Universal Studios Hollywood allowing out-of-state visitors if fully vaccinated

The theme park industry is inching ever closer to some kind of “normal,” as Universal Studios Hollywood is now welcoming out-of-state guests to visit the park — but there is a catch or two.

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Photo via Universal Studios Hollywood

Thanks to new government guidelines related to the pandemic out-of-state visitors who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 can now visit the park. Proof of the completed vaccination and a photo ID must be presented at the front gate ticket booths prior to purchase. Another catch? There’s no exception for children under the age of 16, as they are not eligible to be vaccinated just yet. As a result, only fully vaccinated out-of-state guests over the age of 16 can visit the park.

Acceptable forms of proof of vaccination include the original vaccination card or a photo/digital photo of a vaccination card (that includes the name of the person who was vaccinated, type of vaccine received, and the date of the last dose that was administered), or documentation of vaccination from a healthcare provider. Each case will require showing that at least two weeks have passed since a guest’s second dose in a two-dose series (Pfizer or Moderna) or since the receipt of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

At this time, tickets for out-of-state guests are only available for purchase at the Front Gate of Universal Studios Hollywood and not online, so availability is subjective.

Universal Studios Hollywood is the first park to come out and say that out-of-state guests are welcome, thought the new guidelines set by the State of California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy allow for this change at other theme parks in the state, as well. It could likely be just a matter of time before Disneyland Resort, Knott’s Berry Farm, and more follow suit.


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  1. Are they checking ID at the entry gate (not ticket booth)? I am a California resident and I purchased my tickets back on April 8th. I have 4 tickets but 2 of my guests are here visiting from another state. I just need to know if they are going to be able to get in.