Singaporeans advised to avoid travelling to Mount Agung in Bali: MFA

Residents evacuate following increasing seismic activity of Mount Agung in Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia, on Sept 22, 2017.
Residents evacuate following increasing seismic activity of Mount Agung in Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia, on Sept 22, 2017.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

SINGAPORE - Singaporeans should avoid travelling to Mount Agung in Bali and the likely affected areas, due to a possible eruption of the volcano, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) in a travel advisory issued on Saturday (Sep 23).

Singaporeans currently in Bali are advised to take all necessary precautions for their personal safety, monitor the local news closely and heed the instructions of the local authorities, such as to be ready to evacuate at short notice, the advisory said.

They should also purchase comprehensive travel and medical insurance and be familiar with the terms and coverage, it added.

Indonesian authorities on Friday (Sept 22) raised the alert-level for Mount Agung to level 4 (Awas or Warning) due to an increased possibility of a volcanic eruption within 24 hours.

Indonesia's National Disaster Mitigation Agency has warned residents and tourists to stay 9km away from the crater and up to 12km away to the north, north-east, south-east and south-southwest.

Mount Agung, about 75km from the tourist hub of Kuta, has been rumbling since August.

 

Singaporeans are advised to stay in touch with their family and friends so that their safety is known.

Singaporeans travelling overseas are also strongly encouraged to e-Register with MFA at https://eregister.mfa.gov.sg/, so that the ministry can contact them if necessary.

Singapore Airlines said in a statement on Saturday that it was "closely monitoring the situation in Bali", even as all SIA flights to and from Denpasar in Bali are continuing to operate as scheduled.

Those in need of urgent consular assistance may contact the Singapore Embassy in Jakarta or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Duty Office at:

Embassy of the Republic of Singapore in Indonesia (Jakarta)

Jln H R Rasuna Said, Kuningan, Block X/4, KAV No 2,

Kuningan, Jakarta Selatan 12950

Tel: + 62 (21) 2995 0400 or +62 811 863 348 (24-hours)

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Duty Office (24-hours)

Tanglin, Singapore 248163

Tel: 6379 8800, 6379 8855

Email: mfa_duty_officer@mfa.gov.sg