As we continue to work to stop the spread of COVID-19, Orlando’s local government leaders are taking action, including the recommendation that visitors and residents wear facial coverings while in indoor spaces per the latest CDC guidance. Start here to discover how our theme parks, attractions, hotels, restaurants and other businesses are working together with county leaders to help ensure your health and safety while you enjoy wondrous adventures in the Theme Park Capital of the World.
These trusted businesses include theme park brands such as Walt Disney World® Resort, Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld® Orlando. Hoteliers like Hilton Worldwide, Marriott International, and Rosen Hotels & Resorts. And restaurants that range from national brands to world-famous celebrity chefs — not to mention attractions, retailers and much more.
As you start planning adventures in Orlando, be sure to reach our expert Vacation Guides via phone at 407-363-5872 and Live Chat, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. ET and Saturday from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. ET. We can also help you save on everything you want to experience with discount tickets on theme parks, attractions and more from Visit Orlando powered by BestofOrlando.com. We look forward to welcoming you back to Orlando!
Keep Calm & Play On
We’re thrilled you chose Orlando to bring back the fun you’ve been missing! When you arrive, we do have one small favor to ask: Please be patient. We promise to do the same by you while we focus on delivering the fun to help you have an awesome vacation. Because a smile goes a long way, and memories last forever. And before you arrive, we strongly recommended that you make reservations for hotels, theme parks, restaurants and other experiences. Welcome back to where the wonder remains. Thank you for choosing Orlando!
Healthy Travel Practices in Orlando
As the home to the most respected travel brands in the world, from attractions to hotels to dining, the Orlando destination is committed to exceptional safety practices. As new CDC guidance is released, local businesses will continue to update their policies keeping the safety of guests at the forefront, so continue to check back often for the latest updates.
Visit with confidence knowing that our wide-open spaces and expansive theme park and hotel properties give you plenty of room to spread out, and that Orlando’s businesses are working together to provide you with a healthy travel experience.
Please note: Due to the evolving nature of this situation, this information can change quickly.
Vaccination & Testing Requirements for Foreign National Travelers and Returning Citizens/Lawful Permanent Residents
Non-citizen, non-immigrant air travelers to the United States are required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to fly to the U.S., with only limited exceptions. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has determined that for purposes of travel to the U.S., vaccines accepted will include FDA-approved and World Health Organization emergency use-listed vaccines. Fully vaccinated foreign nationals will additionally need to produce a negative viral test result with an acceptable testing method within one day of travel to the U.S. Acceptable testing methods include an antigen test or a nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT).
Additionally, fully vaccinated U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents will need to produce a negative viral test result with an acceptable testing method within one day of travel to the United States. Unvaccinated U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents will have to produce documentation of a negative test with an acceptable testing method within one day of departure.
Children under 18 are excepted from the vaccination requirement for foreign national travelers. However, children between the ages of 2 and 17 are required to take a pre-departure test with an acceptable testing method. Whether an unvaccinated child is with a fully vaccinated adult, unvaccinated adults or traveling alone, the child will have to test within one day of departure.
Local Vaccination Levels
As of December 2021, 74% of eligible Orlando and Orange County residents (12+) have received at least one vaccine dose. County leaders stress to visitors and residents alike that the safest way to travel is to be vaccinated.
Per current CDC recommendations, Orange County government urges visitors and residents to wear facial coverings when indoors, regardless of vaccination status. Businesses throughout Orange County are also encouraged to require masks in indoor settings, including theme parks, major shopping and retail stores, and privately owned restaurants, hotels and attractions. Federal regulations require masks at our airports. Please refer to the sections below for up-to-date information regarding masks and other safety considerations from theme parks, attractions and other businesses throughout Orlando.
Please bring a mask with you as you travel throughout the destination to ensure you are prepared for those instances where they are required.
Individual venues and businesses throughout Orange County may continue to uphold physical distancing at their discretion.
While there are currently no government-mandated capacity restrictions, each individual property is handling as they deem most safe.
Testing & Vaccinations
Orange County Government Health Services Department continues to make COVID-19 testing and vaccinations easily accessible for residents. Orange County’s free drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination and drive-thru COVID-19 testing services are available seven days a week. Other free vaccination and testing sites are also available.
Remember: The safest way to travel is to be vaccinated.
- COVID-19 VACCINES: Eligible individuals may select either first, second or booster doses of Pfizer; first, second and booster doses of Moderna; or the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine and its booster. For more information, visit ocfl.net/VaccineSites.
