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.
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:
* 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.
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.
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.
An earthquake of magnitude 6.1 struck Ludian County in remote Yunnan Province on 3rd August, killing around 589 people. Our groups do not travel to this part of Yunnan and no groups have been affected by the earthquake.
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.
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.
Since the start of November 2013, there have been a number of political demonstrations that have taken place in locations around Bangkok and other parts of Thailand.
After many months of protests, on 22 May, Thailand’s army chief announced a coup d’etat. This means the seizure of power from government and that the Thai military are now in control of the country to restore order and put political reforms in place. As Martial Law was enforced around the country, a curfew was put in place nationwide, however as of 13 June 2014, the curfew has been lifted.
Both of Bangkok’s airports are continuing to operate as normal. An official information desk has been set up at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport.
Since the Coup began on 22 May there have been sporadic pockets of demonstrators who have taken to the streets to voice their opposition against the coup. These anti coup demonstrations are on a small scale and in no way reflect the demonstrations experienced in the past, nor do they impede on the daily day-to-day functions of the city.
The demonstrations to date have been none violent and are peaceful which reflects the current atmosphere in Bangkok. These small pop-up gatherings are being dealt with by the military and are being monitored closely to maintain public peace and order. On the whole the military are keeping a low profile on the streets and are not overly visible to the general public.
All services continue to function as normal with most businesses and offices continuing to operate. Shopping malls have resumed their normal opening hours 10:00-22:00 and the public transport systems including the BTS Sky Train, the MRT Subway and the Airport Rail Link continue to operate.
All emergency services are operational at all times including medical services.. As per Thai law all visitors to Thailand, should carry some official ID on them throughout their stay
We encourage all passengers to stay away from all protest areas and to check their hotel notice boards in Bangkok for the most update information on protest areas; which are updated regularly.
We continue to monitor the situation very closely with our local office in Bangkok and since the protests began in November 2013 we have been able to run all Intrepid groups with limited disruption. Our night time sightseeing programs have resumed normal operating schedules and restaurants, bars and entertainment venues are operating as normal.
If you require any urgent assistance once you are in Bangkok please call our emergency phone which is staffed by our local Thailand office.
Intrepid's Thailand Office can be reached on Tel: +66 898 103 722
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.
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