Travel Advisory to Palawan, Philippines

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Travel Advisory for Palawan Province

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines

May 9, 2017
THE EMBASSY OF THE UNITED STATES IS TRANSMITTING THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION THROUGH THE EMBASSY WARDEN SYSTEM AS A PUBLIC SERVICE TO U.S. CITIZENS IN THE PHILIPPINES. PLEASE DISSEMINATE THIS MESSAGE TO ALL U.S. CITIZENS IN YOUR ORGANIZATION OR NEIGHBORHOOD.
    The U.S. Embassy has received credible information that terrorist groups may be planning to conduct kidnapping operations targeting foreign nationals in the areas of Palawan Province, Philippines, to include Puerto Princesa City, and the areas surrounding Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park. U.S citizens are advised to carefully consider this information as they make their travel plans and to review personal security plans, avoid large crowds and gatherings, and remain vigilant at all times.

                        Palawan


  The U.S. Embassy wishes to remind U.S. citizens of the most recent Worldwide Caution, dated March 6, 2017, which indicates there is an ongoing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests abroad, including the Philippines. Extremists have targeted sporting events, theaters, markets, mass transportation systems–including airlines, and other public venues where large crowds gather. Crowded nightclubs, shopping malls, buses and popular restaurants have also been targets. U.S. citizens should be mindful of the importance of taking preventative measures to ensure their safety and security while traveling and residing in the Philippines‎.
    For further information about security in the Philippines:
See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Philippines Country Specific Information.
    Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
Contact the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines, located at 1201 Roxas Boulevard, at +(63) (2) 301-2000, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +(63) (2) 301-2000.
Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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6 thoughts on “Travel Advisory to Palawan, Philippines

  1. I believe it but…. I really dislike the impression of what the warning may indicate to many. People who are unfamiliar to the Philippines may be led to believe that ALL the PI is dangerous. Those who don’t understand or know, the Philippines are spread over a very vast area and much of it is more than safe. Tis like saying all of the USA is dangerous because it isn’t safe at night walking around Chicago’s south side. Or where Randy is at!

    • So true. I have never felt threatened here where we live and can comfortably walk the streets at night in our Barangay. The Southern Philippines is a world apart from much of the Visayas and Northern PI.

  2. Thanks for posting this. Great information for all foreigners residing or visiting the Philippines too be aware of their surroundings at all time.

    • Hey Roger, posts like this are usually not what most folks want to see, but this information is important when it comes to making lifestyle decisions pr to retire here. Everyone must be aware that this country is not “first world” and living here does not come without its inherent problems. It is strictly a risk/reward type decision.

  3. Randy – Thanks for the info. I’m gunna be nervous playing the great white beached whale on malajog beach in January. You and the wife stay safe.

    • Oh you will be fine. This area (Calbayog) has been considered safe and I have heard of no reasons to believe otherwise. Keep your head up and eyes open is the best advice anyone can hereto.

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