International SOS & Control Risks Bali Travel Alert

04 October 2017 ,  —


Indonesia's Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Centre (PVMBG) on 2 October 2017 maintains a Level IV or ‘beware' alert (the highest level in a four-tier warning system) for Mount Agung volcano (Bali province). The alert means that an eruption could be imminent, though there is no specific forecast about the exact timing available.

Aditya Luthra, security expert at International SOS & Control Risks, comments, “The situation in Bali could change rapidly.  In the event of heightened volcanic activity, short-notice disruption to flights could occur.  We are currently putting contingency plans in place, such as sea routes off the island in case flight disruption does occur.” 

“We are advising those travelling to Bali with inflexible itineraries or within strict timeframes should consider deferring their trips until the volcanic activity subsides.  We will continue to monitor the PVMBG alert level and will be aligning our advice in accordance if the alert level is downgraded.”

Advice for travel to Bali

  • Maintain flexible itineraries 
  • Contact Ngurah Rai airport or your airline directly to confirm the status of flights. In the event of cancellations, your travel agency will be able to assist with alternative arrangements.  We do not hold information on specific flights.
  • Abide by all directives issued by the authorities, including staying out of the designated exclusion zone and deferring travel to the volcano. Members residing near the exclusion zone are advised to move to other parts of Bali further away from the volcano, especially the southern and western parts of the island.
  • Normal travel can continue, though ensure that you monitor the situation closely and that business continuity measures are in place in the event of an eruption that could potentially impact flights.
  • In the event of an eruption, managers with travellers in Bali should execute stand-fast options, including appropriate accommodation (with food and water supplies and back-up power sources)  and robust two way communication methods. 
  • Monitor our alerts on Indonesia for further updates.

For the latest information and advice, members are advised to register for email alerts and review the travel security updates on Travel Security Online and through the International SOS Membership Portal.

We also advise clients and members to download the International SOS Assistance App, here.

For additional information and advice, members are advised to call their local International SOS Assistance Centre.



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