The Philippines certainly has more than its share of dangers. Typhoons, earthquakes, volcano eruptions, landslides and other natural disasters can wreak havoc with your travel plans – or worse if you happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

  • Keep an eye on the news and be prepared to alter travel plans to avoid trouble spots.
  • Mindanao (the central and southwest regions in particular) and the Sulu Archipelago are sometimes the scenes of clashes between the army and Muslim separatist groups.
  • Manila in particular is known for scams targeting tourists.

Government Travel Advice

The following government websites offer travel advisories and information on current hot spots.

Australian Department of Foreign Affairs (

Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs (

German Foreign Office (

New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs (

UK Foreign Office (

US State Department (