Pandemic travel news update: Europe, Anguilla and Abu Dhabi relax restrictions

(CNN) – Now that the world is starting to open up CNN Travel helps you plan for 2021 and beyond with these weekly recaps of travel news.

Come here to learn more about which countries are relaxing entry rules, which attractions are reopening and places which have unfortunately closed due to Covid.


You can almost smell the sunscreen.

After a year of closed borders, the European Union is set to allow entry to vaccinated travelers countries with low infection rates, raising hopes for piazza espressos and Mediterranean troughs this summer.

An approved list of “safe” destinations is due to be approved this week, although there is still no confirmation as to when these changes will be implemented.

Some members of the EU bloc have announced their own easing of restrictions.

the Netherlands welcomes tourists from “safe countries with low risk of Covid-19,Greece allows vaccinated travelers or those who test negative for a Covid-19 PCR test carried out more than 72 hours before arrival, while Iceland, A member state of the European Economic Area, opened its borders to vaccinated travelers in April.

Croatia also welcomes vaccinated travelers, as well as those who present a negative PCR test or proof that they have recovered from the Covid-19 test in the last 180 days, and no less than 11 days before their arrival.

Earlier this month, Cyprus reopened to vaccinated travelers from 65 countries, including the we and the UK, while Portugal began to allow entry of visitors from England, Scotland and Wales after being added to UKthe “green” list of countries where travel without quarantine is authorized.

The EU’s Covid digital certificate – a “vaccine passport” that would facilitate internal movement within the bloc – is expected to come into force on July 1.

MSC Virtuosa departs for a four-day cruise around the British coast.

MSC / Blue Harbor Cruises

Brittany – notoriously more in the EU – on Monday lifted the ban on residents taking holidays abroad. However, its “orange list” of countries is already sowing confusion among travelers and resentment in the travel industry.

In this traffic light system where green means “yes”, red means “no” and amber means “hmm, maybe or maybe not”, there are some around. 170 destinations – including tourist hot spots like France and Greece – where you can travel legally, but the government advises not to do so.

There are deterrents to travelers other than an officially sanctioned “tut tut”. Anyone traveling to an Amber List country will need to take a Covid-19 test on their return, quarantine themselves for 10 days, book and pay for two more tests, and complete a passenger tracing form.

MSC Cruises took off from the English port of Southampton Thursday for a four day jaunt around the British coast.

Sightseeing cruises to the Statue of Liberty will resume this weekend.

Sightseeing cruises to the Statue of Liberty will resume this weekend.

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In the United States, New Jersey reopened on May 17, with capacity restrictions mostly lifted but masks are still required indoors.

In Washington DC, the American Art Museum, the National Portrait Gallery, the Holocaust Museum, and the National Museum of African American History and Culture have all reopened, while the Smithsonian Zoo will welcome visitors from May 21.

new Yorkis legendary Square hotel next to Central Park reopened on May 20, while The peninsula, at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 55th Street, will welcome guests on June 1.
The Circle Line resume sightseeing cruises at the Statue of Liberty and other New York City sites on May 22. The legendary Radio City Music Hall will reopen on June 19, bringing events at full capacity to a maskless audience.

On the West Coast, THEThe Broad Museum is back in business on May 26.

Anguilla is known for its luxury resorts such as Malliouhana, Auberge Resorts Collection.

Anguilla is known for its luxury resorts such as Malliouhana, Auberge Resorts Collection.

Shawn Walters / Malliouhana, Auberge Resorts Collection

The paradise island of the Caribbean Anguilla, dotted with luxury resorts, is open to visitors again on May 25, after a one-month closure due to a Covid cluster.

More in Hong Kong, Art Basel lasts until May 23. The multi-day celebration of modern and contemporary art is the region’s first in-person event since the pandemic.

It could help offset this week’s disappointment when a travel bubble Hong Kong and Singapore has been postponed from its next start date of May 26 due to new cases of Covid in Singapore. No reprogramming date yet.

Look ahead

The crowd draws closer to Glastonbury 2019.

The crowd draws closer to Glastonbury 2019.

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The chain of boutique hotels Nomadic opens its first international outpost on May 25, London‘s Covent Garden. The 92-room hotel is located in the former Bow Street Magistrates Court and Police Station.

Elsewhere in the British capital, the Windmill strip club was once the shady crown jewel of Soho. The neighborhood has been cleaned up for a long time and now the club has had a polish as well – after a £ 10million ($ 14million) overhaul it will reopen in June as a glamorous dining venue. Nude dancers, however, are not on the menu.

From England Glastonbury Festival is one of the oldest and most beloved music festivals in the world. The regular five-day in-person event has been canceled for the second year, but a license has just been granted for a one day festival – called Equinox – to be held in September. Hopefully nude dancers aren’t on the menu here too, but in Glastonbury you never know.
More in Florida, Walt Disney World masks created “optional in the outdoor common areas “last Saturday, and this week came the news that Disneyland Paris will reopen on June 17th.

Days later, Disney’s first hotel with Marvel characters – Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel – will open on June 21.

In the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi will end the mandatory quarantine for international travelers on July 1.

In Paris, the Eiffel Tower – which in happier times welcomed 7 million visitors a year – will reopen on July 16. The number of visitors will be limited to 10,000 per day.

Lockdown hobby of the week

Feel like you’ve wasted 2020 gorging on “Tiger King” and developing a beer and donut habit? Prepare to feel a little more regret.

When English artist Tom Napper got stuck New Zealand During the lockdown, he used the time to make a series of works of art depicting the places he visited on his bike tour across the country.

Said Napper, “I don’t think I’ve been bored once in the past 14 months.”

CNN’s Tamara Hardingham-Gill, Lilit Marcus and Francesca Street contributed to this report.

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