Bali travellers face a nervous wait

Richard Laycock 25 September 2017

Waiting in queue at arrival immigration of Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport Bali

Authorities raise warning level for Mount Agung.

An increase in seismic activity forced the PVMBG Geological Agency to raise the warning level for Mount Agung, Bali, from Siaga/Standby (Level 3) to Awas/Beware (Level 4) at the end of last week.

Awas is the highest level of awareness.

The increased volcanic activity has forced local authorities to suspend outdoor activities in the area and has increased the exclusion zone surrounding the crater area of ​​Mount Agung up to 12km.

While the Australian government hasn't upgraded the warning on its Smartraveller site from "Exercise a high degree", it has advised those planning on travelling to the area to monitor the situation:

"Monitor local media reports and follow the instructions of local authorities. An eruption of Mount Agung could impact air travel in the region. Contact your airline or tour operator to confirm travel plans,"

If you're heading to Bali and are wondering if your travel insurance will cover you for trip interruptions as a result of an eruption of Mount Agung, the cover cut-off dates for several travel insurance brands are listed below.

Travel insurance brands offering cover for Mount Agung

Note: This table will be modified as travel insurance brands update their websites. Information last verified at 2pm Tuesday 07 November 2017.

BrandCoveredGet cover
Travel Insurance DirectExclusions on cover lifted from 3pm 30 October 2017.Get quoteMore info
InsureandGoExclusions on cover lifted from 3:20am 31 October 2017.Get quoteMore info
Tick Travel InsuranceExclusions on cover lifted from 3:20am 31 October 2017.Get quoteMore info
1CoverExclusions on cover lifted from 9am 6 November 2017.Get quoteMore info
DU insureExclusions on cover lifted from 9am 6 November 2017.Get quoteMore info
iTrekExclusions on cover lifted from 9am 6 November 2017.Get quoteMore info
Kango CoverExclusions on cover lifted from 9am 6 November 2017.Get quoteMore info
Simply Travel InsuranceExclusions on cover lifted from 9am 6 November 2017.Get quoteMore info
Ski-insurance.com.auExclusions on cover lifted from 9am 6 November 2017.Get quoteMore info
Under 30s Travel InsuranceExclusions on cover lifted from 9am 6 November 2017.Get quoteMore info
Zoom Travel InsuranceExclusions on cover lifted from 9am 6 November 2017.Get quoteMore info

Brands with exclusion still in place

Note: This table will be modified as travel insurance brands update their websites. Information last verified at 2pm Tuesday 07 November 2017.

BrandCoveredNot covered
Policies issued before 2pm Monday 18 September 2017.
Policies issued after 2pm Monday 18 September 2017.
Policies issued before 2pm Thursday 21 September 2017.
Policies purchased after 2pm Thursday 21 September 2017.
Policies issued before 7am Tuesday 19 September 2017.
Policies issued after 7am Tuesday 19 September 2017.
Policies issued before 10am Sunday 17 September 2017.
Policies issued after 10am Sunday 17 September 2017.
Policies issued before 10am Friday 22 September 2017.
Policies issued after 10am Friday 22 September 2017.
Policies issued before 2pm Thursday 21 September 2017.
Policies purchased after 2pm Thursday 21 September 2017.
Policies issued before 2pm Monday 18 September 2017.
Policies issued after 2pm Monday 18 September 2017.
Policies issued before 4pm Wednesday 20 September 2017.
Policies issued after 4pm Wednesday 20 September 2017.

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