Travel Briefs

The UK’s prime minister, Boris Johnson, announced on Jan. 27 that everyone arriving in the UK, except from Ireland, will be required to quarantine in a hotel for 10 days at their own expense. That includes UK citizens returning home from overseas.

Additionally, any noncitizen or resident arriving from or having transited through any of 22 listed countries with active transmission of a COVID-19 variant will not be allowed to enter the UK at all. For the list, visit


The Royal Horticultural Society ( will open their newest public garden, Garden Bridgewater, on May 18, 2021, on the grounds of Worsley New Hall in Salford, outside of Manchester, England. The 154-acre grounds contain seven distinct gardens plus a fruit orchard and a lake.

Garden-entry fees had not been posted at press time, but entry is free for RHS members. At press time, all 2021 tours had been reserved.

The Eastern Caribbean island of Anguilla now offers a “Vacation Bubble” for incoming travelers. Once travelers arrive, with the required negative COVID-19 tests and proof of full medical coverage, they are free to experience all of the activities offered at their resort and at other places in the “bubble,” including restaurants, tours and shops. Once in the bubble, no visitor is allowed to leave and interact with the general population of Anguilla.

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In Nancy, France, two walking audio tours, in English, can be taken using a handheld device rented from the Office de Tourisme (Place Stanislas, 54063 Nancy, France; phone +33 3 83 35 80 10, Whether it’s the tour of the UNESCO-recognized Old Town or of the city’s Art Nouveau history, it can take two to four hours, depending on pace.

Along with a free city map, audio devices can be rented 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Tues.-Sun. and...


At Murujuga National Park, on the Burrup Peninsula in Western Australia, a new half-mile trail culminates at an elevated boardwalk that gives trekkers a close-up look at a group of petroglyphs (rock art) dating back 47,000 years.

The glyphs contain representations of humans and multiple extinct species of animals once present in Australia. Signage interprets the images and explains their significance.

Murujuga is maintained by the Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation, a collective...


US airlines have blacklisted hundreds of flyers for not following mask rules on board flights. According to the airlines, they are not sharing passenger information with each other, so a passenger blacklisted from one airline may still be able to fly on another one, provided the traveler follows the rules on wearing masks.

There are no federal guidelines for wearing masks, so anyone who refuses to wear a mask is not at risk of a fine or arrest, but airlines are within their rights to...


The US Congress passed a law in December 2020 requiring all cruise ships to have a registered medical doctor on board at all times. In addition, the location of medical facilities and instructions on what to do in a medical emergency now must be included in the safety presentation given to passengers upon first boarding the ship.

The Cruise Passenger Protection Act also requires ships to install videocameras in all public spaces, with all videos being kept for at least 20 days. While...


With an American Airlines (AA) flight from Miami International Airport to New York’s LaGuardia on Dec. 29, 2020, the Boeing 737 Max passenger jet returned to service in the US after nearly two years of being grounded. The first 737 Max flight since March 2019 occurred in Brazil on Dec. 9.

The 737 Max was grounded by air authorities around the world in March 2019 after a total of 346 people were killed in two crashes, both blamed on faulty software based on incorrect technical...