These Terms and Conditions apply to the tour you have booked and paid a deposit on (hereinafter referred to as the “Trip”).
This Trip is organized by World Vegan Travel Inc. (Business number: 795729540, Consumer Protection BC license#: 82045), hereinafter referred to as “World Vegan Travel”, “WVT”, or “we.
For the purpose of the Agreement, the signer will be referred to as the “Traveler” or “you”.
The Agreement may be amended only in a written document, signed by both parties.
Your signature on the Trip Acceptance Form, and the Release and Waiver and payment of balance represent acceptance by the Traveler of the following:
(a) these Booking Conditions;
(b) the terms of the Release and Waiver;
(c) Essential Trip Information that applies to your Trip; and
(d) any Special Conditions that may apply,
Your booking will be accepted by us on this basis.
The Traveler understands and acknowledges that the nature of travel requires considerable flexibility and you should allow for alternatives.
WVT reserves the right to cancel or alter sections or the entirety of the Trip’s itinerary, route, schedule, amenities, mode of transport, and accommodations without prior notice as may be necessary for any reason whatsoever including, but not limited to, local circumstances or events, road, weather, or traffic conditions, non-performance of suppliers, industrial action, operational conditions and requirements, water level problems, excessive winds/other hazards outside our control.
WVT will strive to offer reasonable alternatives to these changes, to the best of its ability within the confines of the afforded time and budget and inform the Traveler within a reasonable timeframe.
We will not issue any refunds in connection with any such cancellations or alterations.
In emergency circumstances, the additional cost of any necessary itinerary alterations will be covered by you. WVT is not responsible for any incidental expenses that may be incurred as a result of the change of itineraries including but not limited to visas, vaccinations, repatriation, quarantines or non-refundable flights.
Every effort is made to ensure accuracy at the time of going to “press” (ie website going live, advertising of the Trip on different media, etc); however, WVT cannot be held responsible for printing or typographical errors, or issues arising from unforeseen circumstances, and we reserve the right to correct and/or clarify any errors due to typography, editing, photography, or pricing.
In the case of a computer or human billing error, we reserve the right to re-invoice participants with correct billing.
The Trip’s inclusions and exclusions will be posted on the Trip’s website and will serve as the official list of inclusions/exclusions. Should you choose to participate in any activities or excursions outside the official Trip itinerary, you are solely responsible for any costs, expenses or damages incurred in relation to those activities or excursions, and you are responsible to ensure that you keep to the schedule and timetable set out in the website and by the Group Leader. WVT is not responsible should you miss some or all of the Trip due to your failure to keep to the schedule and established timetable.
It is the Traveler’s responsibility to ensure you are in possession of all necessary travel and health documents before departure. The costs incurred in obtaining such documentation or in meeting any health procedures or requirements are not included in the quoted cost of the Trip, and each Traveler must individually pay all such costs.
WVT is not responsible should you be refused entry into any country or refused for travel on any transportation due to failure on your part to carry all the required documentation, or for reasons due to your own government policies regarding the Trip’s destination(s). If this refusal of entry results in fines, surcharges, or other financial penalty being imposed on WVT, you will be responsible for reimbursing WVT accordingly.
Travel insurance is mandatory and must be taken out before the Trip’s start date.
It is your responsibility to ensure that you have purchased insurance coverage that is adequate, suitable, and correct for this Trip and your particular needs. WVT is not responsible for errors, inaccuracies, or shortfalls in your insurance coverage. You must therefore ensure that the insurer is aware of the type and destination of travel and any activities which you plan to undertake that may be considered high risk when obtaining travel insurance, such as bike rides, wild animal viewing, travel by air, river rides, sailing, etc. Please ensure that you are fully covered, in particular, with regards to expatriation should this need arise.
You must provide your travel insurance policy number and the insurance company’s 24-hour emergency contact number before the Trip’s start date. If you are unable to or decline to provide us with insurance details before the Trip’s start date, WVT may, in its sole discretion, refuse to accept your booking and may cancel your Trip. In the event of such cancellation WVT will not return your deposit and you may be required to pay additional cancellation fees in accordance with these Booking Terms and Conditions.
