First Post-Pandemic Flights from U.K. to U.S. Are EXPENSIVE

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With the pandemic, travel has sadly been incredibly difficult for many, especially if you were planning on traveling internationally to the U.S.

For those looking to visit the Walt Disney World Resort or Disneyland Resort from abroad, the rules and regulations have made that quite difficult — almost impossible.

Recently, there was some great news from The White House for international travelers, with travel restrictions being lifted for fully vaccinated foreign nationals effective November 8 at land borders and for air travel.

delta plane interior
Credit: Delta Airlines

This week, the Biden administration released new international COVID-19 air travel requirements and rules that will end the 18-month ban on travelers from countries across the pond.

Beginning on November 8, 2021, foreign, non-immigrant adults traveling to the United States from the United Kingdom, Europe, and beyond will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, with limited exceptions. Additionally, all travelers are required to get a COVID-19 test prior to boarding an aircraft to the United States.

For those wanting to be the first to fly to the U.S. on November 8 – the first international visitors since March 2020 – however, there is certainly a steep cost.

Credit: Orlando International Airport

The Independent reported a striking rise in costs for flights coming to the U.S. on November 8, in what usually is a quiet month for economy class travel across the Atlantic.

Airfares are soaring, with travelers trying desperately to see family, friends, or fulfill canceled Disney vacations as soon as they can after over a year and a half away.

The newspaper writes:

The first departures from the UK to the US after the border opens on 8 November will be on British Airways and, almost simultaneously, Virgin Atlantic from London Heathrow to New York JFK.

Economy class seats on the Virgin Atlantic flight are currently selling at £1,740 one way – or £2,144 with a return flight a week later.

The £1,730 fare on BA is exactly the same on all eight British Airways departures to New York that day.

£2,144 is around $3,000 in today’s exchange rate.


In comparison, traveling from London to New York only a week later sees the Virgin Atlantic price fall dramatically to around $465.

We look forward to seeing international visitors enjoying the magic of Disney Parks once again. As a British native, I completely understand the desperation to fly over as soon as possible to see family for the first time since the pandemic started.

Would you pay $3,000 for a return flight across the Atlantic? Let us know what you think of the lifting of international restrictions.

If you are looking to plan your next Disney Parks vacation but need some help, don’t forget to contact the expert Disney Vacation Planners at Academy Travel to help you put together your dream trip. Get in touch for a free quote today!

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