Travel is all about getting out of your comfort zone and trying new things. But we are committed to keeping you safe while you get out there and Run Wild. So there are times when we might have to cancel trips or change itineraries to avoid those pesky problem areas (you know who you are).
Geckos makes these kinds of decisions based on info from the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT) travel advisory. We also check with our local operators, who are on the ground and can give us up-to-the-minute info on the mood and feel within country. We also consider info from other foreign government websites including Britain, Canada, New Zealand, United States and World Health Organisation.
- Geckos tours will not operate if the Australian Government travel advisory reaches the Level 4 "Do not travel".
- Where possible and safe to do so, Geckos will change itineraries to avoid trouble areas (we'll let you know if there's additional costs)
- Decisions to cancel or change itineraries are made on a rolling basis, because 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 before to departure.
Unusually heavy monsoon rains continue across the state of Kerala causing flooding in most areas. Some of our groups currently in Kerala have experienced minor changes to their itineraries. Our ground team and local operators in India are closely monitoring the situation as the safety of our passengers, leaders, and operators is our top priority. Upcoming trips will continue to run, however impacts on these trips will be assessed on an ongoing basis as itineraries may need to be amended.
On 29th of July a 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck on the Island of Lombok, Indonesia near Mt Rinjani. There was no Geckos trips operating on Lombok during this time.
Our future Bali & Beyond trips are still running as per the normal itinerary. This trip only visits Tetebatu on Lombok Island which has not been affected by the earthquake.
UPDATE 6th of February 2018
On the evening of the 5th of August, a 6.9 magnitude earthquake was reported on Lombok. There was no Geckos trips operating on Lombok during this time. We are currently assessing the impacts from this earthquake on all of our trips to Lombok and will update this page if there are any further changes to our trips.
Over the last few weeks we have seen several protests broken out over social security reforms in Nicaragua. We have been monitoring this situation closely through our ground team and local operators. Most protests have so far been peaceful, and the violent episodes have been isolated in areas which posed no risk to our travelers and staff. However, this situation has taken a turn for the worse and we now believe that there is a considerable risk for roadblocks to develop which could interrupt the running of our trips, or worse, jeopardize the safety of our travellers and that of our leaders.
We have now determined that avoiding Nicaragua altogether is the best course of action, for the time being.
Travellers on upcoming departures will be contacted individually with their options as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience while we ensure that firstly our travellers and staff on the ground are supported. The upcoming trips will continue to run, however with a modified route, including new destinations in El Salvador and Costa Rica in order to replace nights meant to be spent in Nicaragua. Travellers will be offered the option to accept the new route, to cancel with a full refund, or to transfer to another itinerary. These options will be communicated clearly in a letter sent via your booking agent. Once again, we are working hard to ensure each traveller will be presented with a safe and agreeable outcome and appreciate your understanding that this process takes time
If you have any questions or concerns about your upcoming trip please contact your booking agent for more information. We will continue to monitor the situation as it unfolds.
Departures in August will run on re-routed itneraries, as it is still not safe to enter Nicaragua. All affected travellers should have been contacted by their booking agent.
Due to attacks in northern Rakhine State, and increased tensions in Rakhine State overall, many travel advisories warn against travel to this area specifically.
No Geckos tours visit or travel near Rakhine State. We continue to monitor the situation through official travel advisories and our local operations team. If there should be any changes to the situation you will be advised immediately. We recommend that you check your Government's advice for their latest travel information.
There has been much media attention on the Korean peninsula following a series of North Korean missile tests in 2016 and 2017, including a recent nuclear test on 3rd September 2017. We are working closely with local embassies and government authorities, including Australian Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT) to monitor and react to any changes in their current travel advice for this region. All Geckos trips in north east Asia, including Japan and China are currently continuing to operate as normal and in accordance with our usual safety and risk procedures.