Camps International Group Limited –Independent Volunteer Booking Conditions
Please note: the below booking conditions apply to Independent Volunteering trips only. If you would like information on terms and conditions for a School Expedition, please give us a call on 01425 475390.
The following booking conditions form the basis of your contract with Camps International Group Limited (“We”, “us” and “our”). Please read them carefully as they set out our respective rights and obligations. By asking us to confirm a booking, we are entitled to assume that you have had the opportunity to read and have read these booking conditions and agree to them.
In these booking conditions “participant” means a participant in anexpedition (or their parent or guardian if they are under 18 when the booking is made) with whom we contract with for the provision of the expedition.) References to “you” and “your” means the participants as the particular.
These booking conditions only apply to arrangements which you book with us in the UK and which we agree to make, provide or perform (as applicable) as part of our contract with the organiser. All references in these booking conditions to “expedition”, “booking”, “contract”, “package”, “tour” or “arrangements” mean such expedition arrangements unless otherwise stated.
1. Making your booking
To make a booking the participant must complete our Application Form. This must be signed by the participant.
The completed signed Application Form must then be sent to us together with the payments referred to in clause 2 below.
Subject to the availability of your chosen arrangements, we will confirm your expedition by issuing an Expedition Confirmation invoice. Please check this invoice carefully as soon as you receive it. Contact us immediately if any information which appears on the confirmation or any other document appears to be incorrect or incomplete as it may not be possible to make changes later. We regret we cannot accept any liability if we are not notified of any inaccuracies (for which we are responsible) in any document within ten days of our sending it out (five days for tickets). We will do our best to rectify any mistake notified to us outside these time limits but you must meet any costs involved in doing so.
We will communicate with you by e-mail in relation to your booking. You must accordingly check your e-mails on a regular basis. We may also contact you by telephone and/or post if we cannot, for whatever reason, contact you by e-mail. Certain documents may need to be sent by post. References in these booking conditions to “send” and “in writing” include communication by e-mail.
If you wish to, you may contact us by e-mail for any of the reasons mentioned in these booking conditions (for example, to request an amendment) providing you do so to firstname.lastname@example.org
In order to confirm your chosen expedition you must pay a deposit at the time of booking. The amount of the deposit will be set out in the Application Form.
All further payments must be received by us in accordance with the payment timetable set out in the Application Form. These dates will be shown on the confirmation invoice. If paying by Direct Debit you must make payments in accordance with the agreed schedule set out your confirmation. Reminders are not sent. If a Direct Debit is cancelled and no alternative arrangements are put in place then any outstanding payments will become immediately due when the first scheduled payment date is missed.
If we do not receive all payments due (including any surcharge where applicable) in full and on time, we are entitled to assume that you wish to cancel the booking. In this case, we will be entitled to keep all payments due at that date. If we do not cancel straight away because you have promised to make payment, you must pay the cancellation charges shown in clause 7 depending on the date we reasonably treat your booking as cancelled.
3. Your contract
A binding contract between us comes into existence between us and the you when we despatch our confirmation invoice. We both agree that English law (and no other) will apply to your contract and to any dispute, claim or other matter of any description which arises between us (“claim”) except as set out below. We both also agree that any claim must be dealt with by the Courts of England and Wales only unless, in the case of Court proceedings, you live in Scotland or Northern Ireland. In this case, proceedings must either be brought in the Courts of your home country or those of England and Wales. If proceedings are brought in Scotland or Northern Ireland, you may choose to have your contract and any claim governed by the law of Scotland/Northern Ireland as applicable (but if you do not so choose, English law will apply).
4. The cost of the expedition
Please note, changes and errors occasionally occur. You must check the price of your chosen expedition at the time of booking.
We reserve the right to make changes to and correct errors in advertised prices at any time before your expedition is confirmed. We will advise you of any error of which we are aware and of the then applicable price at the time of booking.
Once the price of your chosen expedition has been confirmed at the time of booking, then subject to the correction of errors, we will only increase or decrease the price in the following circumstances. Price increases or decreases after booking will be passed on by way of a surcharge or refund. A surcharge or refund (as applicable) will be payable, subject to the conditions set out in this clause, in the event of any change in our transportation costs or in dues, taxes or fees payable for services such as landing taxes or embarkation or disembarkation fees at ports or airports or alterations of relevant currency exchange rates.
