We advise you to exercise a high degree of caution.
We advise against all travel to South West Mindanao and the Sulu Archipelago and against all but essential travel to the remainder of Mindanao.
There has been an increase in kidnapping in the Philippines, including attacks targeting foreigners and tourists. 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, Palawan Province and Central Visayas, including Siquijor and Dumaguete).
Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in the Philippines, including in the capital Manila.
There's a high incidence of street crime and robbery throughout the Philippines.
We advise citizens to exercise a high degree of caution and to careful consider travel plans, and exercise heightened vigilance in these areas.
Mindanao remains under martial law. We continue to advise against all travel to western Mindanao and against all but essential travel to eastern Mindanao.
Latest travel advice
Typhoon Yutu (local name Rosita) is expected to make landfall in Northern and Central Luzon on 30th October: flooding and landslides are expected – advice is to monitor travel and weather updates.
Please follow the advice of local authorities.
Additional information on travel during all Saint's Day and All Soul's Day, which will be observed on 1st and 2nd November in the Philippines: many people travel to their home provinces to visit family graves, transport hubs and ports including airports will be very busy during this period. You should allow extra time if you are planning to travel during this busy period or over the weekend.
Around 20 typhoons hit the Philippines each year, mostly between June and December. There may be flooding and landslides. You should monitor the progress of approaching storms.
For more information read the natural disasters and climate section of this page.
If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, and plan to travel to areas affected by the Zika Virus, you are advised to discuss your travel plans with your healthcare provider and to consider postponing your travel to affected areas. Irish Citizens are advised to follow the advice of the Health Protection Surveillance Centre.
The Philippines government has announced that Boracay Island will be temporarily closed for tourists from 26 April 2018 for up to six months for environmental rehabilitation.
Because there is no Irish Embassy or Consulate in the Philippines, we're limited in the help we can offer you in an emergency. However, if you need assistance, you can contact the Honorary Consul in Manila or the Irish Embassy in Singapore.
We suggest you learn as much as you can about the Philippines before your trip from travel agents, tour operators and guide books. The best help is often close at hand so if you have problems when you're in the Philippines, try talking to your local contacts, tour operator representative or hotel management.
EU Directive on Consular Protection
Under the EU Consular Protection Directive, Irish nationals may seek assistance from the Embassy or Consulate of any other EU member state in a country where there is no Irish Embassy or permanent representation.
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- Purchase comprehensive travel insurance which covers all your intended activities
- Add an alert for your destination within the Travelwise App.
- Register your details with us so that we can contact you quickly in an emergency, such as a natural disaster or a family emergency
- Follow us on twitter @dfatravelwise for the latest travel updates
- Read our Topical 'Know Before You Go' guide
Tue, 30 Oct 2018 15:45:30 GMT