Travel is one of those things that naturally gives rise to queries, concerns and doubts, so we’re here to put your mind at ease. Which trip is right for me? What do I do about visas? How does Intrepid manage COVID-19? How much do I tip? Should I have banh mi or pho for lunch? For questions frequent and otherwise, this is the spot.

Choosing a trip

Which style of trip is right for me?
Our three styles of travel – Basix, Original and Comfort – cover a whole gamut of travel experiences. To find out which one has ‘You’ written all over it, visit our trip styles page.
Are trips physically demanding?

Want to lie in a hammock and not move until cocktail hour? We’ve got a trip for that. Want to power up the side of mountain at high altitude? We’ve also got a trip for that. To determine what type of trip suits you best, each of our trips comes with a Physical Rating to let you know how physically demanding it is… or isn’t. 

Does Intrepid have family trips? 
Intrepid offers a wide range of Family Adventures around the globe. The minimum age (for Family trips) varies depending on destination, and Intrepid has set minimum ages to ensure that the included activities suit each age range. Additionally, you’ll notice that some of the more adventurous destinations have a higher minimum age. Please view our family adventures for more information.

Who are Intrepid travellers?

Intrepid adventures are for travellers with a yearning to get off the beaten track. Whether you're travelling solo, with a group of friends, or are aged 18 or 70, there is an Intrepid adventure to suit your interests and comfort level. Each Intrepid adventure has a physical and cultural grading to help you decide if the trip is right for you. No special skills are required for most adventures, just a sense of adventure and a curiosity about the world. Even on our camping adventures no previous experience is required; our tents are easy to set up, even for first-time campers.

How many people will be on my trip? 

Good things come in small packages, which is why we keep our group sizes down. This means we’re small enough to remain flexible as we thread our way through communities without intimidating the locals. On most of our trips you’ll be part of an intimate group of 12-16 people, though our group sizes are on average 10 people. Our Overland trips are in purpose-built vehicles that can carry up to 24 travellers. Group sizes are displayed on each trip’s overview page on our website.

Are there age restrictions on your trips?

For the majority of our trips the minimum age is 15. An adult must accompany all children under the age of 18. Our Overland Adventures have a minimum age of 18. Younger children can join us on our Family trips and Short Break Adventures, but check each trip for its minimum age, which is located on the trip’s overview page on the website. Most of our trips don’t have a maximum age limit, but a Self-Assessment Form is required for all passengers 70 years and over.

Who will be my group leader?

While we can’t tell you who your leader is prior to departure, we can tell you they will be awesome. Our leaders are experts in their regions, some because they’ve been travelling there for years, others because they’re local to the region and can’t wait to show you around. On longer journeys, or ones that travel through more than one country, you may change leaders part way through – but this just means double the awesomeness.

Can I just do part of the trip?

Although you won’t be reimbursed for any portion of the trip unused, you can opt to sign off the trip if you need to leave a day or so earlier. If you let us know before travel that you’ll be arriving late or need to leave before the trips ends, we will notify our team on the ground to best accommodate your requirements.

Can I make any changes to the itinerary of my group trip, either before or during the trip? 

Please make sure you are happy with your group trip itinerary before booking because we are unable to change them for individual travellers. However, if you and a group of friends, colleagues or even your school would like your own personally designed itinerary, get in contact with our very talented Private Groups; they can tailor an itinerary just for you.

Can I add an extra night on the beginning or end of my group trip, either before or during the trip?

You sure can. Just ask your travel specialist at the time of booking.

I’m travelling alone – is that OK?

This is the beauty of the Intrepid style of travel: many of our travellers join because they are travelling solo and want to meet and share experiences with like-minded people. Find out more

If I am travelling solo, will I be charged for having my own room?

On our trips rooming is organised on a twin-share basis. We pair up solo travellers with another traveller of the same gender as per the gender marker on each of their passports. If you'd like your own space, you also have the choice to pay for an individual room (available on the majority of our trips).

As a responsible tour operator, we strive to create a safe and inclusive environment for everyone. In the case that your gender identity differs from what is indicated on your passport, please contact us so that we can discuss rooming options with you.

On a small selection of itineraries some accommodations are booked on an open gender, multi-share basis (for example on a felucca in Egypt or an overnight train in Vietnam). In those instances it will clearly be stated in our Essential Trip Information prior to booking and travelling.

