Local Information and Updates on Travel Into the US
Announcement15 October 2021
CORONAVIRUS IN THE US AND TRAVEL TO THE US
For our latest travel advice on the United States please see here. You can also follow us on Twitter for the latest info (@IrelandinNY)
Irish citizens can access localised up-to-date information for the New York Consular Area through the authorities listed below:
Please refer to the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) website for further updates, including on travel restrictions to the US for those travelling from Ireland.
Follow medical advice to protect yourself from COVID-19 and to prevent the spread of the virus. Be alert to common signs of infection: respiratory problems, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Seek medical advice if you experience these symptoms.
U.S. Travel Restrictions
As of 8 November 2021, fully vaccinated foreign citizens can now enter the US if they provide proof of vaccination status and a negative COVID-19 test prior to boarding an airplane to the US.
As of 6 December 2021, the negative COVID-19 result must be from a test taken no more than 1 day before travel to the US. This applies to all air passengers, regardless of citizenship.
Documentation showing you have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days may be presented as an alternative to the negative COVID-19 test.
Further information on the proof of vaccination status, the requirement to provide a negative COVID-19 test result, and exceptions for persons who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can be found below.
Those planning to travel are advised to monitor the websites of the US Embassy in Dublin and the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for further updates and to consult your travel provider to make sure your passport and other travel documents meet the US’ requirements.
Proof of vaccination status
The US government requires that the proof of vaccination status shows that you have been fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine approved by the World Health Organisation or approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The US accepts the EU Digital COVID Certificate as proof of vaccination. The UK’s proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record is also accepted. Details on other forms of accepted proof of vaccination status can be found on this page on the CDC website. These include a printout of a COVID-19 vaccination record or a COVID-19 vaccination certificate issued at national or subnational level or by an authorized vaccine provider, digital photos of a vaccination card or record, a downloaded vaccine record or a vaccination certificate from an official source (e.g. public health agency, government agency, or other authorised vaccine provider), or a mobile phone application without a QR code.
All forms of COVID-19 vaccination status must have your full name plus one personal identifier, such as date of birth or passport number) that match the information on your passport or other travel documents. It must also include the name of the official source issuing the record and the vaccine manufacturer and date(s) of vaccination.
Children under 18 are not required to show proof of vaccination status. There are other, very limited exceptions from this requirement including for people medically unable to receive the vaccine. For the full list of exempt persons please consult the CDC website.
COVID-19 testing requirements
Currently, all air passengers aged 2 or older must show a negative result of a COVID-19 test taken no more than 3 days before travel.
From 5:01am GMT on 6 December onwards, however, all air passengers aged 2 or older, regardless of citizenship or vaccination status, must show a negative result of a COVID-19 test taken no more than 1 day before travel, or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 90 days, before boarding a flight to the United States. The test result can be from either an antigen, PCR or LAMP test.
The test must be taken 1 day before the flight’s departure. The time of the flight or the time of day that the test sample was taken does not matter. For example, if your flight is at 1pm on a Friday, you could board with a negative test that was taken any time on the prior Thursday.
If you recently recovered from COVID-19, you may instead travel with documentation of recovery from COVID-19 (i.e. your positive COVID-19 viral test result on a sample taken no more than 90 days before the flight’s departure and a letter from a licensed healthcare provider or a public health official stating that you were cleared to travel).
Air passengers will also be required to confirm in the form of an attestation that the information they present is true.
If you are not fully vaccinated:
Persons who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 who wish to travel to the US must either meet the US government’s criteria for an exception, e.g. children under the age of 18 or persons on official government travel, or receive a waiver from the CDC to travel to the US.
The full list of who meets the criteria for an exception can be found on this page of the CDC website, under the heading ‘Noncitizens, non-immigrants (Covered Individuals)’. Information on how to apply for a waiver can be found on this page of the US Embassy website.
If you are not fully vaccinated and meet the criteria for an exception from the requirement for proof of COVID-19 vaccination, you must present a negative COVID-19 test result taken no more than 1 day before travel.
Unvaccinated children travelling alone or with unvaccinated adults will need to show a negative result from a test taken within one calendar day of departure.
Requirements after arrival in the US:
Fully vaccinated travellers are not required to quarantine upon arrival in the US. The CDC also recommends that fully vaccinated travellers take a COVID-19 test 3-5 days after travel.
If you are travelling domestically within the US, individual states and territories may have their own quarantine requirements. A full list of local quarantine requirements is available on the CDC website. This list should be checked frequently as it is likely to change as rates of COVID-19 increase or decrease.
If you are not fully vaccinated and allowed to travel to the US through an exception, you must take a test within 3-5 days after arrival in the US and self-quarantine for 7 days, even if you test negative, unless you have an exception. If you intend on staying in the US for 60 days or longer, you must also become fully vaccinated against COVID-19 within 60 days of arrival or as soon as medically appropriate, unless you have a medical contraindication or are too young to be vaccinated.
Children under the age of 18 who are not fully vaccinated are exempt from the quarantine requirement but must take a test 3 to 5 days after arrival and should self-isolate should any symptoms develop or if they test positive.
You can contact the emergency services in the US by dialling 911.