At American Holidays, the wellbeing and safety of our customers is our highest priority and while the world changes daily we aim to keep all our customers up to date with accurate travel information.
We base our responses on advice from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), supplemented with information from World Health Organisation (WHO), the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA), as well as local knowledge from our robust team of Ground Operators.
The DFA and FCDO offer information on travel to all countries throughout the world, including personal safety, local laws and customs, important entry requirements and visa information as well as updates on natural disasters, political situations, public health alerts and what to do if something does go wrong.
Before you depart
• Check you have all your valid documentation; passports, entry visas and booking documentation.
• We strongly advise you have appropriate travel insurance in place before travelling.
• Read up local laws and customs of the country you are visiting and understand how they differ from home, especially if you plan on driving while on holiday.
• Research vaccinations or any other medical requirements for your destination, and if necessary, visit a travel health clinic before you travel.
• Act responsibly and be responsible for yourself when abroad.
• Tell your family or friends about your travel plans so they know where you are going and when. Ensure they have your contact details, you have theirs and stay in touch. Save the contact details of the local Consulate to your phone/devices in case of emergencies.
For the latest official local government travel advice visit
• DFA https://www.dfa.ie/travel/travel-advice/
• FCDO – https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice
Travel and Covid 19
The long awaited news on where we can start travelling to again has been updated. As our favourite destinations begin welcoming back visitors we’ve gathered all the safe travel requirements you’ll need to know for your arrival and return.
As the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic continues to have an affect on travel, especially regarding safety while overseas and entry requirements we continue to closely monitor the situation and we will keep this page updated to give you the latest information.
We have introduced a number of ways to give you added flexibility, protection and peace of mind so you can book and travel with confidence with us. Click here for more information on our Book With Confidence Promise
If your holiday with us is affected by travel restrictions we will contact you to offer advice, the latest information and options available to move, change or cancel your booking.
If you are on holiday and government advice changes we will contact you with the latest information.
If you or one of your party is unable to travel due to Covid-19 please contact us. You may need to delay your travel if symptoms develop or a pre-departure test result is positive until they have recovered from COVID-19.
Rest assured, your Personal Travel Planner will call you around 14 days before your holiday to discuss the most up to date requirements specific to your holiday destination. In addition, this information will be clearly highlighted on your departure documents stating the time in which a test may/must be conducted before you travel and any requirements for children as well as adults.
Travel to the USA
In addition to ESTA and visas requirements, all airline passengers to the United States must have the following documentation.
• Passengers aged 18+ must be fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to travel.
• Children aged 17 and under are exempt from the requirement to be fully vaccinated.
• You’ll be required to provide your contact information to your airline. This will be done during the check-in process
• US Authorities will check proof of your COVID vaccination status –This can be the Digital COVID Certificate or a printed record. Your proof must state your full name, date of birth, source issuing the record, vaccine manufacturer and date of vaccination. You should also have proof of your negative PCR test to hand –this can be in printed or digital format.
• Please note, that some states may have individual vaccine mandates in place for children. Your American Holidays Personal Travel Planner can advise you on if this will impact your trip.
• Should you develop any COVID symptoms whilst in the USA, you should take a COVID test. These are readily available in all states in the majority of pharmacies and large supermarkets. Your hotel will be able to advise on your closest location to gain a test.
Travelling on a recovery certificate
A recovery certificate is valid for 90 days from the initial positive test result. You must have the certificate in printed format to show when you check-in for your flight. You must have a letter from your GP confirming that you are fit to travel. The letter must be signed by the GP. Please note your GP may charge for this service. Adults aged 18 and over must still be fully vaccinated to enter the USA regardless of if they are travelling on a recovery certificate or not. In addition, any States with vaccination mandates will still require you to be fully vaccinated to enter indoor venues. In order to speed up the airport process, we strongly recommend that you travel with printed versions of all required documents.
Returning home from North America
No testing is required to return to the Republic of Ireland/Northern Ireland or the United Kingdom. There is no longer a requirement to fill in a passenger locator form.
Travel to Canada/Mexico/The Caribbean
If you are travelling to any of the above destinations, please contact your travel planner who will update you on the relevant requirements.
We recommend you sign up to the latest travel alerts relevant to the destination you are travelling to your holiday for updates. For more information on the destination you are travelling you can talk to our Trusted Advisors or visit www.dfa.ie/travel-advice.
If you have a booking and want to get in touch please call Dublin 01 673 3800 or Belfast 028 90 511800. Lines are open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9.15am to 6pm and Wednesday and Saturday from 10am to 6 pm.