28 November 2018
We continue to monitor the activity of volcano Mount Agung on the island of Bali. The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated its travel advice and now advises against all travel to within 10kms of Mount Agung in East Bali due to ongoing volcanic activity. The state of alert remains at the highest level and the FCO has warned that volcanic activity may increase in the coming days.
The area around Mount Agung is mostly covered by an existing exclusion zone put into place by the local authorities, which extends between 8 and 10kms from the crater. Anyone in this area should leave immediately. ABTA advises that people on holiday elsewhere in East Bali should continue to follow the advice of local authorities, monitor local media and keep up-to-date with travel advice. The British Embassy currently has a team of consular staff based in the international departures area at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport to provide support and advice to British nationals.
Ash plumes can affect air quality and have an impact on health, especially for anyone with an existing respiratory condition. Local authorities have advised people in affected areas to use face masks.
Airports in Bali and neighbouring Lombok are likely to continue to be closed for periods of time. ABTA advises anyone due to travel to the region imminently to check with their travel provider or airline to establish if their holiday or flight is affected.