Ireland won’t tighten entry restrictions for US arrivals
The Irish government won’t follow Italy and tighten entry rules for Americans, after the US was booted from the European Union’s safe list.
On Monday the European Council recommended member states re-impose travel restrictions on US travelers due to surging Covid cases and hospitalizations across the US.
Ireland’s Department of Health said it is not planning to make any changes based on the EU Council decision.
"The EU recommendation is non-binding and member states retain control over their own border restrictions," it said.
Currently, arrivals with valid proof of vaccination are not subject to travel related-testing or quarantine, and must complete a Passenger Locator Form.
The US is approaching 40 million total Covid cases since the start of the pandemic and more than 600,000 deaths so far.
After the European Council decision to remove the US from the safe list, Italy moved to tighten restrictions but others, like Ireland, plan not to.
Croatia has said it will not implement any restrictions and will continue to allow entry for Americans with full vaccination proof or a negative Covid test.
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