Find out more

Intrepid is committed to making travel widely accessible, regardless of ability or disability. We ask that you carefully consider whether you are physically and mentally able to complete the itinerary you have chosen, recognising that on many trips you will be required to carry your own bags and use public transport.

Where we can we will make reasonable adjustments to the operation of  our trips to facilitate the requirements of disabled travellers – such as booking ground floor accommodation, or having our leaders communicate important directions in writing as well as verbally. Many travellers with disabilities have been able to enjoy our trips by travelling with a friend or companion who can assist with specific needs. If joining a group trip is not practical we may be able to provide you with a private departure. Please contact our sales team for further information on any of our itineraries.

Everyone should feel comfortable when they travel with Intrepid and we know that many of our travellers are part of the LGBTQI community. It’s important for our travellers to be aware of the local laws and customs in the destinations we visit as some countries have laws that discriminate against LGBTQI people. We recommend you visit Equaldex and/or Smartraveller before you choose your trip for up-to-date advice and information about LGBTQI-related laws. 

We pair up solo travellers with another traveller of the same gender as per your passport or the information we have in our booking system, so if you identify differently from the gender marker on your passport, please let us know in advance. We also have a Single Supplement available on most trips for travellers who prefer to have their own room.

We don’t tolerate any form of discrimination, violence (verbal or physical), or sexual harassment, either between travellers or involving our leaders, partners or local people. If you feel that someone is behaving inappropriately while travelling with us, please inform your tour leader or local guide immediately. Alternatively, contact us on the emergency contact number detailed in the Problems and Emergency Contact section of your Essential Trip Information.

Can we book a triple room?

Depending on the trip style you choose, our trips are organised on a twin, triple or multishare basis. As our bookings are made well in advance, individual room requests can’t be guaranteed.

Can I book a single room?

You can book pre and post accommodation on a single basis; however, throughout your Intrepid trip, rooming is organised on a twin-share basis. We pair up solo travellers with another traveller of the same gender as per the gender marker on each of their passports. Some trips do have an individual room available – check a trip’s overview page on our website, or their Essential Trip Information, to see whether an individual room is offered. If so, please request this at the time of booking.

I have special dietary requirements – will they be catered for?

We will try our very hardest to accommodate all dietary requirements but in some out-of-the-way places it can be very difficult to guarantee. We will let you know if there are places on your itinerary where this is the case. Please let us know at the time of booking of any food requirements or allergies and we’ll pass the information onto your leader. It is also a great idea to bring a card with your dietary requirements written in the local language for those times you are eating away from the group.

What will the food be like on my trip?

Food is one of the most exciting parts of travel. There may be some familiar fare but often you’ll be confronted with the new, interesting and downright weird of the culinary world but we like to think of it as an adventure for all the senses. In addition to this, our flexible itineraries often allow you to eat with the group or branch out on your own - this means you can eat to suit any budget or desire.

Can I drink the water in the countries I visit?

In some destinations it may not be wise to drink the local water. For more details, you can find country-specific information in our fantastic Destination Pages, which can be found in the red menu bar at the top of our home page, or by going to the belo and then choosing the destination you are travelling to.

Before you depart

How do I obtain Essential Trip Information with full details of my trip?
Make sure you bring these with you. Every trip has a set of Essential Trip Information, accessible on our website, that gives you in-depth information about all aspects of your trip. To access your Essential Trip Information, please visit your trip’s specific facts page on our website. The Essential Trip Information are accessible at the top of this page. 

Travel insurance is compulsory on all our trips for those travelling internationally. We require that at a minimum you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. If you are travelling within your home country or region please confirm before travel that you are entitled to access the public medical system easily should an accident occur. We strongly recommend all travellers have a policy that also covers COVID-19, personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage or personal effects. For international trips, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24-hour emergency contact number has been sighted by your leader. For more information about insurance requirements, check the Essential Trip Information for your specific trip.

Find out more

Find out more about the latest information on travel documents and visa requirements, plus local government COVID-19 vaccination and quarantine policies here. Destination specific general vaccination requirements can be found under the Medical and Health Information of each trip’s Essential Trip Information. 

