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Foreign Legations in Bali Ask to Help Inform the World that Bali is Safe and Visitors are Not at Risk if Mount Agung Undergoes Large Eruption

Bali News: Bali, Mount Agung, Foreign Travel Warnings, Bali is Safe
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Bali’s Governor Made Mangku Pastika invited Consuls from 34 consulates and foreign legations in Bali to a meeting in his office of Friday, December 15, 2017, in order to explain the current situation regarding the Mount Agung volcano and the security situation for tourist visiting Bali.

The Governor told the diplomats that incorrect and exaggerated reports in connection with Mount Agung are causing people to unnecessarily cancel plans for a Bali holiday.

As reported by, Pastika asked the consuls to assist in persuading the world that Bali remains safe to visit.

“News in the media, particularly in the foreign media, are not in accordance with the real facts, maybe due to concepts lost in translation; such as earth tremors at the volcano being reported incorrectly as earthquakes or the emission of white steam from the crater represented as an eruption. I hope you (the Consuls) will clarify the news to the citizens of your respective countries,” said Pastika.

Continuing his guidance to the Consuls, Governor Pastika said: “The high ‘awas’ alert status for Mount Agung only applies to a radius of 8 km from Mount Agung. Meanwhile, other area in Bali are outside the danger zone and remain safe and outside any direct impact from a possible eruption.”

Moreover, insisted the Governor, in the Regency of Karangasem (where Mount Agung is located) 52 of a total of 78 villages have been declared “safe” meaning there are tourist objects even in Karangasem that remain safe to visit. Adding: “It’s news like this that I think needs to be shared with the entire world in order that tourists will feel secure in coming to Bali.”

Governor Prepared to Set Up His Office at the Airport

The Governor said that should Bali’s Airport once again be temporarily closed due to volcanic ash over the Island’s airspace, it should be remembered that Ngurah Rai Airport only closed for 2.5 days during an entire three-month period when Mount Agung has been on the highest alert status.

What’s more, should Bali’s airport be closed again, Governor Pastika said he would set up his office at Ngurah Rai Airport to ensure any disruptions resulting are handled efficiently. “All agencies need to run smoothly - including transportation, hotels, visas, and immigration. I have also asked all the consulates to set up temporary offices at the airport (in the event of a closure) in order to facilitate communication with their citizens. If our language is imprecise, people are panicking, or some are angry we can all do our best to make them happy,” said the Governor.

The Governor said that if the Airport in Bali were again temporarily closed, transportation for tourists to the nearest airport outside of Bali would be provided at the Government’s expense.

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