Our Terms & Conditions are also available as a document.
All monies received from you will be placed into a Client account until dispersed to the suppliers of your travel arrangements.
Confirmations and Documentation
Once you have booked your travel itinerary Focused Expeditions will send you a written confirmation but note that bookings are not deemed to be finalised until all monies have been paid. Final documentation will not be issued by travel suppliers until they have received full payment for their part of your itinerary. Also note that each supplier will have their own terms on deposits and final payments and their own overall Terms and Conditions which govern their part of your itinerary.
On receipt of your travel documents you must check that they correctly reflect the booking you made so that any amendments can be made in good time and avoid any disruption to your travels. Equally you must provide passenger names exactly as they appear in your passports – you may be refused boarding by a cruise line or airline if the name on your booking is different to the one in your passport. Also be aware of any changes to your circumstances – such as having a new baby that needs to be registered on your passport or to have their own passport.
All passengers departing Australia must be in possession of a valid passport with a minimum of 6 month’s validity beyond your return date to Australia. Focused Expeditions requires a copy of your passport prior to making final bookings and you must advise us if you are travelling on a non-Australian passport as this can affect your visa requirements to visit the countries in your itinerary and can also affect your right to return to Australia.
Please check your itinerary carefully before booking it as any changes to an itinerary will incur a fee of $60 per person by Focused Expeditions for their time to make these changes plus the supplier may also charge change fees. These will be advised before any change is made. Where the change is as a result of the travel supplier’s actions you may be able to cancel or rebook without penalty but note that cruise lines and airlines both reserve the right to vary their schedules so your rights to cancel and /or rebook are subject to the suppliers Terms and Conditions.
Equally in the event you need to cancel a booking then any refunds due to you will be subject to the supplier’s terms and conditions.
Note that any packages specifically put together by Focused Expeditions to attend key religious festivals such as the Hajj (ie not bought via a third party) are guaranteed by Focused Expeditions.
Many countries require visitors to have obtained a Visa for entry prior to arrival and it is your responsibility to ensure that you have valid passports, visas and entry permits. Any costs associated
with not having correct documentation is solely your responsibility. Focused Expeditions can source information on Visa requirements for you from a third party advisory service but we take no responsibility on the accuracy of their information. Note if you are travelling to the USA they have a compulsory Visa Waiver program and you need to apply online at https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov Be aware that not all people will be eligible to participate in the Visa Waiver scheme in which case you would need to apply for entry clearance from the US Embassy prior to your arrival into the USA.
Health and Safety and Insurance
Check with your Doctor about any requirements for vaccinations. Check with DFAT via their www.smarttraveller.gov.au site for any travel advisories that may impact your itinerary
NB – Our photo tour partners all insist that you have your own comprehensive travel insurance organised. This insurance should cover all aspects of the travel purchased as well as providing medical coverage while overseas including repatriation to Australia. Proof of purchase of your Travel Insurance policy needs to be lodged with Focused Expeditions prior to final payments being made.
Except where Focused Expeditions runs its own tours, Focused Expeditions cannot accept any responsibility for any act, omission or default (negligent or otherwise) of any travel service provider in connection with your holiday over whom Focused Expeditions has no direct or exclusive control and we shall not be liable for any injury, loss or damage including consequential damage arising out of or connected to your travel booking. We act as an agent for travel suppliers and have no responsibility for the provision of those services nor do we warrant regarding the standard of the services to be provided. Your recourse is against the specific travel provider and not against Focused Expeditions.
Schedule of Fees
– Focused Expeditions will collect a non-refundable deposit per person in addition to any deposits required by the travel providers. This will be $150 per person for International travel and $100 per person for domestic travel. Note this deposit is not an addition to the quoted cost of your itinerary.
– Credit card service fees will be charged – 2% for Amex/Diners and 1.5% for Visa/Mastercard
– Booking fees maybe charged as determined by Focused Expeditions, these will be advised before you proceed with a booking.
– Amendments to bookings will attract a charge of $60 per person per change.
– Arranging Visas has a fee of $75 per visa in addition to any fees charged by the relevant consulate or embassy and any costs for postage or couriers to deliver the documentation.
– No cash refunds will be given
– Cheque payments can only be accepted more than 10 days before final payments are due.
– Where Focused Expeditions has to provide documentation to support an insurance claim and the insurance was not bought through Focused Expeditions then a $100 fee will apply.