Cancelled flights, missed connections and expiring visas have turned Bali into a nightmare for thousands of tourists scrambling to leave as volcano erupts.
The Mount Agung volcano on Bali has erupted for the first time in more than half a century, forcing closure of the Indonesian tourist island's busy airport as the mountain gushes huge columns of ash.
A rumbling volcano on the resort island of Bali could erupt at any moment, authorities warned as they raised alert levels to maximum.
Mount Agung belched smoke as high as 700 metres (2,300 feet) above its summit late yesterday afternoon, sparking an exodus from the settlements near the mountain.
Indonesia, where nearly 50,000 people have been evacuated over fears of an imminent volcanic eruption at Mount Agung on Bali, is the world's most volcanic region with 129 active volcanoes.
Mount Agung, 75 kilometres (47 miles) from the tourist hub of Kuta, has been shaking since August and threatening to erupt for the first time in more than 50 years.
The people who fleed includes those who left voluntarily as well as those ordered to evacuate from a 9-12 kilometer zone around Mount Agung.