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More people are being vaccinated every day and travel is already top of mind. Suddenly, the whole world feels in reach again, even if travel restrictions haven’t quite been lifted yet.

Most travel experts expect travel to re-open incrementally rather than all at once. We’ll see some countries loosening restrictions early on and others late to follow. At your destination, attractions and local protocols will change in phases, too. Remember, even if you’re vaccinated, not everyone else will be when you arrive at your destination.

The following cities are a sight not to miss this autumn, and that should be on your Instagram feed:

1. La Coruna, Spain

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Photo: TripAdvisor

Yes, Barcelona and Madrid are top destinations in Spain. Still, La Coruna is astonishing in autumn, with balmy weather, perfect for sightseeing at the Tower of Hercules, visiting the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela or even going to the Fisterra Beach.

Holders of the EU Digital COVID-19 Certificate are allowed to visit shops, tourism spots, restaurants and bars, with a 75 percent maximum capacity. Although the curfew hours are from 03:00 to 06:00, travelers are obliged to wear a mask if they cannot maintain the 1.5 meters social distance.

2. Munich, Germany

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Photo: Stories by Soumya

Autumn in Germany is known as the Indian summer, and it represents the end of September and the beginning of October. Therefore, it is lovely to visit colorful sites, and the famous Oktoberfest held each year in Bavaria, Germany.

Munich city is the ideal spot for vaccinated travelers since it applies the 3G principle for indoor places.

“Only those vaccinated (“geimpft” in German), recovered (“genesen”) or currently tested (“getestet”) have personal access there,” portal notes.

Since September 2, residents are no longer required to wear an FFP2 mask (except in hospitals), and the surgical mask is permitted for public transport, schools and nursing homes.

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3. Rome, Italy

Photo: Travel Experta
Photo: Travel Experta

You cannot visit Rome in Autumn and not be astonished. The temperatures are mild so that you can take lovely walks alongside the Villa Borghese or go to the Colosseum by only wearing a light wardrobe.

Moreover, the city’s venues are open for fully vaccinated travelers, such as museums, private parties and sporting events. Travelers who have recovered from COVID-19 and those who tested negative for the virus in the last 48 hours can also participate in gatherings and venues.

4. Brussels, Belgium

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Photo: Holidays to Europe

Vaccinated travelers can attend events outdoors with more than 1,000 participants in the same environment. This means that dining out in the best food festivals, exploring Coudenberg Palace or taking a stroll in Tervuren by only presenting the COVID Health Pass or EU Digital COVID-19 Certificate is possible. Furthermore, wearing a mask is required only while using public transport for people over 12 years old.

5. Athens, Greece

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Photo: KimKim

The best time to visit Athens is September to November, as the weather is warm and there is sunshine pretty much every day. The city is best known for its historical and archaeological sites, including the ancient Agora and the Temple of Hephaestus. However, it would be best not to miss Acropolis, which is best to visit at the opening hours or right before being closed as there are fewer crowds.

Travelers can enjoy all these sites, bars, restaurants and more leisure facilities by only presenting the health pass, which indicates the complete vaccination.

6. Ljubljana, Slovenia

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Photo: Vietravel

Travelers can visit tourism spots, cultural and sports events, trade fairs and public gatherings with 100 people by only presenting a vaccination certificate, meaning that the city is open for almost all activities. However, the use of face coverings indoors public spaces remains mandatory. It is necessary to maintain a social distance of 1.5 meters outdoors, and if such distance cannot be maintained, wearing a protective mask is required.

7. Lisbon, Portugal

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Photo: The Guardian

The Portuguese government has required vaccination proof to be presented to enter cultural, tourism, and sporting events with more than 500 people indoors or 1,000 participants for open-air activities.

“Restaurants, cafés, and pastry shops with no restrictions on opening and closing hours until 2 am. Limited to groups of 8 people inside and 15 people on the terrace,” Visit Portugal portal notes.

These restrictions make the city open to visit and explore while being safe in terms of the virus.

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8. Vienna, Austria

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Photo: Wikipedia

Yes, if you are traveling to Austria this autumn, spare a day to visit Vienna. The capital is home to classical music and delicious foods and is heartwarming during the season, especially the picturesque Schoenbrunn Palace.

9. Nicosia, Cyprus

Photo: Viator
Photo: Viator

Anyone visiting restaurants, bars and other indoor facilities in Nicosia must have a Coronapass, also known as a Safe Pass, indicating the holder has been vaccinated for over three weeks. A negative test is valid for entering bars and cafés where the homemade Cypriot coffee is served.

10. Graz, Austria

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Photo: Agoda

Autumn is the perfect time to visit this city and the Autumn Fair, where you can shop for the displayed products like buildings, furniture, fashion, and everything else. This year, the fair will be held from September 30 to October 4 and will be open only to those who have been fully vaccinated.

Moreover, hotels, restaurants, nightclubs, shops, museums and entertainment facilities are open in Austria, and vaccinated individuals can enter them by only presenting medical proof. However, the requirement to wear masks in public spaces and shared transport is mandatory.

“FFP2 masks, instead of regular face masks, required at essential shops/places of business such as supermarkets, chemists, petrol stations, banks,” the Austrian Travel Portal writes, also noting that FFP2 masks must be worn by the unvaccinated travelers visiting all shops.

Travel guidance for unvaccinated people

If you’re not vaccinated, the CDC recommends doing the following:

  • Get tested with a viral test one to three days before your trip.
  • Wear a mask on all forms of public transportation and in all indoor transportation hubs.
  • Avoid crowds and stay six feet away from anyone who isn’t traveling with you.
  • Wash your hands frequently or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol in it.
  • Get tested with a viral test three to five days after travel and stay home and self-quarantine for a full seven days after travel. Even if you test negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full seven days.
  • If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.
  • If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.
  • Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days, whether you get tested or not.
  • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
  • Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements.
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