WVT is not responsible for any expenses, losses or damages you may incur as a result of your failure to comply with the requirements of your travel insurance policy or with this clause. It is important that you read your policy very carefully and take the policy details with you when you travel.
Should you wish to make any alterations (i.e. room upgrades, flight seat upgrade, etc.) to an already confirmed Trip with us, or purchase add-ons to the itinerary (i.e. extra hotel nights before/after the tour, specific city tours, advanced purchases such as SIM cards, etc), you must notify us as soon as is possible, in writing. Whilst we will endeavor to assist you, we cannot guarantee that any request will be met. If we can make the requested change, you will be provided with a quote detailing any extra costs incurred by ourselves and any costs or charges incurred or imposed by any of our suppliers. Please note that some airline tickets cannot be changed once they have been booked without incurring considerable costs to you.
The Trip’s most up to date pricing is available on our website. WVT’s Trip price is subject to variable and seasonal pricing, both of which are standard practice within the travel industry. This means our Trip price may vary at any time in accordance with demand, market conditions, currency exchange rates, and availability. It is likely that different Travelers on the same trip have been charged different prices. Any reduced pricing or discounts that may become available after you have paid your deposit will not apply. If you wish to cancel your booking to take advantage of a cheaper price, full cancellation conditions apply as set out below in the Trip Cancellation, Charges, and Transfers by the Traveler section.
WVT reserves the right to vary the price advertised or printed to cover any significant increase in fuel price, foreign exchange currency valuations, government taxes and charges, or other tour related tariffs and coats.
WVT reserves the right to impose surcharges up to 21 days before departure due to unfavorable changes in exchange rates, increases in airfares or other transportation costs, increases in local operator costs, taxes, or if government action should require us to do so. If any surcharge results in an increase of more than 10% of the Trip price you may cancel the booking within 14 days of notification of the surcharge and obtain a full refund minus any transaction and bank fees.
Availability is on a first-come-first-served basis and is not guaranteed until you have completed, signed and delivered the Agreement to us and the sign-up fee and the deposit of 50% of the remaining cost of the Trip have been accepted by WVT. If you have paid the sign-up fee or deposit, but have not submitted a completed Agreement prior to the Trip reaching its capacity WVT will not hold your reservation on the Trip. If WVT is not able to hold your reservation, WVT will refund any payments made, subject to any cancellation penalties specified in these Booking Terms and Conditions less any bank administration and transfer fees.
Other conditions may also be required to join the Trip, such as vaccination, age limit, etc., and these will be clearly communicated via the Trip’s website and/or communication email between the WVT and the Traveler. While we strive to communicate any extra conditions at the time of booking or prior to the Trip, we are subject to any requirement changes and alterations on behalf of local government, authorities, airlines, etc., and are not responsible for such late or last-minute changes.
Subject to the cancellation provisions in this section, the Trip will be confirmed to depart once we have released a confirmation after obtaining our minimum number of Travelers. The date of the Trip’s confirmation deadline will be announced on the Trip’s website.
If the Trip needs to be canceled or rescheduled due to circumstances beyond WVT’s control, or a “force majeure event”, which make it impossible or impractical to host the Trip and proceed as per the original itinerary and/or scheduled dates, WVT will offer a place on the rescheduled Trip, or on an alternative Trip (subject to a refund or payment to cover any tour price difference) as soon as it’s practical to do so.
A “Force Majeure event” includes but is not limited to: acts of God; war; civil commotion; riot; blockade or embargo; fire; explosion; breakdown; union dispute; earthquake; epidemic, pandemic or other health emergencies; flood; windstorm or other extreme weather events; lack or failure of courses of supply; passage of any law, order, proclamation, regulation, ordinance, demand, requisition or requirement or any other act of any government authority, beyond the reasonable control of the parties, whether or not foreseeable, which would make it dangerous or not viable for a Trip to commence or continue.
