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.
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:
Egypt - Sharm El Sheik Friday, 2015-11-6
We have been advised by our local operator that flights have resumed from Sharm el Sheik airport after a short closure of the airport. Our groups will continue to fly from Cairo to Sharm el sheik (and vice versa)
We are continuing to monitor the situation with our local operator.
Should you have any concerns about joining your upcoming departure, or if you need to make any changes to your arrival details, please contact your booking agent.
Indonesia - Volcanic Ash Cloud Thurs, 2015-11-05
Mt Rinjani in Lombok is experiencing increased volcanic activity. Intrepid do not hike Mount Rinjani on our tour in Lombok, and there were no groups in the area at the time of the erruption. All Intrepid trips will continue to run as scheduled in Lombok. We will continue to monitor the situation, and advise travellers of any changes.
The subsequent ash cloud has resulted in cancellations and delays to flights in and out of Ngurah Rai International Airport (Denpasar) Airport in Bali, as wel as Lombok International Airport. Please contact your airline for further updates. Should you have any concerns about joining your upcoming departure, or if you need to make any changes to your arrival details, please contact your booking agent.
Zanzibar - Explosions in Stone Town, Sat, 2015-10-31
Updated Monday 02 Nov 5:00pm AEDST
Presidential, parliamentary and local elections took place across Tanzania on 25 October. Heightened tensions remain, particularly in Zanzibar, where election results were nullified by electoral authorities. On 31 October, a number of small explosive devices were detonated in controlled explosions by the police in Stone Town, Zanzibar.
We are monitoring the situation with our local operations team in Zanzibar and are currently running itineraries as scheduled.
We will continue to update this page should the situation change. Please contact your booking agent if you have any questions.
Turkey- Explosions in Ankara Sat, 2015-10-10
Updated Friday 16th of October 5:44pm AEDST
After consultation with our ground operators, we have made the difficult decision to re-route our trips to avoid Ankara and its surrounding areas for the remainder of 2015.
This decision was made with the best interest of our passengers in mind. Not only for safety considerations, but also because the city is still recovering and is not the vibrant, cultural destination it normally is.
We are in the process of advising all booked passengers of the changes to their itinerary.
If you have any questions please contact your booking agent.
Turkey- Explosions in Ankara Sat, 2015-10-10
Updated Monday 12th of October 6:01pm AEDST
On the 10th October, Two explosions at a peace rally in the Turkish capital Ankara have killed at least 95 people and injured 245 according to reports.
We had no groups in Ankara at this time and all of our passengers and staff are safe.
Intrepid's 'Best of Turkey' ( ERSI151001 ) is dueusing private Transport from Goreme to Beypazari instead of Ankara on Day 14. The following morning the group will return to Istanbul as per the original itinerary however they will travel by Private vehicle instead of public bus.
At this stage all other departures will run as scheduled.
We will continue to update this page should the situation change.
Please contact your booking agent if you have any questions.
NEPAL Protests – Monday 28th Sep 2015
Due to continued protests and strikes in and around the southern Nepalese town of Lumbini, Intrepid has made the decision to avoid Lumbini and has amended travel plans for groups currently travelling or travelling soon in the region.
Intrepid is closely monitoring the situation through both official travel advisories and the information provided by our experienced local team in Nepal. The safety of our staff and travellers is always our first priority. All our groups are safe, and this decision has been proactively made to ensure their ongoing safety and enjoyment. We are in constant contact with our ground team and will post further updates as they come to hand.
Please contact your booking agent if you have any queries
Thailand - Bangkok, Explosion - Mon, 2015-08-17
A significant explosion has occurred today in Bangkok, Thailand, resulting in a number of fatalities and injuries.
All of our passengers, leaders and staff are safe and accounted for.
The explosion occurred at the Ratchaprasong intersection in the commercial district of Chit Lom. Intrepid trips do not visit this area, nor do any of our recommended optional activities.
All of our trips will continue to operate as normal and we will remain in contact with our local operations team and will continue to follow the advice of Government travel advisories.
This page will be updated should the situation change.
Please contact your booking agent if you have any questions.
Myanmar Floods. Mon, 2015-08-3
Over the last week the west of Myanmar has been subject to widespread flooding. This has been exacerbated in recent days with the passing of Cyclone Komen which lead to the declaration of a State of Emergency in Chin and Rakhine states and also in the Sagaing and Magway regions.
In terms of our tour operations this has not had a significant impact to date with only minor modifications to itineraries and inconveniences such as the Mandalay and Heho airports being closed for 3 hours due to high winds. All of our departures in Myanmar are scheduled to run as planned at this stage.
Intrepid has an experienced local team on the ground in Yangon who will quickly respond to any changes to the situation. We will continue to monitor the situation and follow the instructions of local authorities to ensure the safety of our travellers and staff.
This page will be updated if the situation changes. If you have any questions please contact your booking agent.
