The Taal volcano is known as the "smallest volcano in the world" and that is caused by the fact that only a small part of the volcano protrudes above the surface of the water.
On Sunday, January 12, the Taal volcano started to become very restless and emit smoke and ash. As a result, people are now evacuating the area within a radius of 14 kilometers around the volcano: a further eruption is thought possible.
The volcano is approximately 60 kilometers from the city of Manila and the airport, and as a precaution a number of flights have been canceled for a few days. All flights have since been resumed and the timetable is back to normal.
Flights international and domestic
Manila airport was closed as a precaution and therefore there was no air traffic at all for one day. At this time, all flights have resumed normally. It is a changing situation and the opening of the airport is of course adjusted when changes occur.
Addition 27 January 2020: the threat level of the volcano has been lowered to "3" and an eruption can therefore no longer be expected directly, but this situation can therefore change. An area of 7 kilometers around the volcano is closed.
The situation is therefore slightly better, but it is not yet realistic to include the volcano in the travel planning.
Extra costs and insurance
Of course we cannot tell whether the extra costs of a change to the travel route or the extra accommodation costs are reimbursed by your travel insurance. That depends on which company you have taken out travel insurance under and under what conditions. In most cases, such insurance does not provide coverage (there are exceptions!).
The Calamity Fund does offer coverage if the events surrounding the volcano are recognized as a calamity. This recognition is determined by the emergency fund itself and that decision has not yet been taken.
If you are currently in the Philippines, we advise you to contact your insurance company.
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