When traveling to the Philippines, it is important to be aware of various security risks. Petty and violent crime, civil unrest and kidnapping are prevalent throughout the country. With respect to crime, armed robbery, credit card fraud and food/drink spiking are serious concerns. Terrorist attacks and kidnapping can occur even in resort areas, and civil unrest is common in major cities.
Be sure to carefully plan your trip in advance to understand security concerns and to help you choose your accommodations and transportation. Reading official travel advice is particularly helpful, as many governments, including the U.S., the U.K., Canada and Australia, advise against travel to much of the southern Philippines due to elevated risks of insurgent violence, terrorism, kidnapping and piracy.
Finally, earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions and typhoons are all concerns in the Philippines. Be aware of weather risks if visiting during the rainy season and stay informed of local developments on your trip. Knowing your risks ahead of time will put you in a less vulnerable position while you’re traveling.
Visit the U.S. Department of State website for up-to-date information on travel advisory levels and safety information for travelers to Philippines.
All U.S. travelers should enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), a free service offered to U.S. citizens traveling and living abroad. Enrolling in this program allows you to receive important information from the embassy and helps the embassy contact you in an emergency.