Canada Travel Advisory: Be extra careful in PH; avoid Mindanao
OTTAWA – Canada’s updated travel advisory for the Philippines warns travelers to “exercise a high degree of caution” due to the threat of “terrorism and the high level of crime.”
In particular, travelers are advised to avoid all travel to the Mindanao Region (excluding urban areas of Davao City, see advisory below) due to the serious threat of terrorist attacks and kidnapping. The Government of Canada’s ability to provide consular assistance in this region is limited. Learn more about the safety and security situation.
Also, avoid all travel to the Sulu Archipelago and through the southern Sulu Sea, including the waters off southern Palawan Island, due to the threat of piracy and kidnappings in this area. Learn more about the safety and security situation.
Avoid non-essential travel to the urban areas of Davao City, due to security concerns and the implementation of martial law in the Mindanao Region. Learn more about the safety and security situation.
Zika virus advisory
The Public Health Agency of Canada has issued advice for travellers on the Zika virus, recommending that Canadians practice special health precautions while travelling in affected countries. Pregnant women and those considering becoming pregnant should avoid travel to the Philippines. See Health for more information.