Now open: Inca Trail of Peru, Galapagos and Phuket


(CNN) – Well guys, July is here and still Covid-19 and its variants refuse to pack their bags and take a summer break.

Luckily, CNN Travel is here to guide you through this week’s news on destinations that are opening their borders, relaxing their regulations, or closing the hatches.


CNN’s Pete Muntean reports that the July 4 weekend is expected to be one of the busiest days for U.S. airports since the start of the pandemic.

It is not an exercise.

The 4th of July weekend in the United States is expected to be as busy as before Covid, with queues at airports and traffic jams on freeways guaranteed.
And after a pandemic-induced hiatus last year, many places known for their Independence Day fireworks celebrations will be back in 2021. CNN Travel has put together an overview of some of the best places and when go.

In the Empire State, New Yorkers will be able to celebrate the holiday with not one but two Statues of Liberty.

France offered the we with a second statue – a “little sister” 1 / 16th of the size – and it will be visible on Ellis Island until July 5, before returning to his new home at the residence of the French Ambassador in Washington DC

Visitors will also finally be able to enter inside the Statue of Liberty itself. Its interior reopened Thursday, up to the pedestal.

The famous monument’s “little sister” leaves Paris for New York before Independence Day. A gift from France to America, it will first be exhibited at Ellis Island, then will remain in Washington, DC for 10 years.

Last weekend, CNN was on board the first cruise ship to leave a U.S. port in more than 15 months.

Celebrity Edge Gone From Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for a seven-night trip with stops at Mexico and the Bahamas. We are happy to report that there were no queues at the buffet and that there were plenty of lounge chairs available by the pool.

More in Hawaii, the pre-travel testing requirement for fully vaccinated travelers will end on July 8, coinciding with Aloha states vaccination rates reaching 60%.

On the same date, other new rules will come into force. The size of indoor gatherings can range from 10 to 25 people, and restaurants can have up to 75% capacity.

Starting July 5, fully vaccinated Canadians and permanent residents arriving in the country after traveling abroad will be able to exit the mandatory two-week quarantine earlier if they test negative for Covid on entry.

Newfoundland and Labrador, the country’s easternmost province, has also reopened its borders to other Canadians, meaning all citizens of the country can once again enjoy the delights of Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and Fogo Island.

There is good news for adventure travelers as permits for Peru‘s The Inca Trail is on sale for the first time since March 2020. The guided tours will resume on July 15 and will operate at 50% of their capacity.

A marine iguana shivers on the beach at Tortuga Bay in the Galapagos.

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In Europe

European countries have opened like the doors to an Advent calendar. Two of the last to join the party are Switzerland and Sweden, both of which opened their borders this week to travelers from the United States and other approved countries.

The EU’s Covid digital certificate was officially launched on July 1, having already been introduced on a voluntary basis in several of the EUof the 27 member nations.

The “passport to vaccines” is a way for EU citizens to prove that they have been vaccinated, that they have had a recent negative PCR test or that they have recovered from coronavirus and should allow people to skip quarantine and testing while moving around the block.

However, one country is behind on the start-up block: Ireland won’t be able to issue certificates until its July 19 reopening date, with a cyberattack in May being blamed for the delay.
A photo shows a panorama of the city of Florence with the "Duomo" the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore on April 8, 2015 in Florence.  AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS / AFP / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit to read GABRIEL BOUYS / AFP via Getty Images)

Florence: No nighttime stroll, please.

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The italian town of Florence is preparing for the influx of summer tourists by banning night walks in the city’s most popular nightlife areas unless people have receipts to prove they have eaten or drunk.
More in Moscow, the Russian capital is experiencing a rise in new cases of Covid. Restaurants, cafes and bars have started asking customers for proof of vaccination or a negative coronavirus test before they can enter.

the UK expanded its travel “green list” to include popular European tourist destinations, including Malta, Madeira and the the Balearic Islands, as well as Atlantic and Caribbean destinations including Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, Antigua, Barbuda, Dominica, Barbados and Grenade.

This means British holidaymakers will no longer have to isolate themselves on their return from these places, but – as always – the list is subject to change.

Middle East and Africa

Abu Dhabi, the Emirati capital, offers free vaccines against Covid-19 to any traveler who wishes. Previously, these vaccines were only available to citizens or residence visa holders, but the potential of a “vaccination” could bring even more avid tourists – and their wallets – to the country.
And these jabs will come in handy next month. From August 20, the city will only allow people vaccinated in certain public spaces, including schools, universities and nurseries. The August date is to give people more time to prepare and prepare.
The picturesque country of Mauritius off the coast of East Africa in the Indian Ocean has launched the first phase of its multi-part reopening plan. From July 15 to September 30, vaccinated visitors can participate in a system similar to Sri Lanka’s bubble resort program, where they stay in the accommodation of their choice for 14 days and then, at the end of the semi-quarantine, can travel freely around the island.

Asia Pacific

Karon Beach in Phuket the day before "Phuket sandbox" tourism program launched.

Karon beach in Phuket the day before the launch of the “Phuket Sandbox” tourist program.

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For the first time in over 15 months, Thailandthe popular resort island of Phuket allows vaccinated international travelers to enter without quarantine restrictions.

The “Phuket Sandbox” program is needed to restart the country’s economy, Thai Tourism Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn told CNN in an interview on the eve of the reopening.

Off the island, however, the country continues to grapple with its third and worst wave of Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic. Thailand reported a record 57 Covid-19 deaths and 5,533 new cases on Thursday, mostly in Bangkok.

More in Australia, meanwhile, the country’s superstrict restrictions are about to get even tighter.

The recent Covid outbreaks have taken 10 million Australians into custody and now, from July 14, the country will halve international arrivals to just over 3,000 per week. The new measure will be in place at least until the end of the year.

Warning tale of the week

Two men in AustraliaRoyal ‘s national park were fined $ 760 each for violating Sydney’s latest round of lockdowns after police found them naked and lost in the bush as they apparently ran away from a wild animal.

“Incredibly we saw two men sunbathing naked on a south coast beach,” NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said on Monday at a press briefing.

“They were surprised by a deer, rushed into the national park and got lost. Not only did they need help from the SES (State Emergency Service) and the police to rescue them , but they also both got tickets. “

CNN’s Forrest Brown, Karla Cripps, Marnie Hunter, Lilit Marcus, Kocha Olarn, Lorraine Poupon, Angus Watson and Xiaofei Xu contributed to this story.


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