Announcement

Philippines travel advice - be aware of the risk of terrorist and insurgent activity

This news article was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

There is ongoing terrorist and insurgent activity in the Philippines. We advise against all travel to south-west Mindanao and the Sulu archipelago, and against all but essential travel to the remainder of Mindanao.

On the 5 August 2010 an explosion at Zamboanga airport killed two people and injured 24. Other recent incidents include two separate explosions near a school and cathedral in Isabela City in Basilan on 13 April 2010.

There is a high threat from terrorism throughout the Philippines. Terrorist groups continue to plan attacks and have the capacity and the intent to carry out these attacks at any time and anywhere in the country. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by expatriates and foreign travellers. You should be aware of the risk of terrorist attacks to all forms of public transport: road, rail, sea and air.

We advise against all travel to south-west Mindanao and the Sulu archipelago because of ongoing terrorist and insurgent activity. We advise against all but essential travel to the remainder of Mindanao for the same reason.

For more information see the Foreign Office Travel Advice for the Philippines.