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.

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.

The Great White Way is back in business, but things may not look the same as they did before: Audience members at Broadway shows like “Hadestown” and “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” must provide proof of full vaccination and wear masks for the duration of the performance.

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

Universal Studios Beijing Resort doesn’t open until September 20, but anticipation is already through the roof. A CNN source reports that some preview passes for the first Chinese Universal park were being scalped for hundreds of dollars.

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.

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

Having a mixed COVID-19 vaccine — two shots but with different vaccines — may do more than impede your travel plans. It could hurt your chances of working abroad. 

Several countries don’t recognize people with mixed doses as being fully vaccinated.

That’s the general position in the United States where the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) currently doesn’t condone mixing COVID-19 vaccines. 

Canadians can fly to the U.S. without showing proof of vaccination. However, many cruise lines departing the country have vaccination requirements — which are based on CDC guidelines. 

As a result, some Canadian cruise ship workers say they lost out on jobs because they weren’t considered fully vaccinated due to their mixed vaccines. 

“It was really heartbreaking,” said dancer Rosie Harbans of Toronto who performs in cruise ship shows. “This is how I make my money. This is how I live my life. This is my livelihood.”

Last year, Harbans’ cruise ship contract was cut short after the pandemic forced the cruise industry to shut down in March 2020. 

So she was thrilled to land a job starting next month with a cruise line. But she said her joy — and her job offer — disappeared after the cruise company learned she had mixed COVID-19 doses: one Pfizer and one Moderna.

“I was very, very upset, because I thought that getting a mixed vaccine was the right thing to do,” said Harbans. 

Cruise ship dancer, Rosie Harbans of Toronto said she was heartbroken to discover she couldn’t accept a job on a cruise ship because she has a mixed COVID-19 vaccine. (Yasmin Parodi)

To protect their future employment, CBC News has agreed to not name the cruise line involved in Harbans’ case or in the case of a second cruise ship entertainer interviewed for this story. 

Both said they don’t blame the cruise lines, and that they are speaking out to encourage the Canadian government to push for the acceptance of mixed vaccines internationally. 

“Find a solution,” said Harbans. “Try and do it as quickly as possible for all of the people that took [the government’s] advice in getting a mixed vaccine.”

Since mid-July, the federal government has repeatedly said it’s working with other countries to resolve their differing vaccine policies. But Ottawa has yet to announce any progress on that front. 

No international consensus on mixed vaccines

Millions of Canadians have received mixed COVID-19 vaccines. That’s because in June, Canada updated its guidelines to recommend mixing COVID-19 vaccine doses based on emerging research that found it was both safe and effective.

But there’s currently no international consensus on mixing COVID-19 vaccines. 

For example, according to their government websites, both Ireland and the United Kingdom don’t recognize any combination of mixed COVID-19 vaccines. 

Germany and Trinidad and Tobago only recognize a mix of AstraZeneca and Pfizer or Moderna. The World Health Organization (WHO) takes the same position — with a cautionary note.

“There is currently limited data on the immunogenicity or efficacy of a ‘mix

Canadians longing to return to international travel may be in luck as the European Union (EU) has now added Canada to its list of countries safe for non-essential travel to the region. 

The formal recommendation was made this week that member states gradually lift travel restrictions for Canada, in addition to Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei Darussalam, Jordan, Montenegro, Qatar, Republic of Moldova and Saudi Arabia.

It is up to the EU member states to decide whether they will begin the process of loosening restrictions for travellers from these countries and they can still impose some rules for travellers, including a testing requirement.

“The Council recommendation is not a legally binding instrument,” the release reads

“The authorities of the member states remain responsible for implementing the content of the recommendation. They may, in full transparency, lift only progressively travel restrictions towards countries listed.”

Following this announcement, the European Commission has said that it is working on approval of India’s Covishield AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, currently not approved by the the European Medicines Agency (EMA) or accepted under the EU’s new vaccine passport system. 

As Europe rolls out its Digital COVID Certificate, questions are being raised about whether the 270,000 Canadians who received the Covishield AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine will in fact be able to travel to European countries.

