Healthy Business Travel & Safety Information
We look forward to hosting your organization in Orlando, Cvent’s No. 1 meeting destination in the country. Start here to learn more about healthy business travel in Orlando and safety resources for you and your attendees. And now, Visit Orlando is proud to partner with Orlando Health, a not-for-profit healthcare organization that serves the southeastern United States.
As the Official Health and Wellness Partner of Visit Orlando, Orlando Health offers health-related benefits for business travelers who help make Orlando the No. 1 meeting destination in the country, including access to high-quality, health-related options and medical services, as well as valuable health information. The partnership also provides for event planners customizable health solutions for their conference and attendees through an Orlando Health Virtual Care Center, which will open later this year at the Orange County Convention Center. In short, Orlando Health is your one-stop source for any health-related questions or needs when you meet in Orlando.
Orlando, Orange County and the State of Florida are not under any government mandated COVID restrictions. However, some local businesses may be operating with modified hours or services, including requiring facial coverings and/or social distancing.
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When you meet in Orlando, you become part of our health and wellness community. That’s why Visit Orlando is proud to partner with Orlando Health, a not-for-profit healthcare organization that serves the southeastern United States. This alliance designates Orlando Health as the Official Health and Wellness Partner of Visit Orlando and offers health-related benefits for the millions of business travelers who help make Orlando the most visited destination in the United States and Cvent’s No. 1 meeting destination.
With this partnership, you can rest assured that when you meet in Central Florida, you will have access to high-quality, health-related options and medical services for when accidents happen or a sickness occurs. These services include a concierge telephone number, (321) 265-4200, established to help connect business travelers who may need access to local medical resources while visiting Orlando.
Via the concierge service, Orlando Health can help your attendees determine the best place to go based on their symptoms and provide easy access to the right medical providers, including:
- Emergency Room Care
- Urgent Care for Non-Life-Threatening Injuries: Browse Orlando Health Locations
- On-Demand 24/7 Virtual Care With Board-Certified Physicians
And soon, the partnership will provide event planners with customizable health solutions for their conference and attendees through an Orlando Health Virtual Care Center, which will open later this year at the Orange County Convention Center. Located in the west concourse on the first floor near the Visit Orlando Welcome Center, medical providers will be available via virtual visit 24 hours a day. During major conventions, the clinic will be staffed by Orlando Health clinicians. For information to help you plan your Orlando meeting, convention or event, or to know how to stay safe and healthy while you’re in town, our trusted health and wellness partner has provided valuable information for business travelers, including tips on hydration, how to stay sun-safe, and instructions on what to do in an emergency.
Use this handy guide to determine which medical service is best for your needs.
- Cold and flu symptoms
- Respiratory infections
- Skin rashes
Use urgent care for any of the following conditions:
- Abdominal pain
- Cuts that require stitches
- Flu symptoms
- Fractures and sprains
- High fever
- Minor injuries
- Rashes and hives
- Vomiting or diarrhea
Go to an ER for life- or limb-threatening conditions:
- Broken or dislocated bones
- Deep cuts or burns
- Loss of consciousness
- Serious allergic reactions
- Severe trouble breathing
- Trauma injuries
- Chest pain
Hydration & Heat
- How to Stay Hydrated This Summer
- Keep Your Cool! Avoid Heat-Related Illnesses This Summer
- Let the Sun In, but Safely
- Heat, Humidity and Your Heart
Florida Sun Safety
- Avoid Sunburn With These Tips
- 10 Essential Items to Keep in Your Beach Bag
- Playing It Safe in the Sun
- How to Choose a Sunscreen
- What Every Golfer Needs to Know About Skin Cancer
- How Medicine Can Increase Your Skin Sensitivity to the Sun
- How to Protect Your Eyes From the Sun’s Rays
Theme Park Safety
Local authorities and Orlando’s meetings industry have a collaborative approach to maintaining a safe, secure environment, based on the expertise of hosting millions of visitors every year. Furthermore, these measures continuously evolve, including an ongoing focus on enhanced prevention, technological advances and information-sharing capabilities.
For example, within the International Drive convention district, there exists a model of collaboration between law enforcement and meeting-industry partners that has been recognized across the country for its effectiveness. Examples of the Orlando region’s collaborative safety infrastructure include:
- Shared Intelligence: Regular meetings bring together Orlando’s law enforcement agencies, meetings-industry partners and private business security directors for intelligence briefings and educational sessions on crime trends, regulations and technology. Information from these meetings is then used to inform security protocols as needed.
- Crime Alert Technology: Using proprietary technology, Orlando’s convention businesses receive up-to-date alerts, recent developments and security tips.
