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Is Philippines a save place to travel right now?

I'm planing a trip to the Philippines in summer. We are 8 guys and nobody has ever been there. The holidays will be around 2-3 weeks and we don't want to stay at the same place all the time. Our wish is to maybe stay at nice locations for about 3-4 days and then travel on to the next one. 

In my social circles many people said that the Philippines are a dangerous place to go. Terrorgroups, Kidnappers etc.

However other people tell me it's completely safe to go.

Does anybody know more about the current situation in the country and how safe it is to travel around there?

Thank you very much! :)

4 Answers

answered first by

It is both safe and not safe to go to the Philippines. Some areas in Mindanao is not very safe to go at the moment because of some terrorist scares specifically Cagayan de Oro.But the rest of the places in Luzon and Visayas and even Davao (Mindanao) is quite safe to visit. Just be careful of some of the pick pocketers in Manila and be vigilant as well while having a good time 😁  


Have a nice vacation!

answered by
Ma.teresa from Philippines

Philippines is a safe place as long as you refrain from going to Suluwhere most Abu Sayaf stays. Go to places are Palawan (Coron, El Nido), Boracay Island, #CebuBoholSiargao Island Surf Com. Inc. and so much more. 

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  1. Philippines (attraction)
  2. Sulu (attraction)
  3. Palawan (attraction)
  4. Coron (attraction)
  5. El Nido (city)
  6. Boracay Island (attraction)
  7. Cebu (attraction)
  8. Bohol (island)
  9. Siargao Island Surf Com. Inc. (attraction)

answered by
Santoni from Cebu

Hi Ayko,

It depends on the areas you are travelling to. The Philippines is made up of more than 7,000 islands, and while some islands are safe, others are not.

If you stick to the bigger cities (Makati CityTaguigCebu Cityetc.) and the touristic places (Boracay IslandPalawanBoholSiargao Island Surf Com. Inc. etc.), it should be fine. And even in these places/cities, go to the recommended areas only.

Avoid going to Mindanao Avenue (southern part) because these are were the bad news are happening mostly.

Hope this helps!


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  1. Makati City (city)
  2. Taguig (city)
  3. Cebu City (attraction)
  4. Boracay Island (attraction)
  5. Palawan (attraction)
  6. Bohol (island)
  7. Siargao Island Surf Com. Inc. (attraction)
  8. Mindanao Avenue (attraction)

answered by
Pie from Philippines

In every place we go, it's important to keep an eye on our surroundings and the way we dress. It is safe to travel in the Philippines but just do away with provinces that have been under the military radar - southern most parts of Mindanao But places in Mindanao like Davao City, SamalCamiguinare wonderful places. Surigao City unfortunately has been experiencing earthquakes/after shock.

Visayas and Luzon may be a better place to go around. Don't forget Palawan and Batanes.

Have fun! 😊

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  1. Philippines (attraction)
  2. Mindanao (attraction)
  3. Davao City (city)
  4. Samal (attraction)
  5. Camiguin (attraction)
  6. Surigao City (attraction)
  7. Visayas (attraction)
  8. Luzon (attraction)
  9. Palawan (attraction)
  10. Batanes (attraction)

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