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.
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.
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:
3 November 2014 - There has been a bombing today at the Wagah border crossing point between India and Pakistan, near Lahore. The Intrepid group currently travelling on the Mountains and Mystics (HHSF – 26 October 2014), and the Spiritual India Combination trip (HHSWC – 20 October 2014) are safe and currently in Amristar. Based on these events the included excursion to the border will not be going ahead, and alternative arrangements will be made.
No other trips are currently affected, and we will be monitoring the situation for any upcoming departures. If you have any questions please contact your booking agent.
We have been monitoring the situation in southern Turkey over the last week with DFAT, other government travel advisories and our local operator.
Our operating team visited Urfa last week and reported back that it's not unsafe to travel, but it would not be a pleasant experience for our passengers. We have considered all this advice and therefore decided to re-route our itineraries that visited the Town of Urfa.
Travellers on affected itineraries will be contacted directly to be advised of the changes. If you do have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch with your booking agent
On 2 August a landslide destroyed a village, blocking the Sun Kosi river and the Kathmandu-Tibet highway near Lamosanghu. There are a number of confirmed casualties, but no reports of British nationals being affected. If you are in the affected area or planning to travel there, exercise caution and check with the authorities or your tour operators for the latest information.
All Intrepid itineraries have been re-routed back to Lhasa to fly to Kathmandu to end the trip.
There are reports of some travellers hiking over the affected area to cross the Tibet/Nepal border instead of returning to Lhasa. Until the road is deemed completely safe we will be re-routing all groups to return to Lhasa and fly to Kathmandu.
We will continue to closely monitor the situation with DFAT, other government travel advisories and our local operator.
We have been monitoring the situation in Algeria with DFAT, other government travel advisories and our local operator.
In light of the events that occurred overnight and based on advice from our local operator we have decided to cancel the remaining departures for 2014.
Travellers on affected itineraries will be contacted directly to make alternative arrangements. If you do have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch with your booking agent.
The EU has recently chosen to highlight the safety record in Nepal and as of 5th December 2013, all Nepalese registered carriers have been included on an EU list of ‘Banned Airlines’ In response to general concerns over the safety record of Nepalese carriers, in 2011 and 2013 a consortium of leading adventure travel companies asked independent air safety experts to visit Nepal to assess the suitability of the available air carriers. Following these comprehensive audits it was decided to restrict our use to just three approved carriers, which are Yeti Airlines, Tara Air and Buddha Air. It remains our firm policy to only use these three approved carriers for our customers and further audits will take place regularly. For emergency situations, we also have an approved list of helicopter companies for our use. Whilst acknowledging the safety issues identified by the EU, we believe we have taken all possible measures to reduce the risk to our customers of flying within Nepal. We would like assure that our customers’ safety remains our number one priority at all times.
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