How do I find out about the visa requirements for the trip I am interested in?
While we do include information in our Essential Trip Information about visa requirements and provide additional information about entry, visa and health requirements on our website, we always recommend that passengers check with their local embassy as visa rules can change without warning. Embassy websites in your home country will always have information about requirements, visa costs and will provide the required forms. If you are uncomfortable with the visa process, you can visit a travel agent who can arrange these for you at a cost.

How do I organise my Visa?
Please contact the relevant local embassy, or visit a travel agent, to organise your visa/s.

Do you help with Visas?
Intrepid can assist with visa/s in some instances. Please contact us to find out more. 

My application says I need a letter of invitation or other supporting documentation, do you provide these?
There are certain destinations, such as Central Asia and Iran, where you will need support documentation from Intrepid in order to apply for your visa. The ‘visa section’ of you Essential Trip Information will include information about what you need to send to us (scanned passports, employment letters etc.).

I am concerned about the political stability of the country through which my trip will travel.
The safety of our passengers, leaders and operators is a major priority for Intrepid. With this in mind, we monitor world events very closely and Intrepid makes operational decisions based on informed advice from a number of sources, in particular the level of the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT) travel advisory. If this advisory is at Level 4 'Do Not Travel' then Intrepid will either cancel the Intrepid Travel operated trip or reroute the itinerary to avoid the areas concerned. Visit for further details.

How safe are my belongings whilst on the trip?
While we take all the precautions we can to make sure your belongings are safe, we are travelling to some exciting destinations that are sometimes home to some pretty skilled thieves. Travel insurance is a must and a lockable bag or money belt will always help too. 

What is the best way to carry money?
We recommend having access to money from a variety of sources – cash, cards and travel money cards are all commonly used. Check your Essential Trip Information and the relevant Destination Page on our website for more country-specific information.

Will refrigeration be available for medicines? eg. Insulin
Availability of refrigeration cannot be guaranteed. As a general rule, many of our city hotels provide access to small fridges; however, outside of this, especially when trekking or in homestay environments, you cannot rely on access to refrigeration. Please be sure to advise Intrepid if you are travelling with medication that requires refrigeration.

What are the medical and vaccination requirements?
Medical and general vaccination requirements differ between nations and as we are not medical practitioners, we unfortunately cannot advise on this issue. Please see your local GP or travel doctor for details and advice about current vaccination requirements. Information about COVID-19 vaccination requirements is available here

What if I get ill or injured on the trip and unable to continue?
Our leaders are trained to deal with these situations and we will endeavour to get you help as quickly as possible. If you must leave the trip early due to illness, our local offices will help you find appropriate medical care and ensure someone at home is aware of the situation. We will do whatever we can to get you home or on your onward journey. Your travel insurance, which is compulsory on all our trips, should cover any costs incurred if illness occurs.

What is the currency in my destination? How much should I take in credit cards/cash? Can I use my credit card during my trip?
Our Essential Trip Information include a section on ‘Spending money’. Please refer to this for an idea on budgets. Travellers’ cheques are not common practice anymore so it is a good idea to travel with a credit card and ATM card, or a bank issued ‘cash card’ specifically for travel. Having a couple of options will assure that you are covered if one doesn’t work. In certain countries it comes down to potluck if you can withdraw money. One day it’ll work, the next it won’t, but it will work for your friend… Go figure! Visa cards are more widely accepted than Mastercard, particularly in Cuba where only Visa cards are accepted.


What type of luggage do you recommend I take? 
On most Intrepid trips you will be required to carry your own luggage, sometimes up stairs and on and off transport. We therefore recommend you travel with a backpack. For a full list of what to take on your adventure see our Ultimate Packing List.
Can I store excess luggage at the starting point hotel?
Most starting point hotels can store your excess luggage for you; however, this is at your own risk. Often a nominal fee is charged for this service. Of course, this is only an advantage if your trip is circular (i.e. returning to the same starting point).
Do I need to bring a sleeping bag?
We only have a handful of itineraries where sleeping bags are required and these are generally trips that involve camping. When we use homestays, blankets are provided but some travellers feel more comfortable with their own sleeping bag or sleep sheet. This decision is a personal preference. Refer to your Essential Trip Information if you are unsure whether a sleeping bag is required.
What clothes and footwear should I take on treks?
On a more physical trip, hiking boots are definitely recommended. If the physical rating is under 3, hiking boots or sneakers/runners will be adequate. Many Intrepid treks will be hiking in near freezing environments so please be sure to research the climate and weather conditions at the time of year you will be trekking and pack accordingly. There is also a packing 'checklist' in your Essential Trip Information.
What essential documents do I need to take?
It’s important that you always travel with your current passport, visas, travel insurance and Intrepid documentation. For more information see our Ultimate Packing List

What happens if my trip is cancelled?
We never want to cancel a trip, but sometimes things happen. Find our more information about cancellations, credits and refunds on our Trip Cancellations page.

