Travel news: Malta, Austria and Guadeloupe are among the destinations open this month

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(CNN) – How is it almost July already? With more than half of 2021 already in the mirror, there is good news as more destinations open their borders or relax their regulations.

In the United States and the Caribbean

Good news, Americans wanting to travel within the country – more and more local restrictions are disappearing and new attractions are opening up. First, the Resorts World complex opened in Las Vegas on June 24.

The mega-resort is home to a food court, over 40 bars and restaurants, a dedicated poker room (that’s Vegas, after all), and three hotels – the Las Vegas Hilton, the Conrad Las Vegas, and the Crockfords Las Vegas. There is also plenty of air conditioning, which anyone who has visited Nevada in July will no doubt appreciate.
Meanwhile, the Hawaiian Islands are gradually reducing their restrictions as vaccination rates hit 60% in Aloha state. State Governor David Ige has announced that starting July 8, vaccinated travelers from the Americas will be allowed to bypass quarantine and pre-travel testing requirements.

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.

Travelers who prefer to spend their beach vacation outside the borders of the United States will be pleased to know that the French Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe РBasse-Terre, Grande-Terre, Les Saintes, Marie Galante and La D̩sirade Рare now welcome Americans.

Visitors will be required to present documentation confirming a) they have at least two weeks after their full vaccination date or b) have a negative Covid antigen test within 72 hours of arrival.

Unvaccinated travelers can also visit the islands, but they will need to self-isolate for seven days.

Zurrieq, at the southern tip of Malta, is now accessible to many British and American travelers.

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In Europe

It feels like the whole of Europe is opening up this summer, at least if you’re coming from the United States.

The first is Austria. The beautiful cities of Vienna, Graz and Salzburg have been open to American travelers since June 24. To enter the country, tourists will need one of three things: a vaccination certificate, a Covid recovery certificate, or a negative coronavirus test result. Documentation must be in English or German. The list of accepted vaccines is Pfizer-BioNtech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson / Janssen, Oxford / AstraZeneca, Sinopharm or Sinovac.
Good news if you want to extend your trip, as neighboring Switzerland has also confirmed that its borders will open to US visitors as of June 26. The rules: You must have either a) been fully vaccinated within the past 12 months, b) recovered from Covid-19 within the past 6 months, or c) bearing proof of a negative PCR test. These guidelines do not apply to travelers under 16, unless they are not accompanied by an adult.
Further south, the islands of Malta have also opened their borders to Americans – but not all American. Visitors must be from one of the 40 US states and territories to travel.

At this point, it might be faster to list the excluded states – Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, Oklahoma, Utah, and Wyoming. Everyone, including the people of Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia, can enjoy the UNESCO-listed heritage buildings of Valletta and the beautiful waters off Gozo.

Obviously, June 24 was a milestone day in Europe. Another border open to American travelers that day was the Netherlands, which placed no restrictions on the types of visitors who can come – as in, no negative Covid tests or other paperwork to sort through before booking your flight. . It’s a bit like traveling in the “days before” at this point.
Paris is the kind of place where even the otherwise boring mall - like La Samaritaine, pictured here - can be a work of art.

Paris is the kind of place where even the otherwise boring mall – like La Samaritaine, pictured here – can be a work of art.

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In the UK, celebrate the beautiful Farne Islands, which welcome visitors after being closed for around a year and a half. The islands, located off the coast of Northumberland, have closed earlier than many destinations and have not received any travelers since 2019. Now you can book a boat tour, which will get you up close to the adorable puffin colonies. he is.

While we covered France’s reopening in a previous edition of this pandemic travel roundup, there are two new attractions to add to your list.

La Samaritaine Paris Pont-Neuf, an Art Deco monument on the Right Bank, finally reopened its glamorous department store to the public on June 22. The building, a heritage property, had been sadly neglected before luxury conglomerate LVMH stepped in to fund repairs. No less than French President Emmanuel Macron was present to celebrate its reopening.
And at the other end of the Parisian spectrum, Disneyland Paris debuted at Hotel New York: The Art of Marvel on June 21, four days after the park reopened to visitors. Fans of Black Widow, Captain America, Spider-Man and the rest won’t want to miss the many selfie opportunities dotted throughout the property.

In the Middle East and Africa

Dubai International Airport (DXB) has an in-house Covid test processing laboratory.

Dubai International Airport (DXB) has an in-house Covid test processing laboratory.

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Other signs of progress have appeared in the Middle East and Africa.

Dubai International Airport, one of the busiest hubs in the world, reopened Terminal 1 on June 25. While this may not seem like a big deal, it’s a sign that international flights are ready to return – and, of course, bring travelers with them.

“Dubai’s aviation industry has been at the forefront of a global campaign to restore vital international air services with the opening of non-quarantine travel lanes between the UAE and several countries around the world. “said Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of Dubai airports. , said in a statement.

In other words? This major international hub is ready to transport more people to holiday destinations like Italy, the Maldives and the Seychelles.

Nearby Abu Dhabi, the Emirati capital, also encourages travelers to visit. A big incentive? The city offers free Covid-19 vaccines 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.
The picturesque country of Mauritius in East Africa 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.

And now for something completely different

Now that the world is opening up again, what will you do with your long-awaited vacation? Many resorts are jumping on the “floating breakfast” trend, where you can have breakfast in bed, except your “bed” is actually a private pool and your breakfast is… eh well, always a breakfast.

He looks as good on Instagram as he does in real life.

CNN’s Keith Allen, Josh Campbell, Karla Cripps and Zeena Saifii contributed reporting.


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