(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.

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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However, the caution is reciprocated. France was added to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s highest-category risk list — “Level 4: Covid-19 very high” — back on August 9, meaning US citizens are already advised to avoid nonessential travel there.

2. And Spain has done the same

Tourists on Palma Beach in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, in June 2021.

Tourists on Palma Beach in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, in June 2021.

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In a change from policy earlier this summer, Spain is allowing tourists from the United States only if they are fully vaccinated, the health ministry told CNN on Tuesday.

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.”

Like France, Spain is on CDC’s highest-risk Level 4.

3. Cuba will start to reopen its borders in November

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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.

Arrivals at Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport in May 2021.

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An Israeli pilot program to kick-start tourism will allow small foreign tour groups from selected countries, reports Reuters.

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.

5. The Vietnamese island of Phu Quoc will reopen next month

Vietnam has taken a tough line with its Covid restrictions — this week a man was jailed for five years for spreading the virus — but there are still plans to revive its tourism industry.

France is joining the list of European travel destinations tightening restrictions on U.S. tourists as COVID-19 cases surge due to the delta variant.

Beginning Sunday, Sept. 12, only vaccinated visitors will be allowed to visit for vacation, the French embassy confirmed Friday. Non-vaccinated travelers can only visit for essential reasons and need a negative COVID-19 test. They also must isolate for seven days upon arrival. Currently, unvaccinated tourists just need to show a negative COVID test to enter France.

The moves come after the European Union’s decision on Aug. 30 to remove the United States from its list of safe countries due to a spike in COVID-19 cases, essentially recommending a ban of nonessential travel such as vacations. It is only a recommendation, with individual countries setting their own travel policies.

France already requires vaccination proof or a COVID test to visit restaurants and ride on trains as well as to visit popular tourist destinations including museums and the Eiffel Tower.

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The NetherlandsSpain and Denmark are also banning unvaccinated U.S. tourists and Italy has added entry requirements, even for those who are vaccinated.

The new restrictions add up to another confusing maze of entry requirements for travelers planning fall visits to Europe.

Local tourists planning to visit Langkawi under the much-anticipated tourism bubble will need to use the services of travel agencies, said Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri.

The Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister said this requirement applies to fully vaccinated tourists who plan to travel by land.

“They will need to at least use the transport services provided by travel agencies from their respective starting destination to the jetty in Langkawi,” Nancy said during a press conference.

She added that travel agencies will help tourists to apply for permit from police to travel to Langkawi.

Meanwhile, those who are travelling by flight or from the neighbouring states of Kedah and Perlis don’t need to go through travel agencies. Travellers, however, will still be required to apply for permit from police.

“We urge people who want to travel to Langkawi to comply with the SOPs that have been set to ensure that the tourism bubble pilot project is successful,” she said.

Nancy also announced that the island will be opened to domestic tourists from all states, including those under Phase 1 of the National Recovery Plan (NRP).

However, those in localities under the enhanced movement control order will not be allowed to travel under the tourism bubble pilot project.

Most tourism activities will be allowed to resume under the tourism bubble pilot project in Langkawi. These include hotel stays, recreational and cultural activities.

The full list of SOP is available at motac.gov.my.

Madrid (CNN) — The grip of the Delta variant of Covid-19 on the United States and the world continues to have travel ramifications as the summer travel season winds down.

Spain is the latest nation to tighten access to its borders.

In a change from policy earlier this summer , Spain is allowing tourists from the United States only if they are fully vaccinated, the health ministry told CNN on Tuesday.

The new rule took effect this week.

It states that visitors from the United States on so-called “nonessential travel,” such as tourism, must show “a vaccination certificate that the (Spanish) Ministry of Health recognizes as valid.”

The change affects US citizens and other third-country nationals traveling from the United States to Spain for tourism, the health ministry told CNN.

Following EU recommendations

The change came after the European Union last week removed the United States from a list of about 20 non-EU countries that are exempt from the “nonessential travel” rule.

The recommendation is nonbinding. But Spain, an EU member, adopted the change, stating it was for “public health reasons due to Covid-19.”

The US Embassy in Madrid tweeted about the new rule, saying that “US travelers to Spain for nonessential purposes (including tourism) will be required to show proof of vaccination.”

Spain has other exemptions for US citizens, such as working diplomats or others who reside in Spain. They can still enter the country just by showing a negative result from a PCR or antigen test or a certificate of recovery from Covid-19, the health ministry said.

But tourists now must come fully vaccinated.

Other recent actions in Europe

A picture taken on September 14, 2020 shows the Ponte Vecchio bridge (Old Bridge) a medieval stone closed-spandrel segmental arch bridge over the Arno River, in Florence. (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA / AFP) (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP via Getty Images)

US tourists wanting to see the Ponte Vecchio, the famed medieval arch bridge in Florence, now have to follow Italy’s stricter travel measures to enter.

