From time to time travel conditions in the countries we operate in can and do change. The safety and well being of our clients and staff is always of paramount importance to us and there are times when we are called upon to consider either cancelling trips or making changes to our itineraries to avoid problem areas.

  • Peregrine makes these decisions based on information obtained from the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT) travel advisory and our own Local Operators, who are able to provide us with up to the minute information on the mood and feel within Country. Other important sources of information we consider include travel advisories from other foreign government websites including:
  • Britain
  • Canada
  • New Zealand
  • United States
  • World Health Organisation
     
  • Peregrine will not operate tours when the Australian Government travel advisory reaches level 4 ‘Do Not Travel’.
  • Where possible and safe to do so, Peregrine will reroute itineraries to avoid the areas concerned and additional costs may be incurred.
  • Decisions to cancel or re-route upcoming tours are made on a rolling basis, as situations and DFAT advice can change at any time.  Where the advice is temporarily at ‘Do Not Travel’, we will review the status of our tours approximately 2 weeks prior to departure.

Current updates

On the 16th July there was an attempted coup in Turkey. The attempt has been reported as a failure and the situation in the country is normalising. All airports have re-opened and flights are resumiing as scheduled, however some delays are expected. If you are due to depart in the coming days we recommend you contact your airline for more information.

We have been in constant contact with our local operator over the weekend and they have advised that all groups, leaders and local staff are safe and accounted for.

Our trips currently on the ground  are operating with small amendments where necessary.  All future trips will run as scheduled.

We will continue to monitor the advice of the official travel advisories and of our local operator. If you have any questions or concerns about your upcoming trip please contact your booking agent for more information.

SAFETY IN TURKEY:

Following recent incidents in Turkey we recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before your departure and that you ensure your travel insurance covers you for all areas in your itinerary.  We continue to monitor the situation through official travel advisories and our local operations team and we are able to quickly change arrangements if for any reason we become concerned. If there should be any changes to the situation you will be advised immediately.

We have taken the following measures to minimise the potential risk for our travellers in Turkey:

·Our local office is constantly monitoring local Ministry of Tourism updates and has regional advisors to keep them abreast on regional events.

·We are monitoring local transport conditions and will make changes to included transport as required.

·Whilst travelling in Istanbul before, after or during your tour we recommend avoiding crowded areas like Taksim Square, Galatasaray and Kadikoy Meydan after 6.00pm especially on a weekend. If using public transport in the city please refer to http://www.iett.gov.tr/en for the latest updates and announcements.

If you have any questions or concerns about your upcoming trip please contact your booking agent for more information.

There was a terrorist attack on the Bastille Day celebration in Nice on 14 July 2016, causing multiple casualties.

All Peregrine passengers are safe and accounted for. There are no trips currently in Nice.

The next trip due to travel through Nice is the 'Images of Provence & the Cote d'Azur' (PEPC) departing on 11 September. This trip is currently planned to operate as scheduled.

In conjunction with our local operators, we are carefully monitoring official travel advisories and will make any changes as required.

If you have any questions or concerns about your upcoming trip please contact our sales team for more information.

Ataturk International Airport has reopened following the attack that occurred on 28th of June. Many airlines have resumed flights in and out of the airport. We continue to recommend passengers check with their airline to reconfirm flights and services, particuarly if you are departing within the next week.

All of our trips will resume running as scheduled from the 6th of July. If any minor changes to itineraries are necessary they will be managed on the ground by our operations team as explained below:

SAFETY IN TURKEY:

Following recent incidents in Turkey we recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before your departure and that you ensure your travel insurance covers you for all areas in your itinerary.  We continue to monitor the situation through official travel advisories and our local operations team and we are able to quickly change arrangements if for any reason we become concerned. If there should be any changes to the situation you will be advised immediately.

We have taken the following measures to minimise the potential risk for our travellers in Turkey:

·Our local office is constantly monitoring local Ministry of Tourism updates and has regional advisors to keep them abreast on regional events.

·We are monitoring local transport conditions and will make changes to included transport as required.

·Whilst travelling in Istanbul before, after or during your tour we recommend avoiding crowded areas like Taksim Square, Galatasaray and Kadikoy Meydan after 6.00pm especially on a weekend. If using public transport in the city please refer to http://www.iett.gov.tr/en for the latest updates and announcements.

If you have any questions or concerns about your upcoming trip please contact our sales team for more information.

 

 

Ataturk International Airport is currently closed after the attack that occurred at approximately 9:50pm local time yesterday 28th of June. At this stage we do not have any credible or consistent information as to when it will re-open and flights will resume operation.

Any trips currently on the ground, and with included domestic flights may be re-routed. We are working through these details with our local operator and groups will be advised on the ground of any changes.

We have also made the difficult decision to cancel all departures for the next week, up to and including the 5th of July:

 

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We realise that this is incredibly disappointing. It’s not a decision that we have taken lightly and we will do our best to postpone or re-accommodate passengers travel arrangements with us. We can also hold funds in a suspense file to be used at a later date for similar trip in the future.

If passengers are interested in travelling to another destination we will do everything we can to get them on another trip. We realise that some people may already be travelling and again will do anything we can do provide support and assistance booking onward travel or alternatives. Please get in touch with our sales team who have a list of alternative trips that have spaces available and will be departing from today, up to the 10th of July.

We also recommend passengers contact the airline they are travelling with before boarding any flights or making alternative plans. Many airlines are offering a number of flexible options for passengers booked and due to depart in the next week.

