G Adventures prides itself on the extensive network of ground operations, tour leaders and local contacts worldwide, which keep us informed and up-to-date on all local situations in which we operate. Our passengers' safety is of the utmost priority and we rely on these networks to allow us to make the operational decisions necessary to keep our trips running safely. We often know of situations on the ground before the media and we are in constant contact with our local offices, tour leaders, local operators, and colleagues in order to closely monitor and inform you of the most current information affecting any regions where we operate.
Japan Volcano Eruption
29 September 2014
There was an eruption at Mt. Ontake this weekend, killing approximately 30 people.
The Japan Meteorological Agency have raised the Volcanic Alert Level for Ontake from 1 to 3 - meaning the public is advised not to approach the volcano, the summit of which is at an altitude of 10,060 feet (3,067 meters).
G Adventures travellers have not been affected by this eruption. Mt Ontake is located approx 200km west of Tokyo. Our closest destination, Takayama is well-removed from any danger at more than 40kms away.
Ebola Outbreak in Africa
August 14, 2014
Various news agencies have reported that the World Health Organization (WHO) has identified Kenya as a high-risk area for the transmission of Ebola. Although there have not been any reported cases of the virus in Kenya, the WHO has stated the country is vulnerable to the disease due to the fact it is a transportation hub in East Africa.
***Please note that all confirmed cases of Ebola from the recent outbreak have taken place in West Africa and not East Africa, and the alert that Kenya has been identified as high risk is, at this point, a precautionary move by the WHO.***
G Adventures is closely monitoring the impact of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. No trips are currently operating in the affected region.
We do have our West Africa Cruise scheduled on our Expedition vessel for April, 2015. The cruise will continue to operate, however, we may adjust the itinerary of this cruise as details become clearer and once viable options have been fully explored.
We are maintaining close contact with our local team in East Africa, where our tours are currently operating safely and without interruption. Maintaining traveler safety is out top priority and we will continue to monitor the situation in the region and make any changes to our itineraries should the need arise.
Myanmar : Curfew in Mandalay
04 August 2014
The curfew in Mandalay continues however the hours of the curfew have been adjusted. The city remains calm without any fresh outbreaks of violence. The curfew is in place from 10pm to 3am.
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24 July 2014
The curfew in Mandalay continues however the hours of the curfew have been adjusted. The city remains calm without any fresh outbreaks of violence. The curfew is in place from 9pm to 3am.
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9 July 2014
The past few days have seen some isolated clashes and violence between religious groups in Mandalay. In order to restore calm, a curfew has been imposed. The curfew only affects the city of Mandalay, and is in effect from 9pm to 5am.
Tourists have been kept safe during this whole situation as they are not allowed to go into the conflict zones. The situation right now is described as quiet. All shopping and tourists sites are open as normal outside curfew hours.
G Adventures are running a few tours in Myanmar during this time.
Classic Burma Adventure, departing 28 June - This group left Mandalay before any of the clashes started
Classic Burma Adventure, departing 12 July - Our CEO's will provide instruction upon arrival. Our tour will continue to operate.
Classic Burma Adventure, departing 26 July - Our CEO's will provide instruction upon arrival. Our tour will continue to operate.
The following trips are affected:
No trips are affected!
Security in Kenya
23 June, 2014
As a response to the recent terrorist attacks in Kenya on June 15 in Mpeketoni, travel warnings have been issued by various foreign affairs offices that caution against travelling to certain parts of Kenya. These warnings have been issued most notably for select parts of Nairobi, Mombasa, Mpeketoni, and the area bordering Somalia and Ethiopia. The United States Department of State has made the decision to relocate some of its staff to other countries as a preventative measure. Please be advised that the Embassy remains open for normal operations.
G Adventures does not travel in any of the areas where the warnings have been issued. While our tours do commence in Nairobi, the warning that has been issued for Nairobi is specific to the Eastleigh area and low-income areas of the city. G Adventures takes traveller safety very seriously, and we avoid such areas on our tours.
We are constantly monitoring the situation and receiving updates from our local team in Nairobi. We continue to operate safe and enjoyable tours in Kenya and will provide additional updates as needed.
16 June, 2014
An attack by the militant group Al-Shabaab took place in Mpeketoni, Kenya on Sunday, June 15, 2014 resulting in fatalities. Mpeketoni is approximately 100km to the border with Somalia.
The Kenya Tourism Board has stated that Mpeketoni has no international tourist facilities and is not an area that is frequented by international visitors. There were no tourists in the area at the time of the incident.
G Adventures does not visit this area of Kenya on any of our tours. All G Adventures tours continue to operate safely and without interruption. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as needed.
4 June, 2014
Since May 16th to date, no further attacks have been reported in Nairobi or anywhere else in Kenya. Travel warnings remain elevated for parts of Kenya, notably close to the Kenyan-Somali border. This area is not visited on any of our G Adventures itineraries.
A reminder that while G Adventures does commence most Kenyan tours in Nairobi, most tours leave the city on Day 2 for more remote areas of the country. There have been no reports of threats or attacks in the tourist destinations we visit, such as the Samburu Nat Reserve, Masai Mara and Amboseli.
Safety of our travellers remains our top priority. We are maintaining constant communication with our CEOs and local office in Nairobi to monitor the situation as it develops. If we perceive there to be any real risk to our travellers from any of the locations we visit on tour, we will adjust itineraries accordingly and take immediate action to ensure our travellers are not in harm's way.
All G Adventures tours are running as scheduled without interruption in the region. We will continue to monitor any situation that may arise and provide updates as needed.
16 May, 2014
Two explosions in Nairobi occurred Friday, resulting in fatalities. Kenya's National Disaster Operation Center said one blast targeted a mini-van that Kenyans use for public transportation. The second blast is reported to have gone off in a public market in the city. These attacks appear to be targeting Kenyans by a Somali militant group, al-Shabab, and not specifically tourists visiting the country.
The Nairobi blasts have been targeted in heavily populated areas. While G Adventures does commence most Kenyan tours in Nairobi, most tours leave the city on Day 2 for more remote areas of the country. There have been no reports of threats or attacks in the tourist destinations we visit, such as the Samburu Nat Reserve, Masai Mara and Amboseli.
Travel warnings have recently been elevated for parts of Kenya, notably close to the Kenyan-Somali border. G Adventures does not visit this particular area of Kenya on any of our tours, and our travellers currently in Kenya are safe and accounted for.
Safety of our travellers is our top priority. We are maintaining constant communication with our CEOs and local office in Nairobi to monitor the situation as it develops. If we perceive there to be any real risk to our travellers from any of the locations we visit on tour, we will adjust itineraries accordingly and take immediate action to ensure our travellers are not in harm's way.
6 May, 2014
A series of terrorist-related bombings have occurred in Kenya, specifically in the capital Nairobi, resulting in fatalities and injuries.
To date, the attacks in Nairobi have taken place further from our departure points for our G Adventures tours that commence in the city. All G Adventures tours are presently running without interruption; if at any time we feel the situation becomes worse or presents a danger, we will act in the best interest of the safety of our travellers. We will continue to monitor the situation closely as it develops and provide updates should changes to itineraries be necessary.
The following trips are affected:
No trips are affected!