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On September 4, the Netherlands started requiring that US visitors be fully vaccinated, and it still imposes a quarantine.

Italy, one of the first European countries to open its borders earlier this year, has also introduced new measures affecting arrivals from all destinations, including the United States. On August 31, it began requiring all visitors to have a negative results from a PCR or antigen Covid test taken within 72 hours of travel, regardless of whether they are vaccinated.

And Sweden has decided not to allow US tourists to visit at all, even if they are fully vaccinated.

CDC warnings

Meanwhile, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning travelers away from Spain and some of its European neighbors during this Delta variant spike.

The CDC posts an evolving list of travel notices on Covid-19 risk that ranges from Level 1 (“low”) to Level 4 (“very high”).

Destinations that fall into the “Covid-19 Very High” Level 4 category have had more than 500 cases per 100,000 residents in the past 28 days, according to CDC criteria. The CDC advises to “avoid travel to these destinations. If you must travel to these destinations, make sure you are fully vaccinated before travel.”

(CNN) — The prospect of European travel for Americans has begun to diminish once more as countries adopt new measures in response to a recent surge in US Covid cases.

Earlier this week, the European Union announced it was dropping the United States from its safe list, advising its 27 member states to reconsider allowing entry to nonessential US travelers.

Many prime tourist destinations that welcomed back much-needed visitors from the United States earlier this year, have so far chosen to ignore the non-binding EU advice. Italy, the Netherlands and Sweden have become the first to impose new rules.

Beginning on September 4, the Netherlands says the United States will be designated a “high risk area,” joining Israel, Kosovo, Lebanon, Montenegro and North Macedonia as fresh additions to this list, according to a government website.

While travelers from these and other high-risk countries will be allowed entry if fully vaccinated, they must still quarantine for 10 days. And as of September 6, they must also produce a negative Covid test.

Sweden, which had previously exempted US travelers from a ban on almost all non-EU arrivals, has also removed the country from its approved list, alongside Israel, Kosovo, Lebanon, Montenegro and North Macedonia.

Pandemic-battered tourism industry

The country said in a press release the measure would apply to all nonessential arrivals, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, although those with Swedish resident permits who can produce recent negative tests could be exempted.

It added Swedish authorities were considering whether to allow fully-vaccinated arrivals from certain counties and would “return to this issue at a later date.”

Italy, which was one of the first European countries to open its borders earlier this year, has also introduced new measures affecting arrivals from all destinations, including the US.

On August 31, it began requiring all visitors to show proof of a PCR or antigen Covid test taken within 72 hours of travel, regardless of whether they are vaccinated.

Those travelers who are not vaccinated or have proof of recovering from Covid must quarantine for five days on arrival and take a swab test, according to Italy’s Ministry of Health.

It’s unclear yet whether other European countries, many of whom have been banking on an influx of US visitor dollars to help revive their pandemic-battered tourist economies, will also revise rules.

Covid cases have been rising sharply in the United States throughout July and September, with the disease’s Delta variant blamed for many new cases.

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Livia Borghese and Nada Bashir contributed to this story

KUALA LUMPUR (BLOOMBERG) – Malaysia plans to reopen the tourist haven of Langkawi islands as it renews efforts to rebuild parts of the economy worst hit by the pandemic.

Langkawi, in the state of Kedah, will open to locals under a travel bubble plan from Sept 16, Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob said in a statement on Thursday (Sept 2). Other destinations will be allowed to operate when the locality’s vaccination rate hits 80 per cent, he said.

Malaysia is preparing for life with Covid-19 even as daily cases remain elevated, mirroring Thailand’s tourism-reopening plan based on a pilot project in the popular resort island of Phuket.

Covid-19 will be treated as endemic and it is time for Malaysians to learn to live with the virus, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said at a briefing on Wednesday.

New infections have soared despite the containment measures, hitting a record 24,599 in a single day late last month and turning the country into South-east Asia’s Covid-19 hot spot. The nation added 20,988 cases on Thursday.

Still, the virus’ effective reproduction rate, or R-naught, has fallen below 1 nationwide for the first time in few months, Ismail Sabri said, amid an increase in vaccination.

More than 84 per cent of the adult population has received at least one dose, and 64 per cent has been fully inoculated, according to the health ministry.

Based on projected data, the average vaccination rate among adults in each state is expected to reach 80 per cent by month-end, and 100 per cent by end of October, Ismail Sabri said.

“Eventually we have to live with Covid-19 as is the case around the world,” he said.

Meantime, Melaka state will move into the second phase, and Negeri Sembilan into the third stage of the national recovery plan from Saturday after meeting the threshold limits in reducing Covid-19 infections, the prime minister said.

