Safety and Destination Updates

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.

For further reference, we also recommend that you check your government's travel advisory for any country to which you are travelling:

Also, check out our Safety Guide PDF for lots of great tips on travel safety.

Earthquake in Nepal/North India

Posted: 25 Apr, 2015 | Updated: 13 May, 2015

UPDATED, 13 May 2015

G Adventures have cancelled all tours inNepal with a start date up to 14 June 2015.

Additional cancelled tours as follows:

* Everest Base Camp Trek (ANEA), 7th June & 14th June 2015
* Delhi to Kathmandu Yolo Adventure (AHDU), 9th June 2015
* Annapurna Sanctuary (ANAS), 7th June 2015
* Nepal Adventure (ANNA), 7th June 2015
* High Road to Tibet (ANRT), 7th June 2015
* Annapurna Circuit Trek (ANTA), 13 June 2015

If there are any further departures impacted beyond our current cancellations, we will notify affected travellers as needed.

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UPDATED 11 May, 2015

Another major earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 has struck 83 km East of Nepal and close to Everest Base Camp. Tremors were felt across Bangledesh, Northern States of India, Delhi and Rajathan. News agencies have reported 4 deaths and several injuries. This after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit the region on April 25th.

G Adventures has no travellers currently in the region as recent departures had been cancelled as relief and aid work is underway. We are in contact with our local operator and are in the process of confirming that all G Adventures staff are OK. We can also confirm that everyone at the SASANE project are OK.

We will be assessing the situation on the ground in the coming days. If there are any future departures impacted beyond our current cancellations, we will notify affected travellers as needed.

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UPDATED 5 MAY, 2015

The last G Adventures traveller left Kathmandu yesterday. We do have one selfless traveller who has elected to stay behind to volunteer her time and energy to the recovery efforts.

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UPDATED 1 May, 2015 10am

A massive relief effort is underway in Kathmandu and authorities are now reaching remote areas. Most highways in Nepal are now operational.

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UPDATED 30 April, 4pm

G Adventures have cancelled all tours up to and including 31 May, 2015 scheduled to go to Nepal. We are in contact with effected travellers on these trips, and will be providing options.

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UPDATED 30 April, 10am

Most G Adventures travellers are now safely out of Nepal. We are continuing to help the few remaining make onward arrangements.

Relief work continues in Kathmandu and authorities are now reaching out to the remote areas.

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UPDATED 28 April, 8am

Rescue and recovery efforts continue in Nepal, where the death toll is now over 4,400 people. Power has resumed in parts of Kathmandu city but the valley and many remote areas are without power. There is no fresh water supply in much of the region. Telecommunications continue to be very difficult.

The international airport is operating. However, it remains very crowded with people camping outside awaiting flights out of Nepal.

The Indian Government has given a 7 day ‘Goodwill’ Visa for international travelers who want to exit Nepal by land and fly to onward destinations

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UPDATED 27 APRIL 2015, 10.30am

G Adventures have cancelled all tours scheduled to travel to Nepal with a start date up-to-and-incldding 11 May 2015. We are in contact with those travellers to discuss options. Tours with a start date beyond 11 May will be reviewed approximately 2 weeks in advance, and those travellers contacted at that time with their options.

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UPDATED 27 April 2015, 8.00am

The airport was re-opened today having being closed yesterday due to heavy rainfall. The airport is extremely busy with people camping outside awaiting flights out of Nepal. We have staff at the start hotel and a vehicle to assist our travellers to get to airport. We also have G Adventures staff and a vehicle at the airport to ferry passengers back to Fuji Hotel if they can’t get the flights.

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UPDATED 26 April, 8.30am

The Nepal Embassy in New Delhi has informed that Kathmandu Airport is now operating scheduled flights - however they are very limited in number and there are very long delays. We have advised travellers to contact their travel agents and Airlines to re-confirm onward arrangements.

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UPDATED 26 April 2015, 8am

Yesterday evening, all our CEO's were contacted and we were able to confirm all our travellers and staff are safe and accounted for.

Overnight saw a series of aftershocks (including a 6.7) making communication that was already difficult even more so. We are continuing to work with our staff and contacts on the ground in Nepal to provide logistical support and assistance to our groups currently in the area.

Our thoughts continue to be with the people of Nepal.

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UPDATED 25 April 2015, 2pm

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G Adventures have cancelled the following tours scheduled to start 26 April:

High Road to Tibet: GPAANRT150426-O1
Annapurna Sanctuary: GPAANAS150426-O1,
Everest Base Camp Trek: GPAANEA150426-O1,

Our next departures for Nepal are scheduled from 2nd May. No decision has been made at this time regarding those departures We will be monitoring the current situation very closely and will provide an update as soon as we can make an informed decision.

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25 April 2015, 7.30am

Today an earthquake with magnitude of 7.9 occurred near Pokhara, Nepal at 06:11 UTC. Hundreds of people are feared dead in the powerful earthquake, with more trapped under rubble, officials say. Historic buildings in Kathmandu have been brought down.

G Adventures are in the process of contacting our and and groups in the area, and we will provide a further update once this has been completed.


Ebola

Posted: 14 Aug, 2014 | Updated: 21 Apr, 2015

14 January 2015

G Adventures continues to monitor developments in West Africa. We do not have any tours in West Africa until mid-February. We will be in touch with those travellers if there are any cancellations or itinerary adjustments.

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30 October 2014

If you, or anyone travelling with you, in the 21 days preceding your travel:

* Have traveled to, in, or through any area identified by the Centre for Diseases Control and Prevention as a potential risk for being exposed to Ebola (including Liberia, Sierra Leone, or Guinea); or
* Have been in contact with any confirmed or suspected Ebola patient or environment,

Then you are asked to please contact G Adventures immediately at 1 888 800 4100 or at travel@gadventures.com and connect with one of our representatives.

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10 October 2014

Ebola is a virus that affects humans and other primates. The largest outbreak of Ebola to date is currently underway in West Africa in the counties of Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria.

Symptoms start two days to three weeks after contracting the virus, with a fever, sore throat, muscle pain, and headaches.

Airlines are imposing various screening and monitoring practices of travellers who have the potential to carry the virus. G Adventures encourages all travellers to contact their airline to know more about their screening measures, and what their policies are around allowing people to travel who have been to the above countries in the 21 days prior to flying.

If there are any complications with your travel arrangements in relation to the above, please contact us at ‘travel@gadventures.com’.

For the latest developments on Ebola, please visit the World Health Organization:

http://www.who.int/csr/disease/ebola/en/


Xenophobic Attacks in South Africa

Posted: 21 Apr, 2015 | Updated: 25 Apr, 2015

In recent weeks there have been xenophobic attacks on foreign workers and shop owners in areas of Johannesburg and Durban in the Soweto informal settlement area. The police have taken extreme action to control the situation, and more than 200 people have been arrested or detained. President Jacob Zuma, many traditional leaders and many peace movements against Xenophobia has called upon all for peace and have condemned the attacks on foreign nationals.

No reports of any attacks on tourists or domestic travellers has been reported.

Out of an abundance of caution, we are adjusting our itineraries to avoid any potential problems.