The rest of the world, though, might be wishing that travel could return to the way it was before the pandemic took hold.
Until it does, here’s what you need to know about tourism industry news, international reopenings and more.
1. Broadway is back
The cast of “Hadestown” celebrated their first post-shutdown performance on September 2.
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New York City has continued its road to reopening, but the big news was tempered when Hurricane Ida hit, flooding subways, streets and homes across the city.
Many shows are opting to condense or shorten their run times to avoid having intermissions as well.
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 that goes for the waterways, too
Manhattan’s cruise ship terminal, which is on the Hudson River, will reopen in late September.
Norwegian Cruise Line and Crystal Cruises are reportedly vying to have the honor of being the first line to return to the New York City 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 the Beijing park. In addition to rides, there’s a Mr. Ping’s Noodle House that looks just like the one from the movies.
While China’s borders are almost entirely closed to travelers, within the country tourism is mostly open.
4. CDC advises against going to Saint Lucia and Switzerland
Oman shares land borders with Saudi Arabia. Yemen and the United Arab Emirates.
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In its latest round of travel advisories, the CDC has updated its Covid risk lists once again. Seven new destinations, including Saint Lucia, Puerto Rico and Switzerland, were added to the level four “very high risk” category.
While the designation is not a ban, the CDC advises that anyone traveling to a level four spot be fully vaccinated first.
And speaking of Oman…
5. Oman is now welcoming travelers
The Gulf nation has reopened its land, air and sea borders to vaccinated travelers as of September 1. Visitors must be at least 14 days past their second dose of an approved vaccine (or the sole dose, if they got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine) and be from a country that allows Omani visas on arrival.
Travelers must register for the Tarassud+ app ahead of their trip.
Visitors who arrive with a negative Covid-19 test in hand (within the past 72 hours for short-haul flights and 96 hours for long-hauls) will not have to quarantine on arrival.
6. Singapore charts its new way forward
The light show has returned to Singapore’s famous Gardens by 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. That begins with the opening of quarantine-free travel lanes with Germany and Brunei and will likely include similar agreements with other countries in the months to come.
That’s great news for Singapore’s tourism industry, which has been battered by the border closure. Restaurant owners have been some of the hardest hit as local lockdowns also meant locals couldn’t dine in, either.
7. Canada greets US tourists coming by car
American Rebecca Soffer and her family attend a Toronto Blue Jays game.
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As of August 9, Canada has allowed its southern neighbors to come to the Great White North by land (instead of only via air).
For Massachusetts resident Rebecca Soffer, who has two young unvaccinated children, that made a family vacation to Canada something she felt comfortable doing during the pandemic.
Still, amid the optimistic news one major question remains — why can’t Canadians drive to the US?
8. Europe cools on US tourists
Prospects of European escapes for Americans have begun to fade with the summer. This week the EU dropped the United States from its list of safe countries and advised its member states to restrict nonessential from from the US due to a surge in Covid cases.
So far the nonbinding directive has yet to be adopted by most of Europe’s major travel destinations, but Sweden and the Netherlands have both announced new limits on arrivals.
9. Will a replica 18th century ship be the new cool way to travel?
If slow travel is poised to make a post-pandemic comeback, then what’s more leisurely than a seven-month sail around the globe?
The Götheborg II, a 1:1 replica of an 18th century trading ship, is now in Stockholm’s harbor.
Over seven months, the ship will call at ports around the world, including Lisbon, Alexandria, and Muscat (yep, there’s Oman again) before completing its journey in Shanghai.
10. Qantas announces the return of international flights
Although Australia’s borders remain closed to nearly all international travelers, its national carrier is feeling cautiously optimistic.
CNN’s Marnie Hunter, Maureen O’Hare, Barry Neild, Kristen Rogers and Rebecca Soffer contributed reporting.
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