How To Visit The United States From Ireland

Published on 2019-04-04
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Planning a trip to the US is an exciting prospect as you look forward to all the sightseeing and enjoyment that awaits you but charting out your journey is equally important. Fortunately, you will not need a visa to enter the United States if you’re an Irish citizen since the Visa Waiver Program is applicable and you’ll only need an ESTA (electronic system for travel authorization) approval. This can be obtained online, at least 72 hours before traveling. 

If you’re the kind of person who wants the traveling part to be over quickly so that you’re on solid ground again, it is best to get to the USA by air. On the other hand, if you want the journey to be a part of your vacation, then sailing from Ireland to the East Coast of North America on a cruise may be a good idea.


Flights from Ireland to New York are 6 hours and 45 minutes long but can vary for different flights and airlines. Five flights take off from Dublin Airport every day, heading for different airports in New York. For boarding one of the US-bound flights, you must go to Terminal 2 of Dublin Airport. Make sure to check ticket prices and book your seats well ahead of time, since last-minute bookings cost more.

The airlines operating on this route are Aer Lingus, Delta and United Airlines. You can also opt for connecting flights via London, Toronto, Washington, Boston, and Manchester, but flight durations for these are more than 10 hours long. Connecting flights are also offered by Air Canada, British Airways and JetBlue in addition to the airlines mentioned above.


Sailing to your favorite vacation spot in America is a great way to enjoy both the journey and the destination. You can opt for luxurious Caribbean cruises to make the most of your holiday. Here are the places you can visit on your cruise to the USA:

This is an extremely popular port since it offers a wide range of exciting recreational and entertainment opportunities. Shopping, dining, theme parks and beautiful beaches are just some of the attractions here, and many visitors also look forward to visiting Disney World in Orlando. You can either stay in Florida or take a tour of this port of call among others on a cruise around the Caribbean.

There is so much beauty waiting to be discovered on a Hawaiian cruise. The lush rainforest landscapes and pristine waters of Hawaii’s ports will let you experience an unforgettable vacation in this paradise on earth. Kauai, Honolulu, Big Island, and Maui are all picturesque Hawaiian destinations that have something unique to offer.

Alaskan cruises can be experienced in the summers and you can sail on one of these from certain ports in the USA, including Seattle, San Francisco, and Anchorage. The stunning natural beauty found in this glacial destination is truly one of a kind. You have the option to begin your cruise from Vancouver and after taking in all the beauty this Alaskan city has to offer, you can explore Skagway, Juneau and the 400-year old Hubbard Glacier.


Regardless of which travel method you choose, make sure to obtain all the necessary details in advance to avoid inconveniences.



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