Tourism Ireland welcomes US Move

Tourism Ireland has welcomed the lifting of pre-departure Covid testing requirements for air travellers to the United States.

Siobhan McManamy, Acting Chief Executive of Tourism Ireland, said: "The announcement that the United States will end COVID-19 testing requirements for air travellers from midnight this Sunday is really good news. This means that the last remaining barrier to fully opening the US market for international travel is now lifted.

"The US market is extremely important for tourism to the island of Ireland; before the pandemic, in 2019, we welcomed 1.7 million American visitors, whose visits delivered revenue of €1.6 billion for the economy. Our message is that Ireland is open for business again, and we cannot wait to welcome back visitors from the United States."

The decision has also been welcomed by the  Irish Travel Agents Association (ITAA). With the easing of restrictions, travellers will no longer be required to present a negative COVID-19 test regardless of their vaccination status or citizenship.

Pat Dawson, CEO of the ITAA, stated, “The easing of entry requirements into the United States is greatly welcomed throughout the travel industry. There is a big demand for US travel, especially for families travelling to visit family and friends that they have not seen since before the pandemic, to destinations such as Orlando or the west coast.”

He continued, “With Dublin Airport and the Passport Office resolving issues from the pandemic, coupled with the United States easing of entry requirements, all barriers for travelling to the US are more or less now gone. This is a very positive step.”