Once we have more information regarding the re-opening of the Airport we will make an assessment on trips departing from the 6th of July 2016 onwards.
This page will be updated and passengers notified accordingly.

Please do not hesitate to contact your booking agent with any questions you may have.

At approximately 9:50pm local time Tuesday 28th a suicide gun and bomb attack on Istanbul's Ataturk international airport reportedly killed at least 32 people and injured 60 more.

 Our local operations team has confirmed that we had no transfers taking place at the time of the incident, or any groups travelling through the airport.

All of our groups, leaders and local staff are safe.

Our immediate priority is current groups travelling at this time. It's very early yet but we expect all trips to continue run as scheduled at this stage.

However, itineraries that include internal flights may be impacted (Peregrine trips: PETT – Treasures of Turkey, PETTJ – Treasures of Turkey Independent Journey, PEGF – Gourmet Explorer Turkey, PETG – Classical Turkey & the Greek Islands, & PERE – Turkey Revealed), and could be re-routed.

As soon as we have more information we will update this safety page with more information and any affected passengers will be notified.

On 26th June, a grenade explosion killed three people and injured at least 50 others during celebrations marking Independence Day at Mahamasina Stadium in the Madagascan capital of Antananarivo. Reports state there was no immediate reason for the attack or any indication of those responsible.

We had no groups in this area and all of local staff are safe. At this stage all of our trips will continue to run as scheduled. Our local staff are monitoring the situation carefully.

Today at 08.35am (local time) there was an explosion in the Vezneciler district of Istanbul.  This area is close to Istanbul University.

The report states that a car bomb was detonated as a Police Bus passed on its regular route to Istanbul University.  Current reports state that there are 7 police killed and 4 civilians and up to 36 wounded in the blast.

We had no groups in this area and all of local staff are safe.

At this stage all of our trips will continue to run as scheduled. Any minor changes to itineraries will be managed on the ground by our operations team as explained below.

If you have any further questions please contact your booking agent.

SAFETY IN TUKREY:
Following recent incidents in Turkey we recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before your departure and that you ensure your travel insurance covers you for all areas in your itinerary.  We continue to monitor the situation through official travel advisories and our local operations team and we are able to quickly change arrangements if for any reason we become concerned. If there should be any changes to the situation you will be advised immediately.

We have taken the following measures to minimise the potential risk for our travellers in Turkey:

    -We have re-routed all our trips so they no longer visit Ankara.
    -Our local office is constantly monitoring local Ministry of Tourism updates and has regional advisors to keep them abreast on regional events.
    -We are monitoring local transport conditions and will make changes to included transport as required.
    -Whilst travelling in Istanbul before, after or during your tour we recommend avoiding crowded areas like Taksim Square, Galatasaray and Kadikoy Meydan after 6.00pm especially on a weekend. If using public transport in the city please refer to http://www.iett.gov.tr/en for the latest updates and announcements.

 

 

This advice covers all regions affected by the Zika virus.

The World Health Organization (WHO), has confirmed an outbreak of the mosquito-borne Zika virus in several parts of Central and South America, and is also reporting the ongoing spread of the virus to other parts of the world, including Asia.

WHO does not consider Zika to be a pandemic, like SARS or Ebola. Based on available evidence, the WHO is not recommending any travel or trade restrictions related to Zika virus disease.

Specific areas affected

Central, South America and the Caribbean – All countries other than Cuba, Argentina and Chile.

Asia & the Pacific – American Samoa, Fiji, Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga

Symptoms & Treatment

The symptoms of Zika may include fever, skin rashes, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, malaise, and headache. These symptoms are usually mild and last for 2-7 days. Zika virus disease is usually relatively mild and requires no specific treatment.

Zika virus diagnosis can only be confirmed by laboratory testing.

People sick with Zika virus should get plenty of rest, drink enough fluids, and treat pain and fever with common medicines. If symptoms worsen, they should seek medical care and advice. There is currently no vaccine available.

Prevention

According to the WHO, Zika is transmitted to people through the bite of an infected mosquito and generally not spread person to person; however there is currently no vaccine or preventative drug available against this virus.

The best way to prevent Zika is to avoid mosquito bites by:

  • Wearing long sleeves and pants (preferably light coloured)
  • Use insect repellents when outdoors

Pregnancy

Health authorities have confirmed the link between Zika virus in pregnant women and microcephaly (a smaller than normal skull) in their babies. Women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant should take extra care to protect themselves from mosquito bites.

In line with the above health warnings, Peregrine recommends all women who are pregnant or trying to get pregnant to consult with their doctors before booking their trip to a region affected by the Zika virus.

Changes to bookings

The following change and cancellation fees apply to pregnant women currently booked to travel on a trip to a region affected by the Zika virus (as listed at the top of this advice).

  • To transfer funds to another trip to another region an no extra fee*
  • To postpone trip dates at no extra fee*
  • Cancellations within 30 days from departure: loss of deposit applies to cover unrecoverable on ground costs (a note from a doctor confirming pregnancy is required)*
  • Cancellations outside 30 days from departure: no cancellation fees apply (a note from a doctor confirming pregnancy is required)*

*exceptions may apply to Antarctica bookings.

Please contact your booking agent for more information in this regard and to make any amendments to your booking.

More Information

More information on the Zika virus can be found at the following links –

World Health Organisation: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/zika/en/

Centers for Disease, Control and Prevention: http://emergency.cdc.gov/han/han00385.asp