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:

  1. Britain
  2. Canada
  3.  New Zealand
  4. United States
  5. 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 departure.

Expedition Algeria - Itinerary Change

We have been monitoring the situation around the town of Ghardaia as there has been some sectarian violence in and around the town for some time now. With this in mind we have decided to reroute the itinerary for the 11th October 2014 departure only. We will continue to monitor the situation and liaise with our local operator.  Please see the trip page for full itinerary details.

Yunnan earthquake - China

An earthquake of magnitude 6.1 struck Ludian County in remote Yunnan Province on 3rd August, killing around 589 people. Our groups do not travel to this part of Yunnan and no groups have been affected by the earthquake. 

Last Updated 7 August 2014

Border tension - Armenia & Azerbaijan

An recent increase in tension along the border with Azerbaijan and Armenia in July and August 2014 has resulted in a number of deaths and casualties. Our groups do not travel in the military occupied border or Nagorno-Karabakh regions and instead cross through Georgia to get from Azerbaijan to Armenia. No groups have been affected by these recent incidents. 

Last Updated 7 August 2014

Safety & security situation - Israel

Based on advice of DFAT and other government travel advisories we have decided to continue to run all Israel departures as scheduled for August 2014. We will continue to monitor the situation and liaise with our local operator.

We have contingency plans in place should the need arise to re-route or cancel trips.

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

Safety & security situation - Ukraine

We are deeply saddened to hear of the tragedy involving Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur which crashed in the Donetsk region of Ukraine on 17 July. 
 
DFAT Foreign travel advice for Ukraine remains at Do Not Travel (Level 4) for Crimea, Donetsk & Luhansk regions in the South and East of the country. Intrepid does not include these regions on our itineraries. Advice for Ukraine overall remains at Reconsider Your Need to Travel (Level 3) and at this time our itineraries are continuing as planned. We travel overland from Russia to Ukraine by train through the North East of the country which is currently considered stable and safe to travel. Russia overall remains at Exercise a High Degree of Caution (Level 2).
 
The situation in Kyiv and western cities has calmed considerably following months of violent protest during which nearly 100 people were killed, though occasional non-violent public demonstrations continue in and around Independence Square, St Michael’s Square and outside the Verkhovna Rada (parliament building). However, on 7 August a fire and clashes broke out in the Maidan and Kreschatik areas of Kyiv. We are currently avoiding these areas on our trips to Kyiv.
 
We will continue to monitor foreign travel advice should the current situation change.

Last Updated 8 August 2014

Moscow - Russia

On 15 July, an incident occurred on Line 3 of the Moscow metro near station Slavyanskiy Bulvar. A number of casualties have been reported. No Intrepid travellers were in the vicinity at the time. There may be some minor disruption to metro travel in Moscow however our tours will continue as planned.

Last Updated 16 July 2014

Earthquake - Mexico/Guatemala

A 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck near the border of Mexico and Guatemala early in the morning of Monday 7 July (local time) causing moderate damage. We had groups at San Jorge La Laguna, Panajachel and Antigua who all felt the quake but everyone is accounted for an uninjured. The trips will continue as normal as the areas we visit have escaped damage. We will continue to monitor the situation in case of aftershocks.

Hurricane Arthur - USA

Hurricane Arthur is forecast to become a category 2 hurricane on Thursday night local time 3rd July and is expected to make landfall in North Carolina on Friday morning. We don't have any groups in the direct path of the hurricane, and any groups due to be on the east coast on the 4th of July have been warned not to go into the ocean due to the likelihood of strong rip currents and potential coastal flooding.

Last Updated 04 July 2014

Mandalay - Burma

Violent clashes erupted in Mandalay on 1st July between Buddhist and Muslim groups as a result of a claim of a sexual assault on a Buddhist woman. The violence has since resulted in the death of two people, a Muslim man and a Buddhist man and arrests have been made. Riot police have been deployed to control the situation and a curfew has been imposed in the city which states that people cannot leave their premises between the hours of 19:00 to 05:00.

Our local office reports that the situation is currently under control and none of our groups have been affected in any way.  We are continuing to monitor the situation very closely and our station manager in Mandalay is keeping us constantly updated.

Mandalay continues to function as normal with all businesses and offices continuing to operate and people are able to move around the city freely outside of the curfew hours. The public transport and the airport continue to operate as normal, as do the rail services and bus links from Mandalay to other cities and provinces.

We believe that it is safe to continue to run our trips as normal however we will continue to monitor the situation very closely.

Last Updated 04 July 2014

Urumqi – China

On 22 May a suspected bomb attack took place on a crowded street in Urumqi, Xinjiang province, with reports of over 30 killed. This follows a bomb and knife attack in Urumqi’s South Railway station on 30 April which killed 3 people and injured 79.

