Travel Briefs

As of press time, The following countries had opened or waived testing and/or quarantining requirements for vaccinated travelers. (A person is not considered vaccinated until two weeks after their final injection.)

• The Bahamas began waiving any testing requirements for vaccinated travelers, including the rapid antigen tests required for interisland travel, on May 1.

• Israel was scheduled to open on May 23 to a limited number of vaccinated travelers who are members...


In an effort to reduce air pollution, French lawmakers approved a plan to ban domestic flights along routes that can be reached by train in less than 2½ hours. Connecting flights along the banned routes from major airports are still allowed but are not able to be booked as stand-alone flights.


As of April 20, American Airlines ( now rebooks passengers who missed their flights by no more than 15 minutes onto the next available flight at no additional cost. Only the destination city must remain the same; the routing and the arriving airport may change due to availability.

Passengers who arrive before their flight departs but after final check-in will also be rebooked for free.

On April 27, the Dominican Republic announced that it was removing all COVID-19 restrictions for incoming travelers. Now anyone traveling to the Dominican Republic from any country will not need to show vaccination status or any negative COVID tests on arrival, nor will anyone not showing symptoms of COVID-19 be asked to quarantine.

According to a statement from the government, every incoming passenger will have to submit to a temperature check, and a randomly chosen 3%-15% of...


At the top of Cabo Girão, a sea cliff on the south side of the Portuguese island of Madeira, visitors will find the glass-bottomed Cabo Girão Skywalk 1,900 feet above the Atlantic Ocean.

While standing on the circular skywalk, visitors can see the city of Funchal 5 miles to the east. Nearby, a cable car, the Teleferico do Rancho, takes visitors to the village of Fãja de Cabo Girão at the bottom of the cliffs, which is unreachable by foot or automobile. A round trip costs €5 (near...


In northern Iceland in winter, visitors can take a snowmobile tour on frozen Lake Mývatn with Nonni Travel (Brekkygata 5, Akureyri, Iceland; phone +354 461 1841, Guests at base camp will receive snowmobile lessons and safety instructions (no previous experience necessary), then follow the guide onto the lake for a leisurely paced 1-hour tour.

Tour members meet 20 minutes before start time at the Mývatn Visitors Centre (Hraunvegur 8, Mývatn; phone +354 464 4460),...


As COVID-19 vaccines continue to prove effective, countries are opening their borders to vaccinated travelers.

• Iceland opened to vaccinated travelers on March 18. Each visitor must provide proof of completing a vaccine course of one of the EU-approved vaccines, which include the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines approved in the US, and undergoing PCR testing or quarantine will not be necessary.

• Greece is scheduled to open its borders to tourists...


The cruise line Virgin Voyages ( announced on March 16 that it would require all passengers and crew to be vaccinated before boarding one of its ships.

At press time, Virgin Voyages operated one ship, Scarlet Lady, which was christened in February 2020 but was unable to conduct its maiden voyage due to COVID-19. Scarlet Lady’s first cruise, from Miami to Mexico and the Bahamas, is scheduled to embark July 4, 2021.

Two other ships are under...