Travel To Ireland From The US: Ireland Travel Requirements

Written By: Laliq Schuman
Fact Checked By: Richard Nathan

Jun 21, 2022

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I don't know about you, but I love a good time, and the Irish are all about that. I bet you could go to Ireland now, and there'll be some type of event. They truly know how to live. Not only do they host great events, but they also have a beautiful country and a rich history. So for US citizens visiting this lively place is just a hop, skip, and a jump.

Let me explain why I say this:

Do U.S. Citizens Need A Visa To Travel To Ireland?

In short, no. The United States is part of the visa waiver program (like with the United Kingdom). This means that U.S. citizens don't need a visa to travel to Ireland. You can travel to Ireland without a visa for 90 days with just your valid passport for tourism and business purposes. However, the Immigration officer at your point of entry decides whether or not you can enter Ireland. This means that even though you're allowed to go to Ireland without a visa, there is a possibility that you won't be able to enter Ireland. But don't worry, I'll give you all the information you need to make sure that doesn't happen.

Do U.S. Green Card Holders Need A Visa To Travel To Ireland?

Unfortunately, you'll need a visa to enter Ireland if you're a U.S. green card holder. However, you can enter Ireland without a visa if you have a passport from a country that is part of the visa waiver program. Other than that, you need to apply for an Ireland Visa.

What Are The Required Documents For A Ireland Visa?

If you need to apply for an Ireland Visa, you'll need to provide certain travel documents. These required travel documents include:

  • Completed Ireland application form (you can find the application form online or at a U.S. Embassy).
  • A valid passport.
  • Passport-sized pictures.
  • Proof that you paid the Ireland visa fee.
  • A letter stating your purpose of travel.
  • Proof of accommodation in Ireland.
  • Details of family or friends in Ireland.
  • Employment or study documents.
  • Proof of sufficient funds.
  • Proof you'll return to your country of residence (return flight ticket). You’ll need a credit card or debit card to pay the fee.

Where Can Green Card Holders Travel Without A Visa?

Although the list is short, there are a few places green card holders can travel to without a visa. These places include: Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, Georgia, The British Virgin Islands, Aruba and Curaçao, The Balkans, Singapore, and Peru.

What Are The Required Documents For Ireland?

The Immigration Officer will ask you some basic questions by the Immigration Officer concerning your stay. You must present any documents necessary to the Immigration Officer to explain the purpose of your visit. It is your responsibility to ensure you have everything with you.

These documents include:

  • Your passport (there is no minimum passport validity requirement for U.S. citizens entering Ireland).
  • A boarding card (you'll receive this at the airport).

An increased number of U.S. citizens have been refused entry to Ireland or granted a limited stay because they failed to sufficiently demonstrate their travel intent to Irish immigration officials at the port of entry. To ensure this doesn't happen to you, I recommend you also have the following travel documents with you:

  • A travel itinerary.
  • Proof of sufficient funds (bank statements) to prove that you have enough funds to cover your stay in Ireland.
  • Proof of health insurance that covers the duration of your intended stay.
  • Details of your accommodation.
  • Invitations or letters that help to explain the purpose of your visit.

What Happens If You Are Allowed To Enter Ireland?

If you get permission to enter Ireland, the immigration officer will place a stamp on your passport, stating the duration and conditions of your stay in Ireland. The stamp placed in your passport by an immigration officer permits you to stay in Ireland until the date indicated on your passport. The duration of stay permitted is at the discretion of the immigration officer, up to a maximum of 3 months.

What Happens If You Are Not Allowed To Enter Ireland?

Unfortunately, this is something that can happen to you. If this happens, officials will return you to your point of embarkation.

What Should I Do If I Arrive Via The Border With Northern Ireland?

Suppose you arrive via the border with Northern Ireland. In that case, you must report to an Immigration Officer at Burgh Quay, Registration Office, Dublin, or your local Immigration Office at a Garda Síochána (Irish Police) station as soon as possible.

What Are The Covid-19 Travel Restrictions For Ireland?

In March, the Irish government lifted all its Ireland travel restrictions. This means that Ireland is open to everyone for travel, even international travelers traveling for business. You no longer need proof of vaccination, proof of recovery, or a negative PCR test result. However, anyone who develops Covid-19 symptoms in Ireland should follow the Health Service Executive's guidance regarding isolation and undertake antigen or PCR testing as appropriate.

Remember that the pandemic and its restrictions are a ever-changing thing, therefore I recommend you keep up to date with the latest covid restrictions

What Can Visitors Expect?

Ireland has now lifted nearly all of its domestic Covid-19 restrictions.

Face coverings are no longer legally required but are recommended on public transport and in healthcare settings. Face masks are no longer required at Ireland Airports or on the plane. If you have Covid-19 symptoms, you should self-isolate until 48 hours after your symptoms end. After that, you do not need a Covid-19 test unless you are in certain higher-risk groups.

Do I Need A Passenger Locator Form For Ireland?

From Sunday 6 March 2022, travelers to Ireland no longer need a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form. Travel carriers will not ask to check a PLF receipt before traveling to Ireland.

Should I Quarantine In A Hotel When I Arrive In Ireland?

You're not required to quarantine in a hotel when you arrive in Ireland. This is because the mandatory hotel quarantine (MHQ) has stopped in Ireland since September 2021.

What Are The Covid-19 Entry Requirements When Returning To The U.S.?

Although Ireland has almost no covid-19 restrictions, the US does. There are different categories I'll explain to you; this includes what you need to do before you board your flight and what you need to do after you arrive in the United States.

What Should I Do Before I Board My Flight To The United States?

Before you board your flight to the U.S., you need to show a negative covid-19 test taken no more than one day before travel. Children under the age of 2 don't need to show a test.

You also need to provide your contact information to airlines before boarding your flight to the United States. This strengthens the travel process to rapidly identify and contact people in the U.S. exposed to an infectious disease, such as coronavirus. In addition, access to travelers’ contact information will allow U.S. federal, state, and local health departments and agencies to share appropriate health and public health information necessary to help keep the public safe.

What Should I Do After I Arrive In The United States?

There is a chance that you were exposed to covid-19 during your trip. Even though you don't feel sick or show any covid-19 symptoms, you can still infect others. For this reason, the CDC recommends the following:

  • If you're not up to date with your covid-19 vaccinations, you must stay home for 5 full days after your travels.
  • All travelers (regardless of their vaccination status) must test for current infection with a covid-19 viral test at least 3-5 days after arrival. You must also self-monitor for any covid-19 symptoms and isolate and test if you develop any symptoms.

That's all!

Everything you need to know about traveling to Ireland as a US citizen is in this post. All you need to do is grab your passport and board your flight. Then, enjoy all the events the festive Irish throw year-round.

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