Travel Briefs

An interactive world map showing COVID-19-related border restrictions for almost every country and territory has been created by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Visit

Clicking on a country will reveal the most up-to-date information on its travel restrictions, which can include COVID-19 testing, quarantining and entry bans on travelers from specific countries. This map does not include any information on future border openings, even if one has been scheduled.

At Postojna Cave in Slovenia, visitors can take a 5-hour “adventure tour” led by expert spelunkers through parts of the cave system not open to most visitors.

Meeting at Hotel Jama (Jamska cestra 28, 6230 Postojna, Slovenia; phone +386 5 700 02 00,, with double rooms running €79-€187, tour members will receive instructions (in English) and caving equipment before heading to the cave system, where they will see geological features and water systems while rappelling, rope climbing, orienteering and crossing an underground...


The short-term-rental service Airbnb ( has created a cleaning protocol for hosts, based on recommendations from the CDC, to help ensure the health and safety of their guests. The protocol is optional for hosts, but potential guests will be able to see which hosts have been trained in the program before choosing rentals.

Hosts who enroll in the program will be given instructions on which cleaning and sanitation techniques and products are best for maintaining a disease-free space. Additionally, hosts can opt in to a booking buffer that imposes a 72-hour window between...


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has made changes in airport security line procedures.

Visual cues placed on the floor will help passengers follow social-distancing rules. Facial covering is recommended but not required. (However, some airlines require it on board.) At the travel document podiums, passengers will scan their boarding passes on the readers themselves, then hold them up for the TSA officers to visually inspect them.

Carry-on food items need to be in clear plastic bags and placed into bins for x-ray screening....


The multimedia company explore maintains multiple stationary live-feed videos of African wildlife. Among sites where live cams are set up are Tembe Elephant Park and Balule Game Reserve in South Africa and a gorilla forest corridor in Kasugho, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Visit

Among additional subjects streaming on are bird-feeding stations in Panama, orcas in British Columbia and polar bears in Manitoba, depending on the time of day.

The entire South Pacific island of Niue was named an International Dark Sky Sanctuary, an area protected because of its exceptional views of the night sky, by the International Dark-Sky Association (Tucson, AZ; 520/293-3198, on March 7.

The first whole country or territory to be given that designation, it is described by the IDA as a “dark sky nation.”

Niue, with a diameter of just over 100 miles, has a population of about 1,600 people. It is a self-governing island in free association with New Zealand. (It elects its own representative government...


In Nancy, France, after years of restoration to match its original state, the Villa Majorelle (36-38, rue du Sergent Blandan; phone +33 03 83 85 30 01, [in French only]) opened to the public as a historic monument on Feb. 19. Built in 1901-02, the Art Nouveau home was designed by architect Henri Sauvage for furniture designer Louis Marjorelle.

Restoration included removing exterior elements added after the original construction and, inside, adding furniture and decorations to match those in photos taken by the first occupants.

The museum’s...


At 1,200 kilometers (746 miles), the Baltic Coastal Hiking trail follows the Baltic coast from southernmost Latvia to Tallinn, Estonia. A detailed map, with suggested section itineraries and sights, can be found at At the recommended pace, the full route can be completed in 60 days.