The safety of our passengers, leaders and operators is a major priority of Intrepid.

Read Intrepid’s Safety Policy

With this in mind, we monitor world events very closely. Intrepid makes operations decisions based on informed advice from a number of sources.

1. The Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT)

For any Intrepid-operated trip, if DFAT’s advisory is at ‘Do Not Travel’ then Intrepid will either cancel the trip or reroute the itinerary to avoid the areas concerned.

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2. Staff on the ground

With over 400 leaders on the ground in operational destinations and subsidiary companies in our main hub cities, Intrepid has access to an up-to-the-minute flow of information regarding the mood and feeling within the countries we work in. We are also in regular contact with the various operators we use. Their in-depth knowledge and understanding of their various areas is vital.

3. Other government travel advisories

Most countries’ governments provide their own travel advice. See below for links to some of the larger ones:

Current updates

Protests broke out in Ecuador last week over fuel subsidy reforms. On Thursday 3rd October, President Moreno announced a state of emergency which was a necessary announcement to empower Ecuador’s armed forces to dismantle the makeshift blockades. Since then, unrest has been controlled in the Capital City Quito, and the military is working hard to control the disruption in the smaller communities. There have been no reported incidents in the Galapagos Islands or Guayaquil. The current issue are roadblocks preventing movement between mainland Ecuador cities. Although the situation has improved, and we are hopeful that soon it will cease entirely, it is too fickle to predict the coming days.

We at Intrepid 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 most trips as mentioned below 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).

 

** UPDATE 14th October (AEST):

After more than 4 hours of negotiation between the leaders of the strikes and the Government, they have reached an agreement, deeming the tense situation to be officially over. From all accounts, tomorrow Ecuador will return to a relative normal and the clean-up will begin. There should not be any more roadblocks, flight cancellations or disorder on the streets. All customers are accounted for, and currently safe and well. Our local operations team is assisting all affected Intrepid customers. We appreciate your understanding and patience in this fluid situation.

Upcoming departures are set to depart as normal, except a few that have already been affected as below.   

 

Flights were cancelled today (13th Oct) & tomorrow (14th Oct) but airlines are doing their best to reschedule for the 15th October.

TRIPS DEPARTED:

GGTF191012 Best of Galapagos 12Oct delayed departing Quito to Galapagos and are spending two extra nights in Quito tonight but will hopefully be ok to fly on the 15th.

GGTG191013 Galapagos Island Hopping 13Oct customers are liaising with Operations team about when the rest of the group will arrive.

GGTF191005 Best of Galapagos 05Oct are to remain in Galapagos for an extra two nights but will hopefully fly back to Quito on the 15th.

 

UPCOMING TRIPS:

At this point in time (14Oct 3 pm AEST) Upcoming departures are set to depart as normal

GGTF191019 Best of Galapagos 19Oct / GGTG191020 Galapagos Island Hopping 20Oct (GGTWC191019 Galapagos & Inca Trail Adventure 19Oct)

GGYV191020 Essential Galapagos 20Oct / GGYT191021 One Week in the Galapagos Islands 21Oct

GGHO-O191021 Ecuador Amazon Jungle - 4 days 21Oct

GGRR191024 Galapagos Venture 24Oct / GGRX191025 Galapagos on a shoestring 25Oct

GGTF191024 Best of Galapagos 24Oct / GGTG191025 Galapagos Island Hopping 25Oct (GGTWC191024 Galapagos & Inca Trail Adventure 24Oct)

 

UPCOMING GALAPAGOS SAILING TRIPS

At this point in time (14Oct 3 pm AEST) Upcoming departures are set to depart as normal

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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. 

There were large non-violent gatherings, authorised and unauthorised, over the weekend Hong Kong. The situation around protests and public gatherings could change quickly, with the potential for significant violence, especially during unauthorised protests. Traffic congestions and public transport delays and suspensions can be expected. Hong Kong airport has resumed normal operation with enforcement of access control. Passengers are only allowed into the airport with boarding pass/ticket and it is advised to be at the airport about 5 hours before the flight time. We advise to keep yourself updated by checking your flight status on the airport website. We will continue our trips as per planned itinerary with close monitor of the situation in Hong Kong.

Following the arrest of former President Atambayev there have been a number of demonstrations and some civil unrest, including some violent incidents in and around Bishkek. Political tensions remain, and further demonstrations and disturbances may occur. There has been no impact on our trips to Kyrgzystan and all itineraries are continuing as planned. We will continue to follow advice of local authorities to avoid any affected areas of the city.