Ghostpipe fish in the Philippines
Ghostpipe fish in the Philippines

After the bomb attacks at on Palawan yesterday , the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office reviewed and reissued its advice on travelling to the Philippines.

They are advising 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. They are also recommending that you avoid the remainder of Mindanao, unless it is an essential journey.

Furthermore, they warn of  a threat from kidnapping in the Philippines, particularly in the south. Kidnapping could occur anywhere, including on coastal and island resorts and dive boats and sites in the Sulu Sea. On 1 February two foreign nationals were kidnapped from Parangan in the township of Panglima Sugala in the Tawi Tawi island province. On 5 December 2011, an Australian citizen was kidnapped in Zamboanga Sibugay.

Most visits to the Philippines are trouble-free, and there are no major concerns about visiting other parts of the country.

Further Reading:

Foreign and Commonwealth Office Travel Advice