The safety of our passengers, leaders and operators is a major priority of Intrepid.

Read Intrepid’s Safety Policy

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.

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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:

Current updates

The 21st and 27th of November 2019 were planned National Days of Strike in Colombia. The strikes were orgainsied by more than 100 social organisations and Unions against the policies of the current Government. While there were protests in some major cities on the 21st, it has been mostly non-violent and the protests on the 27th November largely contained to a section of the capital, Bogota. 

We have been monitoring the situation closely through our ground team and local suppliers. Based on the most up to date advice from local authorities, we have determined that trips will continue to run as normal at this stage.

On the 21st November we had one tour group, GGSC191116, in Barichara, which was not affected by the protests.  The group was due to arrive in Bogota on the afternoon of the 23rd November. Due to the ongoing protest situation in Bogota, it was decided the group should not enter Bogota in the afternoon, as the protests and road blocks occur mainly in the afternoon and evenings.  The group stayed in the city of Chia instead and were trasferred to Bogota the next morning and were abl to complete the tour without incident. 

The protests on the 27th November have not effected any groups as we only have the one group, GGSS191123, who are due to travel from thre Cocora Valley to Medellin on the 28th November. 

While there have been no reports of incidents in Medellin, we are monitoring the situation closely should this change, and will re-route the trip if necassary. 

 

If you have any concerns or questions, please reach out to your booking agent.

 

If there are issues once you land in Colombia, please call our local emergency contact on + 55 21 99618-2018

A period of civil and political unrest lead to Intrepid suspending our trips to the country for the past few weeks. A number of trips were affected by cancellations and reroutes:

The following trips have been cancelled:

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The following trips have been rerouted to finish in Peru and will not travel to Bolivia:

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The situation in Bolivia is now gradually improving. The government has announced that new elections will be held at the end of March or beginning of April 2020. The main roads in La Paz, Uyuni, Potosi and other cities, including to the airports, are currently clear of roadblocks. Protests continue in some locations where Intrepid groups do not travel including Santa Cruz and Cochabamba, but progress is being made for these to be ended through negotiations with indigenous and other opposition leaders. All airports are operating as normal.

We will continue to monitor the situation closely, and anticipate that the following trips will return to Bolivia and run according to their scheduled itineraries:

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If you have any concerns or questions regarding upcoming travel to Bolivia, please reach out to your booking agent. 

There have been large bushfires burning throughout the state of New South Wales (NSW). A state of emergency has been declared by the NSW government. 
There are fires in Dorrigo National Park, Port Macquarie and throughout the Central Coast. 

We currently do not have any groups in the affected areas and all travellers and staff accounted for and safe.

We have made the decision to cancel the following departures: Sydney to Brisbane PVON191116

We will continue to monitor the situation with our local operator and state emergency services and make amendments to future departures as neccesary. 

If you have any questions please contact your booking agent. 

Protests and civil unrest have broken out in Chile over the past month. This began over the Government increasing the cost of public transport, but has since escalated to be a general protest over rising inequality. There have been violent clashes between protestors and the military, however these have been confined to certain areas of the city and other areas have remained mostly unaffected. 

We have been monitoring the situation closely through our ground team and local suppliers. Based on the most up to date advice from local authorities, we have determined that trips will continue to run as normal at this stage.

Our ground operations teams have advised the following: 

  • All airports, including Santiago ́s Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport (SCL) are working normally, with only minor delays reported.
  • The highway from the airport to the city is clear and passengers are able to connect to the city without problems.
  • The roads between Chile and Argentina are working normally after some intial border crossings closing in the early days of the unrest. 

All our trips to Chile are currently operating as planned, with a change to the location of our hotels in Santiago to avoid Downtown where protests have been concentrated. We have contacted all affected passengers to advise of this change. 

If you have any concerns or questions, please reach out to your booking agent. If there are issues once you land in Chile, please call our local emergency contact in Santiago on +56 9 7964 8594.

 

 

 

Due to nationwide protests in Ecuador in early October, tensions remain high, and although most services have returned to normal, there are still some isolated strikes and protests. 

We have been monitoring this situation closely through our ground team and local suppliers. Based on the most up to date advice from local authorities, we have determined that all trips will continue to run as normal at this stage. If applicable, upon arrival in Quito, and before you are able to connect with your tour leader, we suggest you follow advice of the hotel reception and local authorities. There are no foreseeable concerns if you have planned travel in the Galapagos Islands.

If you have any concerns or questions, please reach out to your booking agent. If there are issues once you land in Ecuador, please call our local emergency contact in Quito on +593 9 94014877.

Air pollution in Delhi and northern Indian states peaks in the winter as farmers in neighbouring agricultural regions set fires to clear land after the harvest and prepare for the next crop season.

The pollution in the Indian capital also peaks after celebrations for Diwali (27 Oct '19), the Hindu festival of light, when people set off fireworks. Construction dust also sharply increases each winter, exacerbating what is already a public health concern. Air pollution at this level can aggravate heart and lung disease and also poses serious risk to the respiratory systems of the general population.

All travellers in Delhi will be provided with 3M masks to wear until the pollution levels lessen.