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U.S. upgrades Hong Kong travel warning as airport protest planned

Aug 08, 2019 - 11:40 PM

The US warning comes after countries including Australia, Britain, Ireland, Singapore, and Japan issued heightened travel warnings for Hong Kong

HONG KONG. A general view shows residential and office buildings in Hong Kong on July 30, 2019. File photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

Britain warns about travel to southern India after temple unrest

Jan 06, 2019 - 8:58 AM

UK nationals are advised to 'monitor media reports closely, remain vigilant, and avoid large public gatherings'

PROTESTS. Indian protesters throw stones at police during a demonstration over 2 women entering the Sabarimala Ayyapa temple in the southern Kerala state on January 3, 2019. Photo by AFP

Tropical Depression Usman: Areas where sea travel is suspended

Dec 27, 2018 - 11:18 AM

Bookmark and refresh this page for a list of areas where sea travel has been suspended for Thursday, December 27, due to Tropical Depression Usman

Travel advisories: Flights, boat trips cancelled due to Urduja

Dec 16, 2017 - 3:53 PM

Bookmark and refresh this page for the latest air and sea travel advisories related to Tropical Storm Urduja (Kai-tak)

PUMMELED. €‹Heavy winds and rainfall pound Tacloban City as Urduja is expected to make landfall in Eastern Samar in the afternoon, Saturday, December 16. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Malacañang says PH 'safe' despite Australia warning

Nov 04, 2017 - 11:40 AM

Australia's travel advisory 'should not be a cause for undue alarm,' says the Department of National Defense in a separate statement

'NO CAUSE FOR ALARM.' The Department of National Defense urges the public to 'work closely with government security forces' in making sure terrorism 'do not take root' in the country. Malacañang file photo

Australia warns vs 'high threat' of terror in PH

Nov 03, 2017 - 4:33 PM

'There is a high threat of terrorist attack in the Philippines, including Manila,' Australia says in its latest travel advisory

MARAWI LIBERATED. Soldiers salute the Philippine flag after President Rodrigo Duterte announced the liberation of Marawi City from terrorists on October 17, 2017. Malacañang file photo

Cebu’s tourism remains vibrant despite foreign travel warnings

Sep 29, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Superintendent Jonathan Cabal of the Central Visayas police calls on foreign embassies to lift the travel warnings they have issued on the region since 2016

Western governments urge citizens to avoid Mindanao

Jul 27, 2017 - 5:10 PM

Fresh alerts from Britain Canada and Australia are sent out this week after President Rodrigo Duterte extended military rule across the southern region of Mindanao until the end of the year to combat the militants

PNP orders cops to 'step up' Palawan security after U.S. warning

May 10, 2017 - 5:18 PM

UPDATED President Rodrigo Duterte says his standing order to security forces is to shoot on sight the terrorists

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U.S. embassy warns citizens against traveling to Palawan

May 10, 2017 - 1:42 AM

UPDATED It has received credible information that terrorist groups may be planning to conduct kidnapping operations targeting foreign nationals in the areas of Palawan

TRAVEL ADVISORY. The United States issues a travel advisory for the province of Palawan. File photo by AFP

PNP confirms reports of 'threats' in Central Visayas

Apr 10, 2017 - 2:17 PM

PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa gives assurances the police are ready as they also gear up for the long Holy Week break

DON'T WORRY. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa downplays fears of the safety in Central Visayas, amid a travel advisory from the US Embassy. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

UK to nationals: 'Take care' amid Nazareno threat

Jan 07, 2017 - 7:15 PM

Like the UK Canada also advises its citizens to exercise caution during the Feast of the Black Nazarene

YEARLY TRADITION. The Feast of the Black Nazarene is expected to attract up to 8 million people this year. File photo by Pat Nabong/Rappler

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U.S. renews Mindanao travel warning

Dec 21, 2016 - 10:16 AM

The travel advisory replaces the warning issued in April 2016 against southern Philippines due to continued terrorist and insurgent threats

File photo by Rappler

China lifts travel advisory vs PH

Oct 20, 2016 - 4:25 PM

The lifting is expected to help Chinese and Philippine governments reach the target of 1 million Chinese tourists arrivals in the Philippines by end of 2017

AFTER TALKS. President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping after their bilateral talks on October 20, 2016. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Countries issue travel warnings after Davao bombing

Sep 04, 2016 - 9:39 AM

At least 5 countries issue travel warnings after the Davao City explosion that killed 14 and left more than 60 others wounded

DAVAO BOMBING. Explosion at a night market in Davao City on September 2, killing at least 14 people and injuring at least 71. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

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Zika alert: DOH advises pregnant women to avoid travel to Singapore

Aug 31, 2016 - 2:13 PM

The health department which also urges those who plan for pregnancy to observe safe sex precautions condoms to avoid infection

ZIKA VIRUS. Aedes aegypti mosquitos are seen in containers at a lab of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences of the Sao Paulo University, on January 8, 2016 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Researchers at the Pasteur Institute in Dakar, Senegal are in Brazil to train local researchers to combat the Zika virus epidemic. / AFP / NELSON ALMEIDA

