As the CDC and the Florida Department of Health lift many travel restrictions due to the COVID19 pandemic, many people are beginning to make travel plans to come to the Sunshine State. They may be wondering what it’s like to travel to Florida after the COVID restrictions have been lifted. 

On May 3, 2021, by an executive order from Governor Ron DeSantis, all COVID regulations were suspended. Suspending the COVID legislation means that restaurants, stores, and businesses are now allowed to operate at full capacity, masks are no longer required to be worn indoors or outdoors, and people can stand within three feet of each other. 

Privately owned businesses may enforce additional guidelines per their company policies, such as continued mask requirements, physical distance guidelines or sanitation requirements. Our world class indoor and outdoor attractions, restaurants, shops, hotels and businesses are all committed to continuing the increased sanitation procedures to keep visitors safe. 

Please check with each business for their specific rules to follow to enjoy their services. Make sure to check with theme parks and attractions directly when booking your tickets, as many businesses may still require timed entry tickets purchased in advance to manage the capacity and guest flow within the attraction. 

Theme Parks

Many theme parks such as Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, SeaWorld and Legoland may still have modified offerings, limited capacity rides, closed services, and mask requirements. 

SeaWorld does not require vaccinated individuals to wear masks. Many restaurants, stores, services, and attractions, including Legoland, will not accept cash in their location so bring a credit or debit card with you.

As of May 25, Walt Disney World and Universal Studios do not require masks while outdoors but masks are still required indoors in stores, restaurants, and ride queue lines. According to Visit Orlando, to enjoy the Walt Disney World parks and resorts, “All face coverings (whether disposable or reusable) must be: made with at least two layers of breathable material; fully cover the nose and mouth and secure under the chin; fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face; and be secured with ties or ear loops and allow the guest to remain hands-free. Individuals must bring their own masks and will not be provided.”

Transportation

In a May 12, 2021 press release, Orlando International Airport confirmed masks are still required to be worn at all times on airport property and while in flight in accordance with federal regulations. When traveling by bus or any public transportation in Florida, masks are still required. 

If you’re traveling internationally to Florida from out of the country, according to the Florida Department of health, “As of January 26, 2021, the US government is requiring all air travelers arriving in the United States from other countries to get tested for COVID-19 no more than 3 days before their flight departs and to present the negative test result or documentation showing that the individual has recovered from COVID-19 to the airline before boarding the flight. International air passengers will also be required to confirm that the information they present is true by signing an attestation. This order applies to all passengers 2 years of age or older, whether or not they are US citizens.”

At this time, there are no travel restrictions coming into Florida from other US states. However, there may be certain regulations on returning home either domestically or internationally. When going home from your Florida vacation, check with your country, state, and local government for travel restrictions or guidelines when returning from Florida. Make sure you understand any testing or quarantine guidelines required by your state or local government to enter that location. If your destination requires proof of a negative COVID test, Advent Health Centracare at Orlando International Airport (MCO) offers both rapid RT-PCR testing and rapid-result antigen testing onsite for a fee. Appointments are highly recommended. Walk in appointments are accepted. 

Recommendations

Although it is not required, it is still recommended to follow national CDC guidelines when traveling to Florida or enjoying our incredible shopping, dining, outdoor activities, attractions, theme parks, hotels, and leisure activities. If you are not fully vaccinated, have underlying health conditions, unvaccinated or at risk individuals at home, or are 65 or older it is especially important to follow guidelines to protect yourself and your family. This includes wearing masks, staying 6 feet apart, washing or sanitizing hands frequently, avoiding crowds, and avoiding touching your face. Please note, any public location where people are present provides an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19, and there is no guarantee that you will not be exposed during your visit.

While we can’t wait to have you here, ultimately, it is your decision and comfort level when you are ready to begin traveling to Florida again. We will be delighted to help you plan your return to the sunshine state! Browse through Enjoy Florida Online for more Florida travel planning, trip  inspiration, travel coupons, and discounts on attractions, restaurants, shopping, things to do and much more!