The United States Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 travel advisory for 80% of international destinations.
Now, with a focus on public health, the United States State Department has publicly aligned with the CDC’s guidelines, “strongly” recommending against international travel for U.S. citizens and residents.
For Disney fans, specifically those within the U.S., this means that traveling to international theme parks — Tokyo Disney Resort, Hong Kong Disneyland, Shanghai Disneyland, and Disneyland Paris (currently closed) — might not happen for quite some time, depending on the COVID-19 positivity rate in the destination country.
According to a CNN report about the updated travel advisory:
In the note Monday, the department noted that “the COVID-19 pandemic continues to pose unprecedented risks to travelers.”
“In light of those risks, the Department of State strongly recommends U.S. citizens reconsider all travel abroad,” it said. “As travelers face ongoing risks due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of State will begin updating its Travel Advisories this week to better reflect the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) science-based Travel Health Notices that outline current issues affecting travelers’ health,” the State Department said. “Our Advisories also take into account logistical factors, including in-country testing availability and current travel restrictions for U.S. citizens.”
In the global map [above] provided on the CDC’s official travel webpage, it is easy to see that the vast majority of destinations worldwide currently fall under the Level 4 (red) advisory.
France, where Disneyland Paris is located, is one of the nations under the do-not-travel warning. Although Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park do not currently have a reopening date amid France’s spike in COVID-19 cases, U.S. travelers should not be visiting Western Europe at all at this time, per both the CDC and the State Department.
Also of note is the fact that France recently announced a program that will allow fully vaccinated American travelers to visit the country in the near future. Interestingly, taking advantage of this program will not be possible for those who wish to abide by current government guidelines.
Japan, where Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea are located, is currently under a Level 2 (orange) advisory. The CDC notes that this means “travelers at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 should avoid all nonessential travel.”
It is also important for Americans to be aware of the fact that the Bahamas are among the nations under a Level 4 travel advisory at this time. Although Disney Cruise Line has not resumed domestic operations, Nassau and other Bahamian ports are immensely popular among U.S.-based vacationers who are looking beyond domestic travel, but still want to stay relatively close to home in order to maximize their vacation time.
Stay tuned to Inside the Magic for the latest updates regarding travel from the United States to Disney Parks around the world.
Do you agree with the CDC and the State Department aligning on their travel advisory warnings? Tell us in the comments!