The Canadian government has said that it is working on a digital proof of vaccination system for Canadian travellers, with a fall timeline, while allowing travellers to use the ArriveCAN app to upload a picture of their proof of vaccination for summer travel.

Travellers arrive at Terminal 3 at Pearson Airport in Toronto on Feb. 22, 2021. Experts say Canadians looking to head abroad once border restrictions ease should pay close attention to what their travel insurance will and will not cover.

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Canadians who are eager to be part of the first wave of travellers to head abroad once border restrictions ease should pay close attention to what their travel insurance will and will not cover, experts say.

There may be many exemptions in coverage at the moment since the Canadian government is still advising against non-essential travel to all foreign countries, the Travel Health Insurance Association of Canada said.

In particular, travellers should confirm that their policy covers trip cancellation and COVID-19-related health emergencies, said Will McAleer, executive director of THIA.

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“The key thing to look for is will your policy cover you if there’s a travel advisory to avoid all non-essential travel,” he said.

According to McAleer, most insurance providers will not currently cover trip interruptions that happen before you leave and are a direct impact of the pandemic.

In addition, many providers will likely make changes to how much compensation you’re entitled to for common claims.

He said many insurance providers have lower maximum payout amounts for issues related to COVID-19, and may only pay a small per diem in certain scenarios, rather than a large overall amount.

For example, he said some insurance providers capped per diem payments at around $150 for people who get COVID-19 and incur expenses related to quarantine measures and testing.

One way to maximize what you’re entitled to is by getting vaccinated, McAleer said.

The travel association said some insurance companies are already mandating different maximum payouts for people based on their vaccination status. McAleer said one insurance agency he knows of has a maximum payout of $5 million for a COVID-19 related medical emergency for fully vaccinated clients, compared to only a $1 million payout for those who aren’t.

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Even if you do your due diligence, consumers should expect to have to pay some money out of pocket if their trip is disrupted, said Ian Lee, an associate professor at Carleton University’s Sprott School of Business.

“There’s lots of fine print restrictions,” said Lee.

“Anyone who says, ‘I just want to be completely insured so if I go abroad I don’t lose a penny to get back home,’ I think that’s an expectation that’s not valid.”

He said travellers should be aware that insurance companies can change their policies on a whim, and said those companies need to protect themselves from taking on too much risk.

According to Lee, the top risk facing travellers is the threat of border closures that spark a mad rush to change flights and get back home.

(CNN) — Canada is easing its mandatory two-week quarantine requirement for fully vaccinated nationals and residents arriving in the country after traveling abroad.

From just before midnight on July 5, Canadians and permanent residents who’ve received a full course of a coronavirus vaccine accepted by the government can leave isolation early of if they test negative for Covid on entry.

The move, announced by federal officials on Monday, will bring an end to both the two-week quarantine for nonessential travelers returning to Canada and a hotel quarantine that was imposed several months ago.

The policy changes do not apply to fully vaccinated foreign nationals, including US citizens.

“On both sides of the border we’re proceeding with appropriate caution and care and taking the advice of our public health experts as we begin to ease border measures.

“But clearly we’re not in there yet and we’ve got a lot of work to do and I think it’s another opportunity just encourage Canadians to continue to get those vaccinations,” Bill Blair, Canada’s public security minister, said during a press conference in Ottawa Monday.

In order to avoid going into quarantine, travelers will have to provide proof of full vaccination at least 14 days prior to travel and a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of entering Canada.

All those entering will be required to self-isolate at home until the results of their Covid-19 test comes back negative.

As of Monday, Canada’s Public Health Agency reported that more than 75% of eligible Canadians have received at least one dose of a vaccine and more than 20% of eligible residents were fully vaccinated.

Federal officials called this a “first phase” of reopening given the pace of vaccination in Canada.

The easing of quarantine restrictions does not apply to children who are not yet eligible to receive vaccines, which means those under 12 will still be required to complete the 14-day isolation period at home.

“The research and science obviously indicates that children can get sick with Covid-19 and they can transmit Covid-19 and because vaccines are not authorized for use in children under 12 unfortunately most children will not be vaccinated,” said Patty Hajdu, Canada’s health minister during the press conference.

