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.
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:
Nepal - Earthquake Sat, 2015-04-25
( UPDATE - Sun, 2015-04-27 5:30pm AEST )
On Saturday morning an earthquake with magnitude 7.9 occurred near Pokhara, Nepal. There have been a number of casualties, and a state of emergency has been declared.
Intrepid’s priority has been to contact all our travellers that were in Nepal and surrounding area at the time of the earthquake.
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.
Our local team in Kathmandu has been working hard to ensure the ongoing safety and comfort of our travellers, and make onward arrangements for their travel as soon as we are able to do so.
Communications in Nepal remain difficult, with landlines and internet connections are down.
The international airport is operating at limited capacity, and aftershocks have caused further damage to roads and infrastructure.
While some groups have now left the country, logistics remain a challenge in the area. We continue to assess the best options for travellers to get back to Kathmandu and fly out.
Travellers have been encouraged to contact home when they can. Concerned family and friends can contact our emergency line on +61 406 382 597, or 0406 382 597 within Australia.
Information for future departures:
We advise travellers not to board flights bound for Kathmandu at this point in time.
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 will be cancelling all imminent departures to Nepal, up to and including 11 May 2015.
We will be contacting all affected passengers over the coming days 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 12 May: we are monitoring the situation closely and will review trips as appropriate.
Emergency Earthquake Appeal:
The Intrepid Group is launching an appeal to assist with emergency relief in Nepal through our not-for-profit The Intrepid Foundation. The appeal will raise 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 is encouraging travellers to give to the appeal by matching all donations to the appeal dollar-for-dollar (up to AU$20,000 and a maximum of AU$5,000 total per donor).
Please visit www.theintrepidfoundation.org/projects/emergency-earthquake-appeal/ to make a donation.
Chile & Argentina - Volcan Calbuco, Fri 2015-04-24
On April 22nd Volcan Calbuco (located in the south of Chile) erupted. The ash plumb emitted by the volcano is currently affecting the following areas visited during Intrepid trips: Pucon (Chile), San Martin de los Andes (Argentina) and Bariloche (Argentina).
Fortunately there are no reports of casualties however the day to day life in these destinations have been affected by the falling ash.
As a preventative measure we re-routed the following Intrepid itineraries:
South American Explorer (GGRIC), 27th February departure,
Road to Rio (GGRO), 22nd April departure and
Chile & Argentina Discovery (GGRE), 22nd April departure.
We continue to assess the situation with the help of Intrepid’s ground team as well as local authorities and will communicate accordingly to any potentially affected travellers by Thursday 30th April.
Tunisia - Thu, 2015-03-19
On the 18 March 2015, a number of foreign tourists were killed in a terrorist attack at the Bardo Museum in the centre of Tunis. The U.S. Embassy in Tunisia has, for the time being, urged U.S. travellers to avoid the Bardo Museum and the surrounding area near parliament.
Fortunately no Intrepid groups are in Tunisia at this time.
At this stage we are not cancelling any future departures. We are currently liaising with our local operator about the situation on the ground. We will advise affected passengers of any changes if necessary.