It’s been a stressful and anxious past week or so for travellers in Bali and those with an upcoming trip to Bali – not to mention what it has been like for the hundreds of thousands of Balinese who rely on tourism to make a living. While no one can accurately predict if or when Mt Agung is going to erupt, for travellers there are things you can do to prepare: here are our Top 3 Tips.
1. Get familiar with your travel insurance
Know what you’re covered for and what you’re not covered for in relation to the volcanic eruption. This could include cancellation costs, additional expenses and travel delay (for natural disasters.) You can find detailed information about what insurance companies cover in their Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) which can be found on their website, or by contacting them directly.
Most travel insurance companies put an embargo on cover relating to this volcanic eruption once it became a “known event” – which is why it’s good practice to take out travel insurance as soon as you book your flights.
2. Know your options – have a plan
If the volcano does erupt while you are on holiday in Bali, and the airport closes, having a plan could help alleviate a lot of stress. Travelfish.org have a comprehensive webpage on what to do and how to get out of Bali and go home via an alternate route. View their Bali Eruption Advice HERE.
3. Ensure your travel insurance covers you for Indonesia, not just Bali
When you take out travel insurance you’ll need to select your destination country or region. If you just select Bali and you need to travel outside of Bali to get home in the event that Denpasar Airport is closed, you will not be covered once you leave Bali. This matters even if you can’t get cover for the volcano. If you’re in an accident on your way from Bali to Java, you’ll want your medical expenses to be covered.
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