Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

UPDATE: 24th March 2020
As there have been a number of changes to the COVID-19 situation in Australia and across the globe, here is a short update to answer any questions.
For the small number of clients still out of the country, we are working as hard as we can to bring you home.
Many tour companies with departures in May have suspended all trips for the month of May, and many airlines, including Qantas, Virgin, Emirates and others have cancelled a large majority of their international flights, and in line with the Australian Government’s Level 4 – Do Not Travel bans currently in place. If your upcoming departure has been affected by either of these changes, we will be in touch to facilitate changing your itinerary. If we have not been in touch yet and you are concerned, please send us an email or give us a call.
We thank you for your continued support during these difficult times. Please take care of yourself, your friends and your family. We look forward to getting back to doing what we love in the coming months and seeing you off on another adventure!
UPDATE: 16th March 2020
To our Back Track Family,
With the ever-evolving COVID-19 situation most likely being front of mind for many of you, we wanted to touch base with an update on what we’re doing and how we can help.
Those of you with imminent travel will no doubt be aware that travel restrictions around the world are changing almost by the minute. We are receiving constant updates from our suppliers, industry associations and the Australian Government through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
With the volume of calls and emails we’re currently receiving, please know that we are doing our best to get back to you in a timely manner but it may take a little longer than usual. As you can imagine, airlines, tour operators and cruise companies are currently overwhelmed with an unprecedented number of inquiries, which means we can’t always obtain a prompt answer.
We are prioritising inquiries as follows:
– Clients currently overseas and needing to return home immediately
– Clients with departures up until the end of March
– Clients with final payment deadlines up until the end of March
– Clients with departures or final payments due in April
– Clients with travel beyond the end of April
Please know that regardless of when you are due to travel, we will get back to you as soon as possible and help you work through your options. Some companies, including G Adventures, Intrepid Travel and Peregrine Adventures, are offering between 100% and 110% credit for your upcoming trips.
We want to thank you for your patience during this period and are especially appreciative of the kind words of encouragement and support we’ve received from so many of you. If you are yet to hear from us and are concerned about your upcoming departure, please don’t hesitate to give us a call or send us an email.
Wishing you all the very best and we look forward to getting back to doing what we love in the coming months and seeing you off on another adventure!
Warmest regards,
Ray, Jim, Marianne, Leanne & the Back Track Team
4 March 2020
Back Track Adventures is committed to the health and safety of all of our travellers. We are here to assure you that we are monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak extremely closely and can provide the following advice.
So far, the majority of cancellations are within mainland China, Iran, Northern Italy and South Korea and are for travel until the end of April. Travel to Southern Italy, Japan and other affected areas has not been heavily impacted, however, we are continuing to monitor the situation closely and will be in touch with affected passengers if the advice changes.
In the event of a cancellation that would impact your travel plans, your adventure travel consultant will be in touch to organise changing your dates, finding you an alternative travel plan or working with the supplier/s to facilitate a refund.
Back Track Adventures, our travel partners and suppliers 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). Updates from DFAT can be found on the Smart Traveller website.
Unfortunately, travel insurance will 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. If you are concerned and yet to book a trip, you can contact us about taking out Covermore’s Cancel for Any Reason policy.
For more information about COVID-19, please see the following links: