Singaporeans advised to defer travel to area affected by Taal Volcano: MFA

Residents look at the errupting Taal Volcano in Tagaytay City, Philippines, 13 January 2020. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez

SINGAPORE — In the wake of rising volcanic unrest at Taal Volcano in the Philippines, Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) advised Singaporeans on Monday (13 January) to defer travel to the affected area. 

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) has reported increasing levels of volcanic unrest of the volcano on Sunday and raised the alert level to 4 out of 5 levels, meaning that “hazardous explosive eruption is possible within hours to days”, the MFA said in its travel advisory.

The volcano near the Philippine capital erupted with a massive plume of ash and steam on Sunday, prompting tens of thousands of people to evacuate and forcing Manila's international airport to shut down.

Those currently in the vicinity are advised to closely monitor local news, take necessary precautions for their personal safety and heed the instructions of local authorities, the MFA said. 

Singaporeans who have not eRegistered with MFA are strongly encouraged to do so at https://eregister.mfa.gov.sg. They are also advised to stay in close touch with their family and friends. 

Any Singaporeans who require consular assistance can contact the Singapore Embassy in Philippines or the MFA Duty Office (24hrs) at:

Singapore Embassy in Philippines

505 Rizal Drive, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

Telephone: +63 2 8856 9922

Emergency Telephone: +63 917 860 4740

Email: singemb_mnl@mfa.sg

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Duty Office (24 hours)

Tanglin, Singapore 248163

Telephone: +65 6379 8800 / 8855

Email: mfa_duty_officer@mfa.gov.sg

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