On your trip

What time can I check in at my arrival hotel?
Check-in times can vary from hotel to hotel and region to region. Generally, they are between midday and 2pm. If you do arrive earlier, you’ll be able to store your luggage with the hotel and head out to explore for a couple of hours.

Can I request an early check-in?
We can’t confirm an early check-in, but our sales team can assist in booking you a night of pre accommodation at the same hotel. If you don’t wish to pay for the extra night, you can try your luck locally (they may let you in early if the room is free) or you can store your luggage.

Are airport transfers included in the trip price? If not, how much will a taxi cost from the airport? If not, how do I get to and from airports?
Generally airport transfers are not included in your trip price unless you're travelling on a Comfort or Independent Journey style trip where an arrival transfer is included. You can normally add an arrival and/or departure transfer to most of our trips when you are booking your trip (or by contacting us if you have already booked). For more information on your arrival, refer to the  ‘Joining Point instructions’ in your Essential Trip Information. Here, we often indicate the price you can expect to pay for a taxi from the airport to the hotel. The cost of the transfer will inevitably be more expensive than a taxi, but it is important to remember that you are paying for a private service and a trusted driver who will offer the security travellers often desire when they arrive into a foreign country. 

What is the name of the hotel where my trips starts?
This information can be found in your Essential Trip Information under ‘joining point hotel’.

Can I opt out of certain activities if I want to?
Absolutely. If there are included or optional activities that you don’t wish to participate in, you can do your own thing instead. The exception to this is when we are trekking or travelling from one destination to the next. Please note that if you choose to opt out of an included activity, no reimbursement can be made by Intrepid.

How difficult is the trek on my trip?
Intrepid has treks ranging from relatively easy to extremely difficult. The easiest way to determine if a trek is right for you is to check the ‘physical rating’ of the trip (this can be found on our website at the top of the trip’s overview page).

Do I get any free time?
The beauty of travelling with Intrepid is that we encourage travellers to explore at their own pace. When you get to a destination, your leader will offer options on what you can do. Some of the group will do one activity, others will opt for something completely different while others may just choose to lie in a hammock and read a book. Your Essential Trip Information have more details on what your trip’s itinerary and timeframes permit.

What if I arrive late and miss part of the trip?
If you know in advance that you will be arriving late, please let our sales staff know. We will notify your leader, who will leave instructions with the hotel reception as to where to meet your group that night or the following morning.
If you plan to arrive a day or two into the itinerary (and our group has moved to a different destination), it will be your responsibility to ‘catch up’ with the group. If this happens, we will provide you with the most up-to-date information as to where your group will be and at approximately what time.
If you are late due to unforseen circumstances or flight delays, please call the emergency contact number located in the Essential Trip Information. Intrepid cannot reimburse you for any portion of the trip unused, but this can often be claimed on your travel insurance.

What facilities are at the campsites?
We have a wide range of camping sites around the globe. They range from having all the creature comforts to bush camping on the plains of the Serengeti with limited facilities (though their amazing vistas make up for this). Most camps will have basic facilities at a minimum. Your Essential Trip Information will give you a clear indication of what to expect on your decided trip.

Will I need a sleeping bag/mat/tent?
On our Africa and USA trips we provide the tent and sleeping mats, but you will need to bring your own sleeping bag. In Australia tents, blankets, linen and towels are provided so there is no need for a sleeping bag. More information can be found in your Essential Trip Information.

Are there western toilets available?
Some trips have regular access to western toilets while others don't – it just depends on the areas you’re travelling in. As a general rule, the more remote the place the less likely you are to find western bathroom facilities.

Will I be able to do any laundry?
Along the way there are usually chances to do laundry, either through your hotel or using local services. Your leader will be able to let you know once you are on the trip.

What facilities are at the campsites?
We have a wide range of camping sites around the globe. They range from having all the creature comforts to bush camping on the plains of the Serengeti with limited facilities (though their amazing vistas make up for this). Most camps will have basic facilities at a minimum. Your Essential Trip Information will give you a clear indication of what to expect on your decided trip.

