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Thailand Update: 28 November 2013
Political demonstrations have taken place in locations around Bangkok and other parts of Thailand. Government Travel Advise urges travellers to avoid all protests, political rallies and large-scale gatherings. Be alert and aware of your surroundings and pay attention to local news media reports. World Expeditions currently have no trips affected and continues to monitor the situation.
Typhoon Haiyan: 11 November 2013
Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines Friday 08 November 2013 with sustained winds of around 315 km an hour, causing massive storm surges and devastating vast areas of Tacloban, the capital of Leyte province.
This typhoon has now made landfall in northern Vietnam, Monday 11 November 2013, close to the Chinese border, as a weaker Category One storm. It still carried gusts of up to 157km/h as it arrived close to the Halong Bay but it is now classified as a severe tropical storm and rainfall will be the main hazard.
No current trips are affected and all forthcoming World Expeditions trips are operational. As always the safety of our travellers is our foremost priority and further updates will be provided.
China Update: 29 October 2013
Five people were killed and dozens injured on Monday, when a car ploughed into pedestrians and caught fire in Beijing's Tiananmen Square. No World Expedition groups were in the area at this time. As always the safety of our travellers is our foremost priority and we are receiving constant updates from our local partner in China.
Nepal Update: 18 October 2013
Adverse weather conditions in the Himalaya - Nepal & Bhutan.
The recent cyclone which occurred in the Bay of Bengal has caused unprecedented rain and snow events throughout the Himalaya over the past 5 days. Our leaders in the field have been in close contact with our operations base in both Kathmandu, Nepal and Paro in Bhutan, during this time; some groups have experienced difficult conditions resulting in modifications to trek routes in some cases. The weather has now improved, and all groups are continuing as normal. All World Expeditions groups are accounted for and well.
Everest region - Flights into the Everest region have resumed and are operating as scheduled. There have been reports of avalanches in the vicinity of Everest Base Camp, this is on the Tibetan side of Everest, and not the Nepal Everest Base Camp. We have no groups in the vicinity of Everest Base Camp in Tibet. The Everest region has experienced heavy snowfall, therefore trek routes at higher elevations are expected to have some snow cover, however are still passable.
Laos Update: 16 October 2013
On 16 October 2013 a Lao Airlines flight travelling from Vientiane to Pakse in Laos encountered extreme weather conditions and crashed into the Mekong River. There were 49 people on board; tragically, all are believed to have died. There were no World Expeditions travellers on board. A full investigation will be undertaken and updates provided as more information comes to light. Again, all of our travellers are safe and accounted for. Our thoughts are with the families of those involved.
Myanmar Update: 15 October 2013
An explosion that struck a hotel in Myanmar's main city was caused by a small, homemade bomb. Police said three suspects have been detained in relation to the blast, which went off at the Traders Hotel in Yangon and resulted in minor injuries to a foreign national. We will continue to monitor the situation. At this stage no changes to our Myanmar itineraries are planned. As always the safety of our travellers is our foremost priority and we are receiving constant updates from our local partner in Myanmar.
Lebanon Update: 1 October 2013
There has been tension in Beirut and Tripoli in recent months, including random explosions and violent demonstrations, with sporadic closure of the main road leading to the international airport in Beirut. Govt Travel Advices warn against travel to regions of the Bekaa Valley, where World Expeditions scheduled itineraries would visit, due to proximity to the Syrian border and ongoing tension in those regions. The ongoing conflict in neighbouring Syria is having a destabilising effect on Lebanon and together with internal political and sectarian tensions there is potential for violent protests in any part of the country. All World Expeditions scheduled departures remain cancelled until further notice.
Kenya Update: 1 October 2013
All clients visiting Nairobi are strongly advised to pay close attention to personal security at all times, heed the advice of local authorities, hotels and tour guides and avoid non-essential visits to large public places. You should avoid the central CBD area (World Expeditions does not stay at hotels in the central CBD) and low income areas of the city particularly Kibera, Mathare, Kasirani and Eastleigh. Increased security arrangements across the city have been implemented as a result of an attack by Somali militants on Westgate Shopping Centre in Westlands suburb 21 - 24 September 2013. No World Expeditions tours visit or stay in this area of the city.