Even in the above cases, only if the amount of any increase in our costs exceeds 2% of the total cost of your expedition (excluding insurance premiums and any amendment charges) will we levy a surcharge. We will only levy a surcharge in respect of the amount by which any increase in our costs exceeeds 2% of this total expedition cost. If any surcharge is greater than 10% of the cost of your expedition (excluding insurance premiums and any amendment charges), you will be entitled to cancel your booking and receive a full refund of all monies you have paid to us (except for any amendment charges) or alternatively purchase another expedition from us as referred to in clause 9 “Changes and Cancellations by us”.
You have 14 days from the issue date printed on the surcharge invoice to tell us if you want to choose option (b) or (c) as set out in clause 9 below. If you do not tell us that you wish to choose either of these options within this period of time, we are entitled to assume that you do not wish to do so and will pay the surcharge. Any surcharge must be paid with the balance of the cost of the expedition or within 14 days of the issue date printed on the surcharge invoice, whichever is the later.
Please note that arrangements are not always purchased in local currency and some apparent changes have no impact on the price of your expedition due to contractual and other protection in place.
A refund will only be payable if the decrease in our costs exceeds 2% of the total cost of your expedition as set out above. Where a refund is due, we will pay you the full amount of the decrease in our costs.
We promise not to levy a surcharge within 7 days of departure. No refund will be payable during this period either.
5. Special requests and medical conditions / disabilities
If you have any special request, you must advise us at the time of booking. Although we will endeavour to pass any reasonable requests on to the relevant supplier, we regret we cannot guarantee any request will be met. Failure to meet any special request will not be a breach of contract on our part. Confirmation that a special request has been noted or passed on to the supplier or the inclusion of the special request on your confirmation invoice or any other documentation is not confirmation that the request will be met. Unless and until specifically confirmed, all special requests are subject to availability. For your own protection, you should obtain confirmation in writing that a special request will be complied (where it is possible to give this) where it is important to you.
We regret we cannot accept any conditional bookings, i.e. any booking which is specified to be conditional on the fulfilment of a particular request. All such bookings will be treated as “standard” bookings subject to the above provisions on special requests.
Expeditions can be physically strenuous; we can make suggestions as to how the participants may train prior to the expedition so as to gain maximum enjoyment from it but it is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit enough to take part in your planned activities.
Our programmes are for over 18 year olds, if you book a programme but will not meet the age limit at time of travel we reserve the right to cancel your booking.
If you have any medical condition or disability which may affect your expedition or have any special requirements as a result of any medical condition or disability (including any which affect the booking process), please tell us before you confirm your booking so that we can assist you in considering the suitability of the arrangements and/or making the booking. In any event, you must give us full details in writing at the time of booking and whenever any change in the condition or disability occurs. You must also promptly advise us if any medical condition or disability which may affect your expedition develops after your booking has been confirmed. If we reasonably feel unable to properly accommodate your particular needs, we must reserve the right to decline your reservation or, if full details are not given at the time of booking or the condition / disability develops after booking, cancel in line with cancellation charges due when we become aware of these details. We may also ask you to provide us with a doctor’s certificate indicating your fitness to take part in the expedition.
If you have a medical condition or disability requiring active treatment, please be aware of the following:
1. You are responsible for understanding your medical condition or disability and carrying and self administering any necessary personal medication;
2. You must provide details of any medication carried to us at the time of booking or as soon as practicable if personal medication use commences or changes; or
3. If you require an Epinephrine auto-injector or other medication upon which you know before travelling that your life may depend (eg. Ventolin for an asthmatic), then you must carry no less than three (3) auto-injectors (or other relevant personal medication devices) or as recommended in writing by your doctor.
Participants are expected to carry and self administer any necessary medication or first aid items. In agreeing to these booking conditions you consent to first-aid trained individual employed by us administering and procuring such medical attention as deemed reasonably necessary, including:
1. dispensing non-prescription medication;
2. dispensing prescription drugs, including Diamox (for high altitude expeditions), under a standing order and supervision from our emergency assistance provider, medical advisors or a local medical practitioner in the place of the expedition;
3. dispensing prescription drugs in the event that they cannot contact, or it is impractical to contact, our emergency assistance provider, medical advisors or a local medical practitioner.
