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New York Updates Florida Travel Rules, Makes Travel More Accessible

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The pocket of East Coast states, notably New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut have had severe quarantine restrictions in place since early summer.

Under the previous rule, anyone visiting a high-COVID state, such as Florida, and then returning to the New York tri-state area, would have to quarantine for a full two weeks upon their return. For New York area residents, this made travel to Walt Disney World wholly impractical, effectively prohibiting a timely return to work or school after a Disney trip.

Beginning on Wednesday, November 4, 2020, this policy has been overhauled. While New York and environs now continue to discourage travel to hotspots, there is now an alternative to the 14-day quarantine.

The new rules state that all travelers from non-neighboring states planning to stay in New York for more than 24 hours will now be required to quarantine for at least three days and then test negative for COVID-19 and present proof of a negative test before leaving quarantine.

People who choose not to obtain a COVID test will still be required to adhere to the 14-day quarantine.

For many New Yorkers, this will move holiday travel to Walt Disney World back into the realm of possibility.

Will this change in procedures change your winter travel plans? Let us know in the comments.

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Erin Foster

Erin Foster is an original member of the Walt Disney World Moms Panel (now PlanDisney), a regular contributor to TouringPlans.com, and co-author of The Unofficial Guide to Disney Cruise Line. She's been to WDW, DL, DL Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland, Aulani, DVC Vero Beach, and DVC Hilton Head. She's a Platinum DCL cruiser and veteran of 10 Adventures by Disney trips. Erin lives near New York City, where she can often be found indulging in her other obsession - Broadway theater.

4 thoughts on “New York Updates Florida Travel Rules, Makes Travel More Accessible

  • This is still a hassle. You need to take a test, and be negative within 3 days of returning back to NY. Then upon arrival, quarantine for 3 more days, then on the 4th take another test. If that’s also negative, quarantine ends. If positive, enjoy another 10 or so days of quarantine. Factor that with Disney cutting a whole bunch of entertainment recently…seems like a lot of work and about half the total experience. No thanks!

  • Ruth Woodhouse

    England is going into another lockdown on Thursday – initially for the next four weeks but I think that will be extended – hoping to be in WDW next summer (it’s all booked) but I know it might not happen – hoping the vaccine comes soon. The only thing is, I’ve been avoiding getting close to people for so long, I wonder how I will feel walking in large crowds – I am guessing it will take some getting used to . In the meantime I am making masks from any Disney fabric I can find – I have lots now – some of which match my Disney tops which I wear practically all the time at the moment. It cheers me up and I get a lot of positive comments when I am out shopping.

  • Kathleen McGrath

    I’ve been looking through the site for an article on how best to maneuver quarantine requirements for a covid test before coming back. I live in NYS and would really love a piece on where to get covid tests around Disney world. How do we get our results? Do we schedule a time? What is a good time? (knowing that will change). Is there a big price difference depending on where we go? I expect Len at least has had to work this out and other touring plans people have too. Please let us know your experiences.

  • Hey Kathleen!

    As a matter of fact, I *have* had to work this out. I use the CentraCare Lake Buena Vista, at 12500 South Apopka Vineland Road. It’s the other side of Disney Springs, just beyond the Disney Springs hotels.

    Here’s their website: https://centracare.adventhealth.com/urgent-care/lake-buena-vista

    They’re open 24 hours, and I strongly suggest making an appointment as early in the morning as you can stand to be awake. Like you, I was traveling from FL to NYS (yesterday, in fact), and got two negative COVID tests before I traveled.

    My most recent test was yesterday – I had an 8 a.m. appointment, showed up at 7:45, and was on my way home by 8:45 a.m. My previous test the week before was 9:30 p.m., and they were running about 90 minutes behind in seeing patients – I got there at 9 and got home at midnight. So go early.

    While you’re waiting for your appointment, the staff will ask you to sit in your car, or outside, to limit exposure.

    Both tests were free. If, for some reason, you have to pay, the costs are between $120 and $180, depending on the kind of test you want.

    We’ve all taken lots of COVID tests. We’ve also tried the CentraCare at 4320 W Vine Street (down West Irlo Bronson, west of the Magic Kingdom), and the AdventHealth in Celebration. I prefer the one by Disney Springs that I mentioned above.


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