Embassy advice for visitors to Ireland – The Irish Times


It’s the kind of advice we would all welcome when arriving in another country, a list of do’s and don’ts to help us navigate daily life there. In the case of the Pakistani Embassy in Dublin, its outspoken advice for helping visitors integrate with the Irish includes don’t mention leprechauns, don’t call Irish people English, don’t bother with jokes and swear words, and not to call Dublin small in front of the locals.

The list of 24 do’s and 24 don’ts was highlighted by Dr Sahar Ahmed, a PhD research lawyer at Trinity College Dublin. “I have never been so proud of my government! Wise advice! 10/10,” she said.

The back

  • Consider Ireland your second home and treat its nationals/citizens like family.
  • Demonstrate full compliance with Irish law and rules.
  • Always respect local culture and traditions and consider cultural sensitivities.
  • Make efforts to interact with local communities for better integration-assimilation into the local community.
  • Buy health insurance.
  • Always get your Irish driving license issued as soon as possible.
  • Keep visiting the Citizen Information Portal, as it contains all the necessary information, free of charge.
  • For entrepreneurial ventures, join your local business office, as they offer advice, grants and support to start businesses.
  • Attend business networking group meetings to gain local knowledge.
  • Take personal development courses.
  • Join free classes to improve your job interview techniques.
  • Start working on your pension as a priority.
  • Seek membership in important local sports groups/clubs.
  • Get involved in local/college committees as much as possible.
  • Participate in local politics and encourage young people to participate as much as possible in local politics.
  • Engage with school committees for better education of your children instead of insisting with individual teachers on certain courses/subjects taught.
  • Actively participate in philanthropic/charitable activities
  • Participate in local festivals, national day activities.
  • In the case of a visa, get your visa issued well in time before the trip.
  • Always maintain good manners and behave politely with local communities.
  • Use social media platforms reasonably and responsibly.
  • Undertake activities that contribute to the promotion of Pak-Ireland cultural relations.
  • Stay in close contact with the Embassy.
  • Keep visiting Embassy website, social accounts like Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram.

Things not to do

  • Don’t say Ireland is part of the British Isles.
  • Don’t be offended by jokes or swear words.
  • Don’t call Dublin small in front of the locals.
  • Don’t mention sprites.
  • Don’t call the Irish English.
  • Don’t miss Gaelic sports.
  • Don’t worry about safety in Ireland.
  • Do not engage in politically and culturally sensitive activities.
  • Do not indulge in hate speech.
  • Never engage in illegal activities and be extra careful when interacting with minors on the street.
  • Never drive without insurance.
  • Don’t drive on the wrong side of the road.
  • Never reside in a home without insurance.
  • Never deposit cash payments into your bank account(s) without backup.
  • Never buy things from someone selling on the street, cell phones, laptops, etc.
  • Never start a business without a business course and consultation with a business consultant.
  • Never enter into a partnership without a proper partnership agreement drawn up by a lawyer.
  • Never join an unauthorized organization or group.
  • Never sell alcohol or tobacco products or related items to anyone under the age of 18.
  • Do not start a business without proper business registration, insurance and tax registration.
  • Do not use a service provider who does not have a certificate of practice in Ireland and no professional indemnity.
  • When filing documents related to visas or business, do not lie or hide any information, because they will find out.
  • Do not smoke inside.
  • Make sure to stay away from fake immigration agents.


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