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Philippines Travel Warning

Issued by U.S. Department of State

May 20, 2015

The Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to the Philippines, in particular to the Sulu Archipelago, certain regions and cities of the island of Mindanao, and the southern Sulu Sea area. This Travel Warning replaces the Travel Warning dated November 20, 2014, and reflects continuing threats in those areas due to terrorist and insurgent activities.

U.S. citizens should continue to defer non-essential travel to the Sulu Archipelago, due to the high threat of kidnapping of international travelers and violence linked to insurgency and terrorism there.

Based on a history of kidnappings and attempted kidnappings of foreigners in the Eastern Sabah province of Malaysia and in the southern Sulu Sea area by terrorist or insurgent groups based in the Sulu Archipelago, U.S. citizens should continue to exercise extreme caution if considering travel in the southern Sulu Sea region from the southern tip of Palawan, along the coast of Sabah, Malaysia and the islands of the Sulu Archipelago, up to Zamboanga City, Mindanao.

U.S. citizens should also continue to exercise extreme caution if traveling to certain regions and cities of the island of Mindanao. Separatist and terrorist groups continue to conduct bombings, kidnappings and attacks against civilians, political leaders, and Philippine security forces. In particular, the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) remain active in the Cotabato City area, and in the Maguindanao, North Cotabato, and Sultan Kudarat provinces, where the government maintains a state of emergency and a greater police presence. There have been no recent reported terrorist threats or incidents within the Davao City or Surigao city limits. There have been no reports of U.S. citizens in Mindanao targeted specifically for their nationality; however, general threats to U.S. citizens and other foreigners throughout Mindanao remain a concern.

Although U.S. government officials in the Philippines travel to Mindanao for official business without incident, the Embassy has imposed a strict restriction on all but the most essential travel to the area, and Embassy employees must receive special authorization from Embassy security officials to travel to any location in Mindanao and the Sulu archipelago.

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in the Philippines enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate to contact you in an emergency. If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Regularly monitor the State Department's website, where you can find current Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution. Read the Country Specific Information for the Philippines. For additional information, refer to the Traveler's Checklist on the State Department’s website.

Contact the U.S. embassy or consulate for up-to-date information on travel restrictions. You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to have travel information at your fingertips.

The U.S. Embassy is located at: 1201 Roxas Boulevard, Manila, Philippines, tel. 63-2-301-2000. The American Citizens Services (ACS) section's fax number is 63-2-301-2017, and you may reach the ACS Section by email at The ACS Section's website includes consular information and the most recent messages to the U.S. citizen community in the Philippines.

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Debugging Information
ColdFusion Server Enterprise 9,0,2,282541
Template /trv.cfm
Time Stamp 03-Jun-20 06:42 PM
Locale English (US)
User Agent CCBot/2.0 (https://commoncrawl.org/faq/)
Remote IP 172.69.63.127
Host Name 172.69.63.127


Execution Time

Total Time Avg Time Count Template
110 ms 110 ms 1 top level /home/www/html/trv.cfm
66 ms 66 ms 1 /home/www/html/navsidesbottom_rdesign4.cfm
65 ms 65 ms 1 /home/www/html/navrightmidcolumn_rdesign4.cfm
64 ms 64 ms 1 /home/www/html/navpropertybox_interim_main_new.cfm
27 ms 27 ms 1 /home/www/html/navtop_rdesign4.cfm
21 ms 21 ms 1 /home/www/html/Application.cfm
13 ms 13 ms 1 /home/www/html/navleader_rdesign4.cfm
12 ms 12 ms 1 /home/www/html/leftnav_rdesign4.cfm
11 ms 11 ms 1 /home/www/html/navtower_rdesign4.cfm
1 ms 1 ms 1 /home/www/html/navmeta_rdesign4.cfm
0 ms 0 ms 1 /home/www/html/bottommobilenav_rdesign4.cfm
0 ms 0 ms 1 /home/www/html/bottomnav_rdesign4.cfm
0 ms 0 ms 1 /home/www/html/constants.cfm
0 ms 0 ms 2 /home/www/html/navinjection.cfm
0 ms 0 ms 1 /home/www/html/navlikeandmore.cfm
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0 ms 0 ms 1 /var/www/expatexchange.com/expat/ibkey.cfm
0 ms 0 ms 1 /var/www/expatexchange.com/expat/queries/qry_GeneralSet.cfm
1 ms  STARTUP, PARSING, COMPILING, LOADING, & SHUTDOWN
132 ms  TOTAL EXECUTION TIME
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GeneralSet (Datasource=forum, Time=0ms, Records=1, Cached Query) in /var/www/expatexchange.com/expat/queries/qry_GeneralSet.cfm @ 18:42:27.027
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WHERE dbname = "ee"
UpdateUserVisits (Datasource=forum, Time=19ms, Records=1) in /home/www/html/Application.cfm @ 18:42:27.027
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       	  WHERE username = 'guest'
    	
