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The official currency is the Euro (€).
Notes in Euros: 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500
Coins in Euros: 1, 2
Coins in Cents: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50
Typically, currency can be exchanged at any bank or at the Dublin International Airport. If they do not have large amounts of the currency available that you want exchanged, they will order it for you. (Keep in mind that if you do this you will need to arrange it in advance.) Also, many post offices have a currency exchange facility and are open during the week and Saturday mornings.
The most commonly-used forms of payment are either cash, credit or debit cards, checks and laser cards.
Almost all shops and restaurants accept major credit cards, but it would be a good idea to carry a small amount of cash just in case. Also, you will find that ATM machines are widely available.
Pre-authorized direct debits are commonly used to pay rent and utilities. Some bills can also be paid online or at your local bank when you bring the bill with you.
In order to open a bank account, you will need identification such as your passport, a utility bill with your name on it and a letter from your employer. It is recommended that you set up an account as soon as possible.
This will need to be arranged through the customer services representative of your bank. Online banking may be a successful alternative.
If the appropriate documents are provided, there should be no restrictions on services if you are new to the country. However, it may take longer to receive a credit or debit card, checkbook, etc, this is due to time delays with overseas credit checks. It is advised that you start such things as soon as possible to avoid any inconvenience.
Typical banking hours are Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and closed Saturday and Sunday.
Yes, these are widely available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Although credit cards are accepted in most shops, please note that Ireland favors cash transactions.
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Crown Relocations has made every effort to present accurate information. However, regulations, rates and other variables are subject to change and Crown Relocations cannot accept responsibility for the errors that might result. Please contact your closest embassy or consulate for confirmation.