US warns Americans against travel to North Korea

May 17, 2016 - 6:35 PM

The State Department cites the serious risk of arrest and long term detention under North Korea s system of law enforcement

epa04856128 A North Korean soldier (R) stands guard as another solier (L) looks through binoculars toward South Korea at the Military Demarcation Line in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in the border village Panmunjom, South Korea, 22 July 2015. North Korea is believed to have erected a gantry at the station that is capable of firing long-range missiles twice the size of the 30-meter-long 'Unha-3', South Korean military and intelligence officials said on 22 July 2015. EPA/JEON HEON-KYUN

US practically declares Mindanao no-go zone for Americans

Apr 22, 2016 - 8:51 AM

In its latest advisory the State Department says US citizens will need to reckon with the high threat of kidnapping of international travellers in the vicinity of the Sulu archipelago

THREAT. File photo of Muslim rebels in Central Mindanao. Photo by Rappler

US renews travel warning vs southern Philippines

May 22, 2015 - 12:17 PM

The US State Department cites the high threat of kidnapping…linked to insurgency and terrorism

TOURIST SPOTS. Bunbun Beach is one of the best tourist spots in Sulu, an archipelago that has suffered image problems due to terror threats. Photo courtesy of

China on travel warning vs PH: 'Advice, not order'

Mar 05, 2015 - 3:04 PM

China s travel warning affects Philippine tourism as Chinese arrivals in the Philippines declined by 7 in 2014

STRENGTHENING TIES. Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua opens an exhibit at the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs or DFA on March 4, 2015, to mark 40 years of Philippine-China relations. Photo courtesy of DFA

PAL cancels flights during papal visit

Jan 06, 2015 - 7:35 PM

UPDATED The flag carrier adjusts 120 domestic and international flights on top of those cancelled on January 15 and 19 to give way to arrival and departure ceremonies for Pope Francis

Cebu Pacific, Tigerair cancel flights during Pope Francis’ visit

Jan 05, 2015 - 4:30 PM

UPDATED 103 are cancelled plus 119 more international and domestic flights are adjusted by the budget carriers on January 15 and 19

Pope visit: Airport road closures, flight suspension

Dec 22, 2014 - 4:46 PM

The Manila International Airport Authority issues an advisory on road closures and suspension of flight arrivals during Pope Francis visit to the Philippines

Flights to Tacloban suspended during papal visit

Dec 14, 2014 - 7:15 PM

UPDATED The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines issues a notice to airlines suspending operations at Tacloban s airport on January 17 2015 – the day Pope Francis visits the city – for security reasons while NAIA will run on limited operations during the pontiff s arrival and departure


PH tourism industry bounces back in September

Nov 13, 2014 - 6:29 PM

The Philippines sees a 17 surge in tourism revenues in the first 9 months of the year despite 4 governments warning its citizens against travelling to the country

China travel warning hurts PH budget carriers

Sep 17, 2014 - 5:33 PM

Budget carriers are hoping that the Philippines can convince China that their citizens are safe in the country amid threats reportedly posed by an anti China group

China warns citizens to avoid the Philippines

Sep 12, 2014 - 6:03 PM

Given the worsened security situation in the Philippines the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs urges citizens not to travel to the Philippines for the time being

US recommends its citizens depart Libya 'immediately'

May 28, 2014 - 7:47 AM

The warning to depart immediately comes amid worsening unrest in Libya where militia battles have plunged the country into chaos

Stay away from Sulu, US warns citizens

May 20, 2014 - 5:59 PM

The State Department says US citizens should defer non essential travel pointing to recent kidnappings and attempted kidnappings of foreigners in Sabah and the southern Sulu Sea area

SPY POST? A map leaked by fugitive intelligence officer Edward Snowden showed the US Embassy in Manila as one of 90 "listening posts" used to monitor communications in the region. In this photo, commuters pass in front of the highly-secured US embassy in Manila on July 6, 2013. AFP / Jay Directo

'Credible' threats of PH attacks, US warns

Oct 10, 2013 - 2:40 PM

The warning came on the eve of a planned visit to Manila by US Secretary of State John Kerry

SECURITY WARNING. The US government is warning of "credible" threats in the Philippines, ahead of the visit of US Secretary of State John Kerry. File photo by EPA/Rolex Dela Peña

UK: Despite travel warning, PH mostly 'trouble-free'

Aug 27, 2013 - 5:09 PM

Steph Lysaght first secretary of the UK Embassy in Manila says their travel warnings only cover parts of Mindanao

Canada issues travel warning vs Mindanao

Jul 03, 2013 - 4:09 PM

A day after Australia barred its diplomats from travelling to Mindanao Canada advises its citizens about the serious threat of terrorist attacks and kidnapping

PH refutes US, UK, Australia warnings

May 30, 2013 - 4:54 PM

The military and police monitor no specific threats in Mindanao the DFA says

FALLEN COMRADE: Philippine Marines honor comrades slain in Sulu  as the remains arrive in Manila

US warns citizens of kidnap risk in Sulu

Jun 15, 2012 - 4:54 PM

The US warns Americans of travel to Sulu and the rest of Mindanao amid the high threat of kidnapping and terror attacks

UK issues travel warning after kidnaps

Feb 02, 2012 - 10:43 AM

Kidnapping could happen anywhere British government says

Palace shrugs off US travel advisory

Jan 08, 2012 - 2:17 PM

The US travel advisory was issued on the same day the Philippines tourism department launched its new campaign strategy to attract tourists