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10th Sep 2021

Christmas in New York? America to welcome Irish tourists back before December

Kat O'Connor

Time to dust off the passport.

We’ve been dreaming of stepping foot on a plane for far too long.

Our suitcases are now covered in a layer of dust in the attic. Our passports haven’t seen daylight in years and we’re having dreams about the airport.

We’re all in dire need of a holiday after the past two years and it looks like a big Christmas trip could be on the cards.

It is believed America is preparing to re-open travel for Irish tourists.

You could finally have that Christmas in New York that you’ve always dreamed of.

Walking around a chilly NYC with a cup of hot chocolate in your hands and lights glittering everywhere you look.

Ice skating in Central Park, gazing at the Rockerfeller Christmas tree, and shopping for Christmas gifts and trinkets.

American borders remained closed as Ireland was deemed a high-risk country.

Irish travel expert Eoghan Corry believes the restrictions on Irish tourists will be eased in the coming weeks.

He told The Mirror:

“We need a few things to go right for that to happen because it did look as if it was going to be lifted in July and it did get put back.”

The only people who can currently travel to the USA include citizens, lawful permanent residents, certain family members, and people who have special exceptions like health reasons.

Anyone travelling from Ireland to America must complete a Covid test and receive a negative result three days prior to their departure date.

You can also present a document from a GP or licensed healthcare provider proving you’ve recovered from Covid in the past 90 days.

The USA hasn’t confirmed the return date for Irish travellers but let’s hope it will be announced soon.

Christmas in New York really would be a dream after the nightmare that is the pandemic.