Govt Travel Advice warns not to travel to the border regions with Somalia, South Sudan, Ethiopia and the A2 highway north of Isiolo. None of these regions are visited on World Expeditions itineraries. Our local partners and other tour operators in Kenya continue to host many visitors from around the world. There are no travel restrictions in place for Kenya overall. All World Expeditions trips to Kenya are operational as normal, as are transits through Nairobi to other East African countries. Following a major fire at Nairobi's JKIA international airport on 7 Aug, visitors should expect some delays at the airport as arrival and departure procedures are occurring from temporary structures which are likely to remain in place for some time.
Egypt Update: 1 October 2013
As a result of the removal from office of President Morsi on 3 July 2013 by Egyptian armed forces, the political and security situation across the country remains unstable. An interim government has been formed but further violence and civil unrest as a result of ongoing demonstrations could occur without warning. A national state of emergency has been declared until 14 November 2013, with curfews in place in all major centres (except Sharm el Sheik). Due to the potential for ongoing civil unrest, and Govt Travel Advice for Australia, UK, NZ, Canada and USA all indicating all but essential travel should be avoided, World Expeditions' scheduled departures to Egypt remain cancelled until further notice.
Syria Update: 1 October 2013
Civil unrest continues to occur throughout Syria, affecting the entire country. Security along and entry / exit to/from any of Syria's borders or airports cannot be guaranteed. The Australian, UK, NZ & Canadian Government Travel Advices and the US State Department continue to warn against travel to all parts of Syria. In light of travel warnings that remain in place, World Expeditions’ scheduled departures to Syria have been cancelled until further notice.
Yosemite National Park Fires Update: 23 September 2013
The Yosemite National Park website states that it is business as usual at all of Yosemite's popular sights, with the advantage of fewer crowds than usual. At last report, the fire is 84% contained and is burning in a very remote area on the western edge of the park approximately 20 miles to the north of the Yosemite Valley, with the winds pushing the smoke (north) towards Lake Tahoe. Park officials advise that less than 3% of the park is impacted by the fire, the sky is almost devoid of haze, and the smell of smoke is barely perceptible. The Tioga Pass Road and Highway 120 have now re-opened. All tours in this region are running as normal.
Demonstrations in Phnom Penh, Cambodia: 19 September 2013
A three day protest 15 to 17 September temporally closed many attractions in Phnom Penh. Our partner in Cambodia has advised that everything has now returned to normal. We will of course be monitoring the situation and will provide updates if there are any further developments warranting concern, which is not expected. In the event there are any further developments, contingency plans will be implemented to ensure the smooth running of your trip.
Nepal Election Update: 10 September 2013
A Constituent Assembly election is set be held in Nepal on 19 November, 2013. One of the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist oppose the election. There has not been any unrest or protests on a large scale. All World Expeditions trips in Nepal are scheduled to operate as normal, and contingencies are in place should the need arise. Client safety is our utmost priority, and we are receiving constant updates from our local ground operator in Nepal about the upcoming election.
Tibet update 18 Dec 2012
Tibet is currently open with permits being issued for 2 and more pax. If you are considering travelling as 1 person to Tibet permits will be granted on a case by case basis, please contact your World Expeditions office for more details if you are wishing to travel as a party of 1.
Tibet Update 3 Dec 2012
Tibet is currently open to foreign visitors under the below guidelines.
From 7 May 2012, the Chinese Authorities require that any groups travelling to Tibet must be a minimum of 5 persons, with each member being of the same nationality, to obtain permits to enter Tibet. World Expeditions will endeavor to match our groups accordingly. Please note that extension trips which we have offered at a minimum 1 person will now need to be a minimum of 5 people as per the above guidelines. In most cases this change is not going to affect the majority of our upcoming trips. If you are travelling on any 2013 Tibet departures and you have any questions regarding departures please contact your World Expeditions reservations consultant or travel agent to find out if the changes will affect your travel plans.