International travel — specifically, traveling into the United States from another country — has been a major topic of discussion for those hoping to head to Walt Disney World Resort for the 50th anniversary, or, for that matter, anyone hoping to enter the U.S. from outside the country. But on Monday, we received a new update from the White House that will give hope to those who are fully vaccinated and wanting to make travel plans for this holiday season and beyond.
Today, news broke that the U.S. plans to ease travel restrictions for visitors who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Here’s what we know so far and how this can impact your upcoming trip to the Disney Parks and Resorts and Universal Parks and Resorts in the United States if you are visiting from outside the U.S.
The White House announced on Monday that the United States plans to ease up on travel restrictions for fully vaccinated foreign visitors starting in November 2021.
According to CNN, White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Jeff Zients said that the new rules will require all foreign nationals arriving in the United States to show proof of being fully vaccinated. The new rules will take effect in early November in order to give agencies and airlines “time to prepare.”
Upon arrival in the United States, fully vaccinated travelers will not be subject to any quarantine mandates. Note that they will, however, have to show proof of vaccination as well as a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days if departure, if they are non-citizens.
Additionally, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will issue a contact tracing order that will require airlines to collect phone numbers, email addresses, and other information from travelers heading to the U.S. in order to alert travelers of potential exposure to COVID-19. Airlines will have to keep this contact tracing information for 30 days.
“This will enable CDC and state and local public health officials to follow up with inbound travelers and those around them if someone has potentially been exposed to COVID-19 and other pathogens,” Zients said, adding that this new requirement will be used more broadly going forward to help protect “against any future public health threats.”
You can view the latest travel information for the U.S. on the CDC’s official webpage here.
So, what should you know if you want to head to the U.S. Disney Parks and Universal Parks and you are currently located outside the U.S.? Well, if you are fully vaccinated, then traveling into the U.S. will become easier. With travel restrictions easing for visitors who are fully vaccinated, planning a trip to Walt Disney World Resort or Universal Orlando Resort in Florida and Disneyland Resort or Universal Studios Hollywood in California will be much more accessible. Without a quarantine requirement, as long as you are fully vaccinated, traveling to the Disney Parks and Resorts or the Universal Parks and Resorts in the United States could feel pretty close to normal, just with extra health and safety precautions in place.
Plus, with contact tracing in place, you will be alerted of possible exposure. This could potentially provide peace of mind for the cautious traveler who is fully vaccinated for COVID-19 but who wants to be as careful as possible when heading on vacation.
Before heading on your trip, we strongly advise staying up-to-date on the latest health and safety rules at Disney Parks and Universal Parks, especially if you will be traveling a long way to visit. Each theme park notes the importance of being vaccinated for COVID-19, as emphasized for the CDC, as well as the risk of possible exposure that comes with visiting a public place like Disney or Universal. Visit the official website for each theme park destination for more information.
We’ll keep you posted as more updates regarding U.S. travel become available, especially as they apply to your upcoming Disney or Universal vacation.