getArticle2 (Datasource=expert, Time=1ms, Records=1) in /home/www/html/trv.cfm @ 18:42:27.027
	Select *
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countrystatus (Datasource=expert, Time=1ms, Records=0) in /home/www/html/trv.cfm @ 18:42:27.027
	Select articlePlacement.networkID
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UpdateImpressions (Datasource=expert, Time=14ms, Records=1) in /home/www/html/trv.cfm @ 18:42:27.027
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	Select *
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getcities (Datasource=expert, Time=0ms, Records=0, Cached Query) in /home/www/html/navmeta_rdesign4.cfm @ 18:42:27.027
	Select *
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	Where networkID = 159
	and status <> 'hold'
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GetForums (Datasource=forum, Time=0ms, Records=154, Cached Query) in /home/www/html/navmeta_rdesign4.cfm @ 18:42:27.027
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checklog (Datasource=stats, Time=1ms, Records=0) in /home/www/html/navtop_rdesign4.cfm @ 18:42:27.027
SELECT *
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and logtime < "2020-06-03 23:59:59.999"
ORDER BY logtime DESC
gettower (Datasource=expert, Time=1ms, Records=2) in /home/www/html/navtower_rdesign4.cfm @ 18:42:27.027
	Select *
	From banners
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UpdatePageViews (Datasource=expert, Time=10ms, Records=1) in /home/www/html/navtower_rdesign4.cfm @ 18:42:27.027
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getpropertyslugs (Datasource=tipripper, Time=0ms, Records=1) in /home/www/html/navpropertybox_interim_main_new.cfm @ 18:42:27.027
SELECT *
FROM topics
WHERE topicid = 6
getclass (Datasource=tipripper, Time=26ms, Records=71) in /home/www/html/navpropertybox_interim_main_new.cfm @ 18:42:27.027
	SELECT DISTINCT answersphoto.photo, answersphoto.answerid, answersphoto.qid, answers.rid, allreports.networkname, allreports.networkid, allreports.city, allreports.state
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getbath (Datasource=tipripper, Time=3ms, Records=0) in /home/www/html/navpropertybox_interim_main_new.cfm @ 18:42:27.027
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getlocationtag1 (Datasource=tipripper, Time=0ms, Records=1) in /home/www/html/navpropertybox_interim_main_new.cfm @ 18:42:27.027
SELECT shortname, networkname, networkid
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WHERE networkid = '87'
getrentorsale (Datasource=tipripper, Time=0ms, Records=1) in /home/www/html/navpropertybox_interim_main_new.cfm @ 18:42:27.027
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FROM qoptions, answersmc
WHERE answersmc.qid = 133
AND answersmc.answerid = '80681'
AND answersmc.qoid = qoptions.qoid
getpropertytype (Datasource=tipripper, Time=0ms, Records=1) in /home/www/html/navpropertybox_interim_main_new.cfm @ 18:42:27.027
SELECT DISTINCT qoptions.value, qoptions.qoid
FROM qoptions, answersmc
WHERE answersmc.qid = 130
AND answersmc.answerid = '80681'
AND answersmc.qoid = qoptions.qoid
getfurnished (Datasource=tipripper, Time=0ms, Records=0) in /home/www/html/navpropertybox_interim_main_new.cfm @ 18:42:27.027
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getbed (Datasource=tipripper, Time=3ms, Records=0) in /home/www/html/navpropertybox_interim_main_new.cfm @ 18:42:27.027
	SELECT DISTINCT answerstext.answer, answerstext.answerid, answerstext.qid
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getbath (Datasource=tipripper, Time=4ms, Records=0) in /home/www/html/navpropertybox_interim_main_new.cfm @ 18:42:27.027
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getlocationtag1 (Datasource=tipripper, Time=0ms, Records=1) in /home/www/html/navpropertybox_interim_main_new.cfm @ 18:42:27.027
SELECT shortname, networkname, networkid
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WHERE networkid = '58'
getrentorsale (Datasource=tipripper, Time=1ms, Records=1) in /home/www/html/navpropertybox_interim_main_new.cfm @ 18:42:27.027
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getpropertytype (Datasource=tipripper, Time=0ms, Records=1) in /home/www/html/navpropertybox_interim_main_new.cfm @ 18:42:27.027
SELECT DISTINCT qoptions.value, qoptions.qoid
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WHERE answersmc.qid = 130
AND answersmc.answerid = '80608'
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getfurnished (Datasource=tipripper, Time=1ms, Records=1) in /home/www/html/navpropertybox_interim_main_new.cfm @ 18:42:27.027
SELECT DISTINCT qoptions.value, qoptions.qoid
FROM qoptions, answersmc
WHERE answersmc.qid = 132
AND answersmc.answerid = '80608'
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getprice (Datasource=tipripper, Time=3ms, Records=0) in /home/www/html/navpropertybox_interim_main_new.cfm @ 18:42:27.027
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getbed (Datasource=tipripper, Time=4ms, Records=0) in /home/www/html/navpropertybox_interim_main_new.cfm @ 18:42:27.027
	SELECT DISTINCT answerstext.answer, answerstext.answerid, answerstext.qid
	FROM answerstext
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getbath (Datasource=tipripper, Time=3ms, Records=0) in /home/www/html/navpropertybox_interim_main_new.cfm @ 18:42:27.027
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getlocationtag1 (Datasource=tipripper, Time=0ms, Records=1) in /home/www/html/navpropertybox_interim_main_new.cfm @ 18:42:27.027
SELECT shortname, networkname, networkid
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getrentorsale (Datasource=tipripper, Time=0ms, Records=1) in /home/www/html/navpropertybox_interim_main_new.cfm @ 18:42:27.027
SELECT DISTINCT qoptions.value, qoptions.qoid
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SELECT DISTINCT qoptions.value, qoptions.qoid
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SELECT DISTINCT qoptions.value, qoptions.qoid
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WHERE answersmc.qid = 132
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