The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to south-west Mindanao and the Sulu archipelago because of on-going terrorist activity and clashes between the military and insurgent groups. The FCO advise against all but essential travel to the remainder of Mindanao for the same reasons. See Terrorism and Local Travel.
Typhoon Haiyan/Yalonda has caused extensive damage across the Visayas region of the country. The provinces of Samar and Leyte were particularly badly damaged. Power supplies are gradually being restored. Water supplies have been restored across Leyte Province, but with health issues. The relief effort is continuing. You should check local conditions before travelling.
Several other provinces in central Philippines were also badly damaged by the typhoon. Popular tourist areas like Boracay and the southern parts of Cebu are mostly unaffected, but you should check local conditions before travelling.
There is a high threat from terrorism, including kidnapping. See Terrorism
With the exception of Philippine Airlines (PAL), all air carriers certified in the Philippines are banned from operating to/from the EU. See Air travel
Around 122,759 British nationals visited the Philippines in 2013. Most visits are trouble-free.
The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.
Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.