Irish citizens may soon be able to travel to the United States, as the latter could ease travel restrictions imposed to stop the spread of the virus in just over two weeks, according to Air and Travel magazine editor Eoghan Corry. .
The Irish travel expert pointed out that there are “Very strong indications from America that the ban on Irish people going to America will be lifted on Labor Day”, September 6, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.
“We need a few things to make that happen, because it looked like it was going to be lifted in July, and it was postponed. But the last date, the important date, is September 6 ”, Corry pointed out in this regard.
In March 2020, the US authorities imposed a travel ban on other countries, including the countries of the European Union and the Schengen zone, as well as the United Kingdom, China, India, Africa. from the South, Iran and Brazil, in an effort to stop the virus has spread further. Such a decision means that Irish citizens are also prohibited from entering the United States.
Currently, only citizens and permanent residents of the United States, certain family members, and others who qualify for the exemption are permitted to enter the United States.
Even though travelers from Ireland and other European countries are prohibited from entering the United States, Americans are allowed to visit European states after the Council of the EU placed the United States on the list of epidemiologically safe countries on June 18.
According to Corry, reciprocity has “broken down because the United States is happy that we welcome American tourists, while the reverse arrangement is not allowed.”
Travel restrictions on European states and other countries have often been criticized by many governments, organizations and airlines who have called on US authorities to lift the ban which has been in place for more than 16 months now.
Earlier this month, the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) urged the US president to abolish restrictions on European citizens in a letter signed by key APEX figures, who asserted that Europe does not presents no risk while stressing that divided families deserve to join after more than a year of separation.
EU Ambassador to the United States Stavros Lambrinidis previously stressed that the United States should lift travel restrictions on European travelers. However, such a decision has yet to be made, despite speculation that the United States may soon allow travelers from other countries to re-enter its territory.