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.

» Read Intrepid's Safety Policy

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.

» Australia

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:

» Britain
» Canada
» New Zealand
» United States
» World Health Organisation
 

Current updates

 

Nepal - Earthquake Sat, 2015-04-25

In the early hours of Saturday morning an earthquake with magnitude 7.9 occurred near Pokhara, Nepal. There have been reports of a number of casualties, and a state of emergency has been declared by the Nepalese government.

We are currently working with our local operations team to confirm that all passengers, leaders and local ground staff are safe and accounted for.

Our travellers have been asked to contact loved ones but communications in the region is difficult. There has been significant damage to infrastructure. Most phone lines are down and mobile coverage is limited. We will continue to update this page as information becomes available.

Concerned relatives and friends can contact our emergency line on +61 406 382 597.

Please note that Kathmandu Airport is currently closed and will remain closed for the short term. We advise travellers not to board flights bound for Kathmandu at this point in time.  We’ll contact all travellers about the status of future trips in the coming days as the situation becomes clearer

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.

India/Nepal Seasonal Influenza - Thurs, 2015-03-19

Please be advised that there has been a recent outbreak of Seasonal Influenza (including H1N1 – Swine flu) across India and Nepal. We recommend you consult your GP or travel doctor to learn what precautions to take prior to your holiday in India. Please also familiarise yourself with your country’s travel advice for India.

Chile – Villarica Volcano eruption - Mon, 2015-03-04

On March 3, Villarica Volcano in southern Chile erupted and thousands of local residents were evacuated. The volcano is located close to Pucon, a destination on several Intrepid itineraries in this region.

Fortunately no Intrepid groups were in Pucon at the time of the eruption and all our passengers, leaders and local ground staff are safe.

We're continuing to assess the information provided by local authorities as well as our ground team and will make alternative plans for the following trips as required:

  • Chile & Argentina Discovery (GGRE)
  • Road to Rio (GGROC)
  • Spirit of South America (GGRFC)
  • Unveil South America (GGRCC)
  • Best of South America (GGRHC)
  • South American Explorer (GGRIC)

At this stage, flights, buses and other services in Pucon are back to normal. Should the situation remain the same we will continue to run these trips as normal. If the situation changes and it becomes unsafe to visit Pucon we will visit the Chilean city of Puerto Varas which is unaffected by the eruption.