Fully vaccinated air travellers from Ireland and other countries can now travel to the US from today.
With non-US citizens being banned from travelling to the US due to restrictions that were introduced 20 years ago, this is a significant development that will unite friends and family situated on both sides of the Atlantic.
This will also act as a massive boost to airlines such as Aer Lingus, which highly depends on transatlantic travel.
Aer Lingus chief Lynne Embleton stated that every seat on its flights to the US today had been sold out.
The airline’s Chief Operating Officer Peter O’Neil described today as an important one for the airline, the tourist economy and the wider Irish economy.
O’Neil stated that the airline’s capacity will return to 80% of 2019 levels in March and 90% in the summer period.
Although travel from Europe to the US had been allowed since the summer, foreign US residents who held certain visas have had no guarantee of being able to re-enter the country.
Although travel will be permitted for those travelling to the US, air traveller’s vaccination status will still be monitored and they will also be required to present a negative PCR test.
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