Now open: From the Bahamas to the Leaning Tower of Pisa and more

(CNN) — It is not been a straightforward yr operating a journey information desk. Openings, closings, ever-changing steering — there’s been lots for CNN Travel to monitor.

What it has made us, nevertheless, is Covid journey specialists. Now that the world is beginning to open again up, we’ll be sharing our data with you thru these new weekly round-ups.

Come right here to find out about the points of interest opening their doorways, the locations enjoyable entry guidelines, and the locations the place Covid spikes have pressured authorities to pull down shutters.


Sunkissed paradise islands your factor? Then the excellent news is that French Polynesia reopened its borders to vacationers arriving from the United States on Could 1, permitting some vacationers to as soon as once more get pleasure from seaside getaways in Tahiti and Bora Bora.

Vacationers will need to have been in the United States for a minimum of 30 days prior to departure. Vaccinated vacationers and these with proof of immunity can bypass the 10-day quarantine.

The unhealthy new is, of course, that it is French Polynesia — proper in the center of the Pacific Ocean, which suggests it is not precisely helpful for a weekend break.

Broadway is set to light up again in September 2021.

Broadway is about to mild up once more in September 2021.

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In New York, Broadway tickets went on sale Thursday for exhibits beginning September 14, giving recent hope to the metropolis’s theater business the place an estimated 100,000 employees are at the moment out of jobs. No phrase but on how lengthy the wait is for “Hamilton.”
One other signal that the Massive Apple is getting again to being the metropolis that by no means sleeps is the return of the 24-hour subway service on Could 17, which can coincide with the lifting of New York’s midnight curfew on out of doors consuming and eating.

Down in Florida, in the meantime, Walt Disney World Resort introduced that it will be phasing out on-site temperature screenings for solid members beginning Could 8 and for company on Could 16.

Just a little additional east, Bermuda has lifted its Keep at Residence order and the island is now open with short-term restrictions in place, together with an 8 p.m. curfew.

The Bahamas, in the meantime has begun letting in totally vaccinated vacationers without having to present proof of a damaging Covid check.

A journalist looks at "The birth of Venus" painted in the mid 1480s by Italian painter Sandro Botticelli during a press preview for the reopening of the rooms dedicated to Pollaiolo and Botticelli, at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, on October 17, 2016. The articulation of the space has been reorganized for to faciliate the visit thanks to a large donation by the "Friends of Florence Foundation". / AFP / ALBERTO PIZZOLI / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY MENTION OF THE ARTIST UPON PUBLICATION - TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION (Photo credit should read ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP via Getty Images)

Botticelli’s “The Delivery of Venus” is one of the big-hitters guests can now see once more at the Uffizi.

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Worldwide tourism hasn’t returned to Italy but, nevertheless it was nonetheless a very good week in traveler’s favourite Tuscany, as two main points of interest reopened.
Florence’s Uffizi Gallery swung again into motion on Could 4 with a revamped second ground, that includes 14 new rooms and 129 works of artwork newly on show.
In the meantime in Pisa, the Leaning Tower has been obtainable all through the pandemic as a backdrop for hilarious socially distanced picture alternatives — “hey guys, what if we fake we’re pushing it again up?” — however as of Could 1, it is attainable to get again inside the monument and museums of the world’s favourite wonky constructing.
Additional south, the information out of Rome is {that a} new enviornment ground is being added to the Colosseum to give guests an concept of how the historical Italian construction seemed when gladiators fought there.

The attraction was largely shut to the public throughout Italy’s coronavirus lockdowns and most not too long ago reopened to guests on April 26.


Munich's Oktoberfest isn't a natural fit for social distancing, so sadly it's been canceled again this year.

Munich’s Oktoberfest is not a pure match for social distancing, so sadly it has been canceled once more this yr.


Oktoberfest, Germany‘s annual celebration of beer, lederhosen and hearty thigh-slapping, has been canceled for a second yr in a row.

“The Oktoberfest is a Munich unique and takes place solely in Munich,” a spokesperson for the Division of Labor and Financial Affairs of the Metropolis of Munich, stated in an announcement.

The Seychelles has been main the world with its vaccination roll-out, with 61.13% of its inhabitants totally vaccinated. Nonetheless, a current rise in Covid circumstances has this week led the Indian Ocean archipelago to convey again restrictions for 2 weeks — colleges are closed, sporting actions are canceled and a curfew has been launched in bars.

Trying forward

Could 17 is about to be a magic Monday. In Asia-Pacific, a two-way journey bubble between New Zealand and the Cook dinner Islands is about to lastly open after months of planning. And in the UK, England and Wales will probably be opening up overseas journey — residents will probably be ready to make quarantine-free visits to a “inexperienced listing” of 12 international locations which at the moment embody Portugal, Iceland and Israel.

Vacationers are suggested that international locations’ “inexperienced listing” standing could be withdrawn at any time and to not ebook non-refundable journeys.

Two of New York’s most legendary lodges have opening dates lined up: The Plaza, the French Renaissance-inspired monolith beside Central Park, is slated to reopen on Could 20, whereas The Peninsula, on the nook of Fifth Avenue and fifty fifth Road, will welcome company on June 1.

The proposals, printed by the European Fee, suggested that arrivals will need to have been inoculated 14 days earlier than arrival with a vaccine from its permitted listing.

St. Helena, the tiny island island in the center of the Atlantic the place Napoleon was as soon as exiled and which solely bought an airport in 2017, is now totally vaccinated and will reopen to guests from June 21. Its remoteness saved it untouched by vacationers all through the pandemic.

Strangest Covid measure of the week

You've got to be squidding me.

You have bought to be squidding me.


A city in western Japan was criticized on social media for steering some of its coronavirus aid funds into constructing a statue of a giant squid, in a bid to enhance tourism.

The 13-foot-high cephalopod which has popped up in Noto, Ishikawa Prefecture, has eight pink arms and zero safety towards airborne viruses.

CNN’s Livia Borghese, Julia Buckley, James Frater, Rob Iddiols, Niamh Kennedy, Lilit Marcus, Rob Picheta and Vanessa Yurkevich contributed to this report.


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