Cheesemans' Ecology Safaris
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Page Updated: September 10, 2020
Dear fellow travelers,
Cheesemans’ Ecology Safaris has always been a small, family-run business, and we exist to share the world’s wildlife with you and to help protect nature in the process. As you are deeply valued members of our extended family, your safety, security, and overall experience has and always will be our top priority. We’ve faced challenges — political upheavals, injuries, bankruptcy of local companies — but COVID-19 may overshadow them all.
We understand that with this global health crisis comes economic hardship for many people, from travelers like you, to companies like us, to local travel partners in regions we visit who have seen their livelihoods evaporate along with the tourists that normally support their economies. Thank you for being patient with us as we work to ensure that we do what is best for all parties. We feel that it is important we all take steps to be a part of the solution to this pandemic and help minimize the opportunity for COVID-19 to spread.
We are canceling/postponing all of our trips scheduled to depart before February 28, 2021. We are assessing trips about six months in advance with an eye toward making a final decision about its viability two months before departure, depending on the situation. Thank you so much for your patience during this challenging time and please contact us if you have any questions or concerns about future trips.
We are grateful for your patience as we continue to adapt to this new travel landscape.
To keep you informed of the latest news about the coronavirus outbreak, we’ve created this page with the latest information relevant to our upcoming trips. As this is an evolving situation, we will periodically email our travelers with important updates that may affect their trips, but please revisit this page for resources and to stay up to date. For current outbreak updates, prevention, and travel recommendations, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website and the World Health Organization website.
The CDC is issuing Travel Advisories, using a 1 through 3 Warning Level system. The WHO continues not to recommend travel restrictions based on the current information available, including public health threats and local risk assessments. We are also including links to US embassies for upcoming trips; please note that the US Department of State has its own 1 through 4 Travel Advisory system that takes into account crime, natural disasters, civil unrest, etc. that may not have to do with the COVID-19 pandemic.
For individual country updates
Many airlines are adjusting their change and cancellation policies. Forbes is updating airline policies regularly, but if you have concerns about your purchased flights, please contact your airline directly.
If you purchased an insurance policy for a cancelled trip, check with your insurance company to see if they will let you change the policy to cover you for a future trip if you’re rebooking. Unless you have added a “cancel for any reason” upgrade, most insurance policies will not cover your cancellation because of fear of travel or government travel advisories or bans. For an example, you can read Travelex’s policy in regards to the current outbreak. If you have concerns about your purchased coverage or want to purchase coverage, please contact your insurance company directly.
Dominican Republic (for our Snorkel with Humpbacks trip)
Tips to Stay Healthy
Cheesemans’ would like to remind you how to best protect yourself and others from COVID-19 by looking into the CDC guidelines here.