4. consenting to the participant receiving medical or surgical attention as deemed necessary by our emergency assistance provider, medical advisors or a local medical practitioner in the place of the expedition; and
5. obtaining or procuring any ambulances or other rescue transport, as deemed necessary, and agreeing on behalf of the participant that the participant (or parent/Guardian) will accept full financial responsibility for all medical and related expenses including transportation to the extent that it exceeds the level of insurance cover in respect of the participant for the expedition.
6. Changes to confirmed arrangements
Should you wish to make any changes to your confirmed expedition, you must notify us in writing as soon as possible. Whilst we will endeavour to assist, we cannot guarantee we will be able to meet any such requests. Where we can, an amendment fee of £75.00 per person will be payable together with any costs incurred by ourselves and any costs or charges incurred or imposed by any of our suppliers. A change of expedition dates will normally be treated as a cancellation of the original booking and rebooking in which case cancellation charges will apply. Changes may result in the recalculation of the expedition price where, for example, the basis on which the price of the original expedition was calculated has changed.
If you are prevented from travelling, you may concerned may transfer your place to someone else (introduced by you) providing we are notified prior to date due for your final payment and that replacement person(s) have completed our Application Form and their application has been accepted by us. Where a transfer to a person of your choice can be made, all costs and charges incurred by us and/or incurred or imposed by any of our suppliers as a result together with an amendment fee of £75.00 must be paid before the transfer can be effected. Any overdue balance payment must also be received. For flight inclusive bookings, you must pay the charges levied by the airline concerned. As most airlines do not permit name changes after tickets have been issued for any reason, these charges are likely to be the full cost of the flight.
7. Cancellation by you
Should you need to cancel your expedition once it has been confirmed, you must immediately advise us in writing. Your notice of cancellation will only be effective when it is received in writing by us at our offices. If you cancel within 14 days of making the initial deposit payment (the deposit payment is payment 1 as detailed on your Application Form) in line with statutory rights you will not incur the cancellation charges as set out below, cancellation charges will apply for all cancellations made after the initial 14 days from booking As we incur costs from the time we confirm your booking, the following cancellation charges will be payable. Where the cancellation charge is shown as a percentage, this is calculated on the basis of the total cost payable by the person(s) cancelling excluding insurance premiums (if included) and amendment charges. Insurance premiums and amendment charges are not refundable in the event of cancellation.
Time cancellation is received by us Cancellation charge per person cancelling
(Percentages are of the total expedition cost)
Prior to the date for the second payment 10%
On or after the date for second payment 40%
within 60 days of departure for bookings made in the same year 100%
Depending on the reason for cancellation, you may be able to reclaim these cancellation charges (less any applicable excess) under the terms of your insurance policy. Claims must be made directly to the insurance company concerned.
Please note, if you choose to leave the expedition early you will not be entitled to any refund of any unused elements of the arrangements and we shall have no further liability to you.
We consider adequate travel insurance to be essential. If travel insurance has been included in your package the details of the policy we offer are shown on the Traveller Gateway. Where travel insurance is not included in your package or you need to source additional cover, you must give details in writing of the policy(s) (insurer and policy number).
Please read the insurance policy details carefully and ensure you take the details with you when you travel. It is your responsibility to ensure that the insurance cover is adequate for your particular needs, and to source additional cover if required. It is the responsibility of the participant to ensure any additional cover is adequate, we do not check alternative insurance policies. We reserve the right to refuse travel to anyone who does not obtain adequate cover. In such circumstances we will treat you as having cancelled your expedition and the cancellation charges set out in clause 7 above will apply.
9. Changes and cancellation by us
We start planning the expeditions we offer many months in advance. Occasionally, we have to make changes to and correct errors in our literature and other details both before and after bookings have been confirmed and cancel confirmed bookings. Whilst we always endeavour to avoid changes and cancellations, we must reserve the right to do so. However, we promise we will only cancel your confirmed booking after you have made full payment where we are forced to do so as a result of circumstances outside our control/“force majeure” as defined in clause 10 below.
