Philippines Travel Advice - Added 8th November 2016 - Updated 20th May 2018 - Current 15th September 2019
Some Governments advise against all travel to western and central Mindanao and the Sulu archipelago because of terrorist activity and clashes between the military and insurgent groups. Some Governments advise against all but essential travel to the remainder of Mindanao (excluding Camiguin, Dinagat and Siargao Islands) due to the threat of terrorism.
Avoid travel on ferries and passenger boats if possible, particularly in the rainy season (June - December). They are often overloaded, may lack necessary lifesaving equipment or be inadequately maintained and have incomplete passenger manifests. Storms can develop quickly and maritime rescue services in Philippines may be limited.
Boracay island reopened to visitors in October 2018 after 6 months closure for environmental improvements. Some restrictions remain, and we advise to check local requirements on documentation and port of entry to the island before you travel.
Mayon volcano in Albay Province (Bicol region)
The eruptive activity of the Mayon volcano in Albay Province (Bicol region) has reduced, although it remains at a moderate level of unrest with a risk of sudden eruptions, lava collapses and ash fall. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) has lowered the alert to level 2 but an exclusion zone remains in place.
Customers should follow the advice of the local authorities and stay outside of the designated danger zones.
An eruption may cause disruption to flights. Please re-confirm your flight with your airline directly.
Please click on your airline below to be taken to their website for contact details etc.
- Philippine Airlines
- Thai Airways
- Singapore Airlines
- Air China
- Cathay Pacific
- Asiana Airlines
- Japan Airlines
- EVA Air
- Etihad Airways
General Travel Advice
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:
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.