- COVID-19 TESTING: Eligible individuals may select only one type of test, Molecular PCR or Rapid Antigen, per day. For more information, visit ocfl.net/Testing.
Non-residents can obtain testing from private corporations, which may charge fees. Additional test sites include AdventHealth Centra Care centers, CVS Health, GuideWell Emergency Doctors, Orlando International Airport, University of Central Florida and Aventus Biolabs, Walgreens Pharmacy, and Walmart and Quest Diagnostics.
As a reminder, Orange County’s vaccination and testing services may close earlier than scheduled due to late-afternoon storms or heavy demand. Individuals interested in a COVID-19 test or vaccination are urged to arrive early to ensure they can be accommodated before the site closes.
Theme parks are open in Orlando. It is important when planning a theme park visit to check their respective Safety & Planning pages. These information pages have the latest planning guidelines for each park, such as which require advance reservations, and which recommend early arrivals before they reach capacity.
- Walt Disney World® Resort: Reservations are required at theme parks. Experience Updates & Reservation Information
- Universal Orlando Resort: Updated Safety Guidelines
- SeaWorld® Orlando: Health & Safety Commitments
- LEGOLAND® Florida Resort: Operational Updates
Learn more: Orlando’s Theme Parks Welcome You Back
Attractions are open throughout Orange County, providing countless wonderous experiences beyond our theme parks. Unless otherwise noted, all venues listed on our Attractions page are open for business. Please check their websites for hours of operation and additional information.
Accommodations for every budget are open throughout Orange County with more on the way, including full-service resorts where you can enjoy themed water playgrounds, lazy rivers, expansive outdoor recreation areas, exceptional service and other enticing extras. In addition to offering plenty of room to spread out thanks to open vistas and reduced crowds, our hotels and resorts are keeping your health and safety top of mind.
Add in special offers from our hotels and resorts, and you’re set for an unforgettable getaway in the Theme Park Capital of the World — named by TravelPulse.com as the No. 1 staycation destination in Florida.
Learn more: Escape to Orlando and Stay With Confidence
For details about individual properties, check our Places to Stay page. Enhanced health and safety protocols being employed by Orlando’s hoteliers include the following initiatives and programs:
- Airbnb (Vacation Rentals): Enhanced Cleaning Initiative
- B Hotels & Resorts: Committed to Cleanliness
- Best Western: We Care Clean
- Extended Stay America: STAY Confident
- Choice Hotels (including Comfort, Clarion Hotels, Econo Lodge and more): Commitment to Clean Initiative
- Drury Hotels: Travel Happy® Again — Clean + Safe
- Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts: Lead With Care
- Hilton Worldwide (including Waldorf Astoria, Embassy Suites, DoubleTree by Hilton, Hampton by Hilton, and more): Hilton CleanStay With Lysol Protection and Hilton EventReady
- Hyatt: Global Care & Cleanliness Commitment
- IHG (including Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Staybridge Suites and more): IHG Clean Promise
- Loews Hotels & Co. (including Universal Orlando Resort properties): Safety & Well-Being Protocols
- Marriott International (including JW Marriott, The Ritz-Carlton, SpringHill Suites and more): Commitment to Clean
- Meliá Hotels International: Stay Safe With Meliá
- Omni Hotels & Resorts: Omni Safe & Clean
- Red Roof Inn: Red Roof RediClean
- Rosen Hotels & Resorts: Rosen’s Total Commitment
- Sonesta Hotels and Resorts: Stay Safe With Sonesta
- Universal Orlando Resort Hotels: Hotel Safety Video and Updated Safety Guidelines
- Walt Disney World® Resort Hotels: Know Before You Go
- Vrbo (Vacation Rentals): Cleaning Standard for Vacation Rentals
- Westgate Resorts: WestgateCARES
- Wyndham Hotels & Resorts: Count on Us Health & Safety Protocols
Throughout Orange County, restaurants and nightlife venues are free to operate at full capacity. Unless otherwise noted, all venues listed on our Restaurants page and Nightlife page are open for business. Please check their websites for hours of operation and additional information.
For details about in-person and virtual events in the area, go to Visit Orlando’s Events Calendar.
