It is now safe to go to Ireland according to the CDC.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States has announced that it has withdrawn its Covid-19 ‘Do Not Travel’ recommendations for approximately 90 international destinations, including Ireland.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced last week that it was revising its travel recommendations and that it would only issue Level 4 travel health notices “in exceptional circumstances, such as a rapidly escalating case trajectory or extremely high case counts.”
Ireland, the United Kingdom, most of Europe, Israel, Australia, Hong Kong, and New Zealand are among the countries and other regions that have been lowered to ‘Level 3: High,’ which continues to discourage travel by unvaccinated Americans.
Citizens of the United States traveling to Ireland are now advised to “confirm that you are up to date on your Covid-19 vaccinations before traveling.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) currently does not list any countries at ‘Level 4’, which it has renamed ‘Special Circumstances/Do Not Travel.’
The United States State Department announced last week that it intends to significantly reduce the number of ‘Do Not Travel’ advisories issued for international destinations.
The Department of State presently places almost 120 nations and territories on its ‘Level Four: Do Not Travel’ list, which includes Ireland, much of Europe, Japan, Israel, and Russia, among other countries and territories.
After its upgrade, which is also anticipated this week, “roughly ten percent of all travel warnings will be at Level 4,” which includes all risk factors, not only Covid, according to the company.
Both the State Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issue travel warnings as recommendations rather than as a legal duty to travelers.
They can, however, have a depressing impact on both leisure and business travel, and any relaxation of travel warnings is likely to be welcomed by a resurgent Irish tourist sector.
Meanwhile, the Biden administration will no longer enforce a US mask ban on public transit, after a federal court in Florida determined that the 14-month-old regulation was illegal.
Masks are no longer required on United Airlines, American Airlines, Delta, Southwest Airlines, JetBlue, and Alaska Airlines flights, according to the airlines.
Amtrak, the nation’s national rail system, has likewise eased limitations with immediate effect.
The move might have an effect on travel demand, which has just recovered from a dip caused by a coronavirus type known as Omicron.
According to TSA statistics, passenger travel in the United States has been averaging around 89 percent of pre-pandemic levels since mid-February.
Last week, US health authorities had extended the requirement until May 3, but administration officials said that although the agencies were considering possible next moves, the court’s ruling meant it was no longer in force.
The ruling comes at a time when Covid-19 infections are on the rise in the United States, with 36,251 new infections reported on average each day and 460 daily deaths reported on a seven-day average – the highest number of reported total Covid-19 deaths in the world, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
The White House described the finding as “disappointing,” and it has indicated that it may appeal the decision or seek an emergency postponement in its implementation.
The CDC recommended that individuals continue to use masks in indoor public transit situations.
Mike Stone, Jeff Mason, and Jason Lange contributed additional reporting, as did Rajesh Kumar Singh and Pól Conghaile.