The lake Taal volcano in Batangas province, located 60km south of Manila, has been showing increasing signs of volcanic activity. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) has been assessing the volcanic alert levels and has advised that a more hazardous explosive eruption may be imminent.
Authorities are currently recommending evacuation of an area within a 14km radius of the Taal main crater. Ash cloud has been affecting Metro Manila and local government authorities in Manila have issued advice to stay indoors while ash is falling. New Zealanders in the area are advised to follow the advice of the local authorities at all times, including any evacuation orders.
New Zealanders should refer to the PHIVOLCS website for current advice and alert levels.
Our travel advisory risk levels have not changed. For more information please see our full travel advisory.
New Zealanders travelling to/from or within 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 refer to the Ministry of Health 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reviewed:21 Jan 2020, 12:01
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