No Peregrine travellers were in the area at the time. Security throughout Xinjiang province is high and Peregrine groups visiting Urumqi will continue to avoid highly populated areas.

Last Updated 27 May 2014

GBAO Region - Tajikistan

There was an outbreak of localised violence in Khorog, the administrative centre of Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast (GBAO) a region close to the Afghan border, on 21 May 2014, with a second incident on Friday 24 May. The situation is currently calm but tense and further violence remains possible. The Government had suspended issuing permits, but as of 2 July 2014 has recommenced issuing permits allowing travel to the GBAO by foreign nationals entering Tajikistan on tourist visas. The situation is still subject to frequent change at short notice.
 
We will continue to monitor the situation through our local partners in Tajikistan along with government foreign travel advisories. Our first departure of Tajikistan Pamir Adventure (PCPT) which began on 17th June 2014 was able to enter Tajikistan and the GBAO region successfully.

Last Updated 13 August 2014

Thailand

Since the start of November 2013, there have been a number of political demonstrations that have taken place in locations around Bangkok and other parts of Thailand.

After many months of protests, on 22 May, Thailand’s army chief announced a coup d’etat. This means the seizure of power from government and that the Thai military are now in control of the country to restore order and put political reforms in place.  As Martial Law was enforced around the country, a curfew was put in place nationwide, however as of 13 June 2014, the curfew has been lifted.

Both of Bangkok’s airports are continuing to operate as normal. An official information desk has been set up at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport.

Since the Coup began on 22 May there have been sporadic pockets of demonstrators who have taken to the streets to voice their opposition against the coup. These anti coup demonstrations are on a small scale and in no way reflect the demonstrations experienced in the past, nor do they impede on the daily day-to-day functions of the city.

The demonstrations to date have been none violent and are peaceful which reflects the current atmosphere in Bangkok. These small pop-up gatherings are being dealt with by the military and are being monitored closely to maintain public peace and order. On the whole the military are keeping a low profile on the streets and are not overly visible to the general public.

All services continue to function as normal with most businesses and offices continuing to operate. Shopping malls have resumed their normal opening hours 10:00-22:00 and the public transport systems including the BTS Sky Train, the MRT Subway and the Airport Rail Link continue to operate.

All emergency services are operational at all times including medical services.. As per Thai law all visitors to Thailand, should carry some official ID on them throughout their stay.

We encourage all passengers to stay away from all protest areas and to check their hotel notice boards in Bangkok for the most update information on protest areas; which are updated regularly.

We continue to monitor the situation very closely with our local office in Bangkok and since the protests began in November 2013 we have been able to run all Peregrine groups with limited disruption. Our night time sightseeing programs have resumed normal operating schedules and restaurants, bars and entertainment venues are operating as normal.

If you require any urgent assistance once you are in Bangkok please call our emergency phone which is staffed by our local Thailand office.

Peregrine’s Thailand Office can be reached on Tel: +66 898 103 722

Last Updated 08 July 2014

Ho Chi Min - Vietnam

Fatalities have occurred in rioting, which took place on Wednesday 14th May in a few factories in industrial areas on the outskirts of Ho Chi Minh City, about 35 km to 50 km from the city itself. These started as protests involving Vietnamese targeting Chinese-owned businesses in Vietnam because of China's claims to sovereignty over an area of the South China Sea/East Sea that is also claimed by Vietnam. This was essentially a dispute between Vietnamese workers and Chinese workers that got out of hand. Please note that these events will not affect any of our tours in Vietnam nor jeopardise the safety of any travellers to Vietnam.

Last Updated 16 May 2014

Chennai - India

On the 1st  May an explosion occurred on a train at Chennai train station in southern India.

We can confirm that no Peregrine travellers were in the area at this time.  At this stage all trips will continue to operate as normal.

We will continue to monitor the situation through Peregrine’s team on the ground and will update this information as required.

Last Updated 06 May 2014

Kenya

As some of you may know from the international news, there have been a series of small explosions in Kenya over the weekend.

2 days ago (Saturday evening) there were two seemingly simultaneous grenade/small IED attacks in Mombasa. One was hurled into a public bus that had just arrived in Mombasa from Nairobi; another was apparently set off near a hotel in Nyali (North Coast of Mombasa). There were some fatalities and a number of casualties in the bus terminal but it is being reported that nobody was killed in the incident in Nyali.

Yesterday (Sunday evening) there have been two small explosions in public buses travelling in Nairobi – both were detonated on the Thika Road which is a highway leading out of Nairobi towards the Mt. Kenya region. There are again reports of some fatalities and numerous casualties.

We have received reports that no Westerners/tourists were affected by either of these incidents.

