Safety and useful tips for the Philippines
Philippines is known among tourists all over the world as the land of smiles and friendly people. Local is indeed very friendly to tourists, and in most cases seem to be happy and satisfied with what they have. But don't get too comfortable, because as in any, even the most happy country, there are bad people, natural disasters, disease, infection, and other dangers. Enough of them here.
Here's a quick safety tips and rules of conduct:
- This is not a Buddhist or a Muslim country, so there are no such strict rules of conduct in relation to the monks, the opposite sex in religious buildings, with the exception of the southern regions, where most of the population is Muslim. So they can behave relaxed, but, of course, within the limits of decency.
- If you plan to travel on ferries and boats, will not prevent the funds from motion sickness. In a pinch, you can replace the old motion sickness medication simple headache pills like Advil, but here are all individually, you need to check.
- Try at all times to keep proceeds from food poisoning, and take them at the first sign. Food poisoning here – problem.
- Transport (airplanes, intercity buses, high-speed ferries) at full capacity are air-conditioned, easily catch a cold. Take a trip warm things, it is really necessary.
- On popular public beaches has strict prohibitions. You cannot, for example, to smoke, to consume food and drinks, to relieve themselves. Over this are laid large fines.
- In large cities the high crime rate. Work during the day pickpockets and scams, but the nights in poor neighborhoods is dangerous to walk.
And now very much more about possible dangers for tourists in the Philippines and how to avoid them:
Crime in the Philippines
The main problem for tourists in the Philippines are stealing, much less looting and robberies. Resorts, small Islands, small towns and villages, low crime, you can walk around at any time of the day. But in large cities, such as Cebu, Manila, Dumaguete, Iloilo, etc. street crime is a problem. Relatively safe here in city centres and commercial areas near the shopping and business centers, along major roads. But it is a little step back in the lanes, you will be taken to poor areas where the people barely make ends meet because of poverty, and there is a chance of becoming a victim of robbery is much higher. Of course, do not think that in this district, you immediately pounce and take away everything. In fact, the people here are largely friendly and kind, and will even help if necessary. But at night, when residents are relaxing at home and the streets are deserted, you can't Rob.
Also thrive in large cities, pickpocketing and various types of fraud. Especially great is the chance of running into a fraud or crime, if you are looking for adventure and buy illegal substances or shoot girls/boys in the low places.
The terrorist threat
The political situation in the country is peaceful, no threats of civil wars and unrest there. However, in the southern Philippines is valid, at least 16 terrorist groups committed to LIH (banned in Russia). This island and the province of Maguindanao (Mindanao), Sulu (Sulu) and Basilan (Basilan). In the media appeared information that terrorists have a plan to create in the southern Islands of the Philippines their state, yet the authorities of the country though with varying degrees, but still with success, fight off threats. In 2017, temporarily, the terrorists captured and held under the control of the whole city of Marawi with a population of over 200 thousand people In 2019, the militants executed a Dutch photographer who is in captivity for 7 years.
For these reasons, it is not recommended to visit southern part of the country, particularly the province of Maguindanao (Mindanao), Sulu (Sulu) and Basilan (Basilan).
Philippines is in the area of so-called "ring of Fire" or Pacific volcanic ring of fire is subject to frequent volcanoes and earthquakes. To predict these phenomena is not yet possible, but be prepared for adverse development. The country is home to several active volcanoes, which occasionally transformed into an active phase, which declares an emergency and evacuation.
The most active volcanoes of the Philippines:
- Mayon / Mayon on the island of Luzon
- Taal / Taal on the island of Luzon
- Canlaon /Kanlaon on Negros island
- Bulusan / o Bulusan on Luzon
- Smith / Smith O. Babayan
- Hibok-Hibok / Hibok-Hibok on the island Camiguin (Camiguin)
- Pinatubo / Pinatubo on the island of Luzon
- Maswan / at Musuan Mindanao
Another natural danger of the Philippines are tropical storms and typhoons, as the country is still in the so-called Typhoon belt. Every year across the North and East of the country goes through several typhoons resulting to destruction and victims. For example, in 2019, there were 27 tropical storms, 17 typhoons, and 10 powerful typhoons death and destruction. They are mostly in the rainy season from June through December. At this time, may be interrupted ferry service, cancelled flights, and at the location of the epicenter of the Typhoon is declared evacuation. Usually storms and typhoons usually last 1-3 days. At this period, may declare an emergency that allows you to cancel reservation in the hotels, to delay or cancel flights and ferries without penalty.
Follow the possible formation of storms and typhoons can online predictions www.typhoon2000.phbut don't count on the forecast for a long period. Usually the threat of typhoons is becoming known only for a couple of days, and sometimes only after the fact.
Health and vaccinations
Compulsory vaccinations to visit the Philippines no, but recommended traditional to tropical regions vaccinations: tetanus and diphtheria; hepatitis a and B; hepatitis b; rabies; Japanese encephalitis. There is a chance to catch even the rare leptospirosis. On the streets and beaches of the Philippines many stray dogs, some of which have rabies, take them with extra caution.
Every year the country recorded growth in the number of cases of HIV by 20%, including from-for a prosperous, though, and banned prostitution, so be sure to use protection.
In some regions there is a risk of malaria or dengue fever, but in General the epidemic is not. These diseases are transmitted by mosquitos, so the best means of prevention from them – protection from mosquitoes. Night, use mosquito nets, which is in many hotels in the form of a canopy over the beds, helps and fan. The air-conditioned rooms mosquitoes usually are not found, and mosquito nets these rooms are absent, but before bed it is better to check the room and destroy mosquitoes. On the street to protect themselves from mosquito bites should be using clothing and repellent. Especially mosquitoes love to bite in the evening, legs and feet, protect them in the first place.
Separate conversation about sanitary conditions. To drink water from the tap is not recommended, buy bottled. Beware of street food. Unlike Thailand and other Southeast Asian countries the food is not very spicy, also not very good quality. Sometimes in a cheap street cafe preparing in terrible sanitary conditions. Therefore, even if your stomach is passed repeatedly tested in Thailand or India without consequences, you can meet new troubles. Always take some funds from food poisoning, and it is better always carry them with you to the first signs to take to prevent.
Medicine in the Philippines is not well developed, quality medical care is only available in expensive private clinics. The availability of travel insurance when entering the country is not checked, but encouraged her to. Note that the standard minimum insurance does not cover outdoor sports, including diving, snorkeling, riding a motorcycle or Bicycle. To do this, add the appropriate option when making.