NEPAL - Earthquake (updated 24Jun 2015 - 10:00am)
On 25 April, around midday local time, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal’s Gorkha region, triggering an avalanche on Mt Everest and devastating local communities. Tourism is one of Nepal’s largest sources of income, employing about five per cent of the total population, and without travellers, the country suffers. We’ve been taking travellers to Nepal for decades; it is very much part of our heritage.
We are pleased to announce that we are heading back to Nepal from 1 September 2015. Obviously, our staff and travellers’ welfare is our primary concern and we won’t send a single traveller to Nepal until we are satisfied it is safe to do so. We are currently working with the World Bank, Nepalese government, and post-earthquake engineering experts as part of a comprehensive assessment of the condition of popular trekking routes and accommodation. We will keep you up to date on the progress as it comes to hand. Our expert guides and ground crew (who were instrumental in keeping our passengers safe during the earthquake) are still the best-qualified people to lead you through Nepal.
Our company co-founder, Darrell Wade, has just returned from visiting Nepal, and has written the following account of the situation in the country right now. http://www.intrepidtravel.com/adventures/nepal-update-letter-co-founder/
Emergency Earthquake Appeal:
Intrepid launched an appeal to assist with emergency relief in Nepal through our not-for-profit The Intrepid Foundation. The appeal is raising funds for our partner Plan International, who has sent emergency teams to respond to the needs of children and families affected by the earthquake in the Kathmandu Valley.
Intrepid was encouraging travellers to give to the appeal by matching the first AU $100,000 of donations to the appeal dollar-for-dollar. We have now exceeded this limit however we continue the campaign in raising funds for those that are facing extremely difficult times.
Please visit www.theintrepidfoundation.org/projects/emergency-earthquake-appeal/ to make a donation.
Borneo - Malaysia Earthquake Fri, 2015-06-05
On Friday morning (5th of June) an earthquake with magnitude 6 occured in Ranau, Sabah, Borneo. We had one Intrepid group operating, Sabah Adventure departure 30th of May. (TMSC150530). All passengers and leaders are safe and well.
(UPDATE 3rd of July)
Due to the earthquake that occurred on Friday the 5th of June in Ranau, Borneo, the Mt Kinabalu Climb remains closed. For the following trips we have an amended itinerary;
Please see the trip notes for further information about the itinerary changes.
(UPDATE 28th of August)
Please note we are pleased to confirm for departures from the 5th of September we will revert back to our normal itinerary climbing Mt Kinabalu as far as Laban Rata. Please see our trip notes for further information.
China - Yangzi River Mon, 2015-06-01
A Chinese passenger ship called Dongfangzhixing (Eastern Star), carrying 447 people sank on the evening of Monday 1st June 2015 in the Hubei section of China's Yangtze River. No Intrepid passengers were on board the vessel and all Intrepid travellers and staff members have been accounted for.
Japan - Hakone Volcano Wed, 2015-05-06
On 6 May 2015, the Japanese Meteorological Agency issued a level 2 warning (do not approach the crater) for Mount Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture. Mt Ontake, on the borders of Gifu and Nagano prefectures, and Mt Sakurajima in Kagoshima Prefecture, Kyushu, are currently at alert level 3 (do not approach the volcano).
After monitoring local Government advice and liaising with our local Operator in Japan Intrepid have made the decision to avoid the Hakone area for the upcoming Japan Land of the Rising Sun (CJST) trip. Instead of travelling to Hakone, we are replacing this with a visit to the town of Kanazawa. Kenroku-en Gardens and Kanazawa Castle will be the included activities while in Kanazawa. Passengers will not be required to pay any additional costs for this change.
Information on departures:
The following departures were re-routed due to the Volcanic Activity:
CJST – 23rd May 2015 Land of the Rising Sun
CJST – 6th June 2015 Land of the Rising Sun
We will be re-accessing the situation the first week of June to determine the status of future departures.
Nepal - Earthquake Sat, 2015-04-25
( UPDATE - Mon, 2015-05-25 4:45pm AEST )
Peru and Bolivia Mining Protests, Fri 2015-07-24
Some regions of Peru & Bolivia are currently being affected by ongoing strikes which are blocking roads and other public infrastructure, particularly around the city of Potosi in Bolivia.
Strikes like this are a common occurrence in South America. Our local operations team are highly experienced and prepared in dealing with situations like this. Throughout this time, they have been in frequent contact with local airlines, bus companies and other ground suppliers in order to work out an alternative itinerary that will allow you to continue enjoy your trip with as little disruptions as possible. Passengers who are travelling on amended itineraries have been contacted directly.
While these strikes pose some logistical challenges, we are confident that alternative itineraries don’t compromise your or our leader’s safety in any way.
We will continue monitor this situation through our local team, local authorities as well as the Department of Foreign affairs and will contact and confirmed passengers should this situation changes.