Most changes are minor. Occasionally, we have to make a “significant change”. A significant change is a change made before departure which, taking account of the information you give us at the time of booking and which we can reasonably be expected to know as a tour operator, we can reasonably expect to have a major effect on your expedition.
If we have to make a significant change or cancel, we will tell you as soon as possible. If there is time to do so before departure, we will offer you the choice of the following options:-
(a) (for significant changes) accepting the changed arrangements or
(b) purchasing an expedition from us, of a similar standard to that originally booked if available. If the expedition offered is of equivalent or higher standard you will not be asked to pay any more than the price of the original expedition. If this expedition is in fact cheaper than the original one, we will refund the price difference. If you do not wish to accept the expedition we specifically offer you, you may choose any of our other then available expeditions. You must pay the applicable price of any such expedition. This will mean your paying more if it is more expensive or receiving a refund if it is cheaper or
(c) cancelling or accepting the cancellation in which case you will receive a full and quick refund of all monies you have paid to us
We reserve the right to cancel your booking if the minimum number of participants required to run the programme are not met. You will be offered the opportunity to travel on an alternative date or programme, if an alternative cannot be found you will be entitled to a refund.
Because of the nature of our expeditions and where they are located you also agree when booking to accept a reserve expedition based in the location listed below should we be unable to provide your expedition in the original planned location. Please note that a change of location from that which you originally booked to one in the reserve location below will not constitute a significant change entitling you to exercise one the above listed options. The reserve location is an agreed alternative, the use of which does not constitute an alteration to the contractual terms of the expedition.
Expedition Location Reserve Location
Costa Rica/Nicaragua Ecuador
If we have to make a significant change or cancel we will as a minimum, where compensation is appropriate, pay you the compensation payments set out in the table below depending on the circumstances and when the significant change or cancellation is notified to you subject to the following exceptions. Compensation will not be payable and no liability beyond offering the above mentioned choices can be accepted where (1) we are forced to make a change or cancel as a result of unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control, the consequences of which we could not have avoided even with all due care or (2) we have to cancel because the minimum number of bookings necessary for us to operate your expedition has not been reached (see above). No compensation will be payable and the above options will not be available if we cancel as a result of your failure to comply with any requirement of these booking conditions entitling us to cancel (such as paying on time) or where a change is a minor one.
Period before departure a significant change Compensation per person
or cancellation is notified to you
If cancellation is made as follows Compensation per person
Prior to the date for the second payment 0
On or after the date for second payment 0
Within 60 days of departure for bookings made in the same year £50
Please also see clause 20 “Delay and Denied Boarding Regulations”.
Very rarely, we may be forced by “force majeure” (see clause 10) to change or terminate your expedition after departure but before the scheduled end of your time away. This is extremely unlikely but if this situation does occur, we regret we will be unable to make any refunds (unless we obtain any refunds from our suppliers), pay you any compensation or meet any costs or expenses you incur as a result.
10. Force Majeure
Except where otherwise expressly stated in these booking conditions, we regret we cannot accept liability or pay any compensation where the performance or prompt performance of our obligations under our contract with you is prevented or affected by or you otherwise suffer any damage, loss or expense of any nature as a result of “force majeure”. In these booking conditions, “force majeure” means any event which we or the supplier of the service(s) in question could not, even with all due care, foresee or avoid. Such events may include, whether actual or threatened, war, riot, civil strife, terrorist activity, industrial dispute, natural or nuclear disaster, adverse weather conditions, fire and all similar events outside our control.
11. Our Liability
(1) We promise to make sure that the expedition arrangements we have agreed to make, perform or provide as applicable as part of our contract with you are made, performed or provided with reasonable skill and care. This means that, subject to these booking conditions, we will accept responsibility if, for example, a participant suffers death or personal injury or the contracted expedition arrangements are not provided as promised or prove deficient as a result of the failure of ourselves, our employees, agents or suppliers to use reasonable skill and care in making, performing or providing, as applicable, your contracted expedition arrangements. Please note, it is your responsibility to show that reasonable skill and care has not been used if you wish to make a claim against us. In addition, we will only be responsible for what our employees, agents and suppliers do or do not do if they were at the time acting within the course of their employment (for employees) or carrying out work we had asked them to do (for agents and suppliers).
