Travel Briefs

Egyptian authorities banned the ride-sharing company Uber from operating in that country after receiving complaints from taxi drivers. Another ride-sharing company, Careem, based in Dubai, was also banned in the same order.

Airline passengers who need seat-belt extenders will not be allowed to sit in business class on the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner jets of Thai Airways (800/767-3598,, the airline announced on March 21.

On its new jets, the airline has installed seat-belt airbags in business class. However, the airbags will not work with seat-belt extenders, limiting those seats to people with waistlines of less than 56 inches. The airbags also prevent passengers from flying with...


The National Parks & Wildlife Department of Thailand announced that the beach at Maya Bay, on southwestern Thailand’s Phi Phi Le island, will be closed for four months starting June 1 to allow the sea environment to recover. This closure is set to occur annually. An environmental survey found that parts of the coral reef around the beach had been damaged and the amount of sea life had diminished.

After the beach reopens, visitors will be limited to 2,000 per day, and boats...


The very first solo exhibit of 16th-century Dutch artist Pieter Bruegel the Elder will be on display, Oct. 2, 2018, to Jan. 13, 2019, at Vienna’s Kunsthistoriches Museum (Maria-Teresien-Platz, 1010 Wien, Austria; phone +43 1 525 24 0, Works will include the museum’s own collection of 12 pieces, including “The (Great) Tower of Babel,” plus loaned pieces.

Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Tues.-Wed. & Fri.-Sun., Sept. 1-June 30, and 10-9 Thurs. Open also...


In Florence, Italy, a new gallery of eight rooms opened in a section of the Uffizi Galleries (Piazzale degli Uffizi 6; phone +39 055 294883, in February to display the works of Caravaggio and other 17th-century artists.

The Uffizi is closed Mondays. The adult entry fee has been raised from €8 to €20 (near $25), peak season (March 1-Oct. 31), and to €12, off season. Entry the first Sunday of each month is free, but tickets are limited.


After the Russian government was accused of poisoning a former Russian spy and his daughter who were living in the United Kingdom, on March 26 the US expelled 60 Russian diplomatic staff members and closed Russia’s consulate in Seattle. In response, on March 29, Russia expelled 60 US diplomats and closed the US consulate in St. Petersburg.

Due to the poisoning, in which a nerve agent was used, more that 20 countries, including the UK, also expelled Russian diplomats. Russia has...


Maps and guides to more than 40 national cross-country trails in Italy can be found at On the website, a map for each of the multiday trekking trails can be viewed by picking the desired trail from the drop-down menu on the upper right. The maps include distances, suggested itineraries and alternate routes, with links to trekking guides.

With the Arqueo­­ticket, a visitor has access to four archaeological collections in museums in Barcelona, Spain.

The €14.50 (near $18) pass allows admission to the Museu d’Arqueologia de Catalunya ( (normally €5.50), the Museu Egipci de Barcelona ( (normally €12), the Museu d’Història de Barcelona ( (normally €7) and the Born Centre de Cultura i Memòria (...