Removals and Moving to Ireland

Removals to Ireland has never been easier.

We are a specialist removals company offering fully insured removals services from any country worldwide to Ireland.

Being based in Galway allows us to effectively serve the whole of the Ireland, providing a cost effective and reliable solution to your needs.

Galway based Removal Company specialised in removals from or to the UK, France, Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Switzerland and worldwide with door to door deliveries to and from the Ireland, moving and storage at very attractive prices.

We offer full customs clearance facilities.

We offer a  storage facility for all our customers (storage and handling charges would apply)


Ireland is a sovereign state on the north western edge of Europe. Ireland shares a border with Northern Ireland, which is part of the UK. The capital city is Dublin and the country has a population of approximately 4.6 million. While Irish is recognised as the national language, English is the dominant language and almost everyone in the country speaks English fluently, with the exception of small communities on the west coast. Ireland has been a member of the EU since 1973 and uses the Euro as its currency.

Ireland is famous for its beautiful green, rugged landscape, which is most prominent in the west of the country along the Atlantic coast. The country has a temperate climate, with mild winters and summers. In the last few decades, Ireland has been one of the wealthiest countries in the world with a high standard of living and quality of life. It is also commended by the UN for being one of the most developed countries in the world with high civil liberties and economic freedom. Irish people are proud of their heritage and culture, with literature, music, dance and sport being a large part of it.

Finding a Job

When moving to a new country, finding a job is at the top of most people’s priority list. If you are from an EU/EEA Country, you do not need a visa or work permit as you already have permission to work and live in Ireland. However, if you are from outside the EU, you will need a work permit and a visa to live and work in the country.

Before You Go

Many people will begin their job search before they leave for a new country, which is always a good idea. To gain an insight into the Irish job market and what kind of jobs are available, there are lots of outlets available.

The Working Abroad Jobs Board is regularly updated with jobs from employers and recruiters looking for individuals wishing to make the move. There are many other online job boards, such as Irish JobsMonster The internet is the most popular way to find jobs these days, but it’s always worth looking in national and local newspapers, or talking to a recruitment agency.

Work Permits

If you are not an EU/EEA citizen, you will need to obtain a work permit (as well as a residence permit). To get a work permit, either you or your employer must apply to the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation. The application must be based on an offer of employment in Ireland.

General Employment Information

Most Irish employees work between 37.5 and 40 hours a week, and the average working week cannot exceed 48 hours. Workers are entitled to 4 weeks of paid leave per year, although many contracts allow more than this.

There are 9 public holidays in Ireland, which most workers get to take off.

Getting a Visa

If you want to work in Ireland, the first things you need to do are research and apply for the right visa. EU/EEA Members can enter Ireland freely without a visa if they are staying for less than 90 days, but after that time they must obtain a residence permit from the local Garda (police) station.

Due to bilateral agreements, many nationalities do not need a visa to enter Ireland. These countries are all listed on the Irish Citizen’s Information website.

For all other visas, both short term and long term, you can apply online on the website of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service.

Types of Visas

Short Stay Visa

There are several types of short stay visas available for Ireland, depending on your purpose in the country. The categories are:

  • family or tourist visit
  • study or research
  • employment or training
  • business/conference/performance
  • medical treatment/religion minister/volunteer

This visa can be applied for on the government website above.

Long Stay Visa

You can be issued with a long stay visa if you are:

  • joining family
  • studying or researching in Ireland
  • taking up employment, training or an intra-company transfer
  • receiving medical treatment
  • a minister of religion

This visa can be applied for on the government website above.

Long Term Residence

If you have been a legal resident in Ireland for more than five years, you can apply for a residence stamp, which allows you to stay for a further five years. After that point, you can obtain permission to stay indefinitely in Ireland. For information on applying for long term residency, see the Department of Justice and Equality website.

Wages & Taxes


The minimum wage in Ireland is €8.65 an hour or €1461.85 per month. Ireland has a relatively high minimum wage compared with the rest of Europe and the world.

The average take home pay in Ireland is €2160, and the country’s cost of living is quite high as a result.

