Mount Kilauea volcano, Hawaii

Updated: 18 May 2018

Mount Kilauea volcano continues to erupt, and the US Geological Survey has raised its alert level to the highest warning, red, stating that the ‘eruption is still evolving and additional outbreaks of lava are possible’.

The ash cloud could affect flights in the coming days. We recommend you contact your airline for the most up-to-date information on your flight status.

For accurate and up-to-date information on the situation at Mount Kilauea, please check the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory website.

When will cover resume?

Due to the nature of this event, we are unable to provide a specific date. However, we will update this travel advice page as soon as cover has resumed.

For more information, please read the update below.



Issued: 8 May 2018

Last week, Mount Kilauea volcano erupted on Hawaii’s Big Island. A magnitude 6.9 earthquake also struck the island and has been followed by hundreds of smaller quakes.

Residents have been evacuated and there is a risk that flights could be affected.

Airlines will make their own decisions as to when to cease and resume flights. We recommend you contact your airline directly for up-to-date information.

Please check the Smart Traveller website for any government travel advice.

Check whether you’re covered*

If you purchased your policy before Tuesday 8 May 2018 at 7.00am AEST

If you are currently travelling:

  • If your return to Australia is delayed due to this event, your period of insurance will automatically be extended at no charge until you’re reasonably able to return to Australia. You don’t need to contact us to arrange this.
  • Please contact your service provider in the first instance. Airlines, accommodation providers and tour companies may provide refunds, credit notes or alter your bookings without charging additional fees.
  • We may also be able to cover you for the extra costs of not being able to return to Australia as originally planned, such as accommodation costs and the costs of changing your flights.

If you have not yet departed:

  • We recommend you contact your airline or tour operator in the first instance for up-to-date information on your flight status and what your options are.
  • If your travel plans have been affected by this event, you can submit a claim for either the cost of any additional payments to alter your travel plans or for the loss of your pre-paid travel plans, such as flights, accommodation and tours.
  • Please contact your service provider in the first instance, as many airlines, accommodation providers and tour companies may provide refunds, credit notes or alter your bookings without charging additional fees.

If you purchased your policy after Tuesday 8 May 2018 at 7.00am AEST

We will not be able to offer you cover for claims relating to this event as this event will not be considered an ‘Unexpected Event’ under the terms of your policy.

It is important to remember that you will still be covered for all other unexpected events that occur on your trip that are not related to this event in accordance with your policy.

Tips on staying safe

  • Follow the advice of the local authorities at all times, including any evacuation orders, and stay outside the exclusion zone around the crater.
  • Closely monitor media and news channels to stay up-to-date with any developments.
  • Visit the International Volcanic Health Hazard Network website for advice on how to prepare and respond to a volcanic event.
  • If you need consular assistance, please contact the Australian Embassy.
  • Keep in touch with family and friends in Australia with updates about your safety and whereabouts.

Claims information

All claims will be assessed based on your policy cover. Certain limits, conditions and exclusions will apply. Please refer to your policy documents you received when you purchased your travel insurance.

When you are ready to submit a claim, you will also need to send us your supporting documents, such as:

  • Original receipts for any additional expenses you may incur.
  • Documents (such as itineraries) that show us the cost of your original and your altered travel plans.
  • Documentation from your service provider stating their policy regarding compensation/refunds relating to delays or cancellations caused by this event.

Any other questions?

If you have an emergency, get in touch with our Emergency Assistance Team as soon as possible on +61 2 9191 1180.

For all other queries, please contact our Customer Service Team directly at

*Terms and conditions apply. Please refer to the policy wording or contact us at for further information.