Beginning at midnight on Sunday, June 12, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is expected to lift its requirement for all US-bound air travelers to test negative for Covid-19.
An unnamed senior official of Joe Biden’s administration said the announcement is expected to come today, and the administration is prepared to work with airlines and others in the travel industry who have been lobbying against the restriction’s enduring enforcement for months. The CDC is reportedly lifting its mandate in admittance to the fact it was no longer necessary “based on the science and data.” However, the agency plans to reassess the necessity for the mandate in 90 days, and it is prepared to reinstate it in the case of the rise of new health concerns such as a new variant.
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According to the Orlando Sentinel, Business and political leaders who rely heavily on the tourism industry have argued that the testing requirements have debilitated the return of international travelers, and many appear to be viewing this policy update with hopeful speculation that a surge in international tourism is on the horizon.
While the Walt Disney World Resort and the rest of the Orlando area have led the nation in tourism numbers, the international numbers still have not returned to what they were before the pandemic.
In 2021, we welcomed 59.3 million visitors. These visitation numbers put us well ahead of @nycgov at 33 million visitors and @CityOfLasVegas at 32 million. #SOC2022 pic.twitter.com/4kKNFWRnTu
— Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings (@OCFLMayor) June 10, 2022
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This news for international Disney tourists comes less than a week after it was announced that Disney World partnered with Brand USA on a global marketing campaign targeting international markets. Click the link below to read more on that story and to watch the commercial created especially for the campaign.
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Only time will tell, at this point, if the lifting of remaining travel restrictions will have any effect on the current tourism numbers at Disney World, Central Florida, and the rest of the United States of America.
In the meantime, we at Disney Fanatic will continue to update our readers on Disney Parks-related news as more developments come to light.