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Travel updates and alerts

The welfare of our customers is the first priority of everyone at Explore.

We operate our trips in accordance with advice issued by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO); we closely monitor the FCO’s travel warnings and advice related to travel for all destinations in our programme.

Any decision we take as to whether to whether to operate a trip, cancel or make any changes to it will always be in the interest of our customers’ safety and security.

We strongly recommend that you check the FCO website for up-to-date travel information about the country you’re planning to visit, both before booking and again before you leave for your trip. You can also sign up for the FCO’s handy alert-service so that you don’t miss any updates.

If you have any further concerns or queries about a destination you’re travelling to, or planning to visit, please contact us on 01252 883 959.

Recent updates

Ukraine International Airlines plane crash

Updated: 8 January 2020

Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752 to Ukraine's capital Kyiv crashed just after taking off from Iran's Imam Khomeini airport in Tehran this morning. We currently do not have any clients in Iran.

We have worked with Ukraine International Airlines for several years as a trusted airline partner – the airline is IOSA accredited, meaning its operational and safety standards are fully in line with  the highest level of international aviation safety. The airline is approved to fly in European airspace by EASA and also in US Airspace by the FAA – these safety oversight bodies have no concerns over its safety status.

We will issue an update should we receive further information. Our sympathies are with all those affected but remain confident in our continued relationship.

Ethiopia - unrest in Oromia region

Updated: 17 January 2020

We have been closely monitoring the developments in Ethiopia’s Oromia region this season, and have so far taken the decision to reroute trips until April 2020 due to unrest and instability in the Oromia region.

On 31 October 2019, the British Foreign Advice removed advice about these protests, however, our local team in Ethiopia, including tour leaders, are not confident the unrest is completely over as the situation locally remains tense and unpredictable. Please rest assured we’re monitoring the situation and any decisions taken are in our customers' best interests.

Iran – change to British Foreign Office travel advice

Updated: 10 January 2020

Unfortunately the most recent events between the US and Iran have led to a change in the British Foreign Office travel advice for Iran; advice is now against all travel to Iran. In light of these events, we have cancelled trips to Iran up to April 2020. All other 2020 dates are still scheduled to operate and this will be reviewed again at the end of January.
If you have queries or concerns over your trip to Iran please call us to discuss your options.

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