If you're travelling with us during COVID-19, there are a few additional safety precautions that you’ll need to agree to. 

On Day 1 of your trip at the Welcome Meeting, all travellers will be required to fill out a health questionnaire asking you to disclose whether you’ve been diagnosed with, had symptoms of, or knowingly been in close contact of anyone with COVID-19 within the past 14 days. We also recommend all travellers check the government foreign travel advice of both your home country and the destinations you are travelling to, to ensure you have the most up-to-date information about entry requirements and any potential quarantine periods.  

Safe travels

 

Intrepid Travel has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Safe Travels stamp, which provides travellers with the assurance that we have adopted health and hygiene global standardised protocols – so you can experience ‘Safe Travels’. 

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Flexible bookings

We understand that sometimes plans change. That’s why, whether you’re unwell or simply change your mind about travelling, when you book with us you have the flexibility** to change your plans – with assurance that you’ll have options to re-book when it suits you.

Learn more about flexible bookings
 

Frequently asked questions

From 1 September 2021, everyone travelling on an Intrepid trip must be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of carriage, except for tours in Australia, New Zealand and the Cook Islands. 

All travellers* are required to produce: 

  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination

  • All children 6 and above must provide proof of vaccination, proof of recovery or a negative COVID-19 test.

  • If you are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons, you may apply for an exemption. Exemptions will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. To apply, you must provide a medical certificate from a medical professional. 

In all cases, you must be fully inoculated. This means you must receive the full dosage of the COVID-19 vaccine and allow enough time for immunity to take effect. Each COVID-19 vaccine has different dosages and timeframes for inoculation, so please check the relevant medical advice associated with your vaccine.

*Except those in Australia, New Zealand and the Cook Islands

Children between 6 and 17 years of age are exempt from the mandatory vaccination policy that comes into effect from 1 September 2021.   

In order to join an Intrepid trip, they must provide: 

  • Proof of vaccination status (for children who are eligible); or 

  • Proof of a negative COVID-19 test conducted no more than 72 hours before day 1 of your trip; or 

  • Proof of recovery from COVID-19 (a medical clearance certificate from a medical professional)   

Children aged 5 years and under are not required to provide any documentation to travel with Intrepid.  

A copy of your vaccination record (either paper or digital) is required.  

For example, 

  • an  NHS card with batch number (UK travellers) 

  • CDC vaccination record (USA travellers)  

  • Eu Digital COVID Pass (EU travellers) 

You will be required to present this proof at the group meeting on day 1 of your trip.

At the Welcome Meeting you will be asked to complete a self-screening health form with the following questions: 

Have you (or anyone else in your travelling party) been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the past 14 days? Y/N 

In the past 14 days, have you (or anyone else in your travelling party) had close contact with anyone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19? Y/N 

In the past 14 days, have you (or anyone else in your travelling party) had close contact with anyone currently being monitored for possible exposure to COVID-19? Y/N 

In the past 14 days, have you (or anyone else in your travelling party) suffered from any of the following symptoms (lists current COVID symptoms) Y/N 

You will also be asked to report any COVID-19 symptoms as well as any close contact with someone who has suspected or confirmed COVID-19. If you are displaying any symptoms or have any health concerns at this time, we will assist you to seek medical advice and will follow all directions from local health authorities regarding COVID-19 testing or quarantine. You may not be permitted to join the trip if local health advice is that you need to self-isolate. We ask that all travellers continue to monitor their health throughout their travels and report any relevant symptoms or concerns. 

Intrepid is committed to ensuring health and safety across all aspects of our trips, and all of our suppliers are required to commit to enhanced minimum COVID-19 standards.  

Every trip has been thoroughly audited to ensure health and safety standards are met. In many cases, itineraries have been adjusted to avoid crowded locations or peak times, and enhanced ventilation standards have been introduced for venues and transportation, where possible. 

All leaders and crew have been thoroughly trained in COVID-19 safe protocols, including hygiene, sanitation, health screening and crisis management.   

From 1 May 2021, we introduced new vaccination and testing requirements that apply to all of our trips, except for tours in Australia and New Zealand. This includes a comprehensive pre-trip health screening, including proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before day one of the trip, for all travellers and leaders. 

From 1 September 2021, we introduced new vaccination requirements that apply to all of our trips, except for tours in Australia and New Zealand. This includes a comprehensive pre-trip health screening, including proof of vaccination for all travellers (see Vaccination requirements FAQ for more information).   

These measures are overlaid by a number of additional hygiene and sanitation measures.  

In addition, each destination has their own vaccination, testing and health screening requirements for entry, exit and transit. It’s important that you check these on your governments foreign travel advice website as these may include requiring evidence of recent COVID-19 test results.

HEALTH SCREENING  

Each destination has their own vaccination, testing and health screening requirements for entry, exit and transit. It’s important that you check these on your government’s foreign travel advice website as these may include requiring evidence of recent COVID-19 test results or vaccination.  

