Travel Briefs

As of Aug. 1, travelers from the US, Canada and UK, among others, are eligible for free visas upon arrival in Sri Lanka. The offer is scheduled to end on Jan. 1, 2020.

The country of Laos began offering evisas to travelers from 180 countries, including the US, Canada and the UK, on July 9. The single-entry evisa allows a visitor to stay in Laos for up to 30 days.

To apply, visit (note that many websites claim to be the official evisa website, but this website is genuine) and fill out the application. You will need a digital, passport-style photo and a scan of the bio page of your passport, which must show at least six months of...


As of July 20, visitors to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, can legally purchase alcohol for personal consumption at any Maritime & Mercantile International, or MMI (, outlet in the emirate. MMI is a subsidiary of Emirates Group. Prior to this allowance, some hotels and restaurants that catered to tourists had licenses to sell alcohol, but it had to be consumed on the premises.

To purchase alcohol, a visitor must present his passport and sign a form acknowledging he...


The city of Aalborg, in northern Denmark, is now allowing only one cruise ship to dock at a time at the country’s only inland cruise port, despite its being able to accommodate multiple ships of 800 feet in length at once. The number of cruise passengers visiting Aalborg had risen from 1,000 in 2014 to 40,000 in 2018.


Egypt’s Bent Pyramid, built for the pharaoh Sneferu around 2600 BC, opened to visitors on July 13. It is the oldest pyramid in the Dahshur necropolis, which is near the pyramids at Giza. Its unusual bent shape is the result of builders having to change the angle of the pyramid to compensate for the unstable ground on which it was being constructed.

Also opened is a neighboring, 60-foot-tall pyramid that may have been built for Sneferu’s wife.

For info, contact the...


Richard Branson’s new cruise line, Virgin Voyages (Plantation, FL; 954/361-9500,, will commence sailings April 1, 2020, with its first ship, The Scarlet Lady. Cabins can now be booked.

Offering 4- and 5-night Caribbean cruises, all leaving from Miami, The Scarlet Lady can hold 2,770 passengers. The ship will be adults only, with no one under 18 on board. There will be 20 bars and restaurants, and food and drink will be included in the fare.

A double...


Morocco’s national airline, Royal Air Maroc, will join the oneworld airline alliance in mid-2020. Some current oneworld member airlines include American Airlines, British Airways, Japan Airlines, Qantas and Qatar Airways. Passengers who are frequent-flyer-program members of a oneworld-member airline earn benefits such as miles and have access to airline lounges when ticketed to fly on any oneworld airline.


Covering some major cities in Canada, Latin America and Europe, the CityMotion app allows users to see real-time updates for nearby public transportation options, along with maps and estimated walking times to stops. Also included are station maps to help users find the correct platform for trains or metros. The app is available for free on Android and Apple.