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 a result of the COVID- 19 outbreak the US has implemented special entry restrictions for their territory.
As detailed in President Biden's Proclamation of 21 January 2021 entry into the US is currently restricted for those travelling from Ireland, the UK, the Schengen Area, Brazil and South Africa. Non-US nationals, including Irish nationals, who have visited or resided in Ireland or the other countries set out in the proclamation, for any period in the 14 days prior to their travel to the US, will be denied entry, unless they are legal permanent residents of the US (i.e. green card holders), or are the spouse or child of a US national or permanent resident, or the sibling of same providing both are under 21 years of age, or fall under one of the other categories as set out in the proclamation. For more information please contact your nearest US Embassy or Consulate: the Embassy in Dublin has a useful travel FAQ here. If you are an Irish citizen resident in the US and do not fall into one of the categories mentioned above please check your ability to re-enter the US before you leave.
US authorities have advised, beginning 8 November, all adult non-US nationals traveling to the United States by air must demonstrate proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. As of this date, this requirement will end the need for most travelers from Ireland to obtain a National Interest Exceptions to the Presidential Proclamation of 21 January. We have no further details at this time on this change in regulations. Please check with the US Embassy in Dublin or at www.travel.state.gov for updates. The US CDC has advised that for purposes of entry into the United States, vaccines accepted will include FDA approved or authorized and WHO Emergency Use Listing vaccines.
The US CDC has also issued an Order effective January 26, 2021 which requires all air passengers arriving to the US from a foreign country to get tested for COVID-19 infection no more than 3 days before their flight departs and to provide proof of the negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 to the airline before boarding the flight. For more information on this testing requirement, see the CDC's Frequently Asked Questions.
There are a number of internal travel restrictions put in place within the US in order to prevent the spread of the virus. If travelling within the US, you should check the relevant website (see above) of the state you are travelling to, as well as that of the CDC, in order to ensure you comply with quarantine or other requirements.