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US Travel Restrictions Expanded To Include Ireland And The UK

By Dave Simpson
US Travel Restrictions Expanded To Include Ireland And The UK

US travel restrictions have been expanded to include certain foreign nationals who were physically present in Ireland and the UK, excluding overseas territories outside of Europe, during the two week period preceding their attempted entry into the United States.

These travel restrictions do not apply to US citizens, lawful permanent residents and certain other travellers identified in the US presidential proclamations. Flights carrying passengers who have recently travelled from or who were otherwise present within Ireland, the UK or the Schengen Area will be funnelled to 13 US airports.

Preclearance Procedures

According to Dublin Airport's website, upon arrival at the Dublin and Shannon preclearance facilities, US-bound travellers who are not subject to the new travel restrictions will proceed as usual to the preclearance facility for inspection by a CBP officer. CBP will refer travellers who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 to local health authorities for enhanced health screening.

Precleared travellers will be required to complete a written health declaration before arriving in the US. Upon arrival in the US, Department of Homeland Security contract medical personnel will conduct health assessments of all precleared passengers as they exit aircraft.

Re-Route Airports

US-bound passengers who are exempt from the presidential proclamations but who have been physically present in Ireland, the UK (excluding overseas territories outside of Europe), the 26-country Schengen Area, Iran, or China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau) within the two week period immediately prior to their arrival in the US will be re-routed through one of the following airports:


1.      John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), New York;
2.      Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD), Illinois;
3.      San Francisco International Airport (SFO), California;
4.      Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), Washington;
5.      Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL), Hawaii;
6.      Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), California;
7.      Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), Georgia;
8.      Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD), Virginia;
9.      Newark-Liberty International Airport (EWR), New Jersey;
10.  Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), Texas;
11.  Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW), Michigan
12.  Boston Logan International Airport (BOS), Massachusetts; and
13.  Miami International Airport (MIA), Florida.

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