbling with a tape measure, use our removal volume calculator instead, which does all the hard work for you.

✔️ Moving to Ireland with Pets

If you plan on bringing a furry friend, then make sure they are:

  • Microchipped
  • Vaccinated against rabies and have a
  • Pet passport or official veterinarian certificate
  • Treated for tapeworm

If you’ve done all of this, then they can join your Irish adventure! However, if you still have any questions, you can find more information here.

✔️ Importing a Car

Vehicles can be imported to Ireland duty-free under certain requirements:

  • You have owned the vehicle for more than six months
  • The automobile is not sold, rented, or disposed of within 12 months of importation
  • You are in Ireland once when the shipping takes place.

Of course, if you want more details, you can read the Irish government page on importing a car to Ireland.

Phew! We know that’s a lot to take in but hang on in there because there are also a few things to organise once your move to Ireland is complete.

Once you get there:

✔️ PPS Number
In order to be an upstanding, tax-paying member of society, you’ll need to apply for a PPS number when you arrive in Ireland.

✔️ Healthcare

When moving to Ireland from the UK, healthcare is likely to be a high priority on your list. Fortunately, it’s easy to understand as it functions very similarly to the UK with a public healthcare option funded by the state. However, it does differ in that not all healthcare costs will be fully covered, and thus private health insurance is a common option to cover bills.

✔️ Banking

Remember, Ireland is part of the single currency. Therefore, it is important that you set up a local bank account when moving to Ireland from the UK. Explore some of the following banks before you make the final call:

✔️ Driving Licence

If you wish to drive in Ireland, you can! Just be aware that you will need to exchange your UK driver’s license for an Irish license within a year. So, if you plan to explore the rolling Irish countryside on four wheels, get cracking!

You made it! So long as you work your way through this checklist, your move to the Land of Saints and Scholars is bound for success 😊.

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Living in Ireland as a British Expat

While learning the ins and outs of moving to Ireland from the UK is all good and well, we imagine you are also itching to understand what life across the pond might look like. The following section outlines essential information on living in Ireland as an expat.

(Not so) fun fact. Excited to escape the British weather? We’re afraid moving to Ireland doesn’t offer much hope. In 2007, it rained for 40 days straight…so remember to pack those raincoats and wellies!

Cost of Living in Ireland

No one likes talking about spending money, but it’s fun to spend on Guinness and whiskey. Jokes aside, while we hate to be the bearers of bad news, the cost of living in Ireland is, on average, 19.5% higher than in our good old blighty.

To better illustrate this to you, before you commit to moving to Ireland, check out the following table which compares the common cost of living metrics between the UK and Ireland.

MetricUK AverageIrish Average
Monthly rent for a 1-bedroom apartment in the city centre£750£1,097
Price per square metre to buy in the city centre£4,187£3,788
0.5L of draught beer£3.60£4.50
12 eggs£1.95£2.51
1L of gasoline£1.26£1.27

Did you know? The ‘e’ in whiskey is enshrined into the 1980 Irish Whiskey Act as a way of distinguishing it from Scottish competitors.

Want to Work in Ireland?

For most, securing employment is going to be a priority when moving to Ireland from the UK. Whether you are wanting to join the growing Irish pharmaceutical industry, or work with the abundance of natural resources on offer, if you are still in search of a job, explore the following portals:

Unlike relocating to countries further afield, moving to Ireland is unlikely to come with many cultural shocks. While the Irish are known for their charm and cheerfulness, this is not translated into the professional sphere, which runs very similarly to the UK. Greet with a handshake, and respect personal space. You know the drill!

Ready to Move to Ireland?

First of all, congratulations (or comhghairdeas in Irish)! By making it through this article, moving to Ireland from the UK is in sight. With all the knowledge imparted from us to you, you should find you’re up to the task!

Of course, you can never be too prepared. If you have a thirst to know more as you move to the land of Saints and Scholars, feel free to quench it by reading the great articles linked below. Happy reading and good luck moving!

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