janvier 24, 2022

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US passenger travel plans for St. Stephen’s Day in disarray due to testing changes

People planning to fly to the US just after Christmas Day have their plans thrown into disarray as a result of changes in testing requirements for travelers arriving there.

As concerns grew about the spread of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 last week, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced a major change to the rules for international travelers.

As a result, from Monday, all international travelers to the US will be required to have a negative Covid test taken within 24 hours prior to departure regardless of whether or not they have been vaccinated.

In addition to accepting PCR test results, the United States continues to allow professionally performed rapid antigen tests to be used as evidence that a traveler has not contracted the virus. The last tests can be performed within 15 minutes.

However, with testing centers in Ireland closed on Christmas Day, anyone planning to travel to the United States on Saint Stephen’s Day may struggle to obtain a test that meets the necessary requirements.

Aer Lingus has two flights from Dublin Airport to New York on December 26, one scheduled to depart at 6.40 am and the other at 11.35 am. Meanwhile, a flight for Boston departs at 2.05 p.m. There is also an Aer Lingus flight to Chicago from Dublin at 11.35 am.