Safety

The safety of our passengers, leaders and operators is a major priority of Intrepid. With this in mind we monitor world events very closely. Intrepid makes operational decisions based on informed advice from a number of sources.

The level of the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT) travel advisory. For any Intrepid Travel operated trip if this advisory is at Level 4 'Do Not Travel' then Intrepid will either cancel a trip or reroute the itinerary to avoid the areas concerned.

» Australia

With over 400 leaders on the ground in operational destinations and subsidiary companies in our main hub cities, Intrepid has access to a up to the minute flow of information as to the mood and feelings within the countries we work in.

We are also in regular contact with the various operators we use. Their in depth knowledge and understanding of their various areas is vital.

Other Government travel advisories:

» Britain
» Canada
» New Zealand
» United States

» World Health Organisation

California Earthquake - Mon, 2014-08-25

Early in the morning on Sunday 24 August, the Bay Area of California experienced a 6.0 magnitude earthquake. The epicentre of the earthquake was around the town of Napa, which is about 40 miles north of San Francisco. San Francisco was shaken but the majority of the damage was in the Napa area. None of our groups are currently affected. The next group due to visit the Napa area depart on the 6th of September so we will continue to monitor the situation there and determine closer to the departure date whether any modifications are required to the itinerary. There is a possibility of aftershocks which may be felt in the San Francisco area. We have a large number of groups going through San Francisco at the moment so recommend if you are starting a trip there in the next week that you review the information here http://www.ready.gov/earthquakes so you know what to do in the event of a strong aftershock.

Expedition Algeria - Itinerary Change - Wed, 2014-08-20

* ITINERARY - 11 October 2014 Departure Only **

We have been monitoring the situation around the town of Ghardaia as there has been some sectarian violence in and around the town for some time now. With this in mind we have decided to reroute the itinerary for the 11th October 2014 departure only. We will continue to monitor the situation and liaise with our local operator.  Please see trip notes for full itinerary details.

 

Nepal Landslide - Mon, 2014-08-18

On 2 August a landslide destroyed a village, blocking the Sun Kosi River and the Kathmandu-Tibet highway near Lamosanghu.

The landslide is currently affecting our CFRE and CBST itineraries.   Effected groups are being re-routed to Lhasa to fly to Kathmandu to end their trip.  

Intrepid Travel prides itself on making the safety of our passengers our top priority and we work with our local operators on the ground to ensure the safest possible re-route is followed when
unforeseen circumstances affect our itineraries.

We will continue to monitor foreign travel advice and laise with our teams on the ground to ensure all itineraries follow the safest re-route available.

 

Border tension - Armenia & Azerbaijan - Thu, 2014-08-07

An recent increase in tension along the border with Azerbaijan and Armenia in July and August 2014 has resulted in a number of deaths and casualties. Our groups do not travel in the military occupied border or Nagorno-Karabakh regions and instead cross through Georgia to get from Azerbaijan to Armenia. No groups have been affected by these recent incidents. 

Ukraine - Fri, 2014-07-18

We are deeply saddened to hear of the tragedy involving Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur which crashed in the Donetsk region of Ukraine on 17 July. 
 
DFAT Foreign travel advice for Ukraine remains at Do Not Travel (Level 4) for Crimea, Donetsk & Luhansk regions in the South and East of the country. Intrepid does not include these regions on our itineraries. Advice for Ukraine overall remains at Reconsider Your Need to Travel (Level 3) and at this time our itineraries are continuing as planned. We travel overland from Russia to Ukraine by train through the North East of the country which is currently considered stable and safe to travel. Russia overall remains at Exercise a High Degree of Caution (Level 2).
 
The situation in Kyiv and western cities has calmed considerably following months of violent protest during which nearly 100 people were killed, though occasional non-violent public demonstrations continue in and around Independence Square, St Michael’s Square and outside the Verkhovna Rada (parliament building). However, on 7 August a fire and clashes broke out in the Maidan and Kreschatik areas of Kyiv. We are currently avoiding these areas on our trips to Kyiv.
 
We will continue to monitor foreign travel advice should the current situation change.
 

Update on Sinai - Thu, 2014-02-20

The increased unrest in the Sinai area has triggered new travel advice to some areas of Egypt by the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The safety of our passengers, leaders and operators remain our top priority. With this in mind, we are working with our local operations team to review our itineraries in Egypt.  

All departures from 1 Apr 2014 to 1 Sept 2014 are running on an alternative itinerary. Please see individual trip notes for more information. Departures post 1 Sept 2014 will be re-assessed in August.

Travellers on affected itineraries will be contacted directly with confirmed alternative arrangements.  If you do have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch with your booking agent.

We will continue to monitor this situation through our ground team as well as the travel advice provided by the UK and Australian governments. We will post more information on this site as it becomes available.

Nepal Airline safety - Fri, 2013-12-20

The EU has recently chosen to highlight the safety record in Nepal and as of 5th December 2013, all Nepalese registered carriers have been included on an EU list of ‘Banned Airlines’ In response to general concerns over the safety record of Nepalese carriers, in 2011 and 2013 a consortium of leading adventure travel companies asked independent air safety experts to visit Nepal to assess the suitability of the available air carriers. Following these comprehensive audits it was decided to restrict our use to just three approved carriers, which are Yeti Airlines, Tara Air and Buddha Air.  It remains our firm policy to only use these three approved carriers for our customers and further audits will take place regularly. For emergency situations, we also have an approved list of helicopter companies for our use. Whilst acknowledging the safety issues identified by the EU, we believe we have taken all possible measures to reduce the risk to our customers of flying within Nepal. We would like assure that our customers’ safety remains our number one priority at all times.