Explained: How the US Will Lift Travel Restrictions

Amazing news!

US President Biden’s administration is lifting its ban on people entering the USA, scrapping restrictions put in place early in the pandemic. While travel to other European countries has been possible for a few months now, heading off to the US for a holiday or to see loved ones has remained off the table. Now with this exciting news about the lifting of the ban on entry to the US, that’s all set to change!

From November – the official date hasn’t been finalised yet – Irish holidaymakers who are fully vaccinated will be able to enter the US.

It’s so great to hear that travellers from Ireland and elsewhere will finally be able to take those long-anticipated trips or reunite with their loved ones after so long apart. While many details are yet to be made official, we’ve already seen a huge boost in interest from our loyal customers about booking a holiday to America. We’ve answered a few top questions below.

When will the new rules come into place?

The US government hasn’t announced a specific date yet but the travel restrictions are due to be lifted some time in November.

Who will be able to enter the US after the ban is lifted?

After the restrictions are officially lifted, the doors will be open for holidaymakers from 33 different countries including Ireland and most other European countries.

If you’re fully vaccinated against COVID 19 and can provide a negative PCR test from within 3 days of arrival and undergo contact tracing, you’ll be free to enter the US without quarantine!

Those requirements again are:

  • Be fully vaccinated
  • Negative PCR test within 3 days of arrival
  • Contact tracing

Which vaccines will be accepted and what kind of proof will be required?

The US has not yet announced which vaccinations will be accepted, as not all of the vaccines commonly used around the world were approved for use in the US, but watch this space! These details are due to be finalised in the coming days and weeks.

What about children? Are there any exemptions?

There will be some exemptions to the vaccine policy including for children. Children who are not eligible for a vaccination are expected to be exempt but this has yet to be officially announced as of now. Other exemptions may be announced down the line.

Where can I get up to date information?

The latest travel advice can change at short notice so always check the latest advice.

Head to the website of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA)

You can also take a look at our advice for Getting Ready to Travel Again here on our blog.


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