Now open: Peru’s Inca Trail, the Galapagos and Phuket
(CNN) – Well folks, July is here and Covid-19 and its variants are still refusing to pack their bags and take a summer break.
This is not an exercise.
In the Empire State, New Yorkers can celebrate the holiday with two Statues of Liberty.
Visitors can finally get back inside the Statue of Liberty itself. Its interior was reopened to the base on Thursday.
The famous monument’s “little sister” leaves Paris for New York City before Independence Day. As a gift from France to America, it will first be exhibited on Ellis Island and then will remain in Washington, DC for 10 years.
Celebrity Edge departed from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on a seven-day voyage with ports of call in Mexico and the Bahamas. We are happy to inform you that there were no queues at the buffet and that there were enough sun loungers available by the pool.
About in Hawaii, the compulsory test for fully vaccinated travelers ends before the trip on July 8th, which coincides with the vaccination rate of the Aloha states of 60%.
Further new rules will come into force on the same day. Indoor gathering sizes can range from 10 to 25 people and restaurants can be up to 75% capacity.
From July 5, fully vaccinated Canadians and permanent residents entering the country after traveling abroad can exit the mandatory two-week quarantine early if they test negative for Covid upon arrival.
Newfoundland and Labrador, the country’s easternmost province, has reopened its borders to other Canadians, so the delights of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Gros Morne National Park and Fogo Island can once again be enjoyed by all citizens of the country.
A marine iguana shivers on the beach at Tortuga Bay in the Galapagos Islands.
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European countries open like the doors of an advent calendar. Two of the newest to join the party are Switzerland and Sweden, both of which opened their borders this week to travelers from the US and other eligible nations.
The EU Digital Covid Certificate was officially introduced on July 1st after it had already been issued on a voluntary basis in several of the EU27 member states.
The ‘vaccine passport’ is a way for EU citizens to prove that they have been vaccinated, recently had a negative PCR test, or have recovered from the coronavirus and should allow people to skip quarantine and testing while in the Move block.
Florence: No loitering at night, please.
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The United Kingdom has added popular European destinations to its “green list” for travel, including Malta, Madeira and the Balearic Islands, as well as destinations in the Atlantic and the Caribbean, including Bermudas, the Cayman Islands, Antigua, Barbuda, Dominica, Barbados and Grenada.
This means UK vacationers no longer need to self-isolate when returning from these locations, but – as always – the list is subject to change.
Middle East and Africa
Phuket’s Karon Beach the day before the start of the Phuket Sandbox tourism program.
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The “Phuket Sandbox” program is necessary to revive 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 battle its third and worst wave of Covid-19 since the pandemic began. On Thursday, Thailand reported a record 57 Covid-19 deaths and 5,533 new cases, mostly in Bangkok.
The recent Covid outbreaks have put 10 million Australians in lockdown and now, starting July 14, the country will cut international arrivals in half to just over 3,000 a week. The new measure should apply at least until the end of the year.
Warning story of the week
“Unbelievable, we saw two men sunbathing naked on a beach on the south coast,” New South Wales Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said in a press conference on Monday.
“They were frightened by a deer, ran into the national park and got lost. Not only did they need help from the State Emergency Service (SES) and the police to rescue them, they both got a ticket.”
Forrest Brown, Karla Cripps, Marnie Hunter, Lilit Marcus, Kocha Olarn, Lorraine Poupon, Angus Watson and Xiaofei Xu from CNN contributed to this story.