“And so, the advice from the team of scientists and public health experts is that to protect Canadians from contact with an imported case of Covid-19, that children under 12 do have to quarantine.”

TORONTO – Fully vaccinated Canadian citizens who test negative for the coronavirus will be exempt from two weeks of quarantine when returning to the country as of July 5, officials said Monday.

Canadians and permanent residents who return to Canada will have to be fully vaccinated 14 days or more before arrival to qualify for the exemption.

Officials said those travelers must have two doses of a vaccine approved by Canada, provide a negative coronavirus test from 72 hours before arrival, take a second test upon arrival, and have a quarantine plan if the arrival test comes back positive.

Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said the first phase of easing border measures will continue to restrict entry to Canada for foreign nationals who want to enter for nonessential reasons.

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Transport Minister Omar Alghabra also said a flight ban between Canada and India will remain in place until July 21, but a flight ban with Pakistan will be removed. The flight bans were imposed after an increase in coronavirus cases driven by the highly contagious Delta variant first identified in India.

The government said fully vaccinated Canadian travelers who want to be considered for the exemption from quarantine and reduced testing requirements will be required to provide evidence of their vaccination status by uploading supporting documentation into what’s called the ArriveCAN app or by signing in to a government website.

The government is eliminating the need for fully vaccinated Canadians and permanent residents who are air travelers to spend three days quarantining in an authorized hotel upon arriving in the country.

Canadians who return home now through the land border must quarantine at home or elsewhere for 14 days, and those who arrive by plane must quarantine at a government-mandated hotel for up to three days while they wait for a coronavirus test to come back negative. Air travelers also have quarantine at home or elsewhere after the hotel stay.

Officials have said they would like 75% of eligible Canadian residents to be fully vaccinated before advising that border restrictions be loosened for tourists and business travelers who aren’t citizens or for permanent residents.

The Canadian government expects to have enough vaccine delivered for 80% of eligible Canadians to be fully vaccinated by the end of July.

The border between Canada and the U.S. remains closed to all nonessential travel. The restrictions were announced in March 2020 in the early months of the pandemic and have been extended every month since.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government announced Friday that border restrictions on nonessential travel with the United States have been extended until July 21 as Canada works to get a higher percentage of Canadians fully vaccinated. The move was made in coordination with the U.S. There are growing calls in the U.S. to open the Canada-U.S. border for nonessential travel

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau indicated at a press conference on Friday that Canada is working on a proof of vaccination for Canadians who wish to travel, with the initial phase set to come into effect for summer travel.

Trudeau said that for the initial phase, the federal government is working with the ArriveCAN app to allow individuals to upload a picture of their proof of vaccination so border agent can confirm they are fully vaccinated.

“That is something that we will have in place in the coming weeks so that people can have a few more options, if they’re fully vaccinated, this summer,” the prime minister said.

He added that for the fall, the federal government is working with provinces on a national certification of vaccine status that will be “easily accepted around the world.”

“The provinces, of course, have your health data and your vaccination status, and we want to make sure we’re both protecting privacy and protecting jurisdictions,” Trudeau said.

Earlier on Friday, Bill Blair, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, announced that the restrictions on non-essential travel between the Canada-U.S. border will remain in place until July 21.

“As we said, we are looking forward to getting back to normal as soon as possible, but we’re not out of this pandemic yet,” Trudeau said. 

“At the same time, we also know we have to hit our target of 75 per cent vaccination with the first dose, at least 20 per cent vaccinated with the second dose, before we start loosening things up because even a fully vaccinated individual can pass on COVID-19 to someone who is not vaccinated, and that means we have to really make sure that communities to which they will return are not at risk.”

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The prime minister also spoke about concerns around Canadians who received the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine not being allowed the same access to travel to or participate in events in the U.S., because it is not an FDA-authorized vaccine.

Trudeau confirmed that the issue of different countries having a different list of approved vaccine has come up and the federal government is “engaged in discussions” with the U.S. and countries to “ensure that people who are protected from COVID-19 are able to travel.”

“We hope to be able to resolve those issues in the coming weeks, in time for…loosened restrictions around travel,” the prime minister said.

