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New arrivals in Ireland will undoubtedly have questions about their new home. Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about expat life in Dublin.
Can I arrive in Dublin and look for a job?
Expats from non-EU countries shouldn't come to Ireland without a job. To qualify for a work permit, expats will usually need to be sponsored by a company. However, expats from Europe do not need a work permit for employment in Ireland. It is still fairly easy to find low paying jobs while looking for other employment.
Do I need a car?
Probably not. The public transportation system is quite good and extends far out into the suburbs. However, commutes to schools outside of the city can be a problem.
Is it easy to get over to the rest of Europe?
It is very easy to get over to mainland Europe or the UK. Northern Ireland is just a short drive and the rest of the UK is a ferry ride away. There are good deals to be found on low-cost airlines flying out of Ireland, and this is a cheap way to travel all over Europe.
►For first-hand accounts of the Emerald Isle, see our Expat Experiences in Ireland page
Are you an expat living in Dublin?
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Expat Health Insurance
Cigna Global Health Insurance
With Cigna, you won't have to rely on foreign public health care systems, which may not meet your needs. Cigna allows you to speak to a doctor on demand, for consultations or instant advice, wherever you are in the world. They also offer full cancer care across all levels of cover, and settle the cost of treatments directly with the provider. Cigna is currently offering a 10% discount for seniors (over 60) on their Silver package.
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