Generally, targeted violent incidents increase around election periods.
Comply with all security procedures and remain aware of your surroundings at all times. Since late 2015, cases of kidnapping involving foreigners have become more frequent.
Victims have been subjected to extremely harsh treatment for prolonged periods, and there has been an increase in the number of foreigners executed by their captors.
Expect an increased security presence in public areas, especially around malls and airports. Several terrorist groups are currently active in the Philippines, and have carried out attacks throughout the country, including in major cities.
Terrorist attacks are far more frequent in the Mindanao Region, where government forces and militant groups are currently in open conflict.
Avoid crowded places and remain indoors as much as possible.
If you are in the region despite this advisory, follow the instructions of local authorities, stop at checkpoints, monitor local media and always travel with identification.
Always be aware of your surroundings when in public places.
Be extremely vigilant if attending public celebrations such as festivals and parades, sporting events and during religious holidays and other public celebrations, as terrorists have used such occasions to mount attacks.
A state of emergency is in effect in the Philippines following the September 2, 2016, explosion in Davao that left 14 people dead.
The state of emergency allows the military and police to increase patrols and security checkpoints throughout the country.
Be wary of accepting snacks, beverages, gum or cigarettes from new acquaintances, as the items may contain drugs that could put you at risk of sexual assault and robbery.