Healthy Business Travel & Safety Information
As the No. 1 travel destination in the U.S., Orlando is home to the world’s most trusted brands, which take safety extremely seriously. 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 learn more about healthy business travel in Orlando and safety resources for you and your attendees.
Healthy Business Travel
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.
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. 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 November 2021, 76% 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.
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.
At present time, the Orange County Convention Center is accepting reservations for events. If you need assistance with rescheduling a convention or booking a future event, submit your question here or call +1 (407) 541-4251.
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
- In partnership with Visit Orlando, collaborating with Orlando Health — a premier, established healthcare system — to create a groundbreaking medical concierge program.
The OCCC and Visit Orlando's collaboration with Orlando Health 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 collaborations 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.
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: 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
- 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): Cleaning Standards 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 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. (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 created a safety video with information about what you can expect when you visit. Orlando International Airport has also 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 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
- 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 COVIDemail@example.com.
- For local information, the Orange County health update: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Resources
What preventative measures should I take?
The CDC encourages travelers to practice the same healthy measures on vacation that they do at home, including:
- Wash your hands often, with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds.
- If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Clean or disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs.
- If you are feeling sick, limit contact with others as much as possible and contact a health provider.
- Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze.
- Avoid close contact with those that are sick.
- Rely on trusted, credible sources such as the Florida Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for information.
- Vulnerable individuals should avoid close contact with people outside the home.
- All individuals, when in public, should maximize physical distance from others.
- Avoid socializing in groups of more than 10 people in circumstances that do not readily allow for physical distancing.
- Face masks are recommended for all those in face-to-face interactions and where you can’t social distance.
Where can I find information about the Orange County Convention Center?
Orange County Convention Center measures: Orange County Convention Center Health and Safety
How can I find information on flights at Orlando International Airport?
- Orlando International Airport posted current measures being used to maintain the safety, health and well-being of employees and passengers. Watch new safety video.
- Airlines such as American, Delta, and Southwest have posted information regarding sanitation and disinfection measures.
Is airport screening and isolation in effect for visitors from highly affected COVID-19 areas?
Not at present time.
What if I feel like I may be experiencing symptoms?
If you feel that you may be ill, for assistance and instructions please immediately call the Florida Department of Health's Coronavirus hotline at +1 866-779-6121 (now open 24 hours), or our Orange County Florida Department of Health Coronavirus Call Center at +1 407-723-5004.
If you are instructed, or decide, to go directly to a health care facility, please call the location in advance so they can coordinate receiving arrangements for the protection of you as well as others.
- Wash your hands often, with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds.
Orlando Safety & Security Resources
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 attendee safety and security.