Will I need a sleeping bag/mat/tent?
On our Africa and USA trips we provide the tent and sleeping mats, but you will need to bring your own sleeping bag. In Australia tents, blankets, linen and towels are provided so there is no need for a sleeping bag. More information can be found in your Essential Trip Information.

Can you provide me a list of places we are staying at?
We are only able to provide information on your joining and finish point accommodation, the details of which are listed in your Essential Trip Information

As Intrepid likes to support numerous local businesses, we often have a few places in each city that we can alternate our groups between. For this reason, we can’t give you a full list before you travel. At the welcome meeting on Day 1, your leader may be able to provide you with this so you can email friends and family back home with the details.

What standard of accommodation should I expect?
The standard of accommodation depends on the Trip Style you have chosen. Find out more

Is accommodation air-conditioned/ heated?
We want our passengers to be as comfortable as possible so when you are headed to a hot climate, it is likely that you will either have a fan or air-con. Of course, if you are staying in remote areas or at homestays, you will need to expect the facilities to be a little more basic.

What communication facilities will be available?
Communication facilities are always improving globally. Many hotels and public places have Wi-Fi so it’s usually possible to keep in touch with home every couple of days, if you so desire. In remote places (think Mali, Serengeti or the Sahara) or on treks or homestays, you will not be able to communicate as readily. Your leader will usually give you the heads up before you leave a place so you can send a quick email or two. Phone cards are easy to get your hands on; just make sure your phone is unlocked before you travel. Or in many countries, the cheapest way to make a phone call is at an internet cafe.

How can friends and family contact you?
If family and friends are unable to contact you in an emergency through email or phone, they can contact Intrepid directly. Emergency contact details (for your destination) are listed in your Essential Trip Information, or they can contact one of our Global Sales offices, who can pass on a message if required.

Will my mobile work?
We can never guarantee your phone will work as desired, as many of our destinations are out of the way and you may have limited coverage. Chat to your phone provider before you leave about global roaming and the costs involved, and get their advice on the coverage you’ll receive in the places you’re travelling in. Alternatively, you can usually pick up a local sim card on the cheap (just make sure you phone is unlocked!).

Will I get internet coverage?
Some places have Wi-Fi hot spots everywhere and other places will have no coverage at all. If you stumble into the latter, take the rare chance to just sit back and get to know your fellow travellers the old-fashioned way.

Will I be able to charge my electrical appliances?
In most places you’ll be able to recharge your appliances at the hotel. We recommend you bring a travel adapter with you. On our Overland trips, most vehicles come with their own power supply and you should be able to recharge onboard. Be sure to bring an extra camera battery just in case.

What type of ground transportation is used?
If it moves there’s a good chance you’ll be riding on it. The type of transport used depends on your trip style. Find out more or see your Essential Trip Information for the specific type of transportation used on your journey.

Is tipping commonplace in other parts of the world? 
Yes, in most places tipping is expected. At your welcome meeting, ask your leader about the local custom and advice on how much is recommended at restaurants or with local guides.

At the end of your trip, if you're happy with the service you received, providing a tip for the leader - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it's of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid destinations.


We recognise the immense privilege that it is to travel and will continue to act on our moral obligation and duty of care to the communities we visit.  

We believe vaccinations play a key role in saving lives and helping to keep people safe. Around 70% of the world is vaccinated against COVID-19 but vaccination rates remain low in some of the destinations and communities we visit. We continue to support global vaccine equity and continue to strongly encourage all travellers and leaders to get fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  

We also follow recommendations from the World Health Organization and the World Travel Tourism Council’s (WTTC) Safe Travel protocols. 

All our itineraries undergo a comprehensive risk assessment and audit and our leaders and operators complete ongoing COVID-19 health and safety training and adhere to COVID-19 standards. In addition, the hotels, transport providers and other suppliers that we use must meet enhanced COVID-19 standards.

Trips on or before 31 December 2022 

If your Intrepid trip starts on or before 31 December 2022, you must provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.  
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 5 and 17 years old must provide proof of either vaccination, recovery or a negative COVID-19 test.  

Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards 

From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travellers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19.  

However, we continue to strongly recommend that all travellers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and other 

Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully. 

