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:
There have been reports that a number of diplomats became ill after a suspected sonic attack against US government officials in Havana recently. These attacks reportedly occurred in both the homes of government officials and in hotels where American diplomats were staying. No Intrepid travellers have been affected by the incident and all Intrepid itineraries in Cuba are currently operating as normal.
There has been a mass shooting at a Country Music Festival on the Las Vegas Strip on Sunday night local time 1st October 2017 where it has been reported a gunman has killed at least 59 people and injured hundreds.
There were two Intrepid groups in Las Vegas at this time. All passengers are present and accounted for and will be continuing their trips as planned. There is increased security in the area and all transport options are open. We are constantly monitoring the situation with the help of our on ground staff and will update this page if there are any changes.
Mount Agung, an active volcano in Karangasem Regency in East Bali, has shown recent increased volcanic activity. Local authorities have temporarily suspended all outdoor activities such as hiking and camping activities in proximity to the crater. There is an exclusion zone around the Volcano and many locals have been evacuated that live inside this exclusion zone.
All of our Intrepid trips are running as per normal, as they do not visit Mt Agung and all operate outside of the exclusion zone. We are constantly monitoring the situation with the help of our onground staff and will update this page if there are any changes.
A 7.1 Earthquake hit the city of Puebla yesterday, 19th September, also damaging Mexico City and surrounding cities.
Flights were suspended into the capital until the Mexico City airport infrastructure was evaluated, but has since reopened at 5pm local time on the 19th and flights have resumed. Will are still collecting reports from our ground team and local authorities but so far all our hotels in Mexico have reported undamaged and unaffected.
We had no groups in this area and all of our local staff are safe. At this stage all of our trips will continue to run as scheduled. Our next Intrepid departures are:
Mexico Unplugged 23rd Sep (QVRM)
Heartlads of Mexico 23rd Sep (QVSM)
Mexico Real Food Adventure 23rd Sep (QVZA)
Please contact your booking agent if you have any specific question in this regard.
We can today confirm that, according to local authorities, electricity has been re-established to 70% of the island and 100% of the destinations visited on Intrepid itineraries.
As previously mentioned, all departures from 13th September onward will run and operate as scheduled.
This is the last update posted about Hurricane Irma in Cuba. Please contact your booking agent if you have any questions in this regard.
Due to attacks in northern Rakhine State, and increased tensions in Rakhine State overall, many travel advisories warn against travel to this area specifically.
No Intrepid tours visit or travel near Rakhine State. We continue to monitor the situation through official travel advisories and our local operations team. If there should be any changes to the situation you will be advised immediately. We recommend that you check your Government's advice for their latest travel information.
There has been much media attention on the Korean peninsula following a series of North Korean missile tests in 2016 and 2017, including a recent nuclear test on 3rd September 2017. All Intrepid Travel trips in north east Asia, including Japan, South Korea and China are continuing to operate as normal and in accordance with our safety and risk procedures. We are working closely with local embassies and government authorities, including Australian Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT) to monitor and react to any changes in their current travel advice for this region.
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.