How to Emigrate from South Africa to Ireland

How to Emigrate from South Africa to Ireland

The third largest Island in Europe, Ireland, has more than 5,000 years of history. Besides the fact that the heartland of this great nation has so much magic for tourists to discover, it is also a good place to live and work. It is no surprise that South Africans love to visit Ireland for the simple reason of vacationing at one of the best holiday destinations in Europe.

Getting into the country is not something you just pack a travel bag, hop on a plane or boat and just do. There are processes and conditions that visitors are expected to fulfil. You will have to get a Visa approved from the Irish Embassy.  For anyone willing to make the most of the opportunities that Ireland has to offer, here is how to go from South Africa to Ireland:

  1. Proof of Accommodation: While the Irish always welcomes South Africans with open arms, they expect that both tourists and expats have a place to stay on arrival. There is so much for the government to worry about and not knowing where a visitor to the country is staying is one thing they do not want added to the list.

    For those who wish to stay in a hotel, proof has to be made that the hotel booking has been paid for the entire period of visit. In the case of a traveler who is going to stay with friends or family, a presentation of a letter of invitation needs to be made. The particulars of such letter of invitations should clearly state the contact details of both the host and the traveler.

  1. Return Airline Ticket: The only people who do not have a limited time to stay in Ireland are its citizens. So, whether you visit Ireland for tourism or work, there is a time frame for staying in the country. While South Africans who came to work or study in Ireland may not necessarily have to show their return airline ticket, the same cannot be said for tourists.

    Showing your return airline ticket proves to the Irish government that you have an intention of returning to South Africa. This is an important condition that needs to be fulfilled by South African travelers to Ireland.

  1. Bank Statement: For obvious reasons, a visitor to Ireland is expected to provide his or her bank statement(s). You might argue that the presentation of a return airline ticket is enough evidence to prove that a visitor intends to return back to South Africa but this is also necessary. The Irish government will not support you until you have Irish citizenship. They want to know that until any and all immigration paperwork is completed that you have a way of supporting yourself.

    A healthy bank statement is proof that the visitor has a good job or something doing in South Africa. This should be enough incentive for him or her to return back. After all, one can present a return airline ticket and still disappear into thin air if he or she has no good reason to return to South Africa. The amount in a traveler’s bank account should be enough to sustain him or her all through their stay in Ireland.

  1. Medical/Travel Insurance: The government also need to be sure that everything is okay with the visitor. This makes a presentation of a traveler’s medical and travel insurance necessary. While Ireland does have universal healthcare it is only available to the citizens who are living there. If you end up in the hospital for any reason the cost of the visit will be up to you to pay.  Thus they require anyone coming into the country to have insurance.

    There is no point dwelling much on this point being that the importance of insurance is well documented. All the Irish government needs from a traveler is evidence that both conditions have been duly fulfilled.

  1. Full Valid Passport: While South Africans that wish to visit Ireland are not required to apply for a visa, they are still expected to present their South African passport. The fact that a valid passport serves as a means of identification cannot be overemphasized.

One of the conditions to be fulfilled is that your South African passport needs to be valid for another 6 months after your expected date of return. In addition to this, a minimum of 2 blank spaces must exist. Apart from your South African passport, no other kind of passport or travel documents will be accepted by the Irish authorities.

Traveling between South Africa and Ireland does not present any challenge so long as the conditions above are fulfilled. Go ahead and enjoy that deserved vacation in Ireland. Simply tick the boxes as you fulfil each requirement and be good to board the next plane to Ireland.

 

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Which War Fought in South Africa had Irish Soldiers

Which War Fought in South Africa had Irish Soldiers

War is no stranger on South African soil following the political, social and ethnic tension that existed between 1879 and 1915. The Zulus also have a place in the history of South African wars as they fought against European colonial powers. However, the question: “Which war fought in South Africa had Irish Soldiers?” is a pretty straightforward one. This is because only the Second Boer war fought between 1899 and 1902 had involved Irish Soldiers.

This war began on the 11th day of October 1899 and ceased on May 31 1902. During this period, some Irish Soldiers pitched with the Boers to fight against the British Army. Some interesting facts to note about this war include:

Divided Loyalty:

Not all the Irish people saw this war from the same perspective. As a result, there was divided loyalty among Irishmen. While some elected to fight with British forces the others believed that fighting with the Boers was a just cause. This could only result in one outcome – Irishmen fighting against each other. It is also symbolic in the fact that this was fought on South African soil. The fight was not only for those on the ground but had contingents of Irish volunteers come in even from distant America.  Many Irishmen saw similarities between the situation in South Africa and their own situation back home, seeing the British as invaders on foreign soil that needed to be kicked out.  Similarly to what was happening in Ireland, half the soldiers saw themselves as British subjects duty bound to fight for king and country, while others hated the British unequivocally.

Winston Churchill:

This great man who later became Prime Minister of the United Kingdom was involved in this war. In fact, he was captured by the Boers at a point but managed to escape. His escape is worthy of note considering what might have been if he had not been able to manage it. Apart from the Second Boer war in which Winston Churchill fought as a soldier, he would later go on to be Prime Minister during the Second World War.  He is remembered in history for steering the country through the war and inspiring the British people to push forward until their eventual victory against the Germans.

Victory for Britain:

Among the Irishmen that fought in the Second Boer war, fortune favoured those that fought along the British Army. This is so because the war was eventually won by Britain. One of the things that made this possible was the adoption of concentration camps as a tactic. This strategy weakened the Boers and made it possible for British forces to gain some ground and eventually go ahead to win the war. The British forces were able to survive because of their ingenuity. They had blockhouses built as a tactic to secure supply routes during the war from Boer raids. One of the blockhouses even survives to date. Guerrillas were also denied food supplies as a way of weakening their resolve to continue fighting.

Demolition Experts:

Although the British forces eventually won this war, it was not all about smooth sailing for them all through. There were moments when it looked like the tables were turned against them. Since most of the Irish guerilla soldiers involved in this war had worked in the gold mines of South Africa, they had the reputation of being experts in demolitions. They made use of this ability to great effect. Bridges were blown up as British forces approached Pretoria. This tactic was aimed at delaying the advancement of the British army and it worked for them. The Boers were brave soldiers willing to fight from trenches. One of the most formidable leaders of the Boers was Christian De Wet. He escaped several attempts made by the British forces to capture him.

Union of South Africa:

The war gave birth to a new nation known as the Union of South Africa. This is an interesting fact and began with the holding of a Peace meeting at Vereeniging. One of the notable men to play a role in this peace process was a man who witnessed everything from start to finish – Alfred, Lord Milner. He was the British High Commissioner of South Africa all through this period. The Union of South Africa was created when both Republics decided to sheath their swords and form an alliance instead.

Although other cases abound were Irishmen had conflicting interests, this was the only time it happened on South African soil. The British forces may have won the war in the end but the role played by the Irishmen who fought on the side of the Boers will never be forgotten in a hurry. It is for their sake that the Union of South Africa was created.

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