Covid trip this week: what we learned
(CNN) – Seven more days have passed, so it’s time again for CNN Travel to check the Destination Barometer and tell you where it’s hot, where it’s not, and where you’ll need your two shots.
Here’s what we learned on pandemic trips this week.
1. There is going to be a honeymoon boom
Bad news for fans of sweatpants and company logo t-shirts: you might be forced into formal wear sooner than you think.
It’s time to dry clean those suits and dresses for those destination weddings.
2. There is still time to escape a return to the office
How far are you willing to go to avoid microwave chatter with your coworkers? Sicily perhaps? Maybe Sri Lanka?
3. Ireland finally reopened on Monday
It has experienced one of the toughest lockdowns in Europe and a cyber attack delayed the introduction of the EU’s Covid digital certificate by almost three weeks, but Ireland has finally rolled out the green carpet for international visitors July 19.
Fully vaccinated travelers from non-EU countries, including the US and UK, should not be tested or quarantined. (A 14-day self-quarantine or hotel quarantine still applies to people without valid proof of vaccination or who are arriving from an “emergency brake” country).
Inner Hospitality – and yes, yes, that includes pubs – is slated to reopen by July 23.
4. Two old rivals are back
From 1884 to 1889, the 555-foot-tall Washington Monument – a white stone obelisk in the District of Columbia built to commemorate the first US President George Washington – was the tallest structure in the world.
And then came Gustave Eiffel and his new 984 foot wrought iron tower on the Champs de Mars in Paris. The Eiffel Tower held the title for 41 years, until honor returned to the New World with the completion of the Chrysler Building in New York.
The two iconic structures reopened to the public this week, with the Washington Monument welcoming visitors on Wednesday and the Eiffel Tower resuming operations on Friday.
The ultramodern skyline of Doha, the Qatari capital.
Courtesy of Qatar Tourism
5. Qatar is open to fully vaccinated travelers
6. Vacationing in Caribbean paradise just got a little easier
The swimming pool at Cap Juluca d’Anguilla, a Belmond hotel.
Richard James Taylor / Belmond Juluca Cap
The elegant Caribbean islands of Anguilla and Saint Kitts and Nevis have opened their doors to luxury a little further.
Anguilla now allows entry to fully vaccinated visitors – and only fully vaccinated visitors. This means that the doses of Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca or Johnson and Johnson Covid-19 were topped up at least 21 days before arrival.
Saint Kitts and Nevis has reduced its self-quarantine period – or “Vacation in Place,” as they call it – from nine days to three, with testing on day four. Results should be within 12 hours.
7. Thousands of Australians are still stranded abroad
As the rest of the world suffered the lockdown after the lockdown, Australia was one of the success stories of the pandemic. By closing its borders, it was able to largely block the Covid-19.
The price to pay for keeping the virus at bay is that thousands of Australian families have been separated since early 2020. There are around 34,000 stranded Australian citizens who have registered with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade as being stuck in abroad and wanting to return home.
8. Venice has – once again – banned downtown cruise ships
The MSC Magnifica cruise ship is seen from the San Maggiore Bell Tower in June 2019.
Miguel Medina / AFP via Getty Images
Cruise ships are the ex-bad boy Venice just doesn’t seem to be giving up.
Rather than pass in front of Saint Mark’s Square and go up the narrow Giudecca Canal, they will be diverted by the Venetian Lagoon and dock on the mainland, at the industrial port of Marghera.
9. Oil wrestling is back, baby
CNN’s Ivan Watson explores the ancient sport of wrestling that dates back hundreds of years.
Last year’s contest was canceled due to the pandemic, but you can’t hold back the greasy men.
The contestants, dressed only in olive oil and leather pants, fought for three days in hopes of winning the title of Baspehlivani, or chief wrestler. Ali Gurbuz of Antalya retained his title for another year.
CNN’s Alexis Benveniste, Julia Buckley, Silvia Marchetti, Hannah Ritchie and Dimitris Sideridis contributed to this story.