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 operations decisions based on informed advice from a number of sources.
1. The Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT)
For any Intrepid-operated trip, if DFAT’s advisory is at ‘Do Not Travel’ then Intrepid will either cancel the trip or reroute the itinerary to avoid the areas concerned.
2. Staff on the ground
With over 400 leaders on the ground in operational destinations and subsidiary companies in our main hub cities, Intrepid has access to an up-to-the-minute flow of information regarding the mood and feeling 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.
3. Other government travel advisories
Most countries’ governments provide their own travel advice. See below for links to some of the larger ones:
Recently, several Unions (Teachers and Miners amongst others) carried out protests and strikes in various parts of the country including Cusco, Aguas Calientes & Puno. Strikers blocked roads and train lines which led to temporary disruptions to the travel sector, including transport back and forth to Machu Picchu.
At the moment, the government has declared a state of emergency for 30 days, meaning more police and military presence on the roads to control and (hopefully!) minimise disruptions to transport and the travel sector.
The situation remains rather fluid so any necessary itinerary changes will be communicated to groups on the ground as/if required. Unfortunately, strikes like this are a common occurrence in Peru and our fabulous ground teams are rather experts at safely navigating through them. So far, all our groups have been able to complete their itineraries without major changes and travellers have been able to take part on all included activities on their trips.
We will continue to monitor the situation through our ground operations teams based in Lima and Cusco along with government foreign travel advisories. If you have further questions in this regard please contact your booking agent.
On 7 June, simultaneous terrorist attacks at the Iranian Majlis (parliament) in central Tehran and at Imam Khomeini's Shrine on the southern outskirts of Tehran.
All of our groups and local staff are safe and accounted for.
We are in constant contact with our local operator, and do not believe this will affect the running of our trip. However, should there be any further incidents on the ground, or any change of advice from DFAT and/or our local operator we will notify passengers of any changes to the scheduled itinerary as required.
We currently have no groups in the Jakarta,
We will continue to monitor the situation through our local contacts and government foreign travel advisories. If you have any questions please contact your booking agent.
There was a bomb attack on 22 May 2017,in Bangkok.
We will continue to monitor the situation through our local operations team based in Bangkok along with government foreign travel advisories. If you have any questions please contact your booking agent.
There were recent granade attacks in Gondar & Bahir Dar. We currently have no groups in the area.
We will continue to monitor the situation through our ground operations team based in Addis Ababa along with government foreign travel advisories. If you have any questions please contact your booking agent.