The decision was made by the National Security Council, which will now be renamed as the Special Committee on Pandemic Management, he said. The committee will include representatives from opposition parties as well.

Italy added testing and self-isolation requirements for American travelers on the heels of the European Union removing the USA from its safe travel list.

Though the most dramatic policy changes affect unvaccinated travelers – who are still welcome to enter the country, so long as they take the time to self-isolate – vaccinated travelers will have to jump through additional hoops of new testing requirements.

All travelers who have been in the USA in the past 14 days are subject to Italy’s heightened protocols before entry. All travelers, regardless of vaccination status, must:

  1. Take a molecular or antigenic swab coronavirus test and get a negative result within 72 hours before arrival. Children under 6 are exempt. 
  2. Fill out a digital passenger locator form, which aids contact tracing efforts if a traveler is exposed to COVID-19 during a trip. 

Unvaccinated people must self-isolate for five days and get tested again after that period. According to the U.S. Embassy‘s website, antigen tests in Italy cost about $25, and PCR tests cost about $75.

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Before Italy’s newest entry mandates, all U.S. travelers were required to submit a passenger locator form and show proof of vaccination, proof of recovery or a recent negative coronavirus test. 

Travelers who want access to archaeological sites, theaters and the indoor sections of restaurants, bars and cafes must show a “Green Pass” that shows proof of vaccination, proof of recent recovery or negative results from a coronavirus test within the past 48 hours.

Monday, the EU said it no longer recommends its 27 member states ease restrictions on nonessential travel for all Americans as COVID-19 cases spike. The USA averages more than 150,000 new cases per day. Nearly 63% of the adult population in the USA is vaccinated; 70% of the adult population in the EU is fully vaccinated.

Other countries, both within the EU and outside the bloc, have announced additional travel restrictions in recent weeks. 

Earlier this month, Germany added the U.S. to its “high-risk” area list, which means travelers who have recently spent time in the U.S. need to be fully vaccinated or demonstrate an “important reason” for entering. Those who are unvaccinated or unable to show proof of recovery will need to self-isolate for at least five days upon arrival.  

The Turks and Caicos Islands announced that it will require all visitors 16 and older to be fully vaccinated, starting Sept. 1. 

Other countries – including France and Greece – are limiting access to certain venues to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Greece is limiting certain indoor venues to those who are vaccinated or have a certificate verifying they have recovered from COVID-19 in the past six months, while France is requiring proof of vaccination or recovery or a negative coronavirus test to enter restaurants and cafes.

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EU drops US from covid safe travel list but what exactly does this mean for American tourists who wish to visit Italy?

‘Can I still travel to Italy from the US?’

This is the question on the minds of many American tourists after the European Union dropped the US from its safe travel list due to rising covid-19 infections there, driven by the Delta variant of the virus.

The EU recommended on Monday that travel restrictions on tourists from the United States be reinstated, just months after US travellers were allowed to re-enter the EU at the start of the summer tourism season.

So what does this mean for US travellers who plan to visit the EU?

The EU recommendation is non-binding, meaning that the 27 member states each retain the option of allowing entry to fully-vaccinated visitors for non-essential travel.

However unvaccinated tourists are likely to face tighter controls such as covid testing and quarantine or they may even be barred from travelling entirely.

The EU Council stated that its non-binding travel guidance is issued “without prejudice to the possibility for member states to lift the temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the EU for fully vaccinated travellers”, and that the list “will continue to be reviewed regularly and, as the case may be, updated.”

The move coincides with Italy scrapping a mandatory five-day quarantine for fully-vaccinated travellers from the UK, who show a negative covid test, with effect from 31 August.

EU white list

In addition to the US, five other countries were removed from the EU covid “white list” of places whose tourists should be permitted entry without travel restrictions: Israel, Kosovo, Lebanon, Montenegro, and the Republic of North Macedonia.

The EU white list now includes: Albania, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Japan, Jordan, New Zealand, Qatar, Republic of Moldova, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Ukraine, and China (subject to confirmation of reciprocity).

Italy travel and covid-19 information

For updated information about travel to Italy see the website of the Italian ministry of foreign affairs while for updates on the covid-19 situation in Italy see the health ministry website.

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(CNN) — Since March 2020, would-be travelers have experienced more turbulence on the ground than in the air. As always, though, CNN Travel are your attendants on hand to guide you through the safety instructions and point our your nearest exits.

1. Bahamas, Sint Maarten and more have been added to US ‘do not travel’ list

The CDC now advises Americans to not plan Bahamas vacations.

The CDC now advises Americans to not plan Bahamas vacations.

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The Bahamas and Morocco are now among the highest-risk destinations for travelers, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s regularly revised travel advisories list.

