Insurers lift Bali ash cloud embargo

Richard Laycock 6 October 2016

Landscape of Batur volcano on Bali island, Indonesia

The smoke has cleared and cover is available again.

Good news for those of you planning to head over to Bali this spring, as many insurers have lifted their moratoriums on claims associated with the Bali ash cloud.

The frequency of ash cloud incidents in Bali has led to many insurers imposing tight conditions on when travellers qualify, but that has changed in recent days based on official insurer advice as the cloud has dissipated.

Below is the updated travel advice from some of Australia's largest underwriters.

QBECovered from 9am 4 October, 2016. QBE have lifted its embargo on claims associated with the Mount Rinjani eruption and ash cloud in Bali and no longer consider it an active event.If you purchased your policy after 9am 4 October, 2016, there is no longer any embargo on claims arising from this event.Easy Travel Insurance and Travel Insurance Saver
Lloyd’sCovered from 6 October, 2016. As of 6 October 2016, the Mt Rinjani Volcanic Ash Cloud is no longer considered an active threat as eruptions have now ceased.This means that any future eruptions will be considered a new event and cover will be available.1Cover, Cheap Travel Insurance, Columbus Direct, GoInsurance, insure4less, iTrek, NoWorries,, Travel Insurance Direct and Travel Insuranz.
Great Lakes AustraliaCovered from 9am (EST) 6 October, 2016. As there hasn't been any further disruptions caused by Mt Rinjani, it is no longer considered an active event.As of 9am EST 6th October, 2016 any new eruptions and ash clouds will be considered a new event and cover may be available on your policy, subject to the limits of your policy.Cover-MoreRACV and youGo.
AllianzCovered from 9:30am (AEST) Friday 7 October, 2016. Mt Rinjani erupted this year on 28 September 2016 and caused significant delays for travellers. As this eruption has ceased, this event  is now deemed to have concluded as of 9:30am (AEST) Friday 7 October, 2016. Any new eruptions and ash cloud from Mount Rinjani will be considered a new event.BoomersDuinsureFast CoverOnline Travel InsuranceOverSixtySimply Travel InsuranceSTAVirginWebjet and Worldcare.
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