World Vegan Travel also reserves the right to cancel or reschedule the Trip if WVT is not confident that the local situation in the destination we are traveling to will allow for the full enjoyment of the Trip as per our itinerary and/or advertising. Examples of these situations might include, but are not limited to, quarantine (or likely quarantine) for an unreasonable amount of time on arrival in the country or on return home, limits on the number of people traveling together, severe restrictions imposed on the Trip’s activities, restaurants, hotels, etc.
In some cases, WVT may also be able to provide a voucher to the Traveler, to be used on future WVT trips within the scope and dates specified at the time of the voucher’s issue. It is understood that there is no guarantee of a voucher option and any offer of such will be decided on a case by case basis by WVT, in its sole discretion. If a voucher option is not possible or accepted by the Traveler, the remaining option of a rescheduled or alternative trip will be the Traveler’s only options.
Since we depend on a minimum number of travelers for a Trip to be confirmed, the sign-up fee is non-refundable unless the Trip is not confirmed to go ahead by the deadline mentioned on the Trip’s website. WVT reserves the right to extend the deadline date by no more than 30 days if this is conducive to the Trip’s confirmation.
Once the Trip is confirmed to go ahead, and since we will have incurred costs from the time that you make your booking, the following cancellation charges will be payable:
If you or any member of your party is prevented from traveling as originally confirmed, the person(s) concerned may transfer their place to another person (the Transferee) that is introduced by you as long as the following conditions are met:
If either you, your party, or any member of your party fails to arrive for the booked holiday as planned (i.e. a “no show”), WVT will be entitled to treat the reservation as having been canceled, and a 100% cancellation fee (equivalent to the sign-up fee, deposit and all Trip costs paid to WVT in accordance with the Trip Acceptance Form) will apply. WVT has no responsibility to give you any notice of the cancellation.
All forms of transportation to and from the Trip’s official starting/finishing city (mentioned above), and to the actual meeting location (to be announced prior to the Trip’s start date), is the sole responsibility of the Traveler. WVT does not accept responsibility for any transportation cancellation or delays which were booked by the Traveler.
The fact that a delay may entitle you to cancel your transportation (ie flight, train, bus, etc) with the transportation entity/company concerned does not entitle you to cancel your Trip with us or cancel any part of the Trip, or cancel any other arrangements. We will issue no refunds or make payment of any kind to you in respect of any transportation delay or cancellation, downgrading of any ticket or denial of any boarding.
Our trips are run by one or two Group Leaders. The decision of any Group Leader is final on all matters likely to affect the safety or well-being of the Traveller and partners, suppliers, staff or any other person participating in the Trip.
The Traveler will be responsible for appropriate conduct during the Trip. If you fail to comply with a decision made by a Group Leader or interfere with the well-being or mobility of the group, the Group Leader may direct you to leave the Trip immediately, with no right of refund. We may also elect not to carry you on any future trips booked.
World Vegan Travel strives to provide a safe and comfortable environment for an enjoyable holiday for all Travelers on the Trip. As such, any Traveler may be removed from the Trip for cases of, but not limited to, remarks of a racist, sexist, misogynic, and homophobic nature, or any physical or mental abuse towards any other Trip participants, tour leaders, guides, drivers, and any other partners and suppliers involved in the running of the Trip.
You must at all times comply with the laws, customs, foreign exchange and drug regulations of all countries visited. Appropriate clothing is also expected, especially where local customs and policies are involved (i.e. religious temples, churches and mosques; official Government buildings, dining establishments, etc).
It is understood that World Vegan Travel only offers plant-based (i.e. vegan) trips, and as such the consumption of non-plant-based foods during any included meals and activities, and on any included modes of transportation, can constitute sufficient grounds for removal of the Traveler from the Trip.
Any warnings and the number of such, prior to removal from the Trip, remain at the discretion of WVT and the Group Leader. WVT will not issue refunds or reimburse any passenger for any costs related to that Traveler’s removal from the Trip for any reason.
You assume total responsibility for your own luggage and personal items during the tour. The Traveler is strongly cautioned against leaving articles on board carriers or the coach at any time.
Baggage restrictions and/or limitations will be detailed on the Trip’s website.
