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:
- 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.
Following the resignation of the President and senior public officials on 10th November, the political and security situation remains very uncertain across Bolivia. This follows an extended and ongoing period of wide-scale political demonstrations and civil unrest across the country since disputed elections in October 2019. Further protests are likely to occur at short notice and may turn violent without warning. Access to El Alto Airport in La Paz is currently restricted and travelling around the city is unsafe. Many flights have been cancelled or are expected to be cancelled.
DFAT has now raised their travel advice to "reconsider your need to travel".
The next Peregrine trip to arrive in Bolivia is PSAD191110, scheduled to enter the country on 23rd November. We are continuing to monitor the situation and will advise in the coming days should we need to make changes to this itinerary.
***UPDATE 11th November 2019****
Protests and civil unrest have broken out in Chile over the past month. This began over the Government increasing the cost of public transport, but has since escalated to be a general protest over rising inequality. There have been violent clashes between protestors and the Military, however it appears to be confined to certain areas of the city and other areas have remained mostly unaffected.
We at Peregrine have been monitoring this situation closely through our ground team and local suppliers.
Our ground operations teams have advised the following:
- All airports, including Santiago ́s Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport (SCL) are working normally.
- The highway from the airport to the city is clear and passengers are able to connect to the city.
- The roads between Chile and Argentina are working normally after some intial border crossings closing in the early days of the unrest.
- Clashes with protestors and security forces continue in parts of Santiago and other cities. However our guides are monitoring this and avoid any hot-spots.
Trips are still running, with only minor changes to the hotels in Santiago as we have moved to a quieter and safer area of the city as we are avoiding the Downtown area presently. We have contacted all effected passengers to advise of this change.
If you have any concerns or questions, please reach out to your booking agent. If there are issues once you land in Chile, please call our local emergency contact +56 9 7964 8594 (Situated in Santiago, Chile ).
****UPDATE 11th November 2019*********
Due to nationwide protests in Ecuador in early October, tensions remain high, despite most services returning to normal, there are still pockets of tensions which are resulting in strikes and protests.
We at Peregrine Adventures have been monitoring this situation closely through our ground team and local suppliers. Based on the most up to date advice from local authorities, we have determined that all trips will continue to run as normal at this stage. If applicable, upon arrival in Quito, and before you are able to connect with your tour leader, we suggest you follow advice of the hotel reception and local authorities. There are no foreseeable concerns if you have planned travel in the Galapagos Islands.
If you have any concerns or questions, please reach out to your booking agent. If there are issues once you land in Ecuador, please call our local emergency contact +593 9 94014877 (Situated in Quito, Ecuador).
Air pollution in Delhi and northern Indian states peaks in the winter as farmers in neighbouring agricultural regions set fires to clear land after the harvest and prepare for the next crop season.
The pollution in the Indian capital also peaks after celebrations for Diwali (27 Oct '19), the Hindu festival of light, when people set off fireworks. Construction dust also sharply increases each winter, exacerbating what is already a public health crisis. Air pollution at this level can aggravate heart and lung disease and also poses serious risk to the respiratory systems of the general population.
All travellers in Delhi will be provided with 3M masks to wear until the pollution levels lessen.
A 5.7 magnitude earthquake shook Istanbul on Thursday 26 of September 2019 at 2.00pm. There were some evacuations, of schools, hospitals and public building as a precautionary measure. All travellers are safe and no itineraries are affected. We are continuing to monitor local conditions. There is no impact to upcoming trips at this time.