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

 

On 3 June 2018, Volcan de Fuego erupted. Guatemala City's international airport (La Aurora) shut down due to falling ash. The media are reporting some deaths and injuries in the village closest to the volcano (Not an area we visit on our trips). All our groups & ground staff are safe.

The airport reopened on the 4th June, although it is being left to each airline's discretion whether or not they fly in or not. So far, no passengers have experienced delays, and all arrived in time for their welcome meetings. No itineraries have been affected and all upcoming departures are set to run as planned in Guatemala. 

 

Please check with your airline before travelling to the airport. If you have any questions or concerns about your upcoming trip please contact your booking agent for more information. We will continue to monitor the situation as it unfolds.

Over the last few weeks we have seen several protests broken out over social security reforms in Nicaragua. We have been monitoring this situation closely through our ground team and local operators. Most protests have so far been peaceful, and the violent episodes have been isolated in areas which posed no risk to our travelers and staff. However, this situation has taken a turn for the worse and we now believe that there is a considerable risk for roadblocks to develop which could interrupt the running of our trips, or worse, jeopardize the safety of our travellers and that of our leaders.

We have now determined that avoiding Nicaragua altogether is the best course of action, for the time being.

 

Travellers already travelling with us on a combination journey will be given a letter on the ground explaining their re-routed itinerary.

Travellers on upcoming departures will be contacted individually with their options as soon as possible. The trips will continue to run with a modified route, including new destinations in El Salvador and Costa Rica in order to replace nights meant to be spent in Nicaragua.

Central American Journey (QVRJ) 10th, 17th & 24th June 

Central American Adventure (QVRXC) 9th June

Amazing Central America (QVRPC) 24th June

Best of Central America (QVRQC) 9th June

Guatemala & Beyond (QVRK) 29th June

 

If you have any questions or concerns about your upcoming trip please contact your booking agent for more information. We will continue to monitor the situation as it unfolds.

An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.2 was recorded on the evening of the 8th of March 2018, with its epicentre at 16kms south west of Ranau, Borneo.

All Intrepid staff and passengers are safe and we did not have any trips running in this area at this time.

Due to violent conflicts between Muslim and Buddhist groups in the Kandy district of Sri Lanka the government has declared a state of emergency. Though the violence has not been directed at tourists, we have made temporary itinerary changes for our groups who are currently travelling in Sri Lanka to avoid the Kandy district.

At this stage, we are hopeful that the conflict will soon be resolved. We will continue to monitor the situation through our local partners in Sri Lanka along with government foreign travel advisories and impacts on future trips will be assessed on an ongoing basis. Details of any changes will be sent directly to our clients who may be affected.

Please contact your booking agent if you have any specific questions about an upcoming trip.

Due to recent political changes there is a heightened security presence in Harare, Zimbabwe, including armoured vehicles and increased military activity. We currently have no groups travelling through Harare and will continue to monitor the situation over the coming weeks prior to the next trip scheduled to travel through the area.

At this stage trips travelling through Victoria Falls, Hwange National Park and Bulawayo will continue to run as scheduled.

Please contact your booking agent if you have any specific questions about an upcoming trip.

Madagascar is experiencing a new plague outbreak which has been ongoing since August 2017. Plague is endemic in Madagascar and cases have been reported nearly every year since 1980, between the months of September and April.

Two forms of plague are present in Madagascar: the bubonic plague and the pneumonic plague. The first one is transmitted from animals to human beings via flea bites. The second one is transmitted from person to person by inhaling infectious droplets. In both cases, the illness can be cured with standard antibiotics, available in the country.

WHO advises against any restriction on travel or trade on Madagascar based on the available information. It recommends travellers take some basic precautions which our outlined on their website: http://www.who.int/csr/don/02-october-2017-plague-madagascar/en/

The Australian Government’s level of travel advice for Madagascar has not changed. Similarly they recommend that travellers practice good hygiene and speak to their health provider before travelling.

Based on this advice Intepid will not be cancelling any of our departures. We will however be suspending any city center market visits in Antananarivo, and Tamatave. In addition we recommend travellers have their meals in tourist hotels and restaurants where the sanitary conditions are strictly controlled.

We will continue to monitor the situation closely via our local operations team, and government advice. Should there be any changes we will update this page.

Due to attacks in northern Rakhine State, and increased tensions in Rakhine State overall, many travel advisories warn against travel to this area specifically.

No Intrepid tours visit or travel near Rakhine State. We continue to monitor the situation through official travel advisories and our local operations team. If there should be any changes to the situation you will be advised immediately.  We recommend that you check your Government's advice for their latest travel information.

There has been much media attention on the Korean peninsula following a series of North Korean missile tests in 2016 and 2017, including a recent nuclear test on 3rd September 2017. We are working closely with local embassies and government authorities, including Australian Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT) to monitor and react to any changes in their current travel advice for this region. All Intrepid Travel trips in north east Asia, including Japan, China, North & South Korea are currently continuing to operate as normal and in accordance with our usual safety and risk procedures.