Opening a Bank Account

If you plan to live and work in Ireland, you will need a bank account in order to receive your wages and for transferring money from your home bank account if necessary. You will need two forms of ID and proof of an address in Ireland to open a bank account. You will then be issued with an ATM card. Online banking and banking apps have become very popular in Ireland in recent times.

The majority of banks in Ireland are open from 10am until 4 or 5pm on week days. A limited number of banks open for a few hours on Saturdays. The most popular banks in Ireland are Bank of Ireland, Allied Irish Bank (AIB) and Ulster Bank. Credit unions and post offices are also common places to manage your finances in Ireland.


Taxes are deducted from your wages in a Pay as You Earn (PAYE) system. The tax rates in Ireland are as follows:

Bracket Annual income Rate
1 up to €32,800 20%
2 over €32,801 41%

You will also have to pay motor tax, property tax, water charges etc.


Sources: Citizens InformationIrish Naturalisation and Immigration ServiceJust Landed and Your Europe

Used Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • Copy of Passport
  • Packing list
  • C&E1076 Transfer of Residence document
  • Transfer of Residency (TOR) – PPS Declaration Document
  • Original Bill of Lading (OBL) – Express Release Accepted or Alternatively (2 Original nonnegotiable copies showing the ocean freight rate) / Air Waybill (AWB)
  • Documentary evidence of residence abroad for at least one year
  • Documentary evidence of taking up permanent residence in Ireland
  • Resident / Work Permit / Letter of Employment
  • Form 1076 (Diplomats)
  • Lease / Rental Agreement (Diplomats)
  • Letter from the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs Protocol Section authorizing release of the consignment from the port (Diplomats)

Specific Information

  • All goods should be in the ownership of the shipper for at least 6 months prior to import
  • Required documents must be received by the agent prior to the arrival of the shipment to minimize any port charges
  • Shipper does not need to be present for Customs clearance.
  • Shipper should arrive in the country prior to the arrival of the shipment.
  • Used household goods may be allowed entry on a duty and tax free basis once the TOR has been verified.
  • Imports not deemed qualified as part of a TOR shipment will be subject to duty (variable) and value added tax (VAT) of approximately 23%.

Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

  • Original Passport
  • OBL / AWB
  • Original Registration
  • Copy of current Insurance Certificate (copy of previous policy documentation is acceptable if no current insurance is in effect)
  • Bill of Sale showing date of purchase and price

Specific Information

  • The OBL must include the chassis number, engine number, color, model, make, and weight of the vehicle.
  • Vehicles brought into Ireland under TOR rules are not subject to duty or tax.
  • The duty rate on vehicles imported outside of the TOR Protocol is 23% VAT of the cost, insurance and freight (CIF) value, and the vehicle registration tax is payable up to 35% of the vehicle value.
  • In order to avoid unnecessary delays and charges for demurrage and storage due to lengthy Customs procedures, the agent must receive a copy of the required documentation prior to arrival of the shipment; check with agent for specific timeframes.


Documents Required

  • Vaccination Record
  • Veterinary Health Certificate
  • Pet Passport

Specific Information

  • Pets arriving from outside of the EU must be pre-booked and pass through the Quarantine Station at Dublin airport.
  • Prior approval from the Department of Agriculture must be received prior to import.
  • A 6-month quarantine is not required if the following conditions met: proof of rabies vaccination and follow up that this was effective (6 months after inoculation), Health Certificate, and electronic microchip.
  • Pets arriving from within the EU can usually enter without prior approval or examination at a Quarantine Station.

Restricted/Dutiable Items

  • Alcohol is subject to duties (variable according to type, strength, etc.) and VAT (23%).
  • A Declaration Form is needed prior to arrival of the container and should be loaded at rear of the container for easy access if examination is required.
  • New furniture and household goods (items purchased within 6 months of the date of shipping are subject to Customs duties and VAT of 23%).

Prohibited Items

  • Narcotics
  • Drugs
  • Explosives
  • Pornography
  • Firearms
  • Meat products
  • Live plants
  • Endangered species and any products or parts thereof as outlined by CITES (authorization from CITES is required)

Consignment Instructions

Recommended: Contact the destination agent to ensure all requirements have been met prior to import, especially for differences regarding air / sea shipments.

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