Safety Updates

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.

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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.

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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:

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» New Zealand
» United States
» World Health Organisation
 

Current updates

Nepal - Earthquake Sat, 2015-04-25

( UPDATE - Thu, 2015-05-07 4:00pm AEST )

On Saturday morning (25 April) an earthquake with magnitude 7.9 occurred near Pokhara, Nepal. There have been significant casualties, and a state of emergency has been declared. The situation on the ground in Nepal remains difficult with a massive relief operation now in effect.

We can confirm that travellers on all trips that were operating in the affected area at the time when the earthquake hit have been accounted for, and that they are safe and well.  

All our passengers have now left Nepal however we continue to work with our local offices in Kathmandu and Pokhara to support and help all our staff, along with their families, during this difficult time. 

Information for future departures:

In light of the current situation, we do not believe it is safe or advisable to be running trips to Nepal at this time.  The Intrepid Group has cancelled all trips to Nepal, up to and including 31 May 2015.

We are in the process of contacting all affected passengers to discuss alternative arrangements. Options will be discussed individually, but will include trips to different destinations, postponing or refunding ground arrangements for their trip.

For trips with departures scheduled after 31 May: we are monitoring the situation closely and will review trips as appropriate.

Emergency Earthquake Appeal:

Intrepid Travel launched an appeal to assist with emergency relief in Nepal through our not-for-profit The Intrepid Foundation. The appeal is raising funds for our partner Plan International, who has sent emergency teams to respond to the needs of children and families affected by the earthquake in the Kathmandu Valley.

Intrepid was encouraging travellers to give to the appeal by matching the first AU $100,000 of donations to the appeal dollar-for-dollar.  We have now exceeded this limit however we continue the campaign in raising funds for those that are facing extremely difficult times.    

Please visit www.theintrepidfoundation.org/projects/emergency-earthquake-appeal/ to make a donation.

Chile & Argentina - Volcan Calbuco, Thu 2015-04-30

On April 22nd Volcan Calbuco (located in the south of Chile) erupted. The ash plumb emitted by the volcano affected the following areas visited during Intrepid trips: Pucon (Chile), San Martin de los Andes (Argentina) and Bariloche (Argentina). Fortunately there were no reports of casualties however the day to day life in these destinations was disrupted by the falling ash.
The situation on the ground has improved since. The volcano has become less active (the alert level has changed from red to yellow), airports and roads are re-opened and optional activities are running once again.
Based on this, all future Intrepid trips to the region will continue to run as normal.
Should the volcano become active once more, or ash fallings impede accessing these destinations (Pucon, San Martin de los Andes and/or Bariloche) or prevent optional activities on the ground from running normally, we will proceed to operate the following alternative itinerary instead:
Day 1 – Santiago
Day 2 – Valparaiso
Day 3 – Mendoza
Day 4 – Mendoza – Overnight bus to Cordoba
Days 5 to 6 – Cordoba
Day 7 to 9 – Mina Clavero (South of Cordoba)
Day 10 – Overnight bus to Buenos Aires
Days 11 to 13 – Buenos Aires (as normal itinerary)
While this itinerary is vastly different the original one, we believe it is a very enjoyable itinerary in its own rights!
Given the unpredictable nature of volcanic activity, we may decide to run the alternative itinerary at short notice. We endeavour to inform travellers as soon as possible should that be the case.
Please contact us or your booking agent if you have any questions in this matter.

 

Kenya - Cholera outbreak Tue, 2015-05-19

 

Kenyan authorities have confirmed a cholera outbreak throughout Kenya, including Nairobi.

Cholera is an acute diarrhoeal infection caused by ingestion of food or water contaminated with the bacterium Vibrio cholerae. Effective control measures rely on prevention, preparedness and response.

Our local operators and suppliers are taking extra precautions on the ground to ensure our passengers remain safe. We also recommend that all passengers travelling to Kenya carry rehydration salts and read the WHO recommendations on how to stay healthy during an outbreak.

http://www.who.int/cholera/prevention_control/recommendations/en/index1.html