Travel Security in the Philippines

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Health Precautions

Obligatory Vaccination and Other Recommendations
A certificate of vaccination against yellow fever is required from travelers who are more one year old and coming from infected zones. The risk of malaria exists throughout the year in zones below 600 m, except in the provinces of Bohol, Catanduanes and Cebu and in the suburbs of Manila. The risk is low in the provinces of Aklan, Biliran, Camiguin, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo, Leyte del Sur, Northern Samar and Siquijor. It is estimated that there is no risk in the urban areas and the plains. Resistance of P. falciparum to chloroquine has been reported. Disease prevention recommended in the risk areas: C+P.
For Further Information
Recommendations of the World Health Organisation (WHO) on the Philippines

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Safety Conditions

Picking pockets, unscrupulous taxi drivers, all sorts of trafficking in the large towns.
Terrorist Risk
Muslim separatist movements led by the MILF (Moro Islamic Liberation Front) threaten security and stability in the south (Mindanao). Bomb attacks are frequent and you should take the greatest care.
Risk of Natural Disaster
The Philippines are subject to typhoons, flooding and landslides (especially during the monsoon), clyclones, volcanic eruptions and earthquakes.
Traveling Women Conditions
As the crime rate is high (muggings, kidnappings), women must avoid going out alone or late at night.
For Further Information
US State Department
Foreign Affairs Canada

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