Governor Calls on Consulates to Assure Bali Remains Safe for Tourists

Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika met on Wednesday, October 4, 2017, with representatives from 35 foreign consulates in Bali to discuss the continuing situation on volcanic Mount Agung.

At the meeting, the Governor told the foreign consuls that visitors to Bali do not need to worry about the conditions on Mount Agung. He said that in the event of an eruption of Mount Agung, only 28 villagers in the Regency of Karangasem living in the foothills surrounding the mountain are considered in danger. All the residents of these communities have been evacuated to temporary evacuee centers until the condition subsides. 

The government has identified a radius of 12-kilometers from the mountain’s peak as areas that need to be evacuated.

Separately, the Governor has emphasized that the densely populated tourist areas of Bali and the Island’s airport are some 60-kilometers to the south of Mt. Agung – well removed from any region considered under threat from an eruption.

Underlining the limited scope of any threat, the Governor said popular tourist areas such as Candidasa and to the South of Mt. Agung, are in an area deemed safe for tourist activities. Even further to the south, Denpasar, Sanur, Nusa Dua, and Kuta are not in harms way from an eruption.

And, in any case, the Governor said all major departments of the national and provincial governments have put in place contingency plans that contemplate every scenario in the event of an eruption. The Governor is certain that there will be no loss of life from any eruption providing people avoid the 12-kilometer “no go” zone. 

The Governor said plans are also in place in the event volcanic ash causes a temporary closing of Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport, including land transportation from Bali to the nearest operating airport. 

Pastika is calling for the media only to reference reliable sources in reporting on Mount Agung. He bemoaned that a large amount of unreliable information about the mountain being posted on the Internet. He urged the international community not to worry unduly about the safety of visiting Bali.

The governor asked that countries issuing travel warnings about Bali should reconsider those warnings as Bali remains safe for travel.

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