Florida is the number-one long-haul destination from the UK. In 2019, Florida welcomed more than 1.5 million British holidaymakers. Home to the best theme parks on the planet, award-winning beaches and more than 175 national and state parks, it’s not hard to see why.
Florida isn’t just a state, it’s a state of mind. It’s where you go to be more relaxed, carefree and ready for fun, creating a mindset you can carry with you every day afterwards.
Can British travellers visit Florida?
The US is currently on the UK’s amber list, which means those arriving in the UK must self-isolate for 10 days. All travellers from amber list countries must book PCR tests to take on day two and day eight after arriving in the UK.
Those arriving into England may qualify for the test to release scheme, which will end the 10-day quarantine period early in the event of a negative test on day five. Travellers will still need to take their last PCR test on day eight.
The government currently advises against leisure travel to amber list destinations.
Since March 2020, it has not been possible for British nationals to enter the US if they have been in the UK or Ireland within the previous 14 days.
US citizens and permanent residents of the US, certain specified close family members and certain other limited categories of visa holders (such as UN staff and diplomats) are exempt.
A negative Covid-19 test, or proof of recovery from Covid-19, must be presented on arrival into the US for everyone aged two and above.
Those allowed entry to the US are recommended to quarantine for at least seven days and take a Covid-19 test three-five days after arrival.
The most up-to-date information on US border controls for UK citizens can be found here.
How is Florida planning to reopen to travellers?
Currently, there are no travel safety advisories in effect.
For the most up-to-date information regarding theme parks, beaches, attractions, state parks, restaurants and all other tourist establishments, please refer to Visit Florida’s Covid-19 website hub here, which is updated daily.
When will flights resume from the UK to Florida?
Airlines including British Airways, Virgin/Delta and Tui operated regular services from UK airports to Orlando and Miami.
Check with the airlines for the latest schedules on when services are due to resume.
Can you cruise from Florida?
A No Sail Order for cruise ships went into effect on March 14, 2020, and cruising in the US has not yet resumed. Travellers and agents should contact their cruise line directly for further information and continue to monitor the US Department of State and CDC for updates.
What is the latest advice for tourist attractions across Florida?
Theme parks and attractions
For the latest information on major theme parks and other attractions, please refer to these links:
- Walt Disney World
- Universal Orlando Resort
- Legoland Florida
- Busch Gardens Florida
- SeaWorld Orlando
- Florida Attractions Association
The Florida Keys
Monroe County reopened the Florida Keys to visitors in June 2020.
State and national parks
The Florida State Parks system is reviewing operations on a daily basis. At parks where camping is offered, there may also be measures in place to reduce density while honouring current reservations. Florida’s national parks are increasing access and services in a phased approach across all units of the National Park System. Before visiting a park, please check the park website to determine its operating status.
What measures are in place for Florida’s individual counties?
Florida has 67 counties with separate guidelines and Covid-19 updates. Below is a list of the counties which are most visited by UK tourists, their major towns and cities and the current situation with beaches in that county. Click a county name to be linked to the most updated information.
(Panama City, Panama City Beach, Mexico Beach)
(Cocoa, Cocoa Beach, Melbourne)
(Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, Pompano Beach)
(Crystal River, Homosassa, Inverness)
(Naples, Marco Island, Everglades City)
Beaches open with restricted hours
(Jacksonville, Jacksonville Beach, Atlantic Beach)
(Pensacola, Pensacola Beach, Perdido Key)
(Flagler Beach, Palm Coast, Marineland)
(Tampa, Brandon, Plant City)
Most beaches open
(Vero Beach, Fellsmere, Sebastian)
(Fort Myers, Sanibel Island, Cape Coral)
(Bradenton, Anna Maria Island, Palmetto)
(Stuart, Indiantown, Port Mayaca)
(Miami, Miami Beach, Coral Gables)
(Key West, Islamorada, Key Largo)
(Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island)
(Fort Walton Beach, Destin, Santa Rosa Island)
(Orlando, Winter Park, Winter Garden)
(Kissimmee, St. Cloud, Yeehaw Junction)
(Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, Delray Beach, Boca Raton)
(New Port Richey, Dade City, Zephyrhills)
Most beaches open, with restrictions
(Clearwater, St Petersburg)
(Sarasota, Venice, Siesta Key)
(St Augustine, Ponte Vedra Beach)
(New Smyrna Beach, Daytona Beach)
(Seaside, Sandestin, Grayton Beach)
Most beaches open
To watch the first of two webinars with Visit Florida, Daytona Beach and St Pete/Clearwater, click here.
To watch the second webinar with Visit Florida, The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel and Discover Crystal River, click here.
PICTURES: Peter W Cross
Last updated June 9, 2021
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