Travel Briefs

As of May, the Italian island of Capri, off the coast of Naples, banned many common disposable plastic items from being brought from the mainland. Prohibited items include plastic bags and plastic plates and utensils. The ban will be expanded in 2020 to include disposable plastic bottles.

Anyone caught carrying prohibited plastic items onto the island could face a fine of up to €500 (near $560).

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As of June 1, 2019, plastic grocery bags are banned in Tanzania. Anyone taking plastic bags into the country will have them confiscated at designated desks at ports of entry. Zip-lock-style bags are specifically exempt from the ban.

The African nations of Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda have similar bans, with Kenya’s being particularly strict by including zip-lock-style bags in their ban.

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Paparoa Track, the tenth Great Walk in New Zealand, opens to hikers Dec. 1, 2019. On the South Island’s west coast, the trail, 55 kilometers (34 miles) one way, is meant to take 2-3 days (with 1-2 nights). For overnights, it offers two fully furnished cabins with running water and a gas stove. (Hikers must pack their own food and utensils.) The cabins are communal, each with 20 beds.

The “Intermediate”-level trail crosses the Paparoa mountain range and passes through...

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Citing a “risk to flight operations,” the US Department of Homeland Security suspended all commercial passenger and cargo flights to Venezuela on May 15. This suspension was described by the department as “indefinite.”

American Airlines, the last major US passenger airline to offer flights to Venezuela, ceased its only two routes, Miami/Caracas and Miami/Maracaibo, on April 15.

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The Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (4-1-1 Miyoshi, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-0022, Japan; phone +81 3 5245 4111, www.mot-art-museum.jp/eng) reopened in March 2019 after almost three years of renovations.

Its collection includes about 5,400 objects of modern art from Japan and overseas along with three floors of galleries for temporary exhibits. Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Tues.-Sun. Closed Mondays. Entry, ¥500 (near $4.50), main galleries or, including special exhibits, ¥1,300.

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Thanks to a deal struck between the US Embassy in Austria and the restaurant chain McDonald’s, US travelers to Austria now can visit the nearest McDonald’s if they need assistance, such as replacing lost or stolen passports. Each of the country’s 194 McDonald’s outlets has a 24-hour hotline direct to the embassy, and restaurant staff have been instructed on how to help US travelers in distress.

This agreement is not in lieu of a staffed embassy or consulates...

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On May 20, the United Kingdom announced that travelers from the US, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and New Zealand are now eligible to use ePassport gates when arriving at airports. The ePassport gates are unmanned, automated passport checkpoints that allow for quicker entry into the country.

To use an ePassport gate, place your passport, open to the photo page, onto the scanner and look into the gate’s camera. Facial-matching technology will compare your face to your...

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With Holland America Line’s smartphone app Navigator, introduced on May 3, passengers can book shore excursions, review onboard restaurant menus and make reservations, view account statements, receive activity reminders and more. It’s available for free for Apple and Android.

At press time, the app and its functions were only available once the ship had been boarded. However, HAL plans to expand access so guests can review cruises before taking them.

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