After months of smouldering inactivity, Mount Agung in Bali decided to erupt again – just in time for the ultra-peak months of July / August when the island is expected to be full capacity.
The airport was closed for a few hours on the 29th of June but reopened later. Based on previous experience, I expect this open – shut situation to continue over the next few days at least, largely dependent on the wind conditions.
As expected the area immediately below Mount Agung has been evacuated, but this is about 40 miles from most of the major resorts. (Roughly the same as London to Reading). The smoke and mountain will be visible from some areas, but tourists are in no immediate danger. Those with respiratory problems should listen to local advice and might consider a face mask, available in local pharmacists.
As of today, 02 July, there was more aggressive fire coming out of the volcano, and alert has risen to code Red which is the highest. The airports in both Bali and Lombok remain open, but that can change at short notice and as indicated above.
We are not experts in the habits of volcanoes, so any comment on how long the situation may continue will be pure speculation – it could all be blown over (literally) in a few days or it might go on for weeks or even months. No one knows with any certainty.
We shall be monitoring the situation at least daily for updates. At this time, we expect the airports in both Bali and Lombok to be open then shut then open again with regularity over the next few days at least. Realistically this will involve some flight cancellations or amendment at short notice. We do not consider there are any health risks, other than mentioned above.
Should you wish to discuss further please call me on 0208 944 1973. As mentioned I am not an expert on the behaviour of volcanoes, and in pragmatic terms, any advice will be based on facts, not speculation.
Also, see https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/indonesia for the UK Foreign office travel update.
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