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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Current updates

Tunisia - Tunisia Attacks, 2015-06-26

On 26 June 2015, up to 38 people were killed in a terrorist attack in the tourist town of Sousse, on the coast south of Tunis. The attack is reported to have centerd around the Hotel Riu Marhaba and the nearby beaches. Fortunately no Intrepid groups were in the country at the time. 

We are in contact with our local operator and monitoring the government travel advice. Should the advice change we will notify all passengers booked on our upcoming trips.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact your booking agent.

NEPAL - Earthquake (updated 24Jun 2015 - 10:00am)

On 25 April, around midday local time, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal’s Gorkha region, triggering an avalanche on Mt Everest and devastating local communities. Tourism is one of Nepal’s largest sources of income, employing about five per cent of the total population, and without travellers, the country suffers. We’ve been taking travellers to Nepal for decades; it is very much part of our heritage.  

We are pleased to announce that we are heading back to Nepal from 1 September 2015. Obviously, our staff and travellers’ welfare is our primary concern and we won’t send a single traveller to Nepal until we are satisfied it is safe to do so.  We are currently working with the World Bank, Nepalese government, and post-earthquake engineering experts as part of a comprehensive assessment of the condition of popular trekking routes and accommodation. We will keep you up to date on the progress as it comes to hand. Our expert guides and ground crew (who were instrumental in keeping our passengers safe during the earthquake) are still the best-qualified people to lead you through Nepal.

Our company co-founder, Darrell Wade, has just returned from visiting Nepal, and has written the following account of the situation in the country right now. http://www.intrepidtravel.com/adventures/nepal-update-letter-co-founder/

Emergency Earthquake Appeal:

Intrepid 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.

 

Luxor Egypt- Explosion in Luxor Wed, 2015-06-11

 

On June 10 2015 an explosion took place in the front of Karnak Temple, Luxor.

Fortunately no Intrepid groups were in Luxor at the time of the explosion and all our passengers, leaders and local ground staff are safe. All of our trips will continue to run as scheduled. We are in constant contact with our local operator and monitoring the government travel advice.

Should the current advice change we will notify all booked passengers and update this page.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact your booking agent.

 

Borneo - Malaysia Earthquake Fri, 2015-06-05

 

On Friday morning (5th of June) an earthquake with magnitude 6 occured in Ranau, Sabah, Borneo. We had one Intrepid group operating, Sabah Adventure departure 30th of May. (TMSC150530). All passengers and leaders are safe and well.

(UPDATE 17th of June)

Due to the earthquake that occurred on Friday the 5th of June in Ranau, Borneo, the Mt Kinabalu Climb remains closed. For the following trips we have an amended itinerary;

Sabah Adventure departing 13th of June (TMSC150613)
Sabah Adventure departing 27th of June (TMSC150627)
Sabah Adventure departing 4th of July (TMSC150704)
Sabah Adventure departing 11th of July (TMSC150711)

Best of Borneo departing 4th of June (TMSXC150604)
Best of Borneo departing 18th of June (TMSXC150618)
Best of Borneo departing 2nd of July (TMSXC150702)

Please see the trip notes for further information about the itinerary changes.

(UPDATE 17th of June)

We have been advised that the Mount Kinabalu Park and the Poring Hot Springs have now reopened so the following trips will revert back to their normal iitnerary.

Classic Borneo departing 20th of June 2015 (TMKB150620)
Classic Borneo departing 11th of July 2015 (TMKB150711)
Classic Borneo departing 18th of July 2015 (TMKB150718)

Classic Malaysia & Borneo departing 9th of July 2015 (TMKMC1507093)

 

China - Yangzi River Mon, 2015-06-01


A Chinese passenger ship called Dongfangzhixing (Eastern Star), carrying 447 people sank on the evening of Monday 1st June 2015 in the Hubei section of China's Yangtze River.   No Intrepid passengers were on board the vessel and all Intrepid travellers and staff members have been accounted for.

Japan - Hakone Volcano Wed, 2015-05-06


On 6 May 2015, the Japanese Meteorological Agency issued a level 2 warning (do not approach the crater) for Mount Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture. Mt Ontake, on the borders of Gifu and Nagano prefectures, and Mt Sakurajima in Kagoshima Prefecture, Kyushu, are currently at alert level 3 (do not approach the volcano). 

After monitoring local Government advice and liaising with our local Operator in Japan Intrepid have made the decision to avoid the Hakone area for the upcoming Japan Land of the Rising Sun (CJST) trip.  Instead of travelling to Hakone, we are replacing this with a visit to the town of Kanazawa.  Kenroku-en Gardens and Kanazawa Castle will be the included activities while in Kanazawa.  Passengers will not be required to pay any additional costs for this change.  

Information on departures:
The following departures were re-routed due to the Volcanic Activity:
CJST – 23rd May 2015 Land of the Rising Sun
CJST – 6th June 2015 Land of the Rising Sun

We will be re-accessing the situation the first week of June to determine the status of future departures.

Nepal - Earthquake Sat, 2015-04-25

( UPDATE - Mon, 2015-05-25 4:45pm AEST )

 

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