They moved to the top tier on August 23, along with Sint Maarten, Haiti, Kosovo and Lebanon. The recommendation for these destinations is to avoid all nonessential travel.

2. Seven new destinations have been added to the UK’s ‘green list’

Canada, including Niagara Falls, has been added to the UK's "green list."

Canada, including Niagara Falls, has been added to the UK’s “green list.”

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Canada, Denmark, Finland, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Lithuania and the Azores are all new additions to the UK’s travel “green list.” This means that UK visitors who want to go there have to take a pre-departure test, as well as a PCR test on or before day two of their arrival back in the UK. They don’t need to quarantine.

Thailand and Montenegro have moved to the UK’s “do not travel” red list.

3. Denmark will lift all Covid restrictions on September 10

H.C. Andersen's House opens on June 30th 2021 in Odense, Denmark

A Hans Christian Andersen museum opened in his hometown of Odense, Denmark, in June 2021.

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Denmark is in the top 10 of the world’s most vaccinated countries, and it’s marking this pandemic success by lifting all of its remaining Covid restrictions on September 10.

Minister of Health Magnus Heunicke said in a statement Friday that “even though we are in a good place right now (…) the government will not hesitate to act quickly if the pandemic again threatens important functions in our society.”

4. Hawaii is asking tourists to stay away

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Hawaii Governor David Ige speaking at a news conference in 2020.

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Hawaii Governor David Ige asked tourists Monday to voluntarily stay away from the state — but stopped short of introducing fresh restrictions on out-of-state visitors.

Covid cases are at a record high, with close to 5,000 new cases reported in the past week.

“We know that it is not a good time to travel to the islands,” said Ige. “The visitors who choose to come to the islands will not have the typical kind of holiday that they expect to get when they visit.”

5. Venice is employing armed guards to deal with crowded ferries

Canalside houses on Burano island in Venice Lagoon.

Canalside houses on Burano island in Venice Lagoon.

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The tourists have returned to Venice, with up to 80,000 visitors a day pouring into the city of 50,000 inhabitants, according to local media.

The long lines — and tensions in them — have become such an issue that this summer, armed guards have been brought in to control the crowds,

Michele Liedtke has been prepping since February for her first vacation in two years, when she and her best friend from eighth grade booked a Maui vacation package.

Liedtke, a veterans’ home nurse, bought new luggage, swimsuits, outfits and gear for a boat tripshe booked to Molokini, the crescent-shaped crater popular with snorkelers.

She also joined a Maui Facebook group forCOVID-19 travel tips, and even changed the background on her phone to a photo of tropical fish.

On Wednesday, sheleft the group andswapped out the aquatic photo.

The weeklong Hawaii trip, due to begin the day after Labor Day, is off. Liedtke canceled the vacation two days after Hawaii Gov. David Ige issued a plea for tourists to avoid travel to the state through October due to a surge in COVID-19 cases straining the state’s already limited hospital capacity. She was able to cancel her Costco vacation package but was charged a $400 cancellation fee. 

“I can’t even look at look at pictures of Hawaii right now,” she said. “I can’t even think about it.”

Liedtke, who is fully vaccinatedagainst COVID-19, said she felt “morally obligated” to cancel the vacation. But she also feared hostility from residents if she and her friend were to visit now. 

As a nurse in a facility with a surge in COVID-19 cases, she’s no stranger to how to protect against COVID-10.

“I take care of COVID people all the time,” she said. “I teach people how to use PPE correctly. There’s no way I’m taking COVID to that island. ‘But there’s no way that they’re going to know that by looking at me.”

Hawaii ticket holders are being confronted with travel calculus in the wake of the governor’s request and a proposal by Maui Mayor Michael Victorino that tourists who do come voluntarily limit their activities to their resort.

Hawaii governor announcement: What it means for tourists

The math is complicated by several factors: Hawaii has not changed its already strict entry requirements and is not banning tourists or shutting down as it did earlier in the pandemic; the strict refund policies of airlines, hotels, vacation rentals, car rentals and activities, especially for last-minute cancellations; and views on COVID-19 risks and the governor’s previous statements that most cases are tied to residents not visitors.

USA TODAY interviewed several travelers about their Hawaii plans. Some rushed to cancel trips, including babymoons, weddings and long-awaited vacations. Others plan to go unless the state implements a formal shutdown or severe restrictions like closed beaches or resort bubbles. Others still remain frustratingly on the fence.

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Leslie Reitz and her boyfriend have tickets to fly from Boston to Maui on Thursday, a vacation they booked in May. The 20-somethings prefer international travel, but opted for Hawaii this year because Europe’s reopening was in flux, and Hawaii offers a mix of relaxation and adventure.

When she