Next expedition: Azores

There are no confirmed cases of Coronavirus on the Azores so far and the archipelago remains open for flights, with things continuing as normal. Contingency plans have been announced and one report even goes as far as saying that the Azores is one of the safest destinations to go on holiday.

Our plan at the moment is to run the expedition as planned, but please note the following:

  • If you are planning to use hand sanitiser or a face mask, please bring your own
  • If you are showing any symptoms, do not come on the expedition
  • If you have been to a risk area within the last month, do not come on the expedition
  • If you belong to a group at high risk of serious illness from COVID-19 (the illness caused by coronavirus), then you may want to consider staying at home too
  • Make sure you have adequate health insurance cover (EU citizens should carry their EU health insurance card)
  • On the expedition, we will brief everyone on risks and behaviours during the expedition, and follow accepted guidelines

Obviously the situation is quite fluid at the moment. We will keep everyone informed.

 

Coronavirus: our policy and outlook

Much has been written about the new coronavirus already, which we do not need to repeat here.

There is no doubt that the situation is serious and that it is very likely to have a significant impact on the world at large, including our expeditions in 2020 (and perhaps even beyond).

There is a lot of information and speculation about at the moment, ranging from “it’s a hoax” to “we’re all going to die”. Please allow us some time to make sense of it all and come up with a plan.

Our first step is to start this sub-blog to keep everyone informed of our thinking and what it means for our expeditions and policies. Please bear with us and check back here often.

Regards

Dr. Matthias Hammer
Executive Director
Biosphere Expeditions