Health and Safety
The Philippines is widely considered safe to visit and most trips are trouble free.
Although never an issue for most travelers, the country has claimed some flashy headlines recently thanks to repeated acts of terrorism in Mindanao. The coverage has caused many people to report the entire south of the country as a no go for tourists; however, Eastern Mindanao is commonly visited by foreigners, particularly in and around the city of Davao. The general recommendation is to steer clear of Western Mindanao including Zamboanga, the country’s third largest city and most common site of terrorism.
General vaccinations recommended for all travelers to the Philippines include diphtheria, hepatitis A, tetanus, yellow fever, hepatitis B and Japanese encephalitis.
Dengue fever is prevalent in the Philippines and visitors should take precautions to avoid being bitten. These include using insect repellent, avoiding going out at dusk, and covering up using long sleeved clothes at night.
There is a low risk of malaria throughout the Philippines although there are sometimes outbreaks in some provinces. Still, anti-malarial medication is not usually recommended.
There are affordable pharmacies and hospitals even in the smaller towns, in the Philippines although there is a substantial difference between eastern and western medicine ideology. You can usually find both kinds of medical services in the Philippines.
Travelers prioritizing their safety take certain health precautions whenever abroad like carrying medical details on their person at all times and locating nearby hospitals early upon arrival. We also recommend always taking out comprehensive travel insurance before travelling to Asia. For some extra general information, check our page about health precautions.