From Angkor Wat to Havana, travel destinations will reopen soon

(CNN) – There are only two months left in 2021, and as we enter November, countries around the world are relaxing their Covid-19 restrictions. Here are 10 destinations that have made pandemic travel news headlines this week.

1. Anguilla: Lonely Planet’s best pick

Cap Juluca de Anguilla, a hotel in Belmond.

Courtesy of Belmond Cap Juluca

Anguilla, a Leeward island in the eastern Caribbean Sea, this week prepared for the winter tourism season by updating its travel requirements, From November. Changes include reducing your testing costs from $ 200 to $ 50 and eliminating the fourth-day Covid-19 testing requirement.

Only pre-approved and fully vaccinated visitors can enjoy its blue waters, luxury resorts, 33 public beaches, and 80-degree temperatures (with exceptions for those under 18 and pregnant women).

Those strict requirements could pay off: On Wednesday, Anguilla was named one of Lonely Planet’s companies. “Best destinations to visit in 2022”, the only Caribbean island to make the cut.

2. Australia: residents can travel again

As of November 1, fully vaccinated Australian citizens and permanent residents will finally be able to travel outside the country without the need for a special exemption.

Two of the country’s states are taking slightly different approaches to ease Covid restrictions.

3. Barbados: The vaccinated will not be quarantined.

The island of Barbados, in the eastern Caribbean, has just elected its first president, Sandra Mason, who will replace Queen Elizabeth II as head of state. He will be sworn in on November 30, which is the 55th anniversary of Barbados’ independence from Great Britain.

If you want to celebrate with the Bajans, December through April is the peak season to visit when the weather is driest. This week, the island removed its quarantine requirement for fully vaccinated travelers, as well as its second mandatory PCR test. Learn more about website.

4. Cambodia: reopening to international travelers

Pre-pandemic, Cambodia it was emerging as one of the most fascinating destinations in Southeast Asia.
Foreign tourists vaccinated soon to be able to visit once more, starting with the beach and party venues of Sihanoukville and Koh Rong Island, as well as the Dara Sakor complex, developed in China, which will reopen on November 30.
However, the country’s biggest attraction is the city of Siem Reap and the legendary Buddhist temple complex of Angkor wat. Foreign visitors will have to wait until January 2022 to explore the archaeological wonder.

5. Cuba: welcome tourists next month

Having vaccinated most of its population with its homegrown vaccines (which are still being reviewed by the World Health Organization), the Caribbean country of Cuba is preparing to open its borders and ease entry requirements for the 15 of November. Reuters reports.

Visitors will only need proof of vaccination or a recent PCR test to enter the country, the news agency says.

6. Easter Island: voted against reopening

The remote Chilean territory of Easter Island, famous for its huge stone head statueshas been closed to visitors since the pandemic began, and residents want it to stay that way.
On October 24, the island’s inhabitants, most of whom are indigenous Rapa Nui, voted against reopening their borders in January 2022, the French news agency reports. RFI, although the final decision rests with the Chilean health authorities on the continent.

7. Iran: borders are open again

Iran is full of spectacular archaeological treasures, no less than 24 UNESCO World Heritage sites and a variety of beautiful mosques.

However, for those who want to make the trip, the Tehran Times reports that the borders are once again open to foreign tourists. More details here.

8. Israel: reopening to vaccinated tourists

A diver has found a four-foot-long sword believed to have belonged to a crusader 900 years ago off the coast of Israel.

Israel’s Ministry of Tourism announced Thursday that the country will welcome individually vaccinated tourists starting November 1. Currently, only organized tour groups can enter Israel. You can find all the details here.
If you are heading there to dive, you might be in luck. Earlier this month, a diver found a 900 year old crossed sword off the Israeli coast.

9. New Zealand: new relaxation measures

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announces that the country will stop eliminating Covid-19, amid a persistent outbreak of the Delta variant, and will instead move to a ‘live with the virus’ strategy.

Like its neighbor Australia, New Zealand is moving away from its zero Covid strategy and preparing to reopen to the world.

Chris Hipkins, New Zealand’s Minister in Charge of Covid-19 Response, announced Thursday that, starting in November, travelers from Pacific countries such as Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu no longer need to quarantine on arrival.

For those travelers from abroad who are fully vaccinated and still need to self-quarantine, the 14-day hotel stay will be shortened to seven days, with a plan to move to a home isolation system for fully vaccinated arrivals later in 2022.

10. United Kingdom: deleted its red list

Only seven countries remain on England’s once plentiful inventory of “red list” destinations: Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Haiti, Panama, Peru and Venezuela, and all are set to be eliminated on November 1 .

This means that anyone from any country will be able to enter England, although they will still be subject to testing or quarantine requirements, depending on their vaccination status.

The rules vary in the other nations of the United Kingdom of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. You can learn more in our UK Covid Travel Guide.

CNN’s Karla Cripps, Jack Guy, Lilit Marcus, Francesca Street and Philip Wang contributed to this report.

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