Phillippines Travel Advisory

What is the Philippines Travel update?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 1 travel health warning for the Philippines, indicating a moderate level of COVID-19 in the country. If you are fully vaccinated with an FDA-approved vaccine, your risk of contracting COVID-19 and developing severe symptoms may be reduced.    

What does CDC say?

Before planning international travel, review CDC’s specific guidance for vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers. U.S. citizens are restricted from entering the Philippines. Please visit the embassy page on COVID-19 to learn more about COVID-19 and related restrictions and conditions in the Philippines.    

Why is the place not safe at the moment?

Due to crime, terrorism, civil unrest and kidnapping, the Sulu Islands, including the southern part of the Sulu Sea. Malawi city in Mindanao due to terrorism and civil unrest. The rest of Mindanao is plagued by crime, terrorism, civil unrest and kidnapping.   

Terrorists and armed groups continue to plan possible kidnappings, bombings and other attacks in the Philippines. Terrorists and armed groups can attack with little warning, targeting tourist resorts, markets/shopping malls, and local government facilities. The Philippine government has declared a “national emergency due to illegal violence in Mindanao.”   

Enrol in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive alerts and help you find yourself more quickly in an emergency. Follow the State Department on Facebook and Twitter. Check out the Philippine National Security Report. U.S. citizens travelling overseas should always have an emergency plan in place. Review the traveller’s checklist. 

Terrorist and armed groups continue to commit kidnappings on land and at sea for ransom, bombings, and other attacks against U.S. citizens, foreigners, civilians, local governments, and security forces. The U.S. Government has limited ability to provide emergency assistance to U.S. citizens in the Sulu Archipelago and the Sulu Sea, as U.S. government employees must obtain special permission to travel to these areas. Visit our website for travel to high-risk locations. Civilians are at risk of being killed or injured due to conflict between terrorist remnants and Philippine security forces in Marawi. The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency assistance to U.S. citizens in Mindanao, as U.S. government employees must obtain special permission to travel there.    

What does the Philippine government say?

The Philippine government maintains a state of emergency and increases the police presence in the Cotabato City area and in the provinces of Maguindanao, North Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat. Terrorist and armed groups continue to carry out kidnappings, bombings, and other attacks against U.S. citizens, foreigners, civilians, local governments, and security forces.

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