Irish citizens may soon be able to visit the United States as the latter can ease travel restrictions imposed on it to stem the further spread of the virus in just over two weeks, according to Air and Travel magazine editor, Eoghan Corry.
The Irish travel expert stressed that there are “very strong indications from America that the ban on Irish going to America will be lifted on Labor Day,” on September 6, TheSchengen.com reports.
“We need a few things to go well for that to happen because it looked like it was going to be lifted in July, and it was brought back. In this regard, Corey noted that the last date, which is the important date, is September 6th.
In March 2020, authorities in the United States imposed travel bans on other countries, including the European Union and the countries of the Schengen area, as well as the United Kingdom, China, India, South Africa, Iran and Brazil, in an attempt to stop the spread of the virus. This decision means that Irish citizens are also prohibited from entering the US.
Currently, only citizens, permanent residents of the United States, certain family members, as well as other persons who meet the requirements for exemptions are allowed to enter the United States.
Although travelers from Ireland and other European countries are barred from entering the United States, Americans are eligible to visit European countries after the Council of the European Union placed the United States on its list of epidemiologically safe countries on June 18.
According to Currie, reciprocity “broke down because the United States is happy that we welcome American tourists, all while the opposite arrangement is not allowed.”
Travel restrictions imposed on European and other countries have often been criticized by many governments, organizations and airlines who have called on the 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 lift restrictions on European citizens with a letter signed by key APEX figures, who claimed Europe was no risk while stressing that divided families deserved To join again after more than a year of separation.
The EU ambassador to the US, Stavros Lamprinides, had earlier confirmed that the US should lift travel restrictions imposed on European travelers. However, no such decision has yet been made, despite speculation that the United States may soon allow travelers from other countries to enter its territory again.