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 5 ‘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 depar

Current updates

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there has been an outbreak of the mosquito-borne virus Zika in parts of Central and South America. Symptoms may include mild fever, skin rash and conjunctivitis. These symptoms normally last for 2-7 days.

Recently in Brazil, local health authorities have observed an increase in Zika virus infections in the general public as well as an increase in babies born with microcephaly (smaller than normal skull) in northeast Brazil.

According to the Centers for Disease, Control and Prevention, as of January 15, 2016, local transmission had been identified in at least 14 countries or territories in the Americas. To date there have been no reported cases in Cuba, Nicaragua, Peru, Argentina, or Chile.

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

According to WHO, Zika is not spread by people to people, howerverr there is no vaccine or preventative drug available against this virus yet.

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

- Wearing long sleeves and pants

- Use insect repellents when outdoors

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 Central and South America.

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

The following change and cancellation fees applies to pregnant women currently booked to travel on a Peregrine Central or South American trip:

  • 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.

 On Tuesday 12 January at approximately 10am (local time) there was  an explosion at the Sultanahmet Square in Istanbul. The square is close by to the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sofia.

We had no groups in the area at the time, and all our local staff are safe.

We will continue to monitor the situation and update this page should there be any changes. Please contact your booking agent should you have any questions

On Saturday 9 January 3 foreign tourists were stabbed in Hurghada. We had no groups in the area at the time of the incident, and all our local staff are safe.

We will continue to monitor the situation and update this page should there be any changes

Please contact your booking agent if you have any questions.

On the 7th January 2016 there was an attack on a tour bus near the Pyramids of Giza. We had no groups in the country at this time and all our local staff are safe.

At this stage all other departures will run as scheduled. We will continue to monitor the situation and update this page should there be any changes.

Please contact your booking agent if you have any questions.

Due to ongoing border closures along the Nepali-Indian border, fuel tanker trucks have been unable to enter Nepal. This has resulted in fuel shortages across the country affecting most forms of public and private transport including aircraft.

All travellers affected by itinerary changes will be contacted by their travel agents. We are awaiting further updates from our office in Kathmandu regarding future departures and will update this pageif there are any further adjustments to itineraries

Peregrine is closely monitoring the situation with information provided by our experienced local team in Nepal. Please contact your booking agent if you have any queries.

( UPDATE - Wed, 2015-06-24 11:45pm AEST )

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.

Mr Darrell Wade (Intrepid Group CEO), has just returned from visiting Nepal, and has written the following account of the situation in the country right now.  http://www.peregrineadventures.com/nepal-update

Emergency Earthquake Appeal:

Peregrine 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.

Peregrine 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.

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 Peregrine passengers were on board the vessel and all Peregrine travellers and staff members have been accounted for.

Kenyan authorities have confirmed a cholera outbreak throughout Kenya, including Nairobi.

Cholera is an acute diarrhoeal infection caused by ingestion of food or water contaminated with the bacterium Vibrio cholerae. Effective control measures rely on prevention, preparedness and response.

Our local operators and suppliers are taking extra precautions on the ground to ensure our passengers remain safe. We also recommend that all passengers travelling to Kenya carry rehydration salts and read the WHO recommendations on how to stay healthy during an outbreak.

http://www.who.int/cholera/prevention_control/recommendations/en/index1....

If you have any queries about your trip please contact your local travel agent.

Updated 19 May 2015