Travel Briefs

On Oct. 15, United Airlines began to offer COVID-19 testing to passengers before they board flights from San Francisco to Hawaii. Passengers are required to pay for the tests themselves; the cost is $250. If the program is successful, United hopes to expand testing to more routes.

On its flights to Hawaii out of Dallas-Fort Worth, on Oct. 15 American Airlines also began offering tests to passengers. The airline also began offering tests to Jamaican passengers flying to Jamaica from...

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The 2021 weeklong celebration of Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, scheduled for Feb. 12-17, was canceled on Sept. 24 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Rio’s Carnaval has not been canceled since 1912, having weathered a flu pandemic, two world wars and a military dictatorship.

Brazil’s first confirmed case of COVID-19 was discovered one day after Carnaval ended in 2020. That festival attracted five million locals and two million foreign visitors.

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Flood-prevention gates in Venice, Italy, were used for the first time to prevent flooding on Oct. 3. After all 78 gates were raised, the tide reached over 4 feet outside of the lagoon in which the city is located, but within the city, which floods when the tide reaches at least 3 feet, the water remained below street level.

The gates, which were first test-operated on July 10, are located at three inlets to the Venice lagoon, where it meets the Adriatic Sea. The system was designed in...

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At Haiti’s Bureau d’Ethnologie (2 angle rue Magny et Oswald Durand, Port-au-Prince), visitors are immersed in the religion and ritual of Voudo, seeing artifacts, art and photographs of Voudo practices in the country. Signs are in Haitian French only. Open 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Mon.-Sat.

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Near the Hardang er fjord in Norway, a hiking bridge across a canyon and above the Vøringsfossen waterfall opened on Aug. 21. The 154-foot-long footbridge includes 99 steps, as one end is at a different elevation than the other. The higher end of the bridge is near the Fossli Hotel (www.fossli-hotel.com). Amenities at the top of the falls, including new paths and lookout points, will be added in 2021.

A 1¼-mile hiking trail to the bottom of the falls, one of Norway’s...

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The Sydney Harbour Bridge introduced a new, 3½-hour “Ultimate Climb” that allows climbers to walk the entire length of the bridge’s arch, south to north, and back again. The regular climb takes guests only to the summit of the arch and back.

Wearing safety harnesses, climbers ascend to a height of 440 feet. Anyone taking the climb should be physically capable of such activities. Afterward, climbers each receive a group photo from the summit, a BridgeClimb hat...

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At London’s Postal Museum (15-20 Phoenix Pl., London, England, WC1X 0DA, U.K.; phone +44 300 0300 700, www.postalmuseum.org), visitors can ride on a more than 100-year-old, subterranean, miniature postal train.

A 15-minute ride on the “Mail Rail,” located 70 feet under the former Mt. Pleasant Royal Mail sorting room, is in cramped conditions (carriages are 51 inches from floor to canopy and 31 inches side to side), with portions in total darkness.

Museum and...

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All passengers on US-based airlines must wear face masks during flights except when eating and drinking. In accordance with advice from the Centers for Disease Control, airlines have banned face masks made of lace or mesh, face masks that do not completely cover both the nose and mouth and face masks with vents. Face shields worn without face masks are also not allowed.

 

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