All modes of transportation are open in Orange County and throughout the State of Florida, including air travel at Orlando International Airport (MCO) and Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB), rental cars, taxis, ride-share services, buses, and commuter rail. (Please note that effective Jan. 26, 2021, all air travelers ages 2 or older entering the U.S. are required to produce a negative COVID-19 test taken up to three calendar days prior to admittance before arrival to the United States. Get complete details from the CDC. In Orange County, visitors and locals alike can take advantage of COVID-19 testing at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando International Airport, many walk-in medical centers and other locations throughout the destination.)
All Florida highways are open, and toll transponders such as E-Pass and SunPass are being accepted. Public-transportation providers such as SunRail, Lynx and I-Ride Trolley are operating with some modifications. Check with your preferred providers for their current status.
Orlando International Airport has taken steps to further enhance the safety of travelers and airport employees by requiring that all 22,000 badged airport employees wear facial coverings inside airport public areas. Badged personnel will also maintain social distancing, as directed by the CDC, wherever practicable. Additionally, MCO has added personal protective equipment (PPE) vending machines that give the traveling public easy access to a variety of face masks, hand sanitizers and similar equipment. Learn more.
For additional operational information from Orlando’s transportation providers, including details about enhanced cleaning and safety measures, reference the links below:
- Orlando International Airport: Traveling During COVID-19
- Orlando Sanford International Airport: COVID-19 Update
- Mears Transportation: COVID-19 Direction Ahead
- SunRail: Working Hard to Keep You Safe
- Lynx: COVID-19 Information
- Enterprise: COVID-19 Response
- Hertz: Gold Standard Clean
- Alamo: Complete Clean Pledge
- Avis: Safety Pledge
- Uber: Coronavirus Health and Safety Guidance
- Lyft: Safety First
Retailers throughout Orange County are free to operate at full capacity. Unless otherwise noted, all venues listed on our Shopping page are open for business. Please check their websites for hours of operation and additional information.
Orange County’s public parks and trails are open, providing excellent opportunities to have fun and enjoy Orlando’s great weather. Check with Orange County for details about your favorite public parks. State parks throughout Florida are also open, including local state parks such as Wekiwa Springs, Blue Spring and De Leon Springs. Check with the State of Florida for information about your preferred state parks.
Unless otherwise noted, all attractions listed on our Sports & Outdoors page are open for business, as are all major sports venues. These include downtown Orlando’s Amway Center (home of the NBA’s Orlando Magic and ECHL’s Orlando Solar Bears), Exploria Stadium (home of MLS’s Orlando City Soccer Club and the NWSL’s Orlando Pride), and Camping World Stadium, which hosts numerous bowl games and other sporting events, as well as ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World, and the United States Tennis Association National Campus in Lake Nona.
As North America’s premier location for safe in-person events, tradeshows and conventions, the OCCC has successfully welcomed more than 100 conventions, trade shows, meetings, consumer and sporting events since July 2020. While convention centers and facilities are just beginning to return to back to business, the OCCC is doing Business Better Than Usual through their expert knowledge of hosting clean and safe events.
The Orange County Convention Center has also enacted its Recovery and Resiliency Plan, which uses a three-pronged strategy to safeguard clients, attendees and employees:
- Implementing the OCCC's Recovery and Resiliency Guidelines,
- GBAC Star Accreditation, and
- Collaborating with Orlando Health — a premier, established healthcare system — to create a groundbreaking medical concierge program.
The Orlando Health collaboration is the first of its kind in the convention and trade show industry. Through it, Orlando Health will provide personalized medical services and resources to all meetings and conventions held at the convention center, giving convention groups direct access to medical collaboration, planning and support.
Services for conventions will include customized medical plan guidance, an on-site medical expert, 24/7 medical concierge services through Orlando Health’s Virtual Visit, direct access to PPE for attendees, medical advisory services to the event’s host hotels and transportation vendors, and medically certified communication materials. It’s the latest example of the extraordinary regional partnerships the OCCC has in Orange County with medical partners and leisure and hospitality sectors.
The OCCC’s GBAC STAR accreditation provides third-party validation to ensure the implementation of rigorous sanitation protocols. In short, it is recognized as the gold standard of safe venues.
The plan was developed in accordance with policy recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Orange County government, and state and federal mandates. Relying on the best available data, science and research, it will provide an excellent road map to ramping up operations at one of our county's biggest economic engines.
For information on the OCCC’s Recovery and Resiliency Guidelines and other safety recommendations, please visit Meeting Stronger Together .
Welcome Back Offers
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