Is it safe to travel to the Philippines right now?
Generally, the Philippines are safe to visit—as long as travelers are aware of some safety issues, which we’ve detailed below.
But like most places in the world, the Philippines have experienced cases of coronavirus.
Is the Philippines safe to visit 2020?
Current at February 2020: The US Government’s travel advice to its citizens is Do Not Travel to the Sulu Archipelago, including the southern Sulu Sea, due to crime, terrorism, civil unrest, and kidnapping, or Marawi City in Mindanao due to terrorism and civil unrest.
Is the Philippines safe in 2019?
The risk is particularly high in the southern Philippines, including (but not limited to) central and western Mindanao, the Sulu archipelago and coastal resort areas, offshore islands and dive sites in the Sulu Sea. On , one foreigner was killed after being held for several years in the Sulu province.
What places to avoid in the Philippines?
The country’s most dangerous spots, most of which are to be avoided if possible, are:
- Marawi: Reports from the front lines explain why to avoid this hilly, lakeside city.
- Jolo province: This island in the Sulu Sea berths Abu Sayyaf, a group of Muslim rebels known for kidnapping tourists for ransom.