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.


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

We are aware of the announcement about The U.S. Treasury Department issuing new restrictions on non-family travel to Cuba. There is very little information about when these restrictions would be implemented, and even less information about what or who this impacts.

Consistent with the Administration’s interest in avoiding negative impacts on Americans for arranging lawful travel to Cuba, we believe it is likely that people-to-people group tours with a chaperone that previously was authorized will continue to be authorized; this would include our Intrepid Travel “Hola Cuba - People to People for US citizens (QUKP)” tour. In the event we cannot operate your trip due to these restrictions, we will be accommodating with refunds.

Flash floods have caused havoc across Iran and in particular, Shiraz. Sadly there have been many injuries and more than a dozen casualties.

We have 3 trips on the ground at the moment and all groups are safe and sound.

HPSN190323 - Now in Shiraz ( Day 3 )
HPSF190323 - Now in Esfahan ( Day 3 )
HPSN190326 - Now in Tehran ( Day 1 )

Most of the water resided quickly, and fortunately our groups were unaffected aside from some heavy rain.

All departures will run as scheduled and we will continue to monitor the situation closely via our local operations team, and government advice.
If you have any questions please contact your booking agent.

Following a terrorist attack in Kashmir on 14 February, India's military response on 26 February and reports of air force incidents over border areas of the disputed region of Kashmir, there is increased tension in the region. There are reports of suspended and/or cancelled flights for some airports in North India. Airport operations and flight schedules may change at short notice. Intrepid does not operate any trips in the disputed areas of the State of Jammu & Kashmir. There is no impact on Intrepid trips in India at this time. 

On 15 January 2019 there was a terrorist attack at DusitD2 hotel complex in Westlands Nairobi.

All of our groups, leaders, and local staff are safe. All itineraries in Kenya will continue to run as scheduled.

We will continue to monitor the situation through our local team in Nairobi along with government foreign travel advisories.

If you have any questions please contact your booking agent.

On Friday 28 December 2018 a roadside bomb struck a tourist bus in the Giza region near Cairo. At least 3 people have been killed, and a further 11 injured in the incident.

All of our group, leaders, and local staff are safe. All itineraries in Egypt will continue to run as scheduled.
Any minor changes to itineraries will be managed on the ground by our operations team based on the advice of local authorities and will be communicated through your group leader.

Our local office is constantly monitoring local Ministry of Tourism updates and has regional advisors to keep them abreast on  events. We will continue to monitor the situation through our local operations team in Cairo along with government foreign travel advisories.

If you have any questions please contact your booking agent.

On Monday 17 December 2018 the bodies of two Scandinavian hikers were found murdered in a remote part of the High Atlas Mountains, about 6 miles from Imlil. Moroccan authorities have since arrested 4 individuals in connection with the murders, including 1 they say had links to “an extremist group”.

No Intrepid groups were affected and all itineraries in Morocco are operating as normal. 

We will continue to monitor developments closely via our local operations team and government advice. 

Recent media reports have been covering the fraudulent helicopter rescue scams occurring in Nepal. Travel insurance providers have threatened to stop cover for tourists visiting Nepal if the local authorities didn’t start cracking down on the issue.

We have been aware of this practice being common from other tour operators for some time and are pleased to see that the Nepalese Government is now implementing well-overdue measures to mitigate against it. Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world and relies heavily on tourism. The actions of unethical operators puts both the local tourism industry and traveller safety at risk.

Intrepid Group is the largest trekking operator in the country and our incidence of helicopter rescue is very low. In 2017 less than 2% of our customers trekking at altitude needed a medivac by helicopter due to Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). This rate is low not only because we don't take kickbacks for helicopter evacuations but also because trekking leaders receive specialist training on how to recognise and treat AMS symptoms, so that they are able to identify when AMS is serious enough to require descent. In many cases, AMS can be treated by descending a few hundred metres and does not require a helicopter evacuation.