Travel Briefs

At press time, most countries in the world allowing US travelers to enter required that passengers each present a negative COVID-19 test regardless of vaccination status. Likewise, US travelers must present a test when returning to the US. With the website TestforTravel (https://testfortravel.com), travelers can search for their nearest testing center in cities across the globe.

When searching for testing centers by city, each search result includes a map pinpointing the testing...

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The underground passageways and corridors, or hypogeum, of Rome’s Colosseum opened to the public for the first time in the modern era on June 26 after a lengthy restoration. Entry to the hypogeum is included with an “Underground and Arena Full Experience” ticket (€22, near $26). Tickets can be purchased at www.coopculture.it/en/colosseo-e-shop.cfm.

In 2015, a portion of the underground known as the Beehive, where elevators took gladiators and animals up to the...

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The Centers for Disease Control approved Royal Caribbean International’s Freedom of the Seas to embark from Miami on July 2 for a Bahamas cruise — the second cruise approved to leave from the US since the CDC suspended cruising on March 14, 2020.

It was expected that most passengers on board would be vaccinated, but unvaccinated guests were also allowed. Those unvaccinated had to submit to additional testing and were banned from certain public areas, such as bars and some...

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Designed to resemble a merchant street from the 1950s, the Shin-Yokohama Raumen Museum (2-14-21 Shinyokohama, Kohoku-ku, Yokohama-City, Japan; phone +81 45 471 0503, www.raumen.co.jp/english) serves ramen in the style of nine different regions of Japan from its “storefronts,” including a facsimile of Rairaiken, the first-ever ramen restaurant, opened in 1910, serving food based on the original recipes. The museum also includes a gallery of ramen history and offers noodle-making workshops...

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The “Foliage Train,” known locally as the Centovalli (100 Valleys), runs 52 kilometers between Domodossola, Italy, and Locarno, Switzerland. It operates from mid-October to mid-November each year, when the trees begin to shed their leaves. Each car features full-length windows.

The 2-hour trip crosses 83 bridges and goes through 31 tunnels, with stops in the towns of Camedo and Intragna. A round-trip ticket, costing €43 (near $51) first class or €33 second class, is valid for two...

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Those interested in visiting Estonia can plan their trip with the help of an interactive map available on Estonia’s tourism website. On the map, travelers can check off topics they are interested in, such as festivals, bird-watching, museums, churches or shopping. Having found an interesting location, they can then find selected restaurants and accommodations in the area.

Visit www.visitestonia.com/en/map-of-estonia.

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A Ryanair flight from Athens, Greece, to Vilnius, Lithuania, was diverted by a fighter jet to Minsk, Belarus, on May 23 so that Belarusian authorities could arrest a dissident journalist and his girlfriend who were on board. Air authorities in Belarus told the pilots that a bomb threat had been made against the aircraft.

In response, air authorities across Europe asked their nations’ airlines to avoid Belarus airspace. Many airlines and countries canceled all flights to and from...

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The Centers for Disease Control approved a Caribbean cruise scheduled to leave from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on June 26 with Celebrity Cruises (888/751-7804, www.celebritycruises.com), making it the first paid cruise to depart from the US since March 2020. Other lines had previously been approved for test cruises, ones without paying passengers.

In order to skip the testing phase, Celebrity guaranteed that at least 95% of the crew and passengers would be vaccinated for COVID-19.