Coronavirus – Central Asia

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Posted on: 10 May 2020

Coronavirus – Central Asia

If you are planning a trip to Central Asia or have already booked a tour, you’ll likely have some questions about the impact coronavirus (COVID-19) may have on your plans. At Kalpak Travel, our priority is the safety and well-being of our travelers and staff; therefore, we will try to help you understand more about how the spread of coronavirus may or may not affect your travels in Central Asia. Below, we explain changes to our Booking Terms & Conditions due to the coronavirus. In addition, we strongly recommend that you consult with your doctor and check government advisories for more advice and information.

We are making some changes to our general Booking Terms and  Conditions due to the coronavirus, which has impacted travel plans for individuals around the world. This year we apply zero change fee. If you will decide to postpone the trip you can do it free of charge.

Please note, we have already published all small-group tour dates for 2021: https://kalpak-travel.com/search-tour/. All departures are guaranteed and the maximum group size is 12 people. To make it easier for you to switch from 2020 to 2021 departure we have decided to keep the prices for 2021 the same as for this year. Eventually, by the end of this year, we will have to increase the prices for people who will book then.

 

New Bookings — Deposit and Full Payment

To confirm the booking, you are required to pay a non-refundable 500 EUR per person deposit. The payment of the trip price balance is due 15 days before the departure date.

We highly recommend getting good insurance that covers repatriation and medical costs, as well as cancellations of the trip and flights.

 

Cancellation by You

  • If you cancel your trip up to 16 days before the departure, we will hold the deposit you have paid as a credit towards an alternative trip in the future with Kalpak Travel. No refund of the deposit is possible. If you have paid already more than the deposit more than 15 days prior to your trip, you may choose to use this amount as credit towards a future trip or to get it refunded.
  • If you have paid in full and cancel 15 days or fewer prior to departure, we will charge the deposit as a cancellation fee and hold the remaining amount as credit towards any future trip with Kalpak Travel

 

Cancellation by Us

If we cancel your trip booking, you can choose to transfer 100% of the money paid towards any future trip with Kalpak Travel. The alternative option is to receive a refund of payment, minus the deposit to allow for unrecoverable costs.

The amount paid can be also transferred to another person as a credit towards any future trip with Kalpak Travel.

How does Kalpak Travel determine whether or not to cancel a trip? Your safety is our number one priority. We consult all travel advisories of the countries where our travelers are from as well as updates from the World Health Organization. We are also constantly in touch with our local partners in each Central Asian country and monitor closely the situation on the ground. Based on this information, we have decided to cancel ALL departures of all our trips until the end of August 2020. If you are on an impacted trip, we will get in touch with you shortly. 

If you are affected by a cancellation we will directly get in touch with you.

 

Important Terms & Conditions that apply to the above

Unrecoverable Costs
The coronavirus pandemic became a worldwide “force majeure event,” which is an event that is outside of the reasonable control of either party to a contract. In circumstances like this, in which a force majeure event results in the cancellation of your trip, we suffer unrecoverable losses. Therefore, if we cancel your trip and you select a refund, we will deduct the deposit from any refund issued to you to cover these losses.

 

Overview of the situation in Central Asia as of June 28, 2020:

General update: With the ending of the full lockdown in the Central Asian countries, the number of new cases of COVID-19 is increasing again and the countries have reconsidered earlier plans to open the borders and resume flights by end of June. Mid-July or August sounds more realistic now. The situation is very fluid as it depends on the number of new infections, which is impossible to predict. The numbers of infected people are still relatively low compared to Europe, but it looks like the peak of the virus has not been reached yet in Central Asia.

Kazakhstan – 8216 confirmed active cases of coronavirus. It seems like the peak has not yet been reached. Around 500 daily new cases and increasing. Border restrictions are still in effect: Kazakhstan’s border largely remains closed to foreign citizens with limited exceptions for business/ family-related visits, and citizens of those countries with which Kazakhstan has resumed direct flights (China, South Korea, Japan, Thailand, and Turkey). The visa-free entry has been suspended until 1 November 2020. Please check entry & exit information.

Kyrgyzstan – 2459 confirmed active cases of coronavirus. It seems like the peak has not yet been reached. More than 200 infections per day on average during the last few days. All borders are closed for tourists. It is not known yet when borders will open again and regular flights will resume. Please check entry & exit information.

Tajikistan – 1349 confirmed active cases of coronavirus. It seems like the peak was reached on May 30, 2020 (1895 active cases). Around 50 new cases per day on average during the last few days. All borders are closed. It is not known yet when borders will open again and regular flights will resume. please check further entry & exit information.

Turkmenistan – No confirmed cases. All borders are closed. It is not known yet when borders will open again and regular flights will resume. Please check entry & exit information.

Uzbekistan – 2597 confirmed active cases of coronavirus. It seems like the peak has not yet been reached. More than 250 infections per day on average during the last few days. Borders with some countries have opened and flight resumed, but only for business/ family-related visits. It is not known when borders will open for tourists. Please check further entry & exit information.

 

Travel Advisories

Entry requirements and travel advisories are changing fast and frequently. Please check your government’s travel advice before you decide to proceed with a trip. Below, we have compiled links to some of the larger government travel advisories:

Switzerland

World Health Organization (WHO) coronavirus situation reports

Australia: Smart Traveller

Canada: Travel Advice and Advisories

New Zealand: SafeTravel

United Kingdom: Foreign Travel Advice

United States: US Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs

 

Questions – Contact us

The best way to contact us is via email – info@kalpak-travel.com, WhatsApp – +41786572701 or Skype – Kalpak Travel.

These are extraordinary times and we are trying to be as accommodating as possible. We are happy to discuss each case individually and provide suggestions.

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