This policy excludes all Polar trips and select adventure cruises, where testing and vaccination remains a requirement. Please refer to the Essential Trip Information of your chosen tour for more details. 

We accept a number of different tests:  

  • Nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs) such as the RT-PCR, RT-LAMP, TMA, NEAR or HAD tests. These are typically collected by nasopharyngeal swabs.

  • Rapid antigen test. These can be either:

  1. ​ Self-administered

  2. Administered by a medical professional

  • Lateral Flow tests (if a verifiable test result can be produced).

You must be able to produce a verifiable test result (paper or digital). This may be in the form of a test result, a medical certificate or a travel certificate/ “fit to fly” certificate. 

This varies depending on where you are located and what types of COVID-19 tests are available. Contact your local medical professional, which could include a pharmacist, or government health authority for more information.

Information for UK customers: 

Visit the UK government website to check whether you need a proof of a negative COVID-19 test to enter your destination. There are several testing requirements for entering the UK. What tests you need will depend on what country you’ve visited. Please see the FCDO website for more information.

We’ve teamed up with UK government approved testing providers to allow you to choose tests with a discount for Intrepid customers:

  • Randox offer the largest Covid-19 testing network in the UK & Ireland. Single PCR home testing as well as Green and Amber packages are available. Returns are available via drop off points located throughout the UK. Please enter the code INTREPID for a discount across all products
  • Qured is offering Intrepid Travel customers a discount for all their travel testing solutions. This includes PCR and LFD tests which can be used for Fit-to-Fly, Test to Release, Day 2 and Day 8, Return to UK - all your travel testing needs. PCR tests start at £69 and include return postage. Day 2 rapid antigen tests are also available from £22. Please enter the code INTREPIDTRAVEL10 for 14% OFF
  • Express Test provide fast and accurate gold standard PCR screening available from just £60 at their drive-through sites located at Heathrow, Gatwick and Edinburgh airports, and at regional testing sites right across the UK. ExpressTest results are typically emailed with a Fit to Fly certificate by 10pm the day after the test. Please enter the code INTREPID21 for 4% OFF

Please ensure you read through the testing information thoroughly to ensure you select the relevant tests to suit your individual needs. This service is available for UK residents only.

If a customer feels unwell during their trip, our Intrepid Leader will assist them to access medical care. This may include facilitating COVID-19 testing if requested by the customer and we also encourage customers to bring their own RAT tests from home as a precaution. 

If someone on a trip tests positive for COVID-19, it is mandatory for leaders and crew to take a test. It is not mandatory for other travellers on a trip to be tested if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19.

However, your leader can help to arrange tests for anyone who requests one.  You may like to bring your own rapid antigen tests from home to make this process easier.

If a customer tests positive for COVID-19, they will be assisted to leave the trip and access medical care (if required).

Depending on the destination, they may be required to isolate for a period of time. Whether the rest of the group can continue on the trip will be managed on a case by case basis.

Our goal is to keep the trip going wherever possible unless we are required to end the trip in line with local regulations. 

We encourage you to bring your own rapid tests from home, wherever possible. You should be prepared to purchase for tests, if required. There is a high likelihood you will be asked to take a rapid test before travelling into any remote or vulnerable communities. Costs for tests vary, depending on the destination. 

Please ensure you have access to funds in case of this or other emergencies. A limited number of rapid tests will be available via trip leaders, but these cannot always be guaranteed.

You are advised to check with the relevant airlines, airports and government authorities to check their entry, exit and transit requirements.  

If you booked your flights through Intrepid, we can help assist you with your airline’s requirements and where to locate this information.

Intrepid follows government travel advisories from our key traveller markets when making decisions about where and when to operate our trips.  

We also conduct comprehensive audits and safety reviews before returning to any destination.  

In addition, our teams on the ground and our local partners constantly monitor the latest government health and safety guidance and regulations.  

To ensure a trip is safe for travellers and the local communities, we look at a number of factors including:

  • Government safety and travel advice
  • Real time reviews and updates of current regulations by our local offices globally
  • COVID-safe requirements and protocols
  • Entry and exit requirements for travellers, including testing and quarantine
  • Current medical facility and healthcare availability within a destination
  • Flight and airline accessibility in and out of a destination
  • Ability for our travellers to get travel insurance protection for, and regularly scheduled, reasonably priced flights to, our destinations
  • Accessibility to everyday services, such as restaurants, public transport, cultural sites, etc.
  • Our ability to deliver the same or comparable service, while recognising that this is a dynamic operating environment and some adjustments might need to be made to itineraries.

