Following the signing of an executive order by the Trump administration, we caught up with Eoghan Corry, Irelands leading travel journalist to hear his thoughts.
Widely regarded as the most extensively travelled writer in Ireland, Eoghan travels to over 30 countries per year. Since 2002, he has edited Ireland’s biggest circulation travel publication, Travel Extra.
He was awarded a lifetime “contribution to the industry” award at the Irish Travel Industry Awards in Dublin on January 22, 2016. He received the Business Travel Journalist of the year award in London in October 2015. He has fronted travel shows broadcast in Ireland and as far away as the Middle East. He is also a regular commentator on travel affairs on RTÉ and TG4, and an occasional guest contributor on the BBC.
The Executive Order
As you are probably aware an executive order was signed on Friday regarding immigration of citizens from some countries. The order does not affect naturalized United States citizens from the seven named countries.
After the order was signed, students, visitors and green-card-holding legal permanent United States residents from the seven countries — and refugees from around the world — were stopped at airports in the United States and abroad, including Cairo, Dubai and Istanbul. Some were blocked from entering the United States and were sent back overseas.
The order quickly prompted large protests across the country. On Saturday night, a federal judge in Brooklyn blocked part of Mr. Trump’s order, saying that travelers being held at airports across the United States should not be sent back to their home countries. Federal judges in three states — Massachusetts, Virginia and Washington — soon issued similar rulings.
Irish Preclearance at Dublin and Shannon
The US Preclearance facility at Terminal 2 in Dublin Airport is a purpose built facility that allows US bound passengers to undertake all US immigration, customs and agriculture inspections at Dublin Airport prior to departure.
Dublin Airport is one of only a handful of airports outside North America that offers a US Preclearance facility. The benefit is that having cleared US customs, passengers arriving in the US are treated as domestic arrivals, allowing them to avoid immigration queues upon arrival and pick up their bags and go.
Shannon was the first airport in the world, outside of the Americas, to offer full US preclearance facilities to passengers travelling to the USA.
The service allows US bound passengers to undertake all immigration, customs and agriculture inspections at Shannon prior to departure, making your arrival in the US easier and faster.
From both airports travellers to the US enjoy the following benefits:
- Your baggage is checked through to your final destination, without the need for pick up/drop off.
- Arriving as a domestic passenger allows for a faster process though the airport.
- Shorter connecting times mean you can reach your final destination earlier.
Watch the video and hear Eoghans view on the US preclearance in light of recent events in the USA by the Trump administration.
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