(2) We will not be responsible for any injury, illness, death, loss (including loss of enjoyment or possessions), damage, expense, cost or other sum or claim of any description whatsoever which results from any of the following: –
‑ the act(s) and/or omission(s) of the person(s) affected or any member(s) of their party or
‑ the act(s) and/or omission(s) of a third party not connected with the provision of your expedition and which were unforeseeable or unavoidable or
‑ ‘force majeure’ as defined in clause 10 above
(3) Please note, we cannot accept responsibility for any services which do not form part of our contract. This includes, for example, any additional services or facilities which your hotel or any other supplier agrees to provide for you where the services or facilities are not advertised by us and we have not agreed to arrange them as part of our contract and any excursion you purchase in resort. Please also see clause 15 “Excursions, activities and general area information”. In addition, regardless of any wording used by us on our website, in any advertising material or elsewhere, we only promise to use reasonable skill and care as set out above and we do not have any greater or different liability to you.
(4) The promises we make to you about the services we have agreed to provide or arrange as part of our contract – and the laws and regulations of the country in which your claim or complaint occurred – will be used as the basis for deciding whether the services in question had been properly provided. If the particular services which gave rise to the claim or complaint complied with local laws and regulations applicable to those services at the time, the services will be treated as having been properly provided. This will be the case even if the services did not comply with the laws and regulations of the UK which would have applied had those services been provided in the UK. The exception to this is where the claim or complaint concerns the absence of a safety feature which might lead a reasonable participant to refuse to take the expedition in question. Please note, however, our obligation is to exercise reasonable skill and care as referred to in clause 11(1). We do not make any representation or commitment that all services will comply with applicable local laws and regulations and failure to comply does not automatically mean we have not exercised reasonable skill and care.
(5) Where we are found liable for loss of and/or damage to any luggage or personal possessions (including money), the maximum amount we will have to pay you is £500.00 per person affected unless a lower limitation applies to your claim under this clause or clause 11(6) below. You must ensure you have appropriate travel insurance to protect your personal belongings.
For all other claims which do not involve death or personal injury, if we are found liable to you on any basis the maximum amount we will have to pay you is twice the price (excluding insurance premiums and amendment charges) paid by or on behalf of the person(s) affected in total unless a lower limitation applies to your claim under clause 11 (6) below. This maximum amount will only be payable where everything has gone wrong and you have not received any benefit at all from your expedition.
(6) Where any claim or part of a claim (including those involving death or personal injury) concerns or is based on any travel arrangements (including the process of getting on and/or off the transport concerned) provided by any air, sea or rail carrier to which any international convention or EU regulation applies, our liability (including the maximum amount of compensation we will have to pay you, the types of claim and the circumstances in which compensation will be payable) will be limited as if we were the carrier in question as referred to below. The most we will have to pay you for that claim or that part of a claim if we are found liable to you on any basis is the most the carrier concerned would have to pay under the international convention or regulation which applies to the travel arrangements in question (for example, the Warsaw Convention as amended or un-amended and the Montreal Convention for international travel by air and/or for airlines with an operating licence granted by an EU country, the EC Regulation on Air Carrier Liability No 889/2002 for national and international travel by air, the Athens Convention for international travel by sea (as amended by the 2002 Protocol where applicable) and COTIF, the Convention on International Travel by Rail). Where a carrier would not be obliged to make any payment to you under the applicable international convention or regulation in respect of a claim or part of a claim, we similarly are not obliged to make a payment to you for that claim or part of the claim. When making any payment, we are entitled to deduct any money which you have received or are entitled to receive from the carrier for the complaint or claim in question. Copies of the applicable international conventions and regulations are available from us on request.
(7) Please note, we cannot accept any liability for any damage, loss, expense or other sum(s) of any description (1) which on the basis of the information given to us by you concerning your booking prior to our accepting it, we could not have foreseen you would suffer or incur if we breached our contract with you or (2) which did not result from any breach of contract or other fault by ourselves or our employees or, where we are responsible for them, our suppliers. Additionally we cannot accept liability for any business losses (including without limitation, self employed loss of earnings).