Due to the evolving nature of travel restrictions, we generally wait until between one and two months before a trip is scheduled to depart to make a decision on whether the trip will run or not. This is in order to keep the possibility of travelling viable for any travellers who may be in a position to do so.  

We notify travellers of their options at least one month before they are scheduled to depart, to allow them time to make any changes to their current arrangements. However, at times it may be necessary to cancel a trip at late notice should the factors listed above change.

You can find out more about what happens if your trip is cancelled here

Each destination has their own vaccination, testing and health screening requirements for entry, exit and transit. Detailed information about this is available here. It’s also 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. We recommend checking this information frequently and right up until your departure date, due to requirements potentially changing.  

As responsible travellers, anyone who chooses to travel with us has a duty of care to themselves and the people around them. Travellers are required to comply with local regulations and laws, as well as our own health and safety guidelines. 

In addition, each destination has its own vaccination, testing and health screening requirements for entry, exit and transit. Detailed information about this is available here.

Please remember that government advice and requirements can change quickly and often. We remind all our travellers that, as per our booking conditions, is it your responsibility to ensure you have the relevant information and required documents, and meet the entry requirements of all the destinations you visit on your trip. It’s important that you check these details on your government’s foreign travel advice website as these may include requiring evidence of recent COVID-19 test results or vaccination.  

You will also need to ensure that your travel insurance covers you for travel against government advisories. 

The majority of our trips are based on small group adventures, with an average group size of 10 travellers, and as a result carry less inherent risk of COVID-19. Any trips that are designed for larger groups will be carefully risk assessed before operating.

On all trips we will follow local government guidance on permitted group sizes. This may mean reduced group sizes for the entire trip, for certain activities, or in certain environments such as restaurants or transport.

Our operations teams are keeping up to date with local developments, including any closures or changes to visiting sights, attractions, restaurants and more. We may need to make some changes to the activities or destinations included on your trip to comply with advice from local authorities or our health and safety protocols.

We will endeavour to keep travellers updated before departure, including through our Essential Trip Information online. An open mind and sense of flexibility will help you get the most out of your trip.

Our trips are based on twin share accommodation. Most of our trips have Single Supplements available for solo travellers who wish to have their own room. We are working with our accommodation providers to ensure that more rooms are available for those travellers who wish to room alone.

Travel insurance providers’ policies vary and many providers have some form of COVID-19 inclusions.

Masks must be worn by all travellers throughout the trip whenever required by local health authorities.  

We recommend that all travellers, leaders and crew wear masks: 

  • To help reduce the spread of COVID-19 

  • As a normal part of interacting with other people 

Masks are mandatory for travellers, leaders, crew and suppliers in any situation or destination when it is required by local government advice. In many countries, this includes (but is not limited to): 

  • Public and private transport 

  • Crowds or places where physical distancing is difficult 

  • Indoors (particularly in places with poor ventilation) 

Local laws and regulations regarding masks apply to all travellers, leaders crew and suppliers in the destination, regardless of their vaccination status. Vaccinated travellers are not exempt from wearing masks unless this is specified in local regulations.

We advise you to contact your airline as well as check the foreign travel advice for your destination before travelling regarding wearing masks. You will need to bring your own supply 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 are unwell prior to travelling, please stay at home and contact us to make alternative arrangements. Please refer to our Flexible Bookings for the options available to you.   

Due to the smaller spaces and types of activities, marine trips have some additional protocols, including:  

  • All boats and yachts will have enhanced sanitation protocols in place in line with local regulations. 

  • All travellers, leaders and crew must agree to any additional health screening measures on board (rapid antigen testing, temperature checking, etc.). These may vary on different boats in line with local regulations. 

  • Our sailing trips are on board a sailing yacht, so living spaces, bathrooms and cabins are shared with other travellers and sleeping quarters can be quite compact. This makes it difficult to maintain physical distancing. 

  • Single supplements are available for purchase on all trips if you prefer a cabin to yourself. 

  • Travellers are encouraged to bring their own snorkelling gear, if possible. 

  • All snorkelling gear available for traveller use/hire must be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. Travellers will be given one set of snorkelling equipment for use for the entire trip. 

