US Borders Re-Open to Non-Essential Travel


Non-essential travel to the United States has resumed today (Monday) after more than 18 months of border restrictions.

The ban on travellers arriving to the US from Europe was put in place by former president Donald Trump in response to the worsening Covid-19 situation across the world.

Aer Lingus has said that almost all their transatlantic flights this week have been booked up in response to the reopening of the borders.

Irish citizens wishing to travel to the US will need to show proof of vaccination as well as a negative Covid test from three days or less before their flight.

US authorities plan to carefully monitor tourists vaccination status and airlines will need to put in place a contact tracing system.

Vaccines will be required for all “non-essential” trips, though unvaccinated travellers will still be allowed access for essential reasons.