U.S. Reportedly Planning to Require Foreign Visitors to Be Vaccinated

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A new report states that the United States government is developing a plan that would require visitors from other countries to be vaccinated for COVID-19 before entering the U.S.

Here’s what you need to know about the latest news in United States travel and coronavirus, including restrictions, possible new mandates regarding the COVID-19 vaccine, what the Biden administration says, and more — specifically when it comes to your Disney vacation.

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Right now, taking a COVID-19 test is imperative for international travel. But what about COVID-19 vaccines? According to Reuters, based on a tip from a White House official, President Joe Biden’s administration is developing a plan to require all foreign visitors to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as part of lifting travel restrictions that keep people from most other countries from entering the United States of America.

Per Reuters:

The White House wants to re-open travel, which would boost business for the airlines and tourism industry, but is not ready to immediately lift restrictions because of the rising COVID-19 case load and highly transmissible COVID-19 Delta variant, the official said.

The Biden administration has interagency working groups working “to have a new system ready for when we can reopen travel,” the official said, adding it includes “a phased approach that over time will mean, with limited exceptions, that foreign nationals traveling to the United States (from all countries) need to be fully vaccinated.”

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The New York Times also made the point that, even though President Biden has been under pressure to lift travel restrictions — particularly for Britain and Canada — White House officials said just last week (and reiterated again on Wednesday) that there were no plans to lift restrictions, nor to require foreign visitors to be vaccinated.

Keep in mind that, at this time, this is not confirmed and it is just a report based on one of Reuters’s sources. However, it certainly seems probable, given the efforts to boost tourism and allow international visitors into the U.S. in a way that is as safe as possible, especially as COVID-19 cases (including cases of the Delta variant) are on the rise.

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So, what does this mean? Well, for now, nothing is changing — and we’ll update our website as soon as the United States makes any changes or updates to the travel policies for international visitors. (The latest information on COVID-19 travel restrictions can be found here.) But keep in mind that this does have some implications for those wanting to vacation in the U.S. — and visit the U.S. Disney Parks and Universal theme parks — in the near future.

Should this plan go through and the Biden administration announce that foreign visitors can enter the U.S. if they provide proof of vaccination, it could be a lot easier for Disney and Universal fans alike to book their vacations to Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Orlando Resort in Florida and Disneyland Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood in California. Currently, these theme park moguls are seeing attendance from those inside the U.S., but of course, being the massive tourist destinations they are, the lack of international visitation to the Parks — particularly the Parks in Florida — is taking a toll.

Just a few weeks ago, Disney joined the U.S. Travel Association in the push to reopen international travel, but so far nothing has come of that.

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We’ll update our website with the latest information as it is released.

Do you think that the U.S. should open international travel for those who are fully vaccinated? Do you believe there should be more restrictions in light of the rise in COVID-19 cases? Or do you want all restrictions to be lifted?

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