On July 29, 2018 a 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck the North East area of the island of Lombok and was followed by several aftershocks. On August 5, a 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck the same area. Both earthquakes caused deaths and injuries, and disruptions to essential services, such as power and transportation.

The main tourism hub for visitors is the island of Bali, which is adjacent to Lombok and which has an active volcano in the shape of Mount Agung. Over the past year it has undergone some fairly small-scale eruptions, which led to periodic closures of Bali and Lombok airports. There is still an exclusion zone of 4km from the crater, which is showing signs of activity.

The earthquake in Lombok damaged buildings in Denpasar and Kuta on the island of Bali, and caused some superficial damage at the airport. Bali and Lombok airports are open at the time of this writing, with flights operating normally.

Indonesia’s centre for meteorology, climatology and geophysics did issue a tsunami warning just minutes after the earthquake hit. The centre has since declared the warning over.

So far, there are no travel restrictions in place for Bali and Lombok. However, the Foreign Office has advised those in the local area to “monitor local media, exercise caution and follow the advice of local authorities” and the Canadian Government states “avoid non-essential travel” if possible.

Volcanoes

Indonesia has 129 active volcanoes and periodically experiences major volcanic events. The Indonesian Directorate of Volcanology monitors active volcanoes to ensure that residents and travellers are provided with an early warning should unusual activity occur. Alert levels can be raised and evacuations ordered on short notice.

Keep up to date with any developments if you are travelling close to active volcanoes and follow the instructions of local authorities. Consult the Geological Agency of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources and National Disaster Management Authority for a list of volcanoes with elevated risk levels.

Geological Agency of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (Bahasa Indonesia, only)

National Disaster Management Authority (Bahasa Indonesia, only)

Rainy season

The rainy season extends from November to March, but heavy rains are common throughout the year. Flooding and landslides can occur with little warning, especially in remote areas where extensive deforestation is common, but also in major cities, including Jakarta. Such incidents have led to fatalities and destruction of property. Keep informed of regional weather forecasts as well as road closures or detours, avoid disaster areas and follow the advice of local authorities.

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Lombok

On July 29, 2018 a 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck the North East area of the island of Lombok and was followed by several aftershocks. On August 5, a 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck the same area. Both earthquakes caused deaths and injuries, and disruptions to essential services, such as power and transportation.

Canadians in Lombok who require emergency consular assistance, or help leaving the island, should contact the Consulate general of Australia in Bali.

Mount Agung Volcano

Mount Agung Volcano on the island of Bali continues to be active. The ash cloud continues to shift and therefore may continue to disrupt air travel and cause airports to periodically close and re-open.

  • Monitor the local media
  • Follow the instructions of the local authorities in the event of evacuation
  • Contact your airline or tour operator to determine if the situation could affect your travel plans

Consult the following websites for more information on Mount Agung’s and Bali airport’s latest status:

Mount Sinabung volcano

On February 19, 2018, Mount Sinabung volcano, in North Sumatra, began erupting, spewing ash and smoke above its peak. An evacuation order is in place within 3 km of the summit. Avoid the evacuated area and be ready to leave quickly upon recommendation from local authorities.

Ash clouds could disrupt air travel in the region. Contact your airline or tour operator to determine if the situation could affect your travel plans and monitor local media.

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