Where flights are included on the itinerary, the Traveler may bring one carry-on bag per person, provided the bag is carried personally and does not exceed the airline’s size and weight limits, and one check-in luggage, again as per the airline’s allotment policy.
Tips to guides and drivers on the Trip’s included activities are included in the Trip’s cost, and the Traveler should not feel obligated to donate further, though this remains a personal decision.
Tips to hotel staff, and to any guides and drivers that are on optional activities or on any extra activities you have booked yourself, are not included. These gratuities should be extended on a voluntary, individual basis, and are not mandatory at all.
Tips to WVT tour leaders are not necessary, nor will they be accepted. We would prefer you donate to animal sanctuaries, shelters, charities and rescue centers.
This Agreement and the terms it contains will be governed exclusively in all respects by and interpreted solely in accordance with the laws of the Province of British Columbia, Canada. You hereby irrevocably submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of the Province of British Columbia, Canada and agree that no other courts can exercise jurisdiction over the agreements referred to herein. Any litigation to enforce this Agreement will be instituted in the Province of British Columbia, Canada and nowhere else.
World Vegan Travel (and authorized representatives) may and can use your image, video and audio for the purpose of promoting, publicizing, or informing interested parties. You can opt out by informing WVT by email.
Vaccines and testing requirements
Anyone who chooses to travel with us has a duty of care to themselves and the people around them. We insist that all our travelers comply with local regulations and laws, as well as our own health and safety guidelines, to ensure that everyone can enjoy this group adventure, while minimizing the risk of spread of COVID19.
In addition, each destination has their own vaccination, testing and health screening requirements for entry, exit and transit. It is the Traveler’s responsibility to check the local government websites of their destination(s) to ensure you meet the proper requirements for entry. These can include requiring evidence of recent COVID19 test results or vaccination.
It is also the Traveler’s responsibility to check the requirements for testing and health screening for the transportation to and from the meeting and departure point as well as countries through which the traveler is transiting and to re-enter the traveler’s country of residence.
Finally it is the Traveler’s responsibility to adhere to the requirements for re-entry in their own country.
World Vegan Travel’s requirements for joining a Trip
In addition to abiding by the local laws and regulations in the destination you are visiting, WVT’s also has minimum requirements to join the Trip.
For travelers who sign for trips departing in 2023
Travelers are required to produce:
Failure to provide the documentation required will result in the Traveler not being allowed to join the Trip and WVT will not issue any refund to such Travelers.
For travelers who sign up for trips departing in 2024 onwards
WVT reserves the right to change vaccine requirements after travelers have booked the Trip based on government advice and our judgment of the risks of group travel. Any refund offered to the Traveler is at WVT’s discretion.
Government Travel Advisories
In the unlikely event that the government of the Traveler’s country of residence advises against all travel to the destination of the Trip or advises its citizens to return home immediately, but WVT still proceeds with the Trip, WVT will not refund the Traveler. Travelers are advised to have insurance to cover them in case of this eventuality or to accept this risk.
Fear of travel
WVT will not issue any refund to a Traveler. should that Traveler choose not to attend the Trip due to fear of COVID-19 and the cancellation charges set out above will apply.
In the event that a traveler has made a booking for a trip hosted by an influencer and that designated host of a World Vegan Travel trip becomes unable to host the trip due to illness, travel delays or any reason, no refund shall be provided to the traveler, regardless of whether the traveler’s decision to sign up for the trip was influenced by the presence of that host.
I am aware that the Trip involves traveling to and in a foreign country with transportation, services, guides, food and accommodation being supplied by providers for whom WVT bears no responsibility, and that there are certain risks involved whenever traveling abroad including, but not limited to: delays, delayed or changed departure or arrival times; fare changes, dishonors of hotel, airline, missed carrier connections; losses, damages, weather, strikes, acts of God, circumstances beyond the control of WVT, including, war, civil unrest, kidnapping, public health risks, criminal activity, terrorism, expense, accident, injuries, damage to and lost property; bankruptcies of airlines or other service providers; inconveniences, cessation of operations, mechanical defects, damages or losses of any nature whatsoever, including additional expenses caused in connection with any accommodations, restaurant, transportation, or other service or any substitution of hotels or of common carriers beyond WVT’s control, with or without notice.