Peregrine Travel does not currently visit Mombasa, nor to anywhere on the Kenyan coast and so this incident doesn't not effect any of our current itinerary's.

In conjunction with our local office in Nairobi, and Government travel advice we will continue to monitor the situation carefully. Any changes will be updated on this site. If you do have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch with your booking agent.

Peregrine Nairobi Office can be reached on the following: 24 hour number +254 733 523 813

Last Updated 05 May 2014

Avalanche on Mount Everest - Nepal

On Friday April 18th at around 06:45 local time an Avalanche struck in an area known as the "popcorn field", just above Everest base camp at 5,800m (19,000ft).

We can confirm that no Peregrine travellers were involved in the tragic event and all groups are safe and accounted for.  At this stage all trips will continue to operate as normal. We will continue to monitor the situation through our team on the ground and will update this information as required.

Our thoughts go out to all those involved.

Mombasa & Nairobi - Kenya

We are aware of the recent events in Nairobi and Mombasa over the last week.

Kenyan authorities announced enhanced security measures across Kenya on 31 January. These include enhanced security checks at all Kenyan airports.

To date our trips have not been affected and we expect to continue to operate all of our trips without any interruptions. However travel times to and from the airport can be as long as 4 hours so please leave plenty of time to make your flight. We recommend that travellers avoid visits to public places in Nairobi and Mombasa at this time. We also recommend that you book private arrival and departure transfers for your trip.

In conjunction with our local office in Nairobi, and Government travel advice we will continue to monitor the situation carefully. Any changes will be updated on this site. If you do have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch with your booking agent.

Peregrine Nairobi Office can be reached on the following: 24 hour number +254 733 523 813

Last Updated 2 April 2014

Ukraine

Government foreign travel advisories currently advise against travel to Crimea, Donetsk, Lugansk, Kharkiv & Odesa. Peregrine does not visit these destinations on our Splendours of Russia & Ukraine tour (PCRU) and instead visits Petrushivka (Chernivska Oblast) and Kyiv.

The situation in Kyiv and western cities has calmed considerably following months of violent protest during which nearly 100 people were killed, though occasional non-violent public demonstrations continue in and around Independence Square, St Michael’s Square and outside the Verkhovna Rada (parliament building). Elsewhere in Kyiv, life has largely returned to normal.

Peregrine will resume tours to Ukraine from 15th June 2014.

Last Updated 27 May 2014

Sinai

The increased unrest in the Sinai area has triggered new travel advice to some areas of Egypt by the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The safety of our passengers, leaders and operators remain our top priority. With this in mind, we are working with our local operations team to review our itineraries in Egypt.  

Travellers on affected itineraries will be contacted directly with confirmed alternative arrangements.  If you do have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch with your booking agent.

We will continue to monitor this situation through our ground team as well as the travel advice provided by the UK and Australian governments. We will post more information on this site as it becomes available.

Last Updated 20 February 2014

Indonesia

Mount Kelud, a volcano in central Java, has erupted resulting in heavy volcanic ash fall up to a 40-km perimeter and reports of ash plume rising to a 15 km (45,000 ft) altitude. The alert status was raised to the highest level. Indonesian authorities have urged people living within 10 km of the volcano to evacuate from their homes and evacuation shelters in areas around the volcano. The volcanic ash from a major eruption in Indonesia has closed three international airports including Bali, Yogyakarta and Surabaya as darkened skies cross a large swath of the country's most densely populated island.

At the moment we have a few group tours running in this area. We have contacted them all and they are safe and sound. We will remain in contact with them also with any clients that will be passing or coming into this are the coming days. Being low season this are only a few tours in the region at this period of time.

If you have any inquiries, please contact our local operator in Indonesia on: +62 (0) 811 380 3820 (hotline no: 4 – Edy)

Last Updated 14 February 2014

Nepal

The EU has recently chosen to highlight the safety record in Nepal and as of 5th December 2013, all Nepalese registered carriers have been included on an EU list of ‘Banned Airlines’ In response to general concerns over the safety record of Nepalese carriers, in 2011 and 2013 a consortium of leading adventure travel companies asked independent air safety experts to visit Nepal to assess the suitability of the available air carriers. Following these comprehensive audits it was decided to restrict our use to just three approved carriers, which are Yeti Airlines, Tara Air and Buddha Air.  



It remains our firm policy to only use these three approved carriers for our customers and further audits will take place regularly. For emergency situations, we also have an approved list of helicopter companies for our use. Whilst acknowledging the safety issues identified by the EU, we believe we have taken all possible measures to reduce the risk to our customers of flying within Nepal. We would like assure that our customers’ safety remains our number one priority at all times.

Last updated 6 January 2014