released March 23, 2005, this information is current as of
Thursday, June 02, 2005. Travel
Warnings are issued when the State Department recommends that
Americans avoid a certain country.
Warning is being issued to recommend that Americans consider
carefully the risks of travel to the Philippines. Terrorist
groups, including Jemaah Islamiyah and the Abu Sayyaf Group, and
radical elements of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front are planning
multiple attacks throughout the Philippines. This information has
been also released by Philippine government officials and is in
the Philippine media. This Travel Warning replaces the Public Announcement
for the Philippines dated February 18, 2005.
Department urges Americans who choose to travel to the Philippines
to observe vigilant personal security precautions; to remain
aware of the continued potential for terrorist attacks against
Americans, U.S. or other Western interests in the Philippines,
and to register with the U.S. Embassy. The Department warns
against all but essential travel throughout the country in light
heightened threat to Westerners. There has recently been an
increase in bombings by the terrorist groups in Manila, the region
Mindanao, and other areas where terrorist groups are active.
Bombs have exploded in shopping malls, on public transportation,
at airports and port facilities, in places of worship, and
in other public areas resulting in numerous casualties, including
several deaths. Bombs have also been found at places of worship.
Travelers should be aware that since security has increased
official U.S. facilities, terrorists could seek softer targets.
Such targets could include but are not limited to places where
Americans and other Westerners live, congregate, shop or visit,
including hotels, clubs, restaurants, shopping centers, identifiably
Western businesses, housing compounds, transportation systems,
places of worship, schools, or public recreation events.
Americans who remain in the Philippines are strongly encouraged
to register with the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Manila
through the State Department's travel registration website, https://travelregistration.state.gov.
The U.S. Embassy is located at: 1201 Roxas Boulevard, Manila, Philippines,
tel. 632-528-6300. The Consular American Citizen Services (ACS)
section's fax number is 632-522-3242 and the ACS web page is at
Americans can obtain information on travel and security in the
Philippines from the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747
within the United States; or 202-501-4444 from overseas.
US citizens should also consult the recent Public Announcement
for the Philippines, the Department of State's Consular Information
Sheet for the Philippines and the Worldwide Caution Public Announcement,
located at http://travel.state.gov/ to obtain updated information
on travel and security within the Philippines.
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