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.

 

Current updates

Myanmar Floods.   Mon, 2015-08-3

Over the last week the west of Myanmar has been subject to widespread flooding.   This has been exacerbated in recent days with the passing of Cyclone Komen which lead to the declaration of a State of Emergency in Chin and Rakhine states and also in the Sagaing and Magway regions. 



In terms of our tour operations this has not had a significant impact to date with only minor modifications to itineraries and inconveniences such as the Mandalay and Heho airports being closed for 3 hours due to high winds.  All of our departures in Myanmar are scheduled to run as planned at this stage. 

Peregrine has an experienced local team on the ground in Yangon who will quickly respond to any changes to the situation.  We will continue to monitor the situation and follow the instructions of local authorities to ensure the safety of our travellers and staff.

This page will be updated if the situation changes. If you have any questions please contact your booking agent.

 

Turkey -  Travel Warnings, Wed, 2015-07-29

Due to recent updates to Government travel warnings for Turkey, and information being provided by local authorities in Istanbul, as a precaution we will suspend the use of public transport (metro, tram and bus) and take private options within Istanbul for the next 7 days as more information becomes available. At this stage we have no plans to cancel or reroute our Turkey trips outside of this precaution.

Peregrine has an experienced local team in Turkey who can quickly respond to any changes to the situation.  We will continue to monitor the situation and follow the instructions of local authorities to ensure the safety of our travellers and staff.

This page will be updated if the situation changes. If you have any questions please contact your booking agent.

 

Tunisia - Tunisia Attacks Fri, 2015-06-26

On 26 June 2015, up to 38 people were killed in a terrorist attack in the tourist town of Sousse, on the coast south of Tunis. The attack is reported to have centerd around the Hotel Riu Marhaba and the nearby beaches. Fortunately no Peregrine groups were in the country at the time. 

We are in contact with our local operator and monitoring the government travel advice. Should the advice change we will notify all passengers booked on our upcoming trips.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact your booking agent.

 

Nepal - Earthquake Sat, 2015-04-25

( 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.

 

Borneo Malaysia - Earthquake Fri, 2015-06-05

On Friday morning (5th of June) an earthquake with magnitude 6.0 occured in Ranau, Sabah, Borneo. There was no Peregrine trips operating during this time.

(update Tuesday 17th of June)

We have been advised that Mt Kinabalu Park and Poring Hot Springs have now reopened so the below trips will revert back to their normal iitnerary..

Untamed Borneo departing 20th of June 2015 (PASW150620)

Untamed Borneo departing 11th of July 2015 (PASW150711)

Untamed Borneo departing 18th of July 2015 (PASW150718)

Malaysia and Borneo Encompassed 9th of July (PAMY1507092)

China - Yangtze River Mon, 2015-06-01

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.

Kenya

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