Last update: 6 April 2020
To all our Take A Walk travelling family.
The coronavirus situation is changing rapidly, and we have now taken the following actions.
- We have postponed all trips to Portugal, Spain, the Caribbean, Norway and Morocco for 2020.
- These trips will run again on approximately the same dates in 2021 - hopefully.
- Our position relating to the safety and well-being of all our travelling family has not changed.
We will not facilitate travel to an area where you are likely to be exposed to COVID-19 and will rely on the professional advice from WHO and DFAT before we commit to running trips.
- We are in regular contact with all our international operators and are working towards obtaining refunds or travel credits for all pre-paid trips. We will contact everyone personally who has existing bookings as the situation evolves.
In the meantime, all we can do is follow the appropriate guidelines, practice social distancing where possible, and look towards a future where we can all enjoy the fantastic experiences of adventure travel.
John and Lyn
Last daily update 17.3.20
Take A Walk Adventures is committed to the health and well-being of all our adventurers. We are actively monitoring the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and we can offer the following advice.
The main areas of concern are mainland China, Iran, Italy and South Korea and we are not running trips to any of these destinations in 2020. To the best of our knowledge, none of our travellers have flights that are routed through these areas.
Again, to the best of our knowledge, no country has restricted entry to Australian citizens, travelling from Australia.
Take A Walk Adventures and our international operators will not facilitate travel to any country classified as Level 4 – Do Not Travel by the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT).
Daily updates from DFAT can be found on the Smart Traveller website.
We are currently checking daily updates from DFAT relating to areas where we are running trips this year, ie Portugal, Spain, the Caribbean, Norway and Morocco and we are in regular contact with our local operators in every country to check current conditions and minimise the risk of infection.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) have now declared the coronavirus a pandemic, however, the current travel warnings for the countries we are visiting have not changed since the coronavirus outbreak.
We will continue to actively monitor the situation but at this stage, we have had advice from our personal flight travel agent that flights to any of our destinations are not routed through Asia, Italy or Iran which further insulates against infection.
In the event of a cancellation or entry restriction that would impact on your travel plans, we will contact you to discuss the prospect of changing your dates, or helping you to find an alternate travel plan.
Unfortunately, travel insurance will probably not cover you for any cancellations or changes relating to COVID-19, as epidemics and viral outbreaks are not covered under most travel insurance policies, unless a Cancellation For Any Reason policy had been taken out prior to the outbreak of the virus.
All our scheduled trips are going ahead, unless there is a change in circumstances to the point where DFAT changes their travel warning to ‘Do Not Travel’, OR, a severe outbreak in Australia causes travel restrictions on Australian travellers entering any of the countries where we have scheduled trips. We are currently discussing the options for rescheduling trips to any countries where the travel warning changes to Do Not Travel and we will be updating the advice on our website if, or when it happens.
Signs and Symptoms
All people travelling overseas within the next few months should be aware of the signs and symptoms of coronavirus, as well as the accepted methods of minimising the risk of infection.
Their published, accepted methods of minimising the risk of infection are:
- If you come into contact with any animals or animal products, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth until you have thoroughly sanitised your hands.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitiser, before and after eating, and after going to the toilet.
- Avoid contact with others (touching, kissing, hugging, and other intimate contact), especially if they are sick.
- Monitor your health closely. If you develop symptoms (fever, a cough, sore throat, tiredness or shortness of breath), you should arrange to see a doctor for an urgent assessment.
- You do not need to wear a face mask if you are well. Surgical masks in the community are only helpful in preventing people who are infected with coronavirus from spreading it to others. However, if you are travelling in an affected country, you must follow the advice of local authorities.
For additional information, you could check the professional travel advice from Dr Deb – The Travel Doctor.