12. Complaints and problems
In the unlikely event that you have any reason to complain or experience any problems with your expedition whilst away, you must immediately inform our local representative or agent (if we have one) and the supplier of the service(s) in question. Any verbal notification must be put in writing and given to our representative / agent and the supplier as soon as possible. If we do not have or you cannot contact our local representative or agent and any complaint or problem is not resolved to your satisfaction by the supplier, you must contact us in the UK using the contact details we have provided you with during your expedition, giving us full details and a contact number. Until we know about a complaint or problem, we cannot begin to resolve it. Most problems can be dealt with quickly. If you remain dissatisfied, however, you must write to us within 28 days of your return to the UK giving your booking reference and full details of your complaint. For all complaints and claims which do not involve death, personal injury or illness, we regret we cannot accept liability if you fail to notify the complaint or claim entirely in accordance with this clause.
13. Behaviour and damage
When you book with us, you accept responsibility for any damage or loss caused by you. Full payment for any such damage or loss (reasonably estimated if not precisely known) must be made direct to the accommodation owner or manager or other supplier or to us as soon as possible. If the actual cost of the loss or damage exceeds the amount paid where estimated, you must pay the difference once known. If the actual cost is less than the amount paid, the difference will be refunded. You will also be responsible for meeting any claims subsequently made against us and all costs incurred by us (including our own and the other party’s full legal costs) as a result of your actions. You should ensure you have appropriate travel insurance to protect you if this situation arises.
We expect all participants to comply with our Expedition Code of Conduct (“Code of Conduct”) and to have consideration for other people. If you are in breach of the Code of Conduct or, in the reasonable opinion of any other person in authority, you behave in such a way as to cause or be likely to cause danger to themselves or danger, material upset or distress to any third party or material damage to property, we are entitled, without prior notice, to terminate the expedition of the person(s) concerned (notwithstanding the system outlined in the Code of Conduct). In this situation, the person(s) concerned will be required to leave the accommodation or other service. We will have no further responsibility toward such person(s) including any return travel arrangements. Where any such participant is under the age of 18 this means their parent or guardian will be responsible for collecting them and/or arranging for their unaccompanied return. No refunds will be made and we will not pay any expenses or costs incurred as a result of the termination.
14. Conditions of suppliers
Some of the services which make up your expedition are provided by independent suppliers. Those suppliers provide these services in accordance with their own terms and conditions. Some of these terms and conditions may limit or exclude the supplier’s liability to you, usually in accordance with applicable international conventions (see clause 11(6)). Copies of the relevant parts of these terms and conditions and of the international conventions are available on request from ourselves or the supplier concerned.
15. Excursions, activities and general area information
We may provide you with information (before departure and/or when you are on an expedition) about activities and excursions which are available in the area you are visiting. We have no involvement in any such activities or excursions which are neither run, supervised, controlled nor endorsed in any way by us. They are provided by local operators or other third parties who are entirely independent of us. They do not form any part of your contract with us even where we suggest particular operators/other third parties and/or assist you in booking such activities or excursions in any way. We cannot accept any liability on any basis in relation to such activities or excursions and the acceptance of liability contained in clause 11(1) of our booking conditions will not apply to them. We do not however exclude liability for the negligence of ourselves or our employees resulting in your death or personal injury.
We cannot guarantee accuracy at all times of information given in relation to such activities or excursions or about the area you are visiting generally or that any particular excursion or activity which does not form part of our contract will take place as these services are not under our control. If you feel that any of the activities or excursions referred to in our brochure, on our website and in our other advertising material which are not part of our contract are vital to the enjoyment of your expedition, write to us immediately and we will tell you the latest known situation. If we become aware of any material alterations to area information and/or such outside activities or excursions which can reasonably be expected to affect your decision to book an expedition with us, we will pass on this information at the time of booking.
