UK and EU citizens can return to Walt Disney World from November 8 as USA lifts travel ban

Oct 15, 2021 in "The Walt Disney Company"

Posted: Friday October 15, 2021 9:50am ERT by WDWMAGIC Staff

The United States of America has announced that it will end the 18-month long ban on travelers from the United Kingdom and Europe beginning November 8 2021.

Clarifying the start date today, the US will allow fully vaccinated travelers to enter the country for leisure reasons. In addition to proof of vaccination, a negative COVID-19 test will also be required.

Fully vaccinated foreign nationals and American citizens returning to the United States from abroad will be required to take a pre-departure Covid-19 test within three days of their flight and show proof of a negative result before boarding. There will be no quarantine mandate once in the U.S.A.

The news is a significant development for Walt Disney World, with the U.K representing a substantial market for the Orlando theme parks. The reopening comes just a month into the 18 month long "World's Most Magical Celebration" beginning October 1.

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mkt12 days ago

An update. This weekend I noticed a handful of British and European families in the parks, and even an odd German-plated RV parked at Epcot.

mkt15 days ago

While out and about in Miami today, I started seeing European tourists. Saw families from Spain and Italy, and a group of Swedish beer geeks at a local brewery.

mkt19 days ago

Here's a link to the pre-arrival attestation travelers will be expected to complete:

Disstevefan119 days ago

For the folks from the UK going to WDW, please post with a photo when you get here! Try to be the first!

mkt19 days ago

Bring me some Cantillon

Zeromancer19 days ago

Leaving in 2weeks from Belgium. Let’s hope this will go smoothly

mkt19 days ago

I assume that the very first UK and European travelers have just begun arriving. Enjoy your vacations.

nickys26 days ago

So an update for those travelling TO the US with unvaccinated children (including those who have had a single jab). The CDC have confirmed that under 18s will not have to quarantine but will need to take a Covid test 2-3 days after arrival.

Den Carter31 days ago

No. The US don't require it. The destination country might, though.

nickys31 days ago

The airlines have to comply with the requirements of the destination. If Virgin Atlantic allowed someone to board a plane bound for Heathrow without the Covid test, they would be responsible. They’d either be fined a massive amount or have to fly that person back to the US.

Zeromancer31 days ago

Thanks, I am just wondering if the usa demands a test before entering a plane back to europe

nickys31 days ago

Sorry, I linked the same article in my quoted post that I’d already posted in the other (now merged) thread. There is a link from that article to a page titled “ Requirement for Proof of Negative COVID-19 Test or Documentation of Recovery from COVID-19” which has FAQs further down the page: Children between the ages of 2 and 17 who are not fully vaccinated may board a flight to the United States with a negative pre-departure COVID-19 viral test conducted on a specimen collected no more than 3 days before departure (i.e., Qualifying Test for Fully Vaccinated) if traveling accompanied by fully vaccinated parents or guardians. I know this doesn’t mention quarantine but from the text you quoted I think the key wording is: Based on the category of the exception, you may further be required to attest that: In other words they won’t expect children to quarantine. You’re right it doesn’t say that. But I’m pretty sure that the fact that fully vaccinated adults don’t need to quarantine means that children travelling with fully vaccinated adults won’t need to either. Otherwise they may as well not bother trying to restart tourism. edit: All that said, they should probably clarify this point about quarantine.

Den Carter31 days ago

This will depend where you're travelling back to in Europe. If it's the UK, you need to take a test on the day you land back, or on either of the following two days. It can be a Lateral Flow, but it must've been purchased privately, not a free NHS one. Unlike your entry test for the US, it doesn't need to be taken under the supervision of a medical professional. If it's France you don't need to test if you're fully vaccinated. Not sure about other countries.

Matthew31 days ago

Hi, I didn't see a link from you and couldn't find one today however I was looking at the CDC website and couldn't find anything about an exception to the covid rule about isolating for children on the requirement for vaccination seciton of the website ... "Categories of noncitizen nonimmigrants that meet the criteria for an exception under the Proclamation and CDC’s Order include: Persons on diplomatic or official foreign government travel Children under 18 years of age Persons with documented medical contraindications to receiving a COVID-19 vaccine Participants in certain COVID-19 vaccine trials Persons issued a humanitarian or emergency exception Persons with valid visas who are citizens of a foreign country with limited COVID-19 vaccine availability Members of the U.S. Armed Forces or their spouses or children (under 18 years of age) Sea crew members traveling with to a C-1 and D nonimmigrant visa Persons whose entry would be in the national interest, as determined by the Secretary of State, Secretary of Transportation, or Secretary of Homeland Security (or their designees) If you travel by air to the United States under one of these exceptions, you will be required to attest that you are excepted from the requirement to present Proof of Being Fully Vaccinated Against COVID-19 based on one of the exceptions listed above. Based on the category of the exception, you may further be required to attest that: You will be tested with a COVID-19 viral test 3–5 days after arrival in the United States, unless you have documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days; You will [URL='']self-quarantine for a full 7 days, even if the test result to the post-arrival viral test is negative, unless you have documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days; and You will[URL=''] self-isolate if the result of the post-arrival test is positive or if you develop COVID-19 symptoms."