Mayon volcano, on the island of Luzon, around 330km south-west of Manila has been showing increasing signs of volcanic activity. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology has assessed the volcanic alert level as level 4 (of 5) which means a more hazardous eruption may be imminent.
Legazpi City International Airport was closed on 23 January due to ash fall, there may be further flight disruptions in the region.
There is extreme risk to your safety within an 8km radius of Mount Mayon volcano, the extended danger zone. New Zealanders in the area are advised to follow the advice of the local authorities at all times, including any evacuation orders.
Our travel advisory risk levels have not changed. We continue to advise caution on the island of Luzon due to the threat of terrorism, risk of kidnapping and violent crime (Some risk). Higher risk levels continue apply in other parts of the Philippines. For more information please see our full travel advisory.
New Zealanders travelling to/from the Philippines are advised to confirm their travel arrangements with their airline or travel agent directly, prior to travelling to the airport. If your travel is disrupted, ensure you keep all receipts to support your travel insurance claim.
For advice on keeping safe from volcanic ash please see the Ministry of Health’s website.
New Zealanders in the Philippines requiring consular assistance can contact the New Zealand Embassy in Manila on: +63 2 234 3800 or via email on: email@example.com.
New Zealanders are encouraged to register their travel with SafeTravel.
Updated:1 Feb 2018, 11:45
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