Pandemic travel news update: Australia partial lockdown, Americans warned against Japan


(CNN) – The sunscreen has expired? Suitcase picking up spider webs? Do not be afraid.

As the world slowly begins to open up again CNN Travel is here to help you plan for 2021 and beyond with these weekly travel news summaries.

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


At the start of the pandemic in 2020, cruise ships were at the heart of Storm Covid. Ports closed to ships infected with the virus and cases on board have increased.

The multibillion dollar industry is showing signs of recovery, however.

Celebrity edge is about to be the first major cruise ship from the United States in more than a year as restrictions related to Covid-19 continue to ease in the country.

The ship, which is part of the Celebrity Cruises line, has been cleared to sail from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with paying passengers in June 2021. Royal Caribbean, Celebrity’s sister company, recently announced plans to host its first test cruise with volunteers in June.

A sunny day at Sa Conca beach on the Spanish Costa Brava in March 2021.

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the European Union agreed last week to allow entry of vaccinated travelers from countries with low infection rates, although the “safe” list is evolving.

However, members of the EU bloc have also announced their own easing of restrictions.

Spain will open to vaccinated travelers outside the EU on June 7 and France should do the same on June 9.

the Netherlands welcomes tourists from “safe countries at low risk of Covid-19”, Greece allows vaccinated travelers or those with a negative result from a Covid-19 PCR test performed 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 Covid-19 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 travel within the bloc – is expected to come into effect on July 1.

Little Island is a new free public park on the Hudson River.

Little Island is a new free public park on the Hudson River.

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In addition to all the recent re-openings, there are also many new attractions opening around the world.

ADI Design Museum, retracing the history of Italian design, opened in Italythe most elegant city in Milan.
A new magic museum inspired by the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen and designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma will open the birthplace of the writer of Ortense, Denmark, June 30.
And with the return to retail open in London, legendary department store Harrod’s can finally show off its brand new food hall entirely dedicated to chocolate. He sells what would be the most expensive chocolate bar in the world: a sweet treat from organic cocoa specialist To’ak that costs £ 350 (around $ 500).
meanwhile at new York, the most recent park in the city, Small island – built on pillars in the Hudson River – is finally open, having been delayed by the pandemic.


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A masked guard walks past the Olympic rings in Tokyo in May 2021.

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the Tokyo Olympics, postponed to 2020 during the first days of the Covid-19 pandemic, is expected to run from July 23 to August 8 – but Covid cases have recently increased in Japan.

Australia has been one of the global success stories in terms of dealing with the pandemic, but is currently enjoying a taste of lockdown life due to a week-long Covid shutdown in Victoria.

Concerns about the presence of the Indian variant Covid-19 in Britain is developing in some European countries. Austria banned direct flights to the UK from June 1 to 20, while Germany currently only allows entry into the UK for German citizens and residents and a few other exceptional cases. France also banned non-essential travel from the UK, from May 31, and imposed a seven-day quarantine on UK visitors.

Look ahead

On the West Coast of the United States, Disneyland’s Avengers Campus, a new land in Disney California Adventure Park, opens June 4.

Disneyland and Californian adventure the parks will begin welcoming out-of-state guests on June 15.

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.

And 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.

Containment hobby of the week


Suzanne Carter says she spent around £ 5,000 ($ 7,000) on aircraft accessories.

Susanne Carter

The self-proclaimed “avgeeks”, or aviation enthusiasts, have seen their passion for airplanes cruelly reduced by the pandemic.

However, the more resourceful have taken to new hobbies to keep them going over the past 15 months.

CNN Travel spoke to Elliot Sharod, who researched the best flight deals, Adam Longbottom, who learned to fly using a simulator, and Suzanne Carter, who turned her house into an airplane-themed Airbnb.

CNN’s Forrest Brown, Julia Buckley, Michael K. Callahan, Lilit Marcus and Francesca Street contributed to this report.

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