UPDATE: Situation in Lombok
On Sunday 5 August the Indonesian island of Lombok was hit by a powerful earthquake, which has inflicted numerous casualities on the local population. Slowly but surely, a response effort is coming together for all affected Dutch nationals on Lombok and the Gili Islands. At least 300 Dutch people have already been evacuated or have left on their own.
Lombok and the Gili Islands
To the best of the foreign ministry’s knowledge, all Dutch nationals who wished to leave the Gili Islands have been evacuated. There are still thought to be a few dozen Dutch people on Lombok. All those that the ministry and the embassy have been in contact with now have departure tickets. A number of Dutch people, some of whom work on the island, have chosen to stay. Almost everyone who was concerned about being unable to reach family members in the area has since made contact with their loved ones.
The two embassy staff members who travelled to Lombok to offer consular support to Dutch nationals have managed to provide assistance and advice to a great many people. At Lombok airport and in the port of Bangsal, where boats arrive from the Gili Islands, they have offered tips about booking tickets, provided a listening ear for compatriots who have gone through some frightening experiences and shown people where they can go to deal with certain practical matters. The EU helpdesk in the hall of Lombok airport will stay open until 19.00 (local time) on Thursday 9 August 2018.
24/7 BZ Contact Centre
Dutch people abroad who need help can contact the 24/7 BZ Contact Centre at any time, day or night, throughout the year on +31 247 247 247 or on Twitter via @247BZ. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs wishes everyone a safe trip home or a safe continuation of their trip elsewhere.