- Visible and Discreet Measures: While many Orlando security protocols are visible, others are intentionally discreet. For instance, while you might see visible on-duty law enforcement officers at any given moment, numerous off-duty officers are also providing added security at private businesses.
- Tourist-Oriented Policing Sectors (TOPS): Orlando’s most popular tourism and convention corridor — a 78-square-mile (202-square-kilometer) area that encompasses the overall International Drive and Lake Buena Vista areas — is home to a well-established, dedicated law enforcement unit focused specifically on safety.
- This unit provides a proactive, visible, law enforcement presence through a force of 150 deputies and officers from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) and the Orlando Police Department.
- Member officers provide high visibility to deter crime, conduct routine security checks, patrol the area, and offer friendly assistance to Orlando visitors.
- The program has been in place for decades and has been replicated in other communities.
- Get more information about the TOPS program.
- Additional Information: Get details from the OCSO about frequently asked questions regarding tourist safety and security.
Orlando’s meeting venues, transportation providers, hotels, restaurants, theme parks, attractions and other businesses are hard at work developing new ways for meeting attendees to once again enjoy the unique experiences they’ve grown to know and love in Orlando, while ensuring the implementation of new safety measures to ease concerns.
Learn more: No. 1 Destination for Healthy Meetings
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, our 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.
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.
Children under 18 are excepted from the vaccination requirement for foreign national travelers.
Effective Dec. 28, 2022, the CDC is also requiring a negative COVID-19 test or documentation of recovery for air passengers boarding flights to the U.S. originating from the People’s Republic of China and the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau. A negative test of documentation of recovery is not required for passengers coming from other destinations.
Local Vaccination Levels
As of March 2022, 76% of eligible Orlando and Orange County residents (5+) 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, it is recommended that individuals wear a mask while indoors. You may also choose to mask at any time. Individuals with symptoms, a positive test or exposure to someone with COVID-19 should wear a mask. Additionally, some local businesses may require facial coverings.
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.
Each individual property is handling capacity as they deem most safe.
Testing & Vaccinations
Orange County Government Health Services Department is not currently offering free COVID-19 testing or vaccinations.
Testing and vaccinations continue to be available from private corporations, which may charge fees. Additional test and/or vaccination 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.
Remember: The safest way to travel is to be vaccinated.
Orange County Convention Center
As North America’s premier location for safe in-person events, tradeshows and conventions, the OCCC has successfully welcomed hundreds of 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 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.
For information on the OCCC’s Recovery and Resiliency Guidelines and other safety recommendations, please visit Meeting Safely Today for a Stronger Tomorrow.
Hotels and resorts throughout Orlando and surrounding Orange County are open for business, including all properties listed on our Meeting & Convention Hotels page unless otherwise noted.
Additionally, hotel companies are employing robust health and safety protocols, including the following initiatives and programs:
- Accor: ALLSAFE Cleanliness & Prevention Label
- American Hotel & Lodging Association: Safe Stay
- B Hotels & Resorts: Safety and Cleanliness Commitment
- Best Western: We Care Clean
- Extended Stay America: STAY Confident
- Choice Hotels (including Comfort, Clarion Hotels, Econo Lodge and more): Commitment to Clean Initiative
- Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts: Safe and Clean Meetings
- 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 EventReady and Hilton CleanStay With Lysol Protection
- Hyatt: Global Care & Cleanliness Commitment
- IHG (including Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Staybridge Suites and more): IHG Clean Promise
- Loews Hotels & Co.: 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
- 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): Guidelines for Enhanced Cleaning and Disinfection
- Westgate Resorts: WestgateCARES
- Wyndham Hotels & Resorts: Count on Us Health & Safety Protocols
Restaurants & Nightlife
Throughout Orange County, restaurants and nightlife venues are free to operate at full capacity. Unless otherwise noted, all venues listed on our Dining 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.
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.
For additional operational information from Orlando’s transportation providers, including details about enhanced cleaning and safety measures, reference the links below:
- Orlando International Airport: Travel Smart
- Orlando Sanford International Airport: COVID-19 Monitoring
- Mears Transportation: COVID-19 Direction Ahead
- Destination MCO Transportation: Ride Safely With Us
- 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
Theme Parks, Attractions & Other Things to Do
Theme parks and attractions 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.
Retailers, arts & culture venues, sports facilities and outdoor recreation opportunities are also all open in Orlando. Check with individual businesses to determine if they currently have any COVID-related requirements or modifications.
- CDC Travel FAQs: FAQ for Travelers
- CDC latest situation summary: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- For Florida-specific information, the Florida Department of Health update: What you need to know now about COVID-19 in Florida. The department has a dedicated COVID-19 Call Center at +1 866-779-6121 or you can email COVIDfirstname.lastname@example.org.
- For local information, the Orange County health update: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Resources