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Millions of Filipinos travel abroad every year to for business, leisure, work, or studies.  As much as we can, we try to make sure that Filipinos avoid difficulties and stay safe during their journey overseas.  This is why we regularly publish and update travel advisories to guide Filipino travellers who are planning to embark on overseas trips.

Travel Advisories

We encourage all travellers to be responsible for their travel decisions.  The Department of Foreign Affairs issues advisories in order to guide travellers in their travel plans.  Travel advisories are important because they inform travellers of potential risks in the country of destination, as well as areas that travellers are not advised to tread on.  These risks could range from threats to security, safety, health, local laws, or natural and man-made disasters. 

By being informed of these risks, travellers will be able to avoid or minimize certain difficulties abroad.

Our travel advisories will provide basic guidance and information.  However, we encourage travellers to complement our efforts by monitoring the latest developments in the country they intend to travel to. 

Regardless of where or how long you travel or how familiar you are with your destination, it’s always wise to be informed and therefore prepared.

Alert Levels

The alert levels we assign to destinations reflect how we evaluate the threats that travellers may face in a certain destination.  These alert levels shed light on the risks that travellers may potentially encounter at their country of destination.

The DFA has four alert levels:                                                                        

  • Alert Level 1 (Precautionary Phase)
  • Alert Level 2 (Restriction Phase)
  • Alert Level 3 (Voluntary Repatriation Phase)
  • Alert Level 4 (Evacuation/Mandatory Repatriation)

Alert Level 1

  • Precautionary Phase
  • Issued when there are valid signs of internal disturbance, instability, and/or external threat to the host country.
  • Types of precautions that travellers may take:
    • Before going
    • While travelling

Alert Level 2

  • Restriction Phase
  • Issued if there are real threats to the life, security, and property of Filipinos arising from internal disturbance, instability, or external threat.
  • Types of precautions that travellers may take:
    • Before going
    • While travelling

Alert Level 3

  • Voluntary Repatriation Phase
  • Issued when violent disturbances or external aggression occur in a limited area.
  • Types of precautions that travellers may take:
    • Before going
    • While travelling

Alert Level 4

  • Evacuation/Mandatory Repatriation
  • Issued when there is large-scale internal conflict or full-blown external attack
  • Types of precautions that travellers may take:
    • Before going
    • While travelling

What information does the DFA use to develop travel advisories?

The DFA uses a range of credible sources of information to craft travel advisories such as:

  • Reports from our Foreign Service Posts
  • Our analyses of common problems that Filipinos experience overseas
  • Information from other relevant government agencies
  • Media and open source reporting

How will I know when the travel advisory or alert levels have been updated?

Check DFA.GOV.PH to view updates on travel advisories. 

Like us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/dfaphl) and follow us on Twitter (www.twitter.com/dfaphl) for regular updates as well.