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.
A period of civil and political unrest lead to Intrepid suspending our trips to the country for the past few weeks. A number of trips were affected by cancellations and reroutes. The situation in Bolivia is now gradually improving. The government has announced that new elections will be held at the end of March or beginning of April 2020. The main roads in La Paz, Uyuni, Potosi and other cities, including to the airports, are currently clear of roadblocks. Protests continue in some locations where Intrepid groups do not travel including Santa Cruz and Cochabamba, but progress is being made for these to be ended through negotiations with indigenous and other opposition leaders. All airports are operating as normal.
We will continue to monitor the situation closely, and anticipate that the following trips will return to Bolivia and run according to their scheduled itineraries:
If you have any concerns or questions regarding upcoming travel to Bolivia, please reach out to your booking agent.
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 these have been confined to certain areas of the city and other areas have remained mostly unaffected.
We have been monitoring the situation closely through our ground team and local suppliers. Based on the most up to date advice from local authorities, we have determined that trips will continue to run as normal at this stage.
Our ground operations teams have advised the following:
- All airports, including Santiago ́s Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport (SCL) are working normally, with only minor delays reported.
- The highway from the airport to the city is clear and passengers are able to connect to the city without problems.
- The roads between Chile and Argentina are working normally after some intial border crossings closing in the early days of the unrest.
All our trips to Chile are currently operating as planned, with a change to the location of our hotels in Santiago to avoid Downtown where protests have been concentrated. We have contacted all affected 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 in Santiago on +56 9 7964 8594.
Due to nationwide protests in Ecuador in early October, tensions remain high, and although most services have returned to normal, there are still some isolated strikes and protests.
We 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 in Quito on +593 9 94014877.
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 concern. 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.