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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» United States
» World Health Organisation
 

Current updates

Turkey, Istanbul, 2016 -07-16 UPDATED 2016-07-18

On the 16th July there was an attempted coup in Turkey. The attempt has been reported as a failure and the situation in the country is normalising. All airports have re-opened and flights are resumiing as scheduled, however some delays are expected. If you are due to depart in the coming days we recommend you contact your airline for more information.

We have been in constant contact with our local operator over the weekend and they have advised that all groups, leaders and local staff are safe and accounted for.

Our trips currently on the ground  are operating with small amendments where necessary.  All future trips will run as scheduled.

We will continue to monitor the advice of the official travel advisories and of our local operator. If you have any questions or concerns about your upcoming trip please contact your booking agent for more information.

SAFETY IN TURKEY:

Following recent incidents in Turkey we recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before your departure and that you ensure your travel insurance covers you for all areas in your itinerary.  We continue to monitor the situation through official travel advisories and our local operations team and we are able to quickly change arrangements if for any reason we become concerned. If there should be any changes to the situation you will be advised immediately.

We have taken the following measures to minimise the potential risk for our travellers in Turkey:

·Our local office is constantly monitoring local Ministry of Tourism updates and has regional advisors to keep them abreast on regional events.

·We are monitoring local transport conditions and will make changes to included transport as required.

·Whilst travelling in Istanbul before, after or during your tour we recommend avoiding crowded areas like Taksim Square, Galatasaray and Kadikoy Meydan after 6.00pm especially on a weekend. If using public transport in the city please refer to http://www.iett.gov.tr/en for the latest updates and announcements.

If you have any questions or concerns about your upcoming trip please contact your booking agent for more information.

France, Nice Bastille Day incident, 2016-07-15 - UPDATE 15:20 BST

There was a terrorist attack on the Bastille Day celebration in Nice on 14 July 2016, causing multiple casualties.

Nice Airport is open and flights are operating as normal. There may be some disruptions with public transport as the Promenade des Anglais is closed as are many of the surrounding streets.

All Intrepid Group passengers are safe and accounted for. There are no trips currently in Nice.

Intrepid's Cote d'Azur Sailing Adventure - Marseille to Nice (ASRM160709) is currently in Cannes, and is not due to arrive in to Nice until 16th July. This trip will finish at the Port of Nice as planned.

The Cote d'Azur Sailing Adventure - NIce to Marseille (ASRN160716) is scheduled to depart from Nice on 16 July and will depart as scheduled.

All other trips due to operate in France are currently planned to run as scheduled.

As the safety of our staff and travellers remains our first priority, we are carefully monitoring official travel advisories and in conjunction with our local operators will make any itinerary changes if required. 

If you have any questions or concerns about your upcoming trip please contact our sales team for more information.

Turkey, Istanbul Ataturk Airport Explosion, UPDATE 2016-06-30

Ataturk International Airport has reopened following the attack that occurred on 28th of June. Many airlines have resumed flights in and out of the airport. We continue to recommend passengers check with their airline to reconfirm flights and services, particuarly if you are departing within the next week.

All of our trips will resume running as scheduled from the 6th of July. If any minor changes to itineraries are necessary they will be managed on the ground by our operations team as explained below:

SAFETY IN TURKEY:

Following recent incidents in Turkey we recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before your departure and that you ensure your travel insurance covers you for all areas in your itinerary.  We continue to monitor the situation through official travel advisories and our local operations team and we are able to quickly change arrangements if for any reason we become concerned. If there should be any changes to the situation you will be advised immediately.

We have taken the following measures to minimise the potential risk for our travellers in Turkey:

·Our local office is constantly monitoring local Ministry of Tourism updates and has regional advisors to keep them abreast on regional events.

·We are monitoring local transport conditions and will make changes to included transport as required.

·Whilst travelling in Istanbul before, after or during your tour we recommend avoiding crowded areas like Taksim Square, Galatasaray and Kadikoy Meydan after 6.00pm especially on a weekend. If using public transport in the city please refer to http://www.iett.gov.tr/en for the latest updates and announcements.

