Tourism Remains Safe Despite Merapi Phreatic Eruption

On Friday morning, 11 May 2018, Mount Merapi in Sleman Regency of Yogyakarta spewed volcanic ash of 5500 m resulted from the phreatic activity. The volcanic ash rained on the surrounding areas of the region, yet no casualty has been reported. Center of Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation (PVMBG) issued VONA red resulting in the closure of Adi Sucipto international airport from 10.42 am to 4.30 pm local time. PVMBG stated that the mountain remains in normal status.

Ministry of Tourism of Indonesia appreciates the preparedness and quick response taken by National and Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB and BPBD), Ministry of Transportation, related agencies, and local communities for providing the public with the updated information to avoid panic and getting all necessities prepared. We also appreciate the airport authority and airlines for giving compensation to the passengers of delayed flights.

Ministry of Tourism keeps monitoring the situation and coordinating with tourism office and related boards in Yogyakarta to make sure that tourists are well informed on the update of the situation and being taken care off accordingly. We advice tourists to always follow government instruction and hotel mitigation protocol to keep themselves safe and to follow only the official social media accounts of government to get the valid informartion. We do hope that tourists will still enjoy visiting other tourist destinations in this City of Culture.

Bureau of Public Communication

Ministry of Tourism
Republic of Indonesia
Jl. Medan Merdeka Barat No. 17
Jakarta Pusat 10110 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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