(CNN) — How is it nearly July already? With more than half of 2021 already in the rear view mirror, there’s good news as more and more destinations either open their borders or loosen their regulations.
In the United States and Caribbean
Good news, Americans who want to travel domestically — more and more local restrictions are disappearing, and new attractions are opening. First up, the Resorts World complex has opened in Las Vegas on June 24.
On the same date, other new rules will come into effect. Indoor gathering sizes can go from 10 people to 25, and restaurants can have up to 75% capacity.
Visitors will need to show paperwork that confirms either a) they are at least two weeks past their date of full vaccination or b) they have a negative Covid antigen test within 72 hours of arriving.
Unvaccinated travelers can also visit the islands, but they’ll need to isolate for seven days.
Zurrieq, on the southern tip of Malta, is now accessible for many British and American travelers.
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It feels like all of Europe is opening up over the summer — at least if you’re from the US.
At this point, it might just be faster to list the states that are excluded — Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, Oklahoma, Utah, and Wyoming. Everyone else — including folks from Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia — can enjoy Valletta’s UNESCO-listed heritage buildings and the gorgeous waters off Gozo.
Paris is the sort of place where even the otherwise boring shopping mall — like La Samaritaine, pictured here — can be a work of art.
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While we covered the reopening of France in an earlier edition of this pandemic travel roundup, there are two new attractions worth adding to your list.
In the Middle East and Africa
Dubai International Airport (DXB) has an in-house Covid test processing lab.
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Other signs of progress have emerged in the Middle East and in Africa.
“Dubai’s aviation sector has been at the forefront of a global campaign to restore vital international air services with the opening of quarantine-free travel corridors between the UAE and multiple countries around the world,” Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman of Dubai Airports, said in a press release.
In other words? This major international hub is ready to ferry more people to vacation destinations like Italy, the Maldives and the Seychelles.
And now, for something completely different
It looks as good on Instagram as it tastes in real life.
CNN’s Keith Allen, Josh Campbell, Karla Cripps and Zeena Saifii,contributed reporting.