(CNN) — It’s not been an easy year running a travel news desk. Openings, closings, ever-changing guidance — there’s been a lot for CNN Travel to monitor.
What it has made us, however, is Covid travel experts. Now that the world is starting to open back up, we’ll be sharing our knowledge with you through these new weekly round-ups.
Come here to learn about the attractions opening their doors, the destinations relaxing entry rules, and the places where Covid spikes have forced authorities to pull down shutters.
Sunkissed paradise islands your thing? Then the good news is that French Polynesia reopened its borders to tourists arriving from the United States on May 1, allowing some travelers to once again enjoy beach getaways in Tahiti and Bora Bora.
Travelers must have been in the United States for at least 30 days prior to departure. Vaccinated travelers and those with proof of immunity can bypass the 10-day quarantine.
The bad new is, of course, that it’s French Polynesia — right in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, which means it isn’t exactly handy for a weekend break.
Broadway is set to light up again in September 2021.
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In New York, Broadway tickets went on sale Thursday for shows starting September 14, giving fresh hope to the city’s theater industry where an estimated 100,000 workers are currently out of jobs. No word yet on how long the wait is for “Hamilton.”
Another sign that the Big Apple is getting back to being the city that never sleeps is the return of the 24-hour subway service on May 17, which will coincide with the lifting of New York’s midnight curfew on outdoor drinking and dining.
Down in Florida, meanwhile, Walt Disney World Resort announced that it’ll be phasing out on-site temperature screenings for cast members starting May 8 and for guests on May 16.
A little further east, Bermuda has lifted its Stay at Home order and the island is now open with temporary restrictions in place, including an 8 p.m. curfew.
The Bahamas, meanwhile has begun letting in fully vaccinated travelers without needing to show proof of a negative Covid test.
Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus” is one of the big-hitters visitors can now see again at the Uffizi.
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International tourism hasn’t returned to Italy yet, but it was still a good week in traveler’s favorite Tuscany, as two major attractions reopened.
Florence’s Uffizi Gallery swung back into action on May 4 with a revamped second floor, featuring 14 new rooms and 129 works of art newly on display.
Meanwhile in Pisa, the Leaning Tower has been available throughout the pandemic as a backdrop for hilarious socially distanced photo opportunities — “hey guys, what if we pretend we’re pushing it back up?” — but as of May 1, it’s possible to get back inside the monument and museums of the world’s favorite wonky building.
Further south, the news out of Rome