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Philippines Travel Advice

Philippines Travel Advice - Added 8th November 2016 - Updated 31st July 2017 - Current 20th November 2017

Some governments are advising travellers to exercise caution whilst travelling to certain areas of the Southern Philippines.

This includes advising against travel to Mindanao and the Sulu archipelago from the southern tip of Palawan, along the coast of Sabah, Malaysia up to Zamboanga City, Mindanao, (excluding Camiguin, Dinagat and Siargao Islands) and to the south of Cebu. This also includes the southern part of Cebu Island, specifically the areas around Dalaguete and Santander (including Sumilon Island), provinces of Maguindanao, Sarangani, Sultan Kudurat, North Cotabato, South Cotobato, Lanao del Sur, Lanao del Norte, Misamis Occidental, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi Tawi). Martial law is in place across the whole of Mindanao until 31 December 2017. There may be curfews and checkpoints.This is because of on-going terrorist activity and clashes between the military and insurgent groups.

Following a security incident at the Resorts World hotel in Pasay, Manila on 2 June 2017, travellers are advised to avoid the immediate area of the incident and follow the advice of local authorities. Ninoy Aquino International Airport remains on ‘red alert’ status – passengers should be prepared for additional security measures or delays.

Some governments are warning that terrorist groups continue to plan kidnap operations against western nationals in the Philippines. This threat extends throughout the Philippines, both on land and at sea, but is particularly acute in the southern Philippines (Mindanao, southern Palawan and central Visayas, including Siquijor and Dumaguete).

Please follow the travel advice of your Government:


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STA Travel are monitoring this situation and updates will be added to this Travel Advice page.

Anyone with concerns about travel in this area should contact their Booking Store for advice.

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