Travel Alert: Important Information on COVID-19 Testing Requirements (13 August 2021)

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COVID 19 In Costa Rica:

Costa Rica has confirmed 426,474 cases of COVID-19 as of August 13, 2021.  902 people are hospitalized with COVID-19, 378 of them in intensive care.  Costa Rica has reported 5,199 COVID-19-related deaths since March 2, 2020.

Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative Covid-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of flight departure from Costa Rica.  Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  Check

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Persephone, the robot guide, leads visitors in a Greek cave

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ALISTRATI, Greece — Persephone is a tour guide in Greece, but perhaps not the type people are used to.

Billed as the world’s first robot tour guide inside a cave, Persephone has been welcoming visitors since mid-July to the Alistrati Cave in northern Greece, 84 miles northeast of the city of Thessaloniki.

The multilingual robot covers the first roughly 500 feet of the part of the cave that is open to the public. In the remaining 2,400 feet, a human guide takes over.

The robot was named Persephone because, according to one version of the ancient Greek myth, it was

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Canada reopens to US tourists: Your guide before you go

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(CNN) — It has been a long time, neighbor.

The Canadian government has prohibited Americans from taking nonessential trips there since March 2020 because of the Covid-19 pandemic. But that will change on Monday, August 9, when Canada opens its borders once again to leisure travel from its southern neighbors.

In a news release issued July 19, the Public Health Agency of Canada said the loosening of these restrictions is taking place because of “rising vaccination rates and declining Covid-19 cases.”
As of August 7, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention placed Canada at “Level 3: High” for
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Olympic Peninsula Tourism Commission Launches “Share” Campaign to Welcome Visitors

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The Olympic Peninsula is teeming with visitors this summer, and their return is a tremendous boost to local economies. At the same time, with local businesses struggling with staffing shortages, summer roadwork often causing traffic delays, and what feels like long lines everywhere, it could be a potential formula for extra tension. Keeping that in mind, the Olympic Peninsula Tourism Commission (OPTC) is providing buttons to frontline hospitality workers to not only acknowledge their ongoing hard work and to let them know how appreciated they are, but also to give visitors a positive experience while they’re here.

The idea is

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1952 visitor’s guide recalls scenes of Jefferson City

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In 1952, a visitor could pick up a guide to Jefferson City’s hospitality, attractions and history. It included current events, a map, industries and churches.

The city limits of Jefferson City at that time was the Missouri River on the north, Dix Road on the west, Stadium and Leslie boulevards on the south and Warwick Village on the East. McCarty Street was U.S. 50 through town before the Rex Whitten Expressway was constructed in the 1960s.

The traveler may have found the following information useful in this promotional tourist brochure.

“For something to eat, make your first stop Stegeman’s Café

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Big day of the year will throw open King’s Lynn’s heritage

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King’s Lynn Civic Society is busy getting ready for its biggest day of the year – Heritage Open Day, which this year will be on Sunday, September 12.

The day runs from 10am to 4pm. and includes a wide range of historic buildings not usually open to the public and many different activities.

Sandra Coleman, one of the organising committee members, said: “After not being able to run the day last year, we are so pleased that we can now go ahead.”

Heritage Open Day (50122386)
Heritage Open Day (50122386)

Among the buildings opening this year are the town hall, which will host Baroque

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