Housing

Custom Ireland is the only official housing partner associated with FIP Dublin 2013. While other companies may contact you offering housing, they are not endorsed by or affiliated with FIP.

To book your accommodation, social events and tours please use this link.

 

Visa Requirements

 
A special visa application is now available to FIP Congress attendees. Include the Event Code on your visa application and the visa fee will be cancelled.


For those requiring visas for Ireland, applications should state the reason for travel as “Attendance at The Gathering event –FIP 2013, Event Code GTH005.”  Applications should be made for a short-stay (<90 days) single-entry visa.  If the code is not entered, the normal fee of €60 will apply.  

 

Visa applications must be made on-line at www.inis.gov.ie.  As with all visa applicants, arriving attendees will be required by Immigration Services to produce evidence of congress attendance and/or letter of invite for a stay in Dublin. This special arrangement does not apply to residents of Nigeria, India and Turkey. However your visa application will be processed in an expedited fashion provided you include the event code.

All non-EU citizens should contact their local embassies for specific requirements for entry to Ireland. For a list of Irish Embassies and visa application information visit www.dfa.ie.

 

EU Citizens and Citizens of the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa are simply required to present a passport to immigration officials at the airport. This must be valid for at least 6 months after your intended date of departure from the State

 

All visa information is available from the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS).

 

Delegates should also be aware that other visas may be required for transient travel to Ireland, for example with stopovers through the UK or mainland Europe. Please ensure you enquire with the relevant embassy for that country regarding these requirements once you have confirmed your travel details.
Please note that it can take up to 8 weeks to process a visa application and early application is recommended.


All delegates requiring a letter of invitation for visa application purposes may request this letter during the online registration. We will not be able to issue any letter of invitation without receiving the registration and the payment of the required registration fees. Please note that the organizers will not be able to contact or intervene with any Embassy or Consulate office on behalf of a delegate. Should your visa application be declined, you can send a request for a refund of the registration fees to Conference registration office by e-mail (FIP@mci-group.com) before 1 August 2013. The fee of 25 EUR for the visa invitation letter will not be refunded. A scanned copy of the visa decline letter should be attached to your request. For requests received as from 2 August 2013, the cancellation policy for general conference registrations will apply.

Arriving by Plane

Ireland‘s capital enjoys excellent access by air from all major European and international destinations. Over 90 airlines serve Dublin Airport from over 150 destinations. Aer Lingus and Ryanair are Ireland’s largest airlines.

 

Dublin airport is 12 km (8 miles) from Dublin city centre and therefore only a short ride by bus, taxi or car. Both Dublin Bus and Aircoach have services that leave from outside the airport terminals and can bring you into the city centre. Dublin Bus airport services cater for the bus (Busáras) and train stations (Connolly and Heuston Stations), while Aircoach caters for many of the city centre hotels. Tickets can be purchased in advance on the Aircoach website at www.aircoach.ie. For all services tickets can be purchased with the bus driver at the bus terminal. There is a taxi rank directly outside the Arrivals Halls in Dublin Airport. Taxis into the city centre can cost approximately €25.

 

There are two terminal buildings at Dublin airport. Know your terminal to ensure a convenient departure and transport drop-off.
For flight information updates and transport routes to and from the city centre visit www.dublinairport.com.

 

Irish airline Aer Lingus is official supporter of the FIP Congress in Dublin. For worldwide flights and connections see the FIP booking page for Aer Lingus fares.

Arriving by Ferry

Regular scheduled ferry services operate between Ireland and the UK bringing both foot passenger, cars and other vehicles to Dublin through two ferry ports, Dublin Port and Dun Laoghaire.


Dublin Port is centrally located, only minutes from Dublin City Centre. For further information on Dublin Port see www.dublinport.ie.
Dún Laoghaire Harbour is located 11 kilometres (7 miles) south of Dublin city. Dún Laoghaire is serviced by the DART (Suburban Rail) which can take you to and from the City Centre in less than half an hour. Dun Laoghaire is also serviced regularly by Dublin Bus. As a guide, a taxi from Dun Laoghaire to city centre may cost €18.

Useful ferry links:
www.irishferries.com
www.stenaline.co.uk
www.norfolkine.com
www.directferries.ie