Other common questions

What is Intrepid Insiders?

Intrepid Insiders is an exclusive community of travellers that, if you’ve already travelled with us, you’re already part of. Every now and then, you’ll receive email updates packed with competitions, partner offers, Insiders-only previews of sales and, best of all, you’ll be one of the first to hear about new trips.

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I am interested in working with Intrepid Travel – where do I find out more?

To find out what it’s like to work at Intrepid, all the exciting perks and what’s available right now, visit our employment page.

Does Intrepid have events/slide nights that I can attend?

Please click here and choose the country you live in. On the right-hand red menu there is an events page that lists all the upcoming events in your region.

We've put a pause on producing any new Intrepid brochures while look closer at the environmental impacts and the best ways to help you find the information you need. In the meantime, you can find everything you could want to know here on our website. Or, for a trip back in time, view our brochures from 2019.

Is Intrepid financially secure?

Yes. Intrepid started in 1989 and have been profitable almost every year since 1991.
What happens to my money when I pay for my trip?
When Intrepid receives money from either you or from your travel agent, the funds are deposited into a Client Trust Account. The money stays in this account until the day of departure of your trip. Why? So that in the unlikely event of Intrepid ever going broke, your money is still safe and you would get it back in full. Intrepid's Client Trust Account is independently audited every year. Failure to meet financial criteria reflecting the financial viability of a travel agent results in revocation of the agent's licence to trade. Intrepid are licensed under these arrangements.
Is my travel agent financially secure? 
It is an unfortunate fact that travel agents do go broke from time to time. If you are using a travel agent, it is your responsibility to ensure that the agent is financially sound. This is important as the agent may hold your money before sending it to us for your trip. Should that agency go broke before we have received your money, then it may be lost. Different countries have different levels of legislation, licences, bonds, trust accounts and/or insurance schemes to protect you. These vary greatly from country to country and some countries have no such protection at all. Please research this carefully to make sure the money you are paying is secure. Where there are no protection systems in your country, at least look at how long the business has been trading, ask others about their reputation and seek independent advice on reputable travel agencies.

What is The Intrepid Foundation?
The Intrepid Foundation (TIF) is a not-for-profit fund that helps bring support to non-government organisations in the places that Intrepid visits. Each year the fund distributes donations from Intrepid and travellers to more than 50 fantastic organisations around the world.

How did it start?
Intrepid Travel's founding Directors, Darrell Wade and Geoff Manchester started TIF in 2002 in response to many travellers asking how they could donate to communities or organisations they had visited with Intrepid. They also really wanted to know that the money would get there and be used effectively, so Darrell and Geoff kicked off The Intrepid Foundation with AU$200,000. Since then, more than AU$3,000,000 has been raised by travellers and Intrepid Travel and distributed to over 75 organisations.

What kind of organisations does The Intrepid Foundation benefit?
Organisations working in the areas of:

  • health care
  • education
  • human rights
  • child welfare
  • sustainable development
  • environment
  • wildlife protection.

What's the advantage of a traveller donating to The Intrepid Foundation?
The Intrepid Foundation is registered as a charity and 100% of donations received are donated to the local beneficiary organisations in an annual grant. Intrepid Travel contributes into the fund also and pays for all the administration costs. You can be assured that your donation will get to the organisation, be used for a significant need and make a real difference, such as pay a nurse's wage, build a much-needed classroom, pay for 50 students' school fees or help treat injured wildlife.

How can I donate?
Then best way is online, with a Visa or Mastercard credit card. See
Your donation and credit card details are secure, and you will receive a receipt immediately.

Is my donation tax deductible?
If you are an Australian taxpayer, donations to The Intrepid Perpetual Fund are tax deductible. Donations to the Intrepid Community Project Fund are not tax deductible.

Can I donate to any local organisation through The Intrepid Foundation?
No. The Intrepid Foundation offers a selection of organisations that they have come to know well, and have conducted 'due diligence' checks to ensure they are well run, trustworthy and do genuinely effective and important work with the money raised.
We currently have more than 40 beneficiary organisations in over 23 countries. Check them out at:

What do I do if I am unable to open a link on the Intrepid website?
Oh no! We really want to get you where you need to go. Please tell us what’s broken through our Ask Intrepid page and our resident experts will fix it as quickly as possible.