I am aware of the risks associated with traveling to, and within and returning from one or more foreign countries, including travel by air, bus, taxi or other vehicle which risks include, but are not limited to mechanical failure, operational error, risks of traveling on rough terrain (including mountains and jungles), accident or collision, all of which could lead to the possibility of personal injury (including mental distress or trauma), death, property damage or other loss.
I am aware of the additional dangers and risks associated with the various activities which are or could be part of the Trip, or which I may choose to engage in outside of the Trip, including hiking, river, boat rides, cable cars, buses, train rides, rafting, trekking, skiing, bike-riding, safari drives, walking safaris, walking tours, cooking classes, cooking demonstrations, yoga, wildlife viewing, visiting animal sanctuaries, spas and thermal springs which dangers and risks include, but are not limited to accidents which could occur during transportation or travel to or from the activity, or during the activity; collision or contact with other participants, vessels, motor vehicles of all types and descriptions, fixed objects or equipment; falls; encounters with domestic or wild animals; dangers of traveling on rough terrain, waters or roads; or equipment failure, all of which could lead to the possibility of possibility of personal injury (including mental distress or trauma), death, property damage or other loss.
I am aware that weather conditions, including temperatures may be extreme and could change rapidly and without warning.
I am aware that some medical conditions may be exacerbated or aggravated during a Trip and related activities, and that I may be traveling in remote locations with poor communications and inability to obtain rescue or medical assistance quickly or easily.
Knowing the risks, dangers, and hazards described above, and in consideration of being given the opportunity to participate on the Trip, I freely accept and fully assume, for myself and anyone claiming on my behalf, all the risks, dangers, hazards of the Trip, and the possibility of personal injury (including mental distress or trauma), death, property damage or other loss. I willingly accept these risks and agree to the terms of this Release and Waiver, even if World Vegan Travel Inc., or any of its shareholders, directors, officers, employees, servants, guides, agents, outfitters, contractors, suppliers or representatives (collectively, “WVT”), are found in law to be negligent or in breach of a duty of care or any other obligation to me in their conduct of the Trip. I understand that WVT is not responsible for any personal injury (including mental distress or trauma), death, property damage or other loss that I, or anyone claiming on my behalf may sustain which are in any way related to the Trip.
I am fully aware of the current global COVID-19 virus outbreak, the current travel restrictions, and inherent risks involved when choosing to travel. I am aware that it is my personal decision to travel and I am doing so with full knowledge of travel recommendations, restrictions, regulations, and risks with regards to COVID-19, as well as the possibility of future travel restrictions, and I take sole responsibility for my actions with regards to traveling.
I acknowledge that due to the ongoing COVID-19 virus outbreak, and other reasons not reasonably foreseeable at this time, the Trip may be interrupted or canceled by WVT, a government entity or other third party over which WVT has no control. I release, waive, discharge and agree not sue WVT for any and all consequences and liability for any damages, including but not limited to financial losses, I may incur as a result of such interruption or cancellation of the Trip.
I am aware of the specific travel warnings, travel restrictions, and travel rules in place in connection with the Trip, as well as the fact that travel warnings, restrictions, and rules are in place around the world. I am also aware that future travel warnings, travel restrictions, and travel rules are likely to occur without notice. I am aware that travel restrictions, quarantine or isolation orders may be imposed during the Trip which may result in my inability to complete the Trip as planned. I understand and accept the risks and consequences of these travel warnings, restrictions, and rules. I am solely responsible for any costs associated with any travel restrictions, quarantine or isolation orders, including, without limitation, additional accommodation, food or travel costs. I am aware that traveling restrictions may be put in place before, during, or after traveling that may impede the ability to enter or exit travel locations or return home as planned. I am solely responsible to ensure I have obtained travel insurance to ensure I have coverage for all medical needs, trip cancellation and repatriation, and that I have all the necessary provisions for travel (proof of vaccination, COVID test results, pre-travel questionnaires etc.)
