At Intrepid, the safety of our travellers, leaders and operators is a major priority.
Since our very first days as a tour operator, travelling responsibly and safely has been at the heart of everything we do. With this in mind, we monitor world events very closely. Intrepid makes operational decisions based on informed advice from a number of sources.
Current travel alerts
Before travelling internationally, it is important that you check your government’s foreign travel advice website. You must check, understand and be able to meet all the travel requirements, including:
- Whether your government permits travel to the destination/s you're travelling to
- Entry requirements in the destination/s you’re visiting (ie. Is proof of vaccination, quarantine, self-isolation or COVID testing required?)
- Requirements for returning to your home country from the destination (ie. Is proof of vaccination, quarantine, self-isolation or COVID testing required?)
- What travel insurance is available for travel to your destination/s
- Whether transiting through other destinations affects any of the above
Intrepid also has COVID-19 Health & Safety Guidelines, which includes mandatory vaccination requirements for all travellers. See our Safe Travels page for more information.
The political and security situation in Ethiopia remains uncertain following ongoing civil unrest. Government travel advisories from our key source markets advise ‘Do Not Travel’ to many of the areas visited on our itinerary, and ‘reconsider your need to travel/essential travel only’ for the country as a whole. We have continued to monitor the situation in Ethiopia over the past week, and unfortunately there has been little improvement, and evolving frequently.
As a result of the above and with the safety of our travellers and staff in mind we have made the decision to cancel all Ethiopia departures for the remainder of the year. Customers are in the process of being notified.
We continue to closely monitor the situation with our on-ground team and make a decision about 2023 departures closer to departure.
Our thoughts and hearts are with the people in Ukraine, including our own team members, tour leaders and their families, who have been deeply impacted by this senseless war and invasion of Ukraine. The Intrepid Foundation has launched an emergency appeal in partnership with Australian Red Cross to provide support (food, water, shelter & medicine) within Ukraine and assistance for displaced people in surrounding counties. The appeal has raised over $100,000, and we ask that you please consider giving at The Intrepid Foundation Ukraine Crisis Appeal.
Intrepid is not currently operating any tours that visit Ukraine or Russia and tours in these countries have been cancelled for the foreseeable future.
Intrepid condemns the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the Russian government’s aggression towards Ukraine and its people.
Any future decisions to resume operations in Russia will be based not only on the safety of our travelers and the communities we visit, but the stability of Europe and a clear path to peace for all innocent and oppressed people who have fallen victim to this violence.
We hope for a peaceful path out of this crisis soon and are continuing to monitor the situation closely.
Please check back here for further updates as they become available.
Government advisories in the USA, Australia, UK and Canada continue to advise against travel to Iran, based on safety concerns.
The safety of our travellers is of paramount importance and based on this advice and consultation with our local on-ground team, we regret to advise that we are cancelling Intrepid departures to Iran in October.
We continue to closely monitor the situation with our on-ground team and will advise customers booked on departures from November no less than 4 weeks from departure.
Intrepid Travel strongly condemns the ongoing violence and human rights abuses in Myanmar.
We halted all trips in Myanmar in 2020 and are currently not operating in the country.
Any future decisions to resume operations in Myanmar will be based on the safety of travellers, staff and local communities.
Intrepid follows government travel advisories from our key traveller markets when making decisions about operating trips in destinations. As the advice may differ depending on your location, it is important to consult your own local foreign travel advisory when considering if travel to a destination is permitted or appropriate for you.
Canada: Travel Advice and Advisories
New Zealand: SafeTravel
United Kingdom: Foreign Travel Advice
United States: US Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs
Entry, health and visa requirements
Get the latest information on travel documents and visa requirements, plus local government COVID-19 vaccination and quarantine policies around the world.
How we monitor safety on our trips
We constantly monitor global issues, ensuring we have an in-depth understanding of the areas we visit. With multiple operational offices around the world in a variety of destinations, Intrepid has access to real-time safety updates and information within the countries we travel to. These staff are available to provide support to travellers on the ground if required.
Get in touch
If you have any concerns, you can contact our support team online or over the phone.