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

On Wednesday night an explosion near the Ulu Mosque in the north western Turkish city of Bursa was reported.

Initial reports have indicated that seven people were injured with no fatalities

 All Intrepid Group travellers and staff on the ground are safe

At this stage there are no other changes to itineraries.

Please contact your booking agent should you have any questions.

 

On Thursday 7th April a 6.2 magnitude earthquake hit near Ueki City on Japan's Kyushu Island . On Saturday the 16th April a 7.0 earthquake hit again in the Kyushu region in Kumamoto.  All Peregrine travellers and staff on the ground are safe and all trips have continued to run as normal. 

On Saturday 16 April a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit the central coast of Ecuador. All Peregrine travellers and staff on the ground are safe and all trips have continued to run as normal. Both Quito and Galapagos airports have remained opened and operating as normal.

On Saturday on explosion believed to have been caused by a suicide bomber hit the popular Istiklal Street in central Istanbul's Taksim square area.  Its reported that 5 people were killed and 37 people were injured.

We had no groups in the area at the time and our local operator has confirmed that all office staff and Leaders are safe.

For the PETT160320 the decision has been made to move the morning tour of the Hippodrome and the Blue Mosque scheduled for the 21st March, to the end of the tour when the group is back in Istanbul. The rest of the itinerary will run as scheduled.

At this stage there are no other changes to itineraries.

Please contact your booking agent should you have any questions.

 

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 – All countries other than Cuba, Peru, Argentina, and Chile.

Asia - Thailand

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 are currently investigating a potential link between Zika virus in pregnant women and microcephaly (a smaller than normal skull) in their babies. Until more is known, 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

At approximately 6.15pm local time an explosion in the Turkish Capital of Ankara has killed 28 people and left 61 people wounded

We had no groups in Ankara at this time and all of our passengers and 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

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.