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A bespoke range of photographic tours, designed and led by travel photographer Steve Davey. These tours draw on Steve's years of experience and intimate knowledge of some of the most fascinating and evocative parts of the planet.

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After considerable discussions, extensive consultations and almost universal approval from some of my most loyal clients I have now instituted a policy where a vaccine for Covid19 is compulsory on all future trips.

Obviously there will be an exception for anyone with a certified medical condition who cannot be vaccinated – but for all other people, if you are not vaccinated, then quite simply you are not welcome on any of my trips for the foreseeable future.

This policy has been brought in for a number of reasons:

1. Primarily, to protect the people that we encounter on our travels! This includes local leaders, drivers and guides. On our trips, we work hard to give you as many positive social encounters as possible. This often includes travelling to remote regions and villages where standards of medical treatment are far below what we are used to. Many of the people we meet will never be offered a vaccine, and if they catch the disease they won't have access to ventilators or even oxygen. Generally the local people we encounter are happy to welcome us into their lives and their homes. They treat us with good humour and hospitality; I do not want to be responsible for passing on the disease to them, whether directly myself or through taking someone who is not vaccinated on a tour.

I realise that the vaccine is not 100% effective at preventing transmission, but it is far more effective than doing nothing, and short of not travelling at all, it is currently the best that we can do.

2. To protect other people on the tour. Not every vaccine is 100% effective, so whilst the chances of becoming ill from Covid are significantly reduced for people who have been vaccinated - there is still a chance that they can become infected. Also, there may well be people who are not able to have the vaccine for certified medical reasons, who will be at significant risk. This policy will protect everybody on the trip, by making sure that the risks are reduced as far as medically possible.

On our longer trips we will be spending two weeks in close contact with each other, and social distancing is all but impossible. Quite simply my most loyal travellers and myself have chose not to expose ourselves to greater risk based upon someone choosing not to follow the almost universal medical advice to be vaccinated against Covid19.

3. To avoid any issues with airlines and crossing borders. Many governments and some airlines have rules where vaccinations for Covid are going to be mandatory. This has always been the case with certain diseases such as Yellow Fever. If you do not have the required certification then it can affect the smooth running of the tour, and affect the others in the group.

You should also be aware that, as with conditions such as malaria, not following medical advice is likely to invalidate any medical and travel insurance - so if you do have to cancel a trip because you test positive for Covid, and you have refused the vaccine, I would imagine that travel insurance companies will refuse to pay out.

4. To avoid problems with Travel Insurance - all travellers on my trips need to be protected with travel insurance: if you have refused a recommended jab then this is not the case. Your travel insurance will not cover you for Covid related claims. So if you need to drop out at the last minute due to failing a Covid test, or become ill when we are overseas, then you would not be covered! This would then cause us problems, which could affect the smooth running of the trip.

5. Members of my family are at higher risk from Covid19 for a variety of reasons including age and medical conditions. If you expose me to a greater risk, then I will be exposing them to a greater risk. That is something that I am simply not prepared to risk!

6. Because it is the right thing to do! We will never manage to suppress Covid19 in this country unless all those who are able are vaccinated. I do not consider myself at risk, yet I am triple vaccinated to protect those who are more at risk and to help stamp out this disease in the UK as well as in the wider world.

Also the more people who catch Covid19, the more chance there is of the virus mutating into something that could be even more transmissible and even more deadly. Vaccination will reduce the chances of this happening.

 

Just to reiterate: obviously if you have a certified medical reason for being unable to receive the Covid19 vaccine, then our policy will not apply to you, although local restrictions in our destination might still be an issue.

We encounter many people from remote and tribal areas on our trips; this policy is intended to minimise the risk of us tking Covid19 into their communities.

On our longer trips we will be spending two weeks in close contact with each other, and social distancing is all but impossible. Quite simply my most loyal travellers and myself have chose not to expose ourselves to greater risk based upon someone choosing not to follow the almost universal medical advice to be vaccinated against Covid19.

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