(CNN) — Fall is almost here, we’re approaching our seventh season of living with a pandemic, and yes, it still sucks.
Never mind, though, as CNN Travel is here as always to sharpen your pencils, straighten your rucksack and get you schooled in our weekly roundup of the latest developments in pandemic travel news.
1. France has banned unvaccinated American travelers
If American tourists want the chance to play beach volleyball in Saint-Malo, France, they’ll need to have their jabs.
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2. And Spain has done the same
Tourists on Palma Beach in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, in June 2021.
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The new rule, which took effect this week, states that visitors from the United States on “nonessential travel,” such as tourism, must show “a vaccination certificate that the (Spanish) Ministry of Health recognizes as valid.”
3. Cuba will start to reopen its borders in November
Cuba is changing faster than ever. See the vintage cars, the musicians and the stunning architecture as soon as you can.
Cuba’s state-run media has announced that the island will begin to reopen borders in November, despite a recent surge in Covid cases.
Cuba has been closed for much of the pandemic, which has hit the local tourism industry hard.
According to Cuba’s Ministry of Health, more than four million people on the island have been fully vaccinated with the island’s home-grown vaccines.
A statement from the Ministry of Tourism that was published on Monday in the Communist-party newspaper Granma said that Cuba will gradually reopen borders starting November 15 and will no longer require travelers to take a PCR test upon arrival.
4. Israel will reopen to small groups of tourists this month
Arrivals at Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport in May 2021.
Fully vaccinated tour groups of between 5 and 30 people from countries on Israel’s green, yellow and orange lists will be allowed to enter the country, the tourism ministry said on September 5.
Individual tourists will still not be allowed to enter outside of a tour group, with exceptions being made for people visiting family members.