Summary

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/Yolanda caused extensive damage across the Visayas region of the country. The provinces of Samar, Leyte and Northern Cebu were particularly badly damaged. Power supplies are still not fully restored in all areas. Although the situation is returning to normal, local conditions vary. Seek local advice before travelling.

Around 20 typhoons hit the Philippines each year. Most typhoons occur from June to November. There may be flooding and landslides. You should monitor the progress of approaching storms. See Natural disasters.

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.

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