Travel Briefs

In Paris, the Eiffel Tower (www.toureiffel.paris/en) reopened to visitors on July 16 after being closed for eight months due to COVID-19. In order to enter, visitors will have to present a “health pass” from the French government showing they have been vaccinated or have recently tested negative for the virus.

As of July 21, all indoor venues in France, such as restaurants, museums and theaters, require a health pass to enter. At press time, there was no confirmed method...

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On July 19 Canada announced that, starting Aug. 9, 2021, fully vaccinated travelers from the US will be allowed to enter the country by land or air. Vaccinated travelers from other countries will be allowed entry starting Sept. 7. Proof of a negative result on a PCR COVID-19 test, taken within 48 hours of arrival, will be required.

US leisure travelers have been unable to enter Canada by any means since March 2020, by mutual agreement between the countries.

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Canada’s ban on ships carrying more than 100 people in its territorial waters, originally scheduled to end March 1, 2022 (April ’21, pg. 5), was amended on July 16 to end Nov. 1, 2021.

Canada’s ban affected cruises from the US to Alaska, since a federal law required that any cruise ship of non-US registry leaving from a US seaport must make at least one stop in a foreign port before returning to the US. That law was temporarily suspended starting in June in order to...

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Carnival Cruise Line and Norwegian Cruise Line have multiple cruises scheduled to leave from US ports in September and October. However, each one must still be approved by the CDC before being allowed to depart, with those decisions to be made closer to the embarkation dates.

The CDC has issued a vaccine requirement on cruises leaving from US ports. However, Florida’s governor, Ron DeSantis, signed an order saying businesses in that state cannot require customers to be vaccinated....

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Italy and Greece announced in late July that only vaccinated individuals will be allowed inside most businesses and venues, including restaurants, theaters and museums. While EU citizens can show their digital vaccine certificates for entry, US travelers will be allowed to present hard copies of their vaccination records as proof.

Places such as hotels and stores will still admit those wearing masks, regardless of vaccination status. As well, outdoor seating at restaurants and cafés...

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Though, at press time, proof of COVID-19 vaccination was not required for Americans traveling to Mexico, on July 26, the state of Quintana Roo, on the Yucatán Peninsula, announced that all businesses, including hotels, restaurants and shops, now require anyone entering to show either proof of vaccination or the results of a negative COVID-19 test taken within the last 72 hours. Popular resort cities such as Cancún, Playa del Carmen and Cozumel are located in Quintana Roo.

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On Krippenstein mountain, near Hallstatt, Austria, the 5fingers Observation Deck offers views of Hallstatt and the Hallstättersee from nearly 7,000 feet in elevation. Each “finger” of the deck points in a slightly different direction, and one finger has a reinforced-glass floor suspended 1,300 feet over the mountain.

The 5fingers deck is accessed via an easy trail from the Krippenstein cable car station, the end point of section 2 of the cable car system that begins in the...

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A new smartphone app, “Cliffs of Moher,” has been created for the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience (www.cliffsofmoher.ie) in County Clare, Ireland. Free to download, the app contains information on points of interest plus an interactive map and a 13-track audio guide on the geological and human history of the cliffs.

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