Travel Advice

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

Covid-19 Travel Advice

American Holidays recognises the ongoing impact the Covid-19 pandemic is having on planning of your holiday with us, especially regarding the safety of travelling. We want to reassure you that we continue to closely monitor the situation as it rapidly evolves, and we will be keeping this page updated to help 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 with and travel with confidence with us click here for more information.

COVID-19 Travel Restrictions – Ireland and Northern Ireland/UK travel to the USA
In March 2020, the US Governments put in place travel restrictions for those entering the USA, only US citizens and legal US nationals could enter the USA. The Canadian government also put in place restrictions on entry and in addition, the Irish and Northern Ireland/UK Governments also advised against all non-essential travel to the USA and Canada which currently remain in place.

Our approach
While Covid-19 continues to impact travel and is evolving we will contact you if your holidays with us are affected. We are actively managing bookings affected by Covid-19 restrictions, offering advice, the latest travel information and options available to move or change bookings.

We are also preparing for changes to entry restrictions for passengers travelling to the USA, Canada and the Caribbean and ways to support and simplify your pre-travel arrangements. Please see more information on PCR Tests further down this page.

If you have a booking and want to get in touch with our team, please call Dublin 01 673 3800 or Belfast 028 90 511800. Lines are open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 09.15am to 6pm and on Wednesday and Saturday from 10am to 6 pm.

What happens if the DFA/FCDO doesn’t specifically advise against travelling to a country?
If there is no advice against travel to the destination that you have booked, the holidays will be provided as planned and normal booking conditions apply. Please be assured that we will be closely monitoring the situation and should the official advice change, we will contact you as soon as possible. Some countries have entry restrictions and additional requirements (such as PCR tests) for travellers who are either arriving directly from countries where there have been major coronavirus outbreaks or have visited within the past 14 days or an area deemed high risk. As this is a rapidly evolving situation you can check the DFA/FCDO travel advice regularly to check if this affects you.

What happens if the DFA/FCDO advises against all but essential travel to a country?
• If you are currently staying in that country you will be repatriated as soon as operationally possible. Our team will contact you and will make the necessary arrangements.
• If you are due to travel imminently, our team of Destination Specialists will discuss alternative options with you. These may include postponing your trip and changing the destination of travel.
• If you are travelling to that country, but not for a few weeks or more we will keep you fully informed of the developments that we receive from the DFA/FCDO, making sure you are aware of key dates which may be relevant to decisions about your trip.

For more information, you may find the below links useful:
World Health Organisation (WHO)
Department of Foreign Affairs
Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

Covid-19 Travel Test Requirements

In preparation for travel restrictions changing for passengers travelling to the USA, Canada and the Caribbean the team at American Holidays are looking at ways to support and simplify your pre-travel arrangements.

COVID testing is becoming a norm in the world of travel with many destinations requiring a COVID PCR test to be completed pre travel for entry. Countries that require this and the length required before travelling to take the test also varies by destination which is why we’ve put together some guidance on what you may require when travelling to and returning home from your holiday.

Rest assured, our customer team will call you around 14 days before your holiday to discuss the most up to date requirements specific to your holiday destination so you can carry out the necessary tests. 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.

Your Trusted Advisor will be available to answer any queries on testing requirements on individual destinations up to the time you travel and while you are on holiday. Whoever you chose to provide your required tests, please ensure you verify with your chosen supplier (whether the below or otherwise) that the test will satisfy the requirements for the destination you are travelling to and that the supplier can comply with the strict timescales you will have to adhere to. American Holidays cannot be held responsible for any third party suppliers’ delay or otherwise failure to provide a suitable test result.

Arriving into the Republic of Ireland
Currently, there is a legal requirement for mandatory quarantine for all passengers arriving into Ireland. Passengers arriving into the State from non-designated countries are required to undertake a 14-day quarantine at an address specified on a Passenger Locator Form. This also applies to passengers travelling from another country to Ireland, who arrive via Northern Ireland. Is it possible to end your period of quarantine if you receive written confirmation of a negative or ‘not detected’ RT-PCR test result taken no less than 5 days after arrival. You must retain the written confirmation of your test result for at least 14 days.

Passengers arriving from designated states, which currently include the USA and Canada, are required to quarantine at a designated facility (mandatory hotel quarantine) on arrival in Ireland. This applies to any passenger who has been in any of these countries in the previous 14 days, even if only transiting through one of these countries, even if remaining airside or if the passenger receives a negative RT-PCR test result after arriving in the State. These arrangements also apply to any passenger who is travelling on to Northern Ireland. Passengers required to undertake Mandatory Hotel Quarantine must pre-book and pre-pay for a place in the designated facility prior to arrival to Ireland. Passengers will be required to present evidence of this booking to their flight operator in order to board the airplane to Ireland. Bookings can be made here.

More information can be found here.