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International Air Travel to the US is Back – With New Regulations in Place

One major reason why we have seen less crowds at the Walt Disney World Resort since the park’s reopened earlier this year, is that international air travel has not yet returned to the United States. International visitors, particularly those from the U.K. but really from all over the world, make up a fair percentage of Guests who typically visit the Walt Disney World Resort (and do a lot to support the American tourism industry in general).

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Earlier this month, it was announced that international air travel would be reopening this fall, and today, the federal government outlined some key details that international visitors will need to be aware of when making travel plans to Orlando, Walt Disney World, and anywhere else where they may be flying into the United States.

The travel ban that has been restricting international visitors will be lifted on November 8, 2021. From that date forward, non-US citizens who are 18 or older traveling to the US will need to show proof of vaccination to travel by air. International travelers under 18 years of age are exempt from the vaccination requirement.

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Anyone ages two and over will be required to take a COVID-19 test, regardless of one’s vaccination status, and the negative test result along with proof of vaccination for the adults will be required to board a flight coming into the US. While a test is required regardless of vaccination status, the timeframe in which the test needs to be taken varies based on vaccination status with those fully vaccinated having three days prior to the flight to be tested and those not fully vaccinated having just one day.

The CDC website has additional details international travelers may need to know, including how to travel if you have recovered from COVID-19 and tips for traveling with children during this time. And as always, if you are an international visitor planning your next Disney vacation, we do recommend checking for policies with the airline you are flying as they may have their own COVID-19 safety regulations.

While we have been enjoying the lighter crowds at Walt Disney World, increased business could mean increased staffing and increased entertainment offerings, not only for Walt Disney World but for tourist sites around the country. And, we are of course happy to welcome back Disney Guests from overseas who have been missing the magic, too!

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a New England-based writer focused on the history of the Walt Disney World Resort. She is the author of "Red, White, and Disney: The Myths and Reality of American History at the Walt Disney World Resort," and "Brittany Earns Her Ears."