In addition, before joining an Intrepid trip, you will be asked to complete a self-declaration form as part of health screening. 

If you are displaying any COVID-19 symptoms, we will assist you to seek medical advice and will follow all directions from local health authorities regarding COVID-19 testing or quarantine. You may not be permitted to join the trip if local advice is that you need to self-isolate. We ask that all travellers continue to monitor their health throughout their travels and report any relevant symptoms or concerns. 

VACCINATIONS AND TESTING  

From 1 May 2021 we introduced new safety measures that apply on all of our trips, except for tours in Australia and New Zealand. 

Travellers are required* to produce either: 

  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination, or
  • Proof of negative COVID-19 test conducted no more than 72 hours before day 1 of your trip, or
  • Proof of recovery documentation

If you’re aged 70+ or have an existing health condition that puts you at a higher risk of serious COVID-19 disease, you are also required to provide proof of vaccination before you can join a trip.

All travellers on Sailing, Adventure Cruising, and Galapagos sailing trips are required to produce proof of COVID-19 vaccination before joining a trip. See below for more details.

All children 6 and above must provide proof of vaccination, proof of recovery or a negative COVID-19 test.

From 1 September 2021, travellers are required to produce: 

  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination

These new safety measures that apply on all of our trips, except for tours in Australia, New Zealand and the Cook Islands. 

If you are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons, you may apply for an exemption. Exemptions will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. To apply, you must provide a medical certificate from a medical professional.  

Children under 18 are exempt. Children aged between 6 and 17 years old must provide proof of either vaccination, recovery or a negative COVID-19 test. Please see the below section on children for further details.

PHYSICAL DISTANCING 

At all times on trip we comply with local regulations on physical distancing and permitted group sizes. As a general rule, Intrepid will follow recommended guidelines of 1.5m/5ft apart from others. When necessary, we will make changes to itineraries to avoid crowds by visiting attractions or travelling outside of peak times. We understand that maintaining physical distancing at all times between group members when on a trip would be difficult and impractical. We have put pre-trip screening measures in place for travellers and leaders, as well as other COVID-19 protocols such as enhanced hygiene and sanitation to help reduce the risk of group travel. 

Our trips are run on a twin-share basis, which means if you are travelling by yourself you will be roomed with another single traveller. For those travellers who wish to have their own room, Single Supplements are available to purchase. We are working with our suppliers to audit where multi-share accommodation was planned for some nights in order to provide alternatives when needed. 

CLOSED, CROWDED OR CLOSE CONTACT SPACES  

Intrepid recognises that some settings have more risks associated with them. For that reason, we have revised many itineraries to avoid crowded markets, attractions at peak time, indoor markets or underground spaces. Itineraries have also been adjusted to limit time in busy areas and to avoid or limit our time in venues with poor ventilation.  

MASKS 

Masks must be worn by all travellers throughout the trip whenever required by local health authorities. You will need to bring your own supply of masks from home. Make sure you have familiarised yourself with how to safely wear, handle, wash or dispose of masks when wearing them while travelling. 

HYGIENE                                                      

We have put in place additional measures, in line with government health advice and with global health authorities, to ensure that we maintain the highest standards of hygiene on all our trips. Throughout the trip there will be regular opportunities for handwashing and wherever possible hand sanitiser will be provided at accommodation, restaurants and on transport.  

All leaders and crew have been thoroughly trained in COVID-19 Safe protocols, including hygiene, sanitation, health screening and crisis management.  

SANITATION 

We require all suppliers that we work with to detail their cleaning and sanitation protocols to ensure that these meet our minimum standards. Rooms will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected between guests and all high touch public areas regularly sanitised. All private transport used will be regularly cleaned and disinfected. Restaurants used for group meals will also be audited for sanitation practices. 

CONTACTLESS/LOW TOUCH 

We are proactively moving towards contactless and low touch solutions for travel. This includes digital solutions for signing forms or providing traveller details in place of paperwork and using online ticketing and payments. 

Intrepid supports the use of masks as one way to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Wearing a face mask provides an additional physical barrier and helps to reduce community transmission. The World Health Organization also recommends wearing masks in destinations with widespread community transmission when physical distancing is difficult.   

You will need to wear a mask prior to the health screening at the group meeting. After that, when and where a mask is required will depend on the government advice in the destination. You leader will brief you on mask wearing throughout the trip. Ensure you familiarise yourself with how to safely wear, handle, wash or dispose of masks when wearing them while travelling. 

We advise you to contact your airline as well as check the foreign travel advice for your destination regarding wearing masks before travelling as you will need to bring your supply own from home to cover the duration of your travels. While our leaders carry masks as part of their first aid kits, we are unable to provide masks for daily use for travellers. 

If you display any symptoms or health concerns at either the welcome meeting or during the trip and are unable to continue travelling with us due to a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 on your trip, we can offer you a credit voucher for the unused days of your trip.