I acknowledge the contagious nature of COVID-19 and voluntarily assume the higher risk that I may be exposed to or infected by COVID-19 while traveling. Such exposure or infection may result in personal injury, illness, permanent disability, and possible death. I assume all the foregoing risks and accept sole responsibility for any injury to myself (including, but not limited to, personal injury, disability, and death), illness, damage, loss, claim, liability, financial loss or expense, of any kind, that I may experience or incur in connection with the Trip.
I hereby release, waive, discharge and agree not sue WVT for any and all consequences of traveling related to COVID-19, including but not limited to: travel warnings, travel restrictions, travel rules, as well as travel warnings, restrictions, and rules changing without notice, illness, death, property damage, financial loss, costs, penalties, fees, fines, cancellations, postponements, quarantines, health regulations and/or screenings, regardless of whether these consequences are imposed by governmental agencies of the locations to which I am traveling to and through and/or suppliers, including but not limited to: airlines, airports, hotels, tour agencies, transfer agencies, and/or any other provider involved in the Trip.
I am solely responsible for selecting and purchasing adequate medical/health insurance. No medical/health insurance will be provided by WVT. WVT is not responsible for any medical or health problems I may sustain in connection with the Trip, nor is it responsible for any costs or expenses associated with such medical or health problems.
I am solely responsible for selecting and purchasing adequate travel insurance. WVT will provide no travel insurance. The travel insurance should provide cover against theft, personal accident, personal liability, repatriation, and cancellation of tickets. WVT is not responsible for any injury, loss or damage that could or should be covered by adequate travel insurance nor is it responsible for any costs or expenses associated with such injury, loss or damage.
I understand and acknowledge that every country has its own laws and standards of acceptable conduct. I recognize that behavior which violates those laws or standards, could harm WVT’s relations with those countries and their institutions, as well as my own health and safety. I agree to follow the instructions or directions provided by WVT throughout the Trip, and to become informed of and abide by the laws and standards for every country to or through which I travel during the Trip. I understand and acknowledge that any legal problems, including any costs or expenses associated therewith, that I may encounter with any foreign nationals or government during the Trip are entirely my responsibility. WVT is not responsible for providing any assistance under such circumstances, nor is it responsible for injury, damages or losses I may sustain as a result of such legal problems.
I waive any and all claims that I have or may in the future have against, and release from all liability and agree not to sue, WVT for any personal injury (including mental distress or trauma), death, property damage or other loss that I may sustain during or as a result of the Trip due to any cause whatsoever on the part of WVT or others, including: negligence – including the failure to use such care as a reasonably prudent and careful person would do in the circumstances and failure to meet reasonable standards of care; breach of any other duty imposed by law; breach of contract; and mistakes or errors in judgment of any kind.
I (for myself and anyone acting on my behalf) hold harmless and indemnify WVT from: any and all liability for any personal injury (including mental distress or trauma), death, property damage or other loss sustained by me or any third party resulting from my participation in the Trip; and any and all claims, demands, actions and costs which might arise out of my participating in the Trip and all related activities, even though such claims, demands, actions and costs may have been caused by the negligence, breach of contract, breach of duty or mistake of WVT.
In signing this Release and Waiver I am not relying on any oral, written or visual statements of any kind, including promotional statements made by WVT in its website or brochures to induce me to go on the Trip. I confirm that I am of the full age of eighteen years, that I have had sufficient time to read and understand what I am agreeing to in this Release and Waiver before signing it and that it will be binding upon anyone claiming on my behalf, including my heirs, next of kin, executors, administrators and successors. I understand that by signing this Release and Waiver I am giving up substantial rights, including the right to sue. I agree that this Release and Waiver and the agreements it contains will be governed exclusively in all respects by and interpreted solely in accordance with the laws of the Province of British Columbia, Canada. I hereby irrevocably submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of the Province of British Columbia, Canada and agree that no other courts can exercise jurisdiction over the agreements and claims referred to herein. Any litigation to enforce this agreement will be instituted in the Province of British Columbia, Canada and nowhere else.