Visa Info

New Entry Requirements Relating to COVID-19

On the 8th of November 2021, the US reopened for international visitors. It is important to note that there are some new entry requirements.


Full Vaccination

To enter the US, adults must be fully vaccinated with an approved vaccine or be eligible for an exemption to the requirement. As part of this. you must have certified proof of vaccination, such as the HSE issued EU Digital COVID certificate.

See here for a list of approved vaccines and for definitions for full vaccination.

Please note that the criteria for exemption to the requirement for adults to be fully vaccinated are extremely narrow and most normal visitors to the USA are required to be fully vaccinated. Click here for more details on the exemptions to the vaccination requirement.

Children under the age of 18 are exempted from the requirement to be fully vaccinated. Click here for more information.


Pre-Departure COVID-19 Testing

Please note that as of 12 June 2022, pre-departure COVID-19 testing is no longer required to enter the USA.


More Information

Please see more detailed information at the links below that outline all the entry requirements and frequently asked questions.

Frequently Asked Questions on COVID-19 Vaccinations and Testing for International Travel

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 International Travel Page

COVID-19 Information Page

COVID-19 Testing and Exceptions to Vaccination and Testing Requirements



The Visit USA Committee Ireland provides tourist information on traveling to the US, but cannot provide information on visas.

For up-to-date information on US visas, please visit the US Embassy website.

For visa related questions, it may be useful to review the section on Frequently Asked Questions on visas on the US Embassy website. Click here to view.

For visa related queries, please email the US Embassy Visa Unit at

Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA)

The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) enables most citizen of Ireland to travel to the United States for tourism or business for stays of 90 days or less without obtaining a visa.

Travelers must, however, have a valid Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) approval prior to travel and meet all requirements. Applications for ESTA should be done online at the official US Government website.

Click here to make an ESTA application.

Please note that:

  • You must have an electronic passport that is valid for the entire duration of your planned stay in the US to complete the ESTA application.
  • There is no requirement to have 6 months validity on your passport to make an ESTA application.

If your ESTA application is unsuccessful, you will need to obtain a relevant visa from the US Embassy to travel to the United States.

If you have been denied an ESTA, please see read the Guidance Material from the Department of Homeland Security’s Bureau of Custom and Border Protection (CBP). Click here to view.

For Frequently Asked Questions on ESTA, please click here.