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Eswatini

If you’re travelling to Eswatini, our travel advice and updates give you practical tips and useful information.

Security Status

  • Normal precautions
  • High degree of caution
  • Avoid non-essential travel
  • Do not travel
  • Overview
  • Safety and Security
  • Local Laws and Customs
  • Health
  • Entry requirements
  • Embassy Contact

Overview

General COVID-19 Travel Advisory in Operation

For the latest update please read the General COVID-19 Travel Advisory >

Overview

Security status

High Degree of Caution.

Latest Travel Alert

Citizens planning travel abroad should take into account the ongoing risk of testing positive for COVID-19 while abroad and are advised to take out comprehensive travel insurance that includes COVID-19 cover. Before departure and during travel, citizens are advised to monitor our Travel Advice, follow us on Twitter, and register with their nearest Irish Embassy or Consulate.

Citizens should exercise a high degree of caution if travelling to Eswatini. In particular citizens should avoid protests, demonstrations or marches. Protests and demonstrations that broke out in 2021 resulted in significant damage and loss of life, and civil unrest continues, as does rising crime, arson attacks, and violent incidents. The security situation can change suddenly, and travellers should remain vigilant for any signs of disturbances.

Irish citizens travelling or living in Eswatini are encouraged to register their contact details here. This will allow the Irish Embassy in Mozambique to include you in contingency planning in the event of a crisis or emergency situation.

Travel to Eswatini

In weighing decisions to travel to Eswatini at this time, Irish citizens should take into consideration the risk of restrictions being introduced during their travel and, also, the impact which responding to COVID-19 may have on local health care systems over the course of their proposed visit.

In order to enter Eswatini you must present a valid COVID-19 vaccine certificate or a valid  negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival.

Check with your doctor well in advance of travelling to see if you need any vaccinations for Eswatini.

See links below for details.

Government of the Kingdom of Eswatini

Ministry of Heath

As there is no Irish Embassy in Estwani, we’re limited in the help we can offer in an emergency. However, if you need assistance, you can contact the Irish Embassy in Mozambique.

Safety and Security

Safety and security

Political Situation

Citizens should exercise a high degree of caution if travelling to Eswatini. In particular citizens should avoid protests, demonstrations or marches. Protests and demonstrations that broke out in 2021 resulted in significant damage and loss of life, and civil unrest continues, including rising crime, arson attacks, and violent incidents. The security situation can change suddenly, and travellers should remain vigilant for any signs of disturbances.

Irish citizens should monitor local and social media for updates and follow the advice of local authorities.

We further advise all Irish citizens in Eswatini to stay in touch with other EU citizens where possible and also to get in touch with the EU Delegation to ensure that you are updated on the current situation.

https://www.eeas.europa.eu/delegations/eswatini_en

Phone number: Telephone: +268 2404 2018 / 4769 /2908 / 0191.

Email: delegation-swaziland@eeas.europa.eu.

Irish citizens travelling or living in Eswatini are encouraged to register their contact details here. This will allow the Irish Embassy in Mozambique to include you in contingency planning in the event of a crisis or emergency situation.

Local Laws and Customs

Local laws and customs

Remember, the local laws apply to you as a visitor and it is your responsibility to follow them. Be sensitive to local customs, traditions and practices as your behaviour may be seen as improper, hostile or may even be illegal.

Health

Health

Get travel and medical insurance

Before travelling, the Department strongly recommends that you obtain comprehensive travel insurance which will cover all overseas medical costs, including medical repatriation/evacuation, repatriation of remains and legal costs. You should check any exclusions and, in particular, that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake.

Vaccinations

Check what vaccinations you may need for your trip at least eight weeks before you travel. We can’t advise you on vaccinations, but you can get information about vaccinations from your local GP or an International Health and Travel Centre.

Evidence of vaccination (in the form of a certificate) can be a requirement for entry to some countries.

Medication

Make sure you bring enough medication for your entire trip and for any unexpected delays. You may wish to also bring copies of your prescription in case you lose your medication.

Entry requirements

Additional information

Entry requirements

Irish passport holders do not need a visa to enter Eswatini.

If you are unsure about the entry requirements for Eswatini, including visa and other immigration information, ask your travel agent or contact the Embassy of Swaziland in London. You can also check with them how long your passport must be valid for.

Passports

It is advisable to take a number of photocopies of your passport with you when travelling to Eswatini and you should carry a photocopy of your passport at all times during your stay.

If your passport is lost or stolen while you’re abroad, we can help.

What we can do:

  • Issue you a replacement passport that will let you finish your trip, or;
  • Issue you with an emergency travel document to get you home.

We’ll do our best to help you as quickly as possible but this can take some time. Your location and circumstances may limit the help we can give you. As Ireland does not have an Embassy or Consulate in Eswatini there may be additional complications in processing and application for a new passport.

You should contact the Irish Embassy in Maputo to find out what you need to do to apply for a passport. They will also be able to advise you on the fees which apply.

Embassy contact

Embassy Contact

We do not have an Embassy in Eswatini, please contact Embassy of Ireland Mozambique

Embassy of Ireland
Avenida Julius Nyerere 3630
Maputo
Mozambique

Tel: +258 21 501 700

Monday to Thursday, 08:00 – 16:30; Friday, 08:00 – 13:00

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