From the Bahamas to the Leaning Tower of Pisa … What country opens its doors to tourists today in the shadow of Corona?


Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – It was not an easy year to follow travel news due to the closure of some destinations and the opening of others with the introduction of constantly changing directions. However, there was a lot more to keep an eye out for CNN Travel.

And as the world begins to open up, we will share what we know with you on these new weekly rides.

Below, learn about attractions that open their doors to tourists and destinations that relax entry rules.

 What countries open their doors to tourists today?
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French Polynesia reopens its borders to tourists from the United States on May 1, allowing some travelers once again to enjoy beach holidays in Tahiti and Bora Bora.

Travelers must be in the United States for at least 30 days prior to departure. And travelers who have been vaccinated can bypass the quarantine for 10 days.

In New York, Broadway tickets were sold Thursday for shows that begin on September 14, giving new hope to the city’s theater industry, where the number of workers who are not currently employed reaches 100,000.

The Walt Disney World Resort, in Florida, announced that it will gradually stop checking site temperatures for cast members beginning May 8 and for guests on May 16.

Meanwhile, the Bahamas has begun to admit travelers who have been fully vaccinated, without the need to show evidence of a negative coronavirus test.

And in the US cruise world, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released pilot cruise guidelines, which could allow operators to start simulated cruises with volunteer passengers.

Starting May 1, it is possible to visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa and return to your favorite museums of the building.

The Colosseum was closed to visitors due to the Coronavirus, but it was recently reopened to visitors on April 26. Elsewhere in Europe, Greek cafes and restaurants reopened on Monday.

The Oktoberfest, Germany’s annual celebration of beer, has been canceled for the second year in a row.

What countries open their doors to tourists today?
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A competing Oktoberfest is held in Dubai during the month of October, to coincide with the postponement of the World Expo, but it sparked anger in Germany.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Labor and Economic Affairs in Munich, which is organizing the event, confirmed in a statement that “the Oktoberfest has its origin in Munich and is held exclusively in Munich.”

In the Asia-Pacific region, the doors to travel between New Zealand and the Cook Islands will finally open after months of planning.

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The European Union will likely open by the end of June to fully vaccinated vacationers from countries with low rates of COVID-19 infection, under a plan unveiled on Monday.

Two of New York’s most legendary hotels will open soon.

The Plaza Hotel, which is inspired by the French Renaissance, is scheduled to reopen on 20 May, while the Peninsula will welcome its guests on the first of June.


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