Canadians believe the U.S. border should open this summer. They also don’t think hotel quarantines and 14-day home quarantines are necessary for travellers with proof of vaccination against COVID-19. And they’re strong in favour of programs that would require travellers to prove they’ve been vaccinated.

A study released by Angus Reid found that only 31% of Canadians believe a three-day stay at a government-approved hotel is necessary for travellers who arrive with proof of vaccination. Forty eight per cent of Canadians said they think quarantining at home for 14 days is a necessary measure for those who can show vaccination proof.


Asked if they thought a 14-day quarantine is needed for folks without vaccination proof, 80% of respondents said yes. Asked if they thought a three-day hotel quarantine was needed for travellers without proof of vaccination, only 52% said yes.

The study also indicated a softening of Canadian attitudes toward the U.S. border. The survey, which took place before the government announced the border closure would be extended to June 21, found that 52% of Canadians felt the border should open to non-essential travel until after May 21 or “until summer.” Twenty seven per cent of those surveyed said the border should stay closed until “closer to fall,” while 21% of Canadians said to keep the border closed until the end of 2021.

Those numbers take a sharp turn if travellers are asked the questions, instead of ordinary Canadians who might not travel much. Among folks who took six or more trips out of the country between January 2018 and January 2020, 64% said the border should open in May or in summer, while 23% said to keep it closed until fall and 12% voiced support for a closure until the end of the year.

Angus Reid also found very solid support for vaccination certificates in Canada. Asked if such certificates should be mandatory for Canadians travelling internationally (excluding the U.S.), a remarkable 79% of those surveyed said “yes,” while just 18% said no. Asked if such a program should be mandatory for travel to the U.S. 76% said yes and 21% said no.

Asked if proof of vaccination should be required for people to attend a large public event such as a concert, 69% of Canadians said “yes” and 29% said “no.”

Asked if such a ceritificate should be mandatory for public places in the community, such as restaurants, movie theatres, churches and malls, 55% said “yes” and 41% said “no.”

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Canadians are among the most anxious people in the world when it comes to taking a vacation right now. We also strongly endorse closed borders and the idea of vaccine passports for international visitors.

An April study by Ipsos found that 82% of Canadians perceive either a large or moderate risk by taking a vacation. Fifty four per cent said a holiday would present a large risk, while 28% said it’s a moderate risk.


That’s the second highest rate for any country in the world. The only country that registered a higher number was Mexico, where 87% of those surveyed said taking a vacation is risky.

In the U.., only 59% of respondents said taking a vacation is risky right now, with 24% identifying it as a large risk and 35% as a moderate risk.

The study also found that Canadians support border closures more than residents of any other country. A full 86% of Canadians said they strongly or somewhat support closing the border to anyone from another country, while 76% said they support the idea of closing the border to anyone from another province, state or region.

For the U.S. those numbers were 59% and 41%.

Ipsos also asked residents of various countries about their willingness to get vaccinated. In Canada, 78% of respondents said they strongly agree with the idea (53%) or somewhat agree (25%). Twelve per cent of Canadians said they somewhat disagree with the idea, while 10% said they strongly disagree.

The numbers were almost identical for the UK. In the U.S., however, only 23% of respondents said they strongly agree with the idea of an inoculation, while another 23% said they somewhat agree. Nineteen per cent said they somewhat disagree, while a whopping 35% said they strongly disagree.

The polling company also asked respondents whether all travellers entering their country should be required to have a vaccine passport or similar health data certificates. Around the world, the average was 78% in the “yes” column, with 52% in strong agreement and 26% saying they somewhat agree. For Canada, 56% said they strongly agree and 21% said they somewhat agree.

Asked whether large public venues such as stadiums or concert halls should require a vaccine passport, 68% of folks around the world said they agreed (38% strongly agreed and 30% said they somewhat agreed). For Canada, 35% said they strongly agree and 30% said they somewhat agree.

Asked about the risk of dining in at a restaurant, 30% of Canadians said it’s a large risk, while 37% said it’s moderately risky. For the U.S., only 17% said it’s a large risk, while 37% said it’s a moderate risk.

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