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  • Due to the possibility of insurgency, there are stringent security measures in the form of security checks, even of foreign tourists.
  • Avoid roaming outside at night when in urban centres.
  • There have been incidences of bomb explosions and shootings. Thus, stay updated with the current security situation and do comply with the security.
  • Travel to ARMM, Autonomous region of Muslim Mindanao, should be avoided unless necessary. Be aware of your surroundings if you happen to go there.
  • Foreigners run a risk of getting kidnapped for ransom sometimes. Be on your guard at all times.
  • Refrain from displaying your riches in the form of jewellery. Also keep large amounts of money locked away safely. Do not accept food and drinks from strangers as it could be drugged.
  • Be sure not be a part of political protests and demonstrations.
  • Some sea transport is unreliable and unsafe. Refrain from getting aboard such vehicles.
  • There is a risk from typhoons which hit the country along with sheets of rain. The months it affects is mostly from July to November and affects particular areas in the country.
  • There is the presence of a few active volcanoes in the country which burst without much signs. Also, earthquakes are prevalent as Philippines are located in a seismic zone.


Emergency contact numbers in Philippines:

  • Police contact number in Philippines: 117
  • Ambulance number in Philippines: 112
  • Fire brigade number in Philippines: 911


NOTE: Please refer to trusted sources of news in Philippines and consult travel agents for latest and updated information before visiting Philippines.

Also Read: Health tips to consider while visiting Philippines

Last update on February 2, 1:13 pm by Nidhi S.