16. Passports, visas and health requirements
The passport and visa requirements applicable at the time of printing to British citizens for the expeditions we offer are shown on your Travellers Gateway. Requirements may change and you must check the up to date position in good time before departure. For example, a British passport presently takes approximately 2 to 6 weeks to obtain. If you haven’t yet got a passport, you should apply for one at least 6 weeks before your expedition. The UK Passport Service has to confirm your identity before issuing your first passport and will ask you to attend an interview in order to do this. If you are not a British citizen or hold a non British passport, you must check passport and visa requirements with the embassy or consulate of the country(ies) to or through which you are intending to travel.
Details of any compulsory health requirements applicable to British citizens for your expedition are shown on your Travellers Gateway. It is your responsibility to ensure you are aware of all recommended vaccinations and health precautions in good time before departure. Details are available from your doctor’s surgery and from the National Travel Health Network and Centre www.nathnac.org. Information on health abroad is also available on www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Travelhealth. Vaccination and other health requirements/recommendations are subject to change at any time for any destination. Please therefore check with a doctor or clinic not less than six weeks prior to departure to ensure that you have met the necessary requirements and have the applicable information.
It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of all necessary travel and health documents before departure. All costs incurred in obtaining such documentation must be paid by you. We regret we cannot accept any liability if you are refused entry onto any transport or into any country due to failure on your part to carry all required documentation. If failure to have any necessary travel or other documents results in fines, surcharges or other financial penalty, costs or expenses being imposed on or incurred by us, you will be responsible for reimbursing us accordingly. Check with your local embassy & health practitioner
17. Foreign Office Advice
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office publishes regularly updated travel information on its website www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice which you are recommended to consult before booking and in good time before departure.
18. Financial security
We hold an Air Travel Organiser’s Licence issued by the Civil Aviation Authority (ATOL number 6608). When you buy an ATOL protected flight or flight inclusive holiday from us, you will receive an ATOL Certificate. This lists what is financially protected, where you can get information on what this means for you and who to contact if things go wrong. We, or the suppliers identified on your ATOL Certificate, will provide you with the services listed on the ATOL Certificate (or a suitable alternative). In some cases, where neither we nor the supplier are able to do so for reasons of insolvency, an alternative ATOL holder may provide you with the services you have bought or a suitable alternative (at no extra cost to you). You agree to accept that in those circumstances the alternative ATOL holder will perform those obligations and you agree to pay any money outstanding to be paid by you under your contract to that alternative ATOL holder. However, you also agree that in some cases it will not be possible to appoint an alternative ATOL holder, in which case you will be entitled to make a claim under the ATOL scheme (or your credit card issuer where applicable). If we, or the suppliers identified on your ATOL certificate, are unable to provide the services listed (or a suitable alternative, through an alternative ATOL holder or otherwise) for reasons of insolvency, the Trustees of the Air Travel Trust may make a payment to (or confer a benefit on) you under the ATOL scheme. You agree that in return for such a payment or benefit, you assign absolutely to those Trustees any claims which you have or may have arising out of or relating to the non-provision of the services, including any claim against us, the travel agent or your credit card issuer where applicable. You also agree that any such claims may be re-assigned to another body, if that other body has paid sums you have claimed under the ATOL scheme.
Please note: Not all holiday or travel services offered and sold by us will be protected by the ATOL scheme *The air inclusive holidays and flights we arrange are ATOL protected providing they are made available in the UK. For further information, visit the ATOL website at www.atol.org.uk
As a member of the Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited (ABTOT), Camps International Group Limited has provided a bond to meet the requirements of the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992.
The Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited (ABTOT) provides financial protection under the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992 for Camps International Limited, and in the event of their insolvency, protection is provided for the following:
1. non-flight packages commencing in and returning to the UK; and
2. non-flight packages commencing and returning to a country other than the UK.
1 and 2 provides for a refund in the event you have not yet travelled. 1 provides for repatriation. Please note that bookings made outside the UK and Republic of Ireland are only protected by ABTOT when purchased directly with Camps International Group Limited.
In the unlikely event that you require assistance whilst abroad due to our financial failure, please call our 24/7 helpline on 02920 468 505 and advise you are a customer of an ABTOT protected travel company.
