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.

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Current updates

Myanmar Floods.   Mon, 2015-08-3

Over the last week the west of Myanmar has been subject to widespread flooding.   This has been exacerbated in recent days with the passing of Cyclone Komen which lead to the declaration of a State of Emergency in Chin and Rakhine states and also in the Sagaing and Magway regions. 

In terms of our tour operations this has not had a significant impact to date with only minor modifications to itineraries and inconveniences such as the Mandalay and Heho airports being closed for 3 hours due to high winds.  All of our departures in Myanmar are scheduled to run as planned at this stage. 

Intrepid has an experienced local team on the ground in Yangon who will quickly respond to any changes to the situation.  We will continue to monitor the situation and follow the instructions of local authorities to ensure the safety of our travellers and staff.

This page will be updated if the situation changes. If you have any questions please contact your booking agent.

 

Turkey- Travel Warnings, Wed, 2015-07-29

Due to recent updates to Government travel warnings for Turkey, and information being provided by local authorities in Istanbul, as a precaution we will suspend the use of public transport (metro, tram and bus) and take private options within Istanbul for the next 7 days as more information becomes available. At this stage we have no plans to cancel or reroute our Turkey trips outside of this precaution.

Intrepid has an experienced local team in Turkey who can quickly respond to any changes to the situation.  We will continue to monitor the situation and follow the instructions of local authorities to ensure the safety of our travellers and staff.

This page will be updated if the situation changes. If you have any questions please contact your booking agent.

 

Indonesia- Mount Raung Eruption Fri, 2015-07-03

Updated 10 July 2016

On Sunday 28th June Mt Raung located in Eastern Java started errupting. Intrepid groups travelling in Java on the Jakarta to Ubud trip (TISE), departures 21st June, and 28th June 2015, are all safe and continuing with their travels. All Intrepid trips will continue to run as scheduled in Java, Bali and Lombok. We will continue to monitor the situation, and advise travellers of any changes.

The subsequent ash cloud has affected flights in and out of Denpasar Airport in Bali, as wel as Lombok International Airport.  Please contact your airline for further updates. Should you have any concerns about joining your upcoming departure, or if you need to make any changes to your arrival detail, please contact your booking agent.

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 3rd of July)

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)
Sabah Adventure departing 18th of July (TMSC150718)
Sabah Adventure departing 25th of July (TMSC150725)
Sabah Adventure departing 1st of August (TMSC150801)
Sabah Adventure departing 8th of August (TMSC150808)
Sabah Adventure departing 15th of August (TMSC150815)
Sabah Adventure departing 22nd of August (TMSC150822)
 

Best of Borneo departing 4th of June (TMSXC150604)

Best of Borneo departing 18th of June (TMSXC150618)

Best of Borneo departing 2nd of July (TMSXC150702)

Best of Borneo departing 16th of July (TMSXC150716)

Best of Borneo departing 30th of July (TMSXC150730)

Best of Borneo departing 13th of August (TMSXC150813)

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 )

 

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

Peru and Bolivia Mining Protests, Fri 2015-07-24

Some regions of Peru & Bolivia are currently being affected by ongoing strikes which are blocking roads and other public infrastructure, particularly around the city of Potosi in Bolivia.

Strikes like this are a common occurrence in South America. Our local operations team are highly experienced and prepared in dealing with situations like this. Throughout this time, they have been in frequent contact with local airlines, bus companies and other ground suppliers in order to work out an alternative itinerary that will allow you to continue enjoy your trip with as little disruptions as possible. Passengers who are travelling on amended itineraries have been contacted directly.

While these strikes pose some logistical challenges, we are confident that alternative itineraries don’t compromise your or our leader’s safety in any way.

We will continue monitor this situation through our local team, local authorities as well as the Department of Foreign affairs and will contact and confirmed passengers should this situation changes.