Visa Info

New Entry Requirements Relating to COVID 19

As of the 8th of November 2021, fully vaccinated people travelling from Ireland can visit the USA. As part of this, there are a number of new requirements to enter the US.

These include:

  • Having certified proof of being fully vaccinated with an approved vaccine (e.g. HSE issued EU Digital COVID certificate)
  • Have a certified negative COVID-19 test result no more than one calendar day before departure

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.