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New: U.S. Announces Plan to Open Certain International Travel Soon

New: U.S. Announces Plan to Open Certain International Travel Soon

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Several restrictions on certain travelers into the United States have been placed in an effort to help slow the spread of COVID-19. However, now the U.S. government is looking for ways to ease these restrictions in certain locations.

International travel restrictions have made a negative economic impact on tourism in the United States. However, with COVID-19, several changes to travel and other lifestyle choices needed to be modified.

Travelers Prohibited from Entering United States

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Per the CDC, with specific exceptions, foreign nationals who have been in any of the following countries during the past 14 days may not enter the United States.

However, certain countries have been issued proclamations that state additional limitations on entry into the United States including:

Click on the country names above to see link to CDC website containing each proclamation.

Increased COVID-19 Testing

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The increased availability of COVID-19 tests has prompted U.S. agencies to establish safe travel between the United States and international locations. To do this, relaxed restrictions must be implemented. Also, the main restriction the United States is looking to lift is the mandatory 14-quarantine period.

Opening International Travel

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According to The Wall Street Journal, passengers must be tested before their departing flight, and again on arrival to the United States. This cannot happen without increased testing availability in both countries.

In addition, to enter the United States, travelers must receive a negative test result.

When and Where to Start

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The United States will begin an initial route between New York City and London.

From there, more routes between the U.S. and other international destinations will possibly be added. They are looking at starting this before the end of the year.

Impact on Disney World

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If international flights are available before the holidays, this opens up a huge market share for Disney World.

Each year, the United Kingdom brings a great deal of revenue to Disney World, and this would be no exception.

To do this, international travels from the United Kingdom would book a flight to New York City, then a connecting flight to Orlando.

What are your thoughts on easing international travel? Should they start now, or wait until we have a vaccine? We would love to hear your thoughts on Facebook!

Sources: The Wall Street Journal and

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Christine Edwards

Saturday 17th of October 2020

Amen..we are waiting until next year to go to Disney. I live in Illinois, USA. I really think it will be worth the wait

Jonathan Thomas

Friday 16th of October 2020

You cant even travel from Florida to New Jersey and a lot of other states without having to quarantine but you will let people from other countries enter the US?


Friday 16th of October 2020

Write to the Governor of New Jersey. It’s his edict preventing travel.

Ian Lamble

Friday 16th of October 2020

No chance. Trump made us in the UK persona non gratis. Think I will go elsewhere. Where I am welcome and that includes Disney. Shameful disgrace of an organisation. We have been disregarded.


Friday 16th of October 2020

Nobody thinking clearly would want to fly to the USA right now ... and they are having enough grief, why would they want to add to their problems by inviting spiking countries inside their borders. Just stay put. Enjoy Disney remotely, peruse your Disney photo albums,. Don't add to the problem. This too shall pass ,,, just not quite yet.

Chris S

Friday 16th of October 2020

I'm sorry, but given the fact that the US is still one of the worst countries for infection rates and we have growing cases in most states including Florida, what international traveler would want to visit even if restrictions are lifted?

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