Even if we are set to have a great time in an awesome location it is important to remember that the Philippines can be a dangerous place. We don’t intend to scare you with the things we write here but we want you to be mindful of the following;
The Australian government advises you to exercise a high degree of caution in the Philippines due to the high threat of terrorist attack and the high level of crime. Pay close attention to your personal security at all times.
Australians should register their travel with DFAT. If your country has a similar registration system, please use it.
As in many other big cities, street crime is of concern particularly in crowded shopping malls and other public places. Pickpocketing, bag snatching and a range of scams, including those involving credit cards and automated teller machines, are common. Be vigilant and don’t go alone.
If you witness a confrontation between police and criminals, leave the area immediately.
Avoid travel on public buses, light rail and jeepneys where possible as opportunistic crime may occur. We recommend you to take an official metered taxi to and from the airport. All other transport needs will be organised through our local guides.
Your passport is a valuable document that is attractive to criminals who may try to use your identity to commit crimes. It should always be kept in a safe place.
DON’T BE A TARGET
This is common sense but it is very important. By having your iPhone, a nice watch, a gold necklace and a Ralph Lauren t-shirt on you WILL attract criminals!
They will not know that what you wear is knockoffs or fakes. Leave your non-necessary valuables at home. Be discreet with money, passport, credit cards etc. Avoid using well known fashion brands on anything that you wear, including bags. Don’t leave luggage unattended at any time.
Don’t make yourself a target for desperate people.