In accordance with EU Regulation No 2111/2005, we are required to bring to your attention the existence of a “Community list” which contains details of air carriers who are subject to an operating ban within the EU. The Community list is available for inspection at http://ec.europa.eu/transport/air-ban/list_en.htm
We are also required to advise you of the actual carrier(s) (or, if the actual carrier(s) is not known, the likely carrier(s)) that will operate your flight(s) at the time of booking. Where we are only able to inform you of the likely carrier(s) at the time of booking, we will inform you of the identity of the actual carrier(s) as soon as we become aware of this. Any change to the operating carrier(s) after your booking has been confirmed will be notified to you as soon as possible.
If the carrier with whom you have a confirmed reservation becomes subject to an operating ban as above as a result of which we/ the carrier are unable to offer you a suitable alternative the provisions of clause 9 “Changes and cancellation by us” will apply. We are not always in a position at the time of booking to confirm the flight timings which will be used in connection with your flight. The flight timings shown in our brochure, on our website and/or detailed on your confirmation invoice are for guidance only and are subject to alteration and confirmation. Flight timings are outside our control. They are set by airlines and are subject to various factors including air traffic control restrictions, weather conditions, potential technical problems and the ability of passengers to check in on time.
Specific instructions relating to departure and travel arrangements will be sent with your air or other travel tickets approximately 2 weeks before departure. You must accordingly check your tickets very carefully immediately on receipt to ensure you have the correct flight times. It is possible that flight times may be changed even after tickets have been despatched – we will contact you as soon as possible if this occurs.
Any change in the identity of the carrier, flight timings, and/or aircraft type (if advised) will not entitle you to cancel or change to other arrangements without paying our normal charges except where specified in these conditions.
20. Delay and Denied Boarding Regulations
In the event of any flight delay or cancellation at your UK or overseas point of departure, the airline is responsible for providing such assistance as is legally required by the Denied Boarding Regulations (see below). The ferry, tunnel or rail operator is similarly responsible in relation to any delayed or cancelled sea crossing or international rail departure. Except where otherwise stated in our brochure or on our website, we regret we cannot provide any assistance in such circumstances other than information and advice to the extent we are in a position to do so.
We cannot accept liability for any delay which is due to any of the reasons set out in clause 11(2) of these Booking Conditions (which includes the behaviour of any passenger(s) on the flight who, for example, fails to check in or board on time). In addition, we will not be liable for any delay unless it has a significant effect on your expedition arrangements.
If your flight is cancelled or delayed, your flight ticket is downgraded or boarding is denied by your airline, depending on the circumstances, the airline may be required to pay you compensation, refund the cost of your flight and/or provide you with accommodation and/or refreshments under EC Regulation No 261/2004 – the Denied Boarding Regulations 2004. Where applicable, you must pursue the airline for the compensation or other payment due to you. All sums you receive or are entitled to receive from the airline concerned by virtue of these Regulations represent the full amount of your entitlement to compensation or any other payment arising from such cancellation, delay, downgrading or denied boarding. This includes any disappointment, distress, inconvenience or effect on any other arrangements. The fact a delay may entitle you to cancel your flight does not automatically entitle you to cancel any other arrangements even where those arrangements have been made in conjunction with your flight. We have no liability to make any payment to you in relation to the Denied Boarding Regulations or in respect of any flight cancellation or delay, downgrading of any flight ticket or denial of any boarding as the full amount of your entitlement to any compensation or other payment (as dealt with above) is covered by the airline’s obligations under the Denied Boarding Regulations. If, for any reason, we make any payment to you or a third party which the airline is responsible for in accordance with the Denied Boarding Regulations, you must, when requested, assign to us the rights you have or had to claim the payment in question from the airline. If your airline does not comply with these rules you may complain to the Civil Aviation Authority on 020 7453 6888 or by e-mail to email@example.com or see www.caa.co.uk – Referring Your Complaint to the CAA .
21. Brochure / website / advertising material accuracy
The information contained in our brochure, on our website and in our other advertising material is believed correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of printing or publication. However, errors may occasionally occur and information may subsequently change. You must therefore ensure you check all details of your chosen expedition (including the price) with us at the time of booking.
22. Safety standards
Expedition and adventure travel by their nature are inherently of enhanced risk. Please note, it is the requirements and standards of the country in which any services which make up your expedition are provided which apply to those services and not those of the UK. As a general rule, these requirements and standards will not be the same as the UK and will often be lower.