Americans can now travel to Canada by car, but Canadians cannot do the reverse
The rest of the world, however, may wish that travel was back to the way it was before the pandemic.
In the meantime, here’s what you need to know about travel industry news, international re-openings, and more.
1. Broadway is back
The cast of “Hadestown” celebrated their first performance after the shutdown on September 2.
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New York City continued on its way to reopening, but the big news was tempered when Hurricane Ida struck, inundating the city’s subways, streets and homes.
Many shows choose to condense or shorten their airtime to also avoid intermissions.
Another sign that the city is waking up? The iconic red and white TKTS line, where theatergoers can stand in Times Square to score last-minute Broadway and off-Broadway tickets, will reopen on September 14 at 3 p.m.
2. … and this also applies to watercourses
The Manhattan cruise ship terminal, which sits on the Hudson River, will reopen in late September.
Norwegian Cruise Line and Crystal Cruises are said to be vying for the honor of being the first line to return to the New York terminal.
3. Universal has landed in China
Some of Universal’s most popular attractions, like the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Minion Land, and Transformers Metrobase are here, and there’s also a Kung Fu Panda Land of Awesomeness that’s exclusive to Beijing Park. In addition to the rides, there is a Mr. Ping’s noodle house that looks like the one in the movies.
While China’s borders are almost entirely closed to travelers, tourism within the country is mostly open.
4. CDC advises against going to Saint Lucia and Switzerland
Oman shares land borders with Saudi Arabia. Yemen and United Arab Emirates.
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In its latest round of travel advisories, the CDC has again updated its Covid risk lists. Seven new destinations, including Saint Lucia, Puerto Rico and Switzerland, have been added to the level four “very high risk” category.
While the designation is not a ban, the CDC advises anyone traveling to a level four point to be fully vaccinated first.
And speaking of Oman …
5. Oman now welcomes travelers
The Gulf country reopened its land, air and sea borders to vaccinated travelers as of September 1. Visitors must be at least 14 days after their second dose of an approved vaccine (or the only dose, if they have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine) and be from a country that allows Omani visas on arrival .
Travelers must register for the Tarassud + app before their trip.
Visitors who arrive with a negative Covid-19 test in hand (in the past 72 hours for short-haul flights and 96 hours for long-haul) will not have to self-quarantine upon arrival.
6. Singapore charts its new course
The light show is back in Singapore’s famous gardens near the Bay Supertree Grove.
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Singapore passed the milestone of vaccinating 80% of its population this week. The country has announced that it will pursue a strategy to live with Covid, instead of trying to aim for zero cases. It starts with opening up non-quarantine traffic lanes with Germany and Brunei and will likely include similar deals with other countries in the coming months.
This is great news for Singapore’s tourism industry, which has been affected by the border closure. Restaurant owners were among the hardest hit, as local closures also meant locals couldn’t dine either.
7. Canada Welcomes American Tourists Coming by Car
American Rebecca Soffer and her family attend a Toronto Blue Jays game.
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Since August 9, Canada has allowed its southern neighbors to travel to the Great White North by land (instead of just by air).
For Massachusetts resident Rebecca Soffer, who has two unvaccinated young children, it made a family vacation to Canada something she felt comfortable doing during the pandemic.
Yet amid the optimistic news, a major question remains: why can’t Canadians drive to the United States?
8. Europe cools down on American tourists
The prospect of European escape for Americans began to fade with the summer. This week, the EU removed the United States from its list of safe countries and advised its member states to restrict non-essential imports from the United States due to an increase in Covid cases.
So far, the non-binding directive has yet to be adopted by most major travel destinations in Europe, but Sweden and the Netherlands have both announced new limits on arrivals.
9. Will an 18th century replica ship be the cool new way to travel?
If slow travel is about to make a post-pandemic return, then what could be quieter than seven months sailing around the world?
The Götheborg II, a 1: 1 replica of an 18th century merchant ship, can now be found in the port of Stockholm.
For seven months, the ship will call at ports around the world, including Lisbon, Alexandria and Muscat (yes, there is still Oman) before ending its voyage in Shanghai.
10. Qantas announces the return of international flights
Although Australia’s borders remain closed to almost all international travelers, its domestic carrier is feeling cautiously optimistic.
CNN’s Marnie Hunter, Maureen O’Hare, Barry Neild, Kristen Rogers and Rebecca Soffer contributed reporting.