 

If you have any questions or concerns about your upcoming trip please contact our sales team for more information.

 

Madagascar, Antananarivo, Explosion, 2016-06-28

On 26th June, a grenade explosion killed three people and injured at least 50 others during celebrations marking Independence Day at Mahamasina Stadium in the Madagascan capital of Antananarivo. Reports state there was no immediate reason for the attack or any indication of those responsible.

We had no groups in this area and all of local staff are safe. At this stage all of our trips will continue to run as scheduled. Our local staff are monitoring the situation carefully.

 

USA, Death Valley, Heat Wave, 2016-06-24

The Southwest of the US is currently experiencing an extreme heat wave, including record-breaking temperatures in Death Valley. Due to concerns for travellers' safety, including dehydration and heat exhaustion, as well as a couple of incidents with vans breaking down due to the heat (and not being able to use the A/C as a result), we've had to declare Death Valley a no-go zone and reroute our groups to avoid the area. Instead, groups will be given the option of departing later from Las Vegas, or arriving at the campsite earlier, where there are some hot springs.

 

Zika virus – all affected regions, 2016-05-11

This advice covers all regions affected by the Zika virus.

The World Health Organization (WHO), has confirmed an outbreak of the mosquito-borne Zika virus in several parts of Central and South America and the Caribbean, and is also reporting the ongoing spread of the virus to other parts of the world, including Asia.

WHO does not consider Zika to be a pandemic, like SARS or Ebola. Based on available evidence, the WHO is not recommending any travel or trade restrictions related to Zika virus disease.

Specific areas affected with ongoing active local Zika virus transmission*

Central & South America & and the Caribbean – All countries other than Cuba, Argentina, and Chile.

Asia & the Pacific – American Samoa, Fiji, Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga

Symptoms & Treatment

The symptoms of Zika may include fever, skin rashes, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, malaise, and headache. These symptoms are usually mild and last for 2-7 days. Zika virus disease is usually relatively mild and requires no specific treatment.

Zika virus diagnosis can only be confirmed by laboratory testing.

People sick with Zika virus should get plenty of rest, drink enough fluids, and treat pain and fever with common medicines. If symptoms worsen, they should seek medical care and advice. There is currently no vaccine available.

Prevention

According to the WHO, Zika is transmitted to people through the bite of an infected mosquito and generally not spread person to person; however there is currently no vaccine or preventative drug available against this virus.

The best way to prevent Zika is to avoid mosquito bites by:

  • Wearing long sleeves and pants (preferably light coloured)
  • Use insect repellents when outdoors

Pregnancy

Health authorities have confirmed the link between Zika virus in pregnant women and microcephaly (a smaller than normal skull) in their babies. Women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant should take extra care to protect themselves from mosquito bites.

In line with the above health warnings, Intrepid recommends all women who are pregnant or trying to get pregnant to consult with their doctors before booking their trip to a region affected by the Zika virus.

Changes to bookings

The following change and cancellation fees apply to pregnant women currently booked to travel on a trip to a region affected by the Zika virus (as listed at the top of this advice).

  • To transfer funds to another trip to another region an no extra fee*
  • To postpone trip dates at no extra fee*
  • Cancellations within 30 days from departure: loss of deposit applies to cover unrecoverable on ground costs (a note from a doctor confirming pregnancy is required)*
  • Cancellations outside 30 days from departure: no cancellation fees apply (a note from a doctor confirming pregnancy is required)*

*exceptions may apply to Antarctica bookings.

Please contact your booking agent for more information in this regard and to make any amendments to your booking.

More Information

More information on the Zika virus can be found at the following links –

World Health Organisation (WHO) : http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/zika/en/

Centers for Disease, Control & Prevention (CDC): http://emergency.cdc.gov/han/han00385.asp

* as defined by the Centers for Disease, Control and Prevention http://www.cdc.gov/zika/geo/index.html