Travel and safety information

Again and again one comes across articles such as "Are the Philippines dangerous?" Or "How dangerous is it to travel the Philippines?" There are some travel and safety instructions that should be observed in the Philippines.

These include natural disasters, regions that should be avoided and laws that must be observed.
Below is the most important information and a few rules of conduct for a trip to the Philippines.
Current security and travel warnings are included Foreign Office to read.

Travel warnings for certain regions

In the long term, travel warnings are given for the following regions:

West Mindanao
Zamboanga peninsula
Sulu Islands
South Palawan

Natural disasters

The Philippines, like many other destinations, is located on the Pacific ring of fire (volcanic belt). Volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and tsunamis are particularly common in these regions.

Earthquakes are difficult to predict and therefore pose a safety risk when traveling to the Philippines. The last strong earthquake shook the country in October 2013. Volcanic eruptions are possible, but all volcanoes are observed all year round and activity is measured. Therefore, there is little danger since volcanoes do not erupt suddenly.

The typhoon season in the Philippines is mostly between June and December. The regions north of Mindoro, Luzon, and southern Mindanao are severely affected. Samar, Leyte and Siargao are also affected. Usually a typhoon manifests itself in heavy rain masses. Flooding and landslides can occur. However, typhoons can be predicted for several days, so the necessary safety precautions can be taken. Should domestic authorities issue travel warnings, this must be followed.

General crime

The overall crime rate has increased. Especially in big cities like Manila. Therefore we recommend not to wear strikingly expensive jewelry. After sunset, travelers should stay in busy places and avoid small side streets. The nightlife can be enjoyed, but we recommend taking taxis at a late hour. Overall, there is a high police presence to strengthen the feeling of security.

Poverty and the homeless
Poverty can be devastating. This is particularly noticeable in Metro Manila and Cebu-City. Slums can be reached quickly from the modern district. Many homeless people live in certain areas, including children who sometimes live without parents. Children can beg and accompany travelers for a while on the street.

Ban on smoking and alcohol in public

Alcohol is prohibited in public. No alcoholic beverages may be consumed on the streets. For smokers, smoking is only permitted in public in designated smoking areas. Particular attention is paid to the prohibitions near schools, parks and public places, such as bus terminals.

Violations are often treated differently. There may be fines or even arrest. There are cases where tourists are specifically held accountable.