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COVID-19 Update

An update on the Coronavirus pandemic and its effect on the May through August VESA trips

This is an extremely unfortunate set of circumstances and we are grateful for you and your continuing patience through these unprecedented times.

Your hard work, dedication, and kindness for all the villages we visit are what keeps VESA’s vital projects alive and for that we thank you beyond measure.

The safety of our volunteers, our staff and contractor personnel and indeed the residents of our destination villages, are of paramount importance to VESA. The recent, rapid spread and escalation in seriousness of COVID-19 into a deadly worldwide pandemic would, of itself, cause VESA to cancel the tours booked for May through to June, 2020.

However, on top of that, in the last few days, government travel warnings, isolation and quarantining decrees, closing of borders and the cancellation of flights, have rendered impossible the undertaking of the following programs, even if VESA had reached a different conclusion.

For these reasons, which are clearly outside VESA’s control, the following programs must be cancelled.

The following trips have now been cancelled for 2020

Amazonas Explored 2020 The Road Less Travelled
Group 1 Sat May 16th – Sat May 30th 2020 Through to – June 7th 2020
Group 2 Sat May 30th – Sat June 13th 2020 Through to – June 21st 2020
Fiji Islands Discovered 2020 Turtle & Coral Conservation
Group 1 Tues May 5th – Wed May 20th 2020 Though to May 27th 2020
Group 2 Tues May 19th- Wed June 3rd 2020 Through to June 10th 2020
Africa Unearthed 2020 The Road to Mozambique
Group 1 Fri 1 May – Fri 15 May 2020 Through to – May 21st 2020
Group 2 Fri 15 May – Fri 29 May 2020 Through to – June 4th 2020
Laos Elephants Encountered 2020 Chasing Waterfalls
Group 1 Thurs May 7th – Fri May 22nd 2020 Through to June 1st 2020
Group 2 Thurs May 21st- Fri June 5th 2020 Through to June 15th 2020

We are hoping to still run our projects from 1st June onwards however we will make this decision as departure dates near and according to the best advice, both medical and governmental.

For trips that are due to depart June to August 2020, please note the following:

  • You will be updated by email on your trip’s status 30 days prior to departure
  • Final payment due dates will be extended from 45 days prior to departure to 21 days prior to departure with no penalty
  • We strongly suggest you make no further flight arrangements until the status of your trip is confirmed

Your VESA team

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