Mount Agung volcano in East Bali has been erupting since 21 November.
Indonesia’s disaster mitigation agency has issued a Level 4 (the highest) alert, meaning that volcanic activity is likely to increase. A spokesman for the agency says: “Plumes of smoke are occasionally accompanied by explosive eruptions and the sound of weak blasts that can be heard up to 12 km (seven miles) from the peak…the potential for a larger eruption is imminent.”
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to within 10 kilometres of Mount Agung. A local authority exclusion zone currently extends between 8 and 10kms from the crater.
Mount Agung last erupted in 1963; killing over 1500 people.
Bali travel advice
If you are within 10km of Mount Agung, follow FCO advice to leave the area immediately.
If you are in another part of East Bali, check the FCO travel advice website regularly: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/indonesia.
Heed advice given by local authorities and monitor local and international media for developments. If you are told to evacuate, do so.
If you are in an area affected by ash clouds, wear a face mask and seek medical help if necessary.
Take extra care if you suffer from a respiratory condition.
Talk to your airline or tour operator before travelling to the airport.
Keep any receipts relating to medical treatment or travel disruption, should you need to make a travel insurance claim.
If you need emergency assistance or repatriation, call your travel insurance helpline.
If you are planning to travel to Indonesia, check the latest FCO travel advice first and make sure you are covered by travel insurance.
Current information from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Ash clouds have caused airport closures for periods in both Bali and Lombok, and disruption to flights in the region.
The authorities are monitoring the situation closely and airports in the region are likely to continue to be closed for periods of time.
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.