After more than 19 months without traditional transatlantic passenger service, Orlando International Airport will once again welcome travelers from destinations including the United Kingdom and select parts of Europe who had been previously restricted from entering the United States by the federal government. British Airways saw a 900 percent increase in searches for flights and holiday packages to key US destinations compared with the week before immediately after the White House announcement of the travel restriction change.
Fully vaccinated travelers, from more than 30 countries including the UK, can visit for the first time since the start of the pandemic.
Vaccinated people who have had a negative test taken no more than three days before traveling can enter without quarantining.
Children under 18 do not need to be vaccinated but are encouraged to take a COVID-19 test after arriving.
Masks are still mandatory on planes and in airports and travelers must follow state and local rules at their destination.
The first inbound flight arrives at 3:05 p.m. The Virgin Atlantic plane is arriving from Manchester, England, and the first passengers are expected to enter the main terminal between 4:15 – 4:30 p.m.
Face masks or appropriate coverings are required within any airport facility, per the Transportation Security Administration.