Our COVID-19 Notice
What Is Happening Now?
In the frenzied moments between updates comes the inevitable question: Is it still safe to travel…? Of which follows the onslaught of queries on safety precautions, cancellations, travel insurance, and the state of travel at large.
So we’ve put together this handy guide that summarises all you will need to know, whether you have booked a Blue Sky Escape or are intending to travel with us.
The Current Situation
You likely are already aware: the Ministry of Health in Singapore has since issued an official advisory to defer all non-essential travels, with immediate effect from 18th March 2020. For our travellers based abroad, you may wish to refer to either of these sites for the latest of advisories:
Our Journey Guidelines
For existing journeys:
It has always been our priority to put you, our community, first. With each update from world governments, we are placing our standard policies on hold and adapting new ones that enable you to travel without worry.
For approaching journeys:
We are constantly finding the best solutions for your trip — modifying dates, deferring it for later travel, and ensuring you never have to pay more than you already have.
For journeys in the future:
Thank you for holding out on your plans — you’re doing the right thing here. We will provide you with all the details you need about travelling, all the way from ground news to airline changes.
Our Safety Protocols
Prior to travel
Each guide, crew and personality you come into contact with will be required to complete a health declaration form for transparency and safety. We will also take note of access routes to vetted medical facilities in your destination.
Our guests are given hand sanitisers and face masks (if required) upon embarking on their experience . Your accommodation and transportations will be cleaned and sanitised daily, and upon request.
We are here for you
Each and every one of our guides, personalities, and crew are required to log their temperatures at regular intervals.
If you do not already have travel insurance, we would be more than glad to point you in the right direction — including plans that yield coverage on 24/7 emergency medical assistance and against the insolvency of the travel agency.
Migration on a bullock cart, herding calves for milking, riding horses for hours over vast, rolling Mongolian grass plains (and we don’t mean trotting around in a fixed circuit with twenty other tourists), picking Boggie (the little Mongolian boy in the family we lived with) out of every heap of cow dung he could find to jump into, and even a magic ger. Thank you Krystal for the wonderful trip last October and we are so grateful we reached out to Blue Sky Escapes for a dramatic, real, life-changing (insert other hyperbolic adjectives) experience – we are looking forward to Bhutan (I saw the wild hemp growing on the sides of the roads) and Peru!
– Tzi Yang Seow and Jillian Soh
Blue Sky Escapes helped my husband and I plan our first trip to Machu Picchu! They took into account our novice nature in hiking, individual dietary restrictions etc and planned the most seamless experience for us. Going on a Peruvian adventure is quite daunting as is because of the numerous places and things to see, these guys got us the best tour guide, who made sure we didn’t miss a thing. They planned out a detailed itinerary with restaurant recommendations and packing suggestions which made life very easy for us. I would highly recommend them no matter what kind of adventure you are planning to embark on.
– Henna Thadani
The team at Blue Sky Escapes planned a customised Bhutan trip for our group of 5, taking into account numerous individual requests e.g. dietary restrictions, need for WiFi in the hotel, less strenuous hikes for the less fit, post-hike massages, etc. I highly recommend them for a seamless and well-planned trip itinerary + coordination.
– Karina Tham
Blue Sky Escapes planned our Bhutan trip and it was amazing. They arranged several uniquely local experiences for us (e.g. milking a cow and sampling local Bhutanese dumplings) and we really liked the tour guide BSE personally picked for us. We had a private van – every morning when we entered the van it was spanking clean. The driver and tour guide (arranged by BSE) were very accommodating and helpful. We had a good mix of activities, did some off the beaten track hikes and BSE really tailored the holiday to suit our individual needs (e.g took into consideration our preferences, fitness levels, scheduling constraints etc). We loved the holiday and definitely recommend BSE.
– Esther Foo
I had a stellar time travelling in Bhutan with Blue Sky Escapes. They really took the time to tailor a bespoke experience for me by talking through with me my expectations of the trip. I visited many places that were off the beaten track thanks to Blue Sky who took care to make the necessary arrangements. I would definitely recommend them if you are looking for a rugged, immersive experience in an exotic country that’s not the usual tourist fare. Looking forward to exploring Mongolia and perhaps Peru with them in the future.
– Jeanne Lim
Most amazing experience in Mongolia with these folks with impeccable planning and execution. Can’t go wrong.
– Yohei Ueno
I highly recommend Blue Sky Escapes for off the beaten path adventures and experiences! Went with them for the Mongolia adventures herding cattle on horseback for 3 days.
– Wei Yao Chin
Just everything you need to get you that life changing experience you’ve always dreamed of. Exceptionally organised, well-tailored, professional with great communication, on top of stunning and magical locations only locals know about – just priceless.
– Tiffany Steel
Here at Blue Sky Escapes, we want you to be confident when you travel. We have put together some official news and actionable updates from our partners on the ground for your accessibility.
Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 Dashboard – Comprehensive set of basic statistics regarding the Coronavirus (i.e. number of cases, fatalities).
World of Health Organisation (WHO) – Official updates on global response to COVID-19 from the WHO.
IATA – Full list of travel restrictions implemented by countries in response to COVID-19.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – Travel Advice and COVID-19 updates from US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Ministry of Health, Singapore (MOH) – Official advice and updates on COVID-19 situation and response in Singapore.
How To Stay Safe
British Columbia Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) – Useful communication regarding how COVID-19 is spread.
Foreign Policy: How to Stay Safe – Advice from SARS veteran Laurie Garrett regarding how to stay safe from COVID-19.
How to Prepare (Rationally) from the Coronavirus – General advice on precautions to take against COVID-19.