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Published on Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Dragoman in 'full dormancy mode' until borders reopen


Overland touring specialist Dragoman is going into hibernation.

The company says it is going to 'sit tight until the resumption of long-haul travel is again feasible.'

It is going into full dormancy mode with immediate effect.

All future bookings are being refunded in full.

"This has been a very tough decision to take.  We thought back in 2020 that a chink of light meant we'd soon be overlanding again, albeit perhaps to countries closer to home than the norm.  But we are now 16 months into the pandemic, and long-haul travel in the way that Dragoman has operated for the past 40 years is, sadly, unlikely to be possible in the short to medium term," said Charlie Hopkinson, Director of Dragoman.    

"We have got to batten down the hatches and to sit it out as best we can."

"This means refunding our loyal customers who have yet to travel and agents worldwide, suspending our operations and closing down our HQ."

Hopkinson says there is no alternative but to shut up shop until borders reopen.

It is asking customers and trade partners to be patient as a small skeleton team works through processing refunds.

The company says it will be back.

"This is not the end.  The decision to pause is to ensure that Dragoman can - and will - live on in the future," Hopkinson added.

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