13 January 2023 - Peru update
In mid-December 2022, the Peruvian Government announced a 30 day nationwide State of Emergency in response to protests following changes in the government. Since then military forces have been assisting local police and authorities to maintain law and order. New political protests in Southern Peru, including in Cusco and Lima, started on 4 January, and they have spread to other parts of the country. Roadblocks are in place in some areas of the country, and two regional airports (Cusco and Juliaca, near Puno) are currently closed.
We are in regular communication with our team in Peru who are sending us daily updates. Our next departures to Peru are regarding the operation of your tour. For those travelling in March or April you may receive a request for final payment for your trip, if so please be assured that if we do cancel your departure then you will receive a full refund of your tour cost from Explore.
3 October 2022 - USA update
Everyone travelling to the USA, or flying via the USA must be in possession of either an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) or a visa. Historically anyone who has travelled to a number of designated countries prior to travelling to the USA has been ineligible for an ESTA, but instead has to apply for a visa. It has just been announced that Cuba has been added to the list of designated countries. Therefore anyone who has previously been to Cuba can no longer apply for an ESTA to permit entry or transit to the US but instead they have to apply for a visa.
Unfortunately the ESTA website does not state any date band for your previous trip to Cuba.
If you have previously travelled to Cuba we are therefore advising that you either apply for a visa (this could take up to 2 months) or that you amend the routing for your trip in order to avoid the USA.
This has not been updated on our FCDO advice for entry to the USA. We are currently in contact with the relevant interests in order to get clarification on the dates of travel and what happened with those who have an existing ESTAs.
Flight schedule changes
There are currently a high number of schedule changes being made across our trips by airlines. You may be contacted directly by the airline however rest assured that we will also have been made aware and will be in touch to discuss any revisions to your trip.