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 12 June 2022, fully vaccinated foreign citizens can now enter the U.S. without the requirement to provide a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before they board their flight. Proof of vaccination status must be provided prior to boarding an airplane to the U.S.
Further information on the proof of vaccination status, 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 U.S.’ requirements.
Proof of vaccination status
The U.S. 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 U.S. 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.
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.
If you are not fully vaccinated:
Persons who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 who wish to travel to the U.S. must either meet the U.S. government’s criteria for an exception 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 U.S. 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 U.S:
You can read the U.S. requirements for travellers after arrival to the U.S. here.
If you are travelling domestically within the U.S., individual states and territories may have their own COVID guidance. A full list of local health departmetns is available on the CDC Website. This guidance should be checked frequently as it is likely to change as rates of COVID-19 increase or decrease.
You can contact the emergency services in the US by dialling 911.