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Má tá tú ag taisteal chun na nOileán Filipíneach, gheobhaidh tú leideanna praiticiúla agus eolas áisiúil sa mhír comhairle taistil agus san eolas nuashonraithe.

Faigh árachas taistil agus liachta

Faigh árachas taistil cuimsitheach i gcónaí a chlúdóidh gach costas liachta thar lear, aslonnú liachta san áireamh, sula dtéann tú ag taisteal. Ní féidir linn íoc as aon chostais éigeandála a d’fhéadfadh a bheith ort ar do thuras. Mar sin, d’fhéadfadh árachas taistil go leor leor airgid a shábháil duit, má bhíonn fadhbanna agat. Ná déan dearmad na coinníollacha i do pholasaí a léamh agus a chinntiú go gclúdaíonn sé gach rud atá beartaithe agat a dhéanamh.

Níl an leagan Gaeilge ar fáil go fóill, más maith leat an leagan Béarla a léamh féach thíos.

Overview

Security status

We advise you to exercise a high degree of caution.

We advise against all travel to South West Mindanao and the Sulu Archipelago and against all but essential travel to the remainder of Mindanao. We would advise citizens to avoid all non-essential travel to the Central Visayas region and the provinces of Cebu and Bohol.

There has been an increase in kidnapping in the Philippines, including attacks targeting foreigners and tourists since late 2015. Terrorist groups continue to plan kidnap operations against western nationals in the Philippines. This threat extends throughout the Philippines, both on land and at sea, but is particularly acute in the southern Philippines (Mindanao, southern Palawan and Central Visayas, including Siquijor and Dumaguete).

In recent weeks there has been an increase in the threat of kidnappings in the areas of Palawan Province, to include Puerto Princesa City, and the areas surrounding Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park.

We advise citizens to exercise a high degree of caution and to careful consider travel plans, and exercise heightened vigilance in these areas. 

Latest travel advice

On 23rd May 2017, martial law was declared for the whole of Mindanao for 60 days in order to suppress violence and improve public safety. Government officials said martial law measures would include the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus, the imposition of curfews and establishment of checkpoints. We continue to advise against all travel to western Mindanao including Marawi City; and against all but essential travel to eastern Mindanao. If you are in Marawi City you should remain indoors, monitor media reporting, and follow the advice of the Philippine authorities.

Typhoons

Around 20 typhoons hit the Philippines each year, mostly between June and December. There may be flooding and landslides. You should monitor the progress of approaching storms.
For more information read the natural disasters and climate section of this page.

Zika Virus

There is currently an outbreak of Zika Virus (a dengue-like mosquito-borne disease) in Central and South America, the Caribbean and other locations including The Philippines. Infection with Zika virus has been increasingly linked with a serious birth condition called microcephaly where the baby is born with an abnormally small head and/or brain damage. If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, and plan to travel to areas affected by the Zika Virus, you are advised to discuss your travel plans with your healthcare provider and to consider postponing your travel to affected areas. Irish Citizens are advised to follow the advice of the Health Protection Surveillance Centre.

Emergency Assistance

Because there is no Irish Embassy or Consulate in the Philippines, we’re limited in the help we can offer you in an emergency. However, if you need assistance, you can contact the Honorary Consul in Manila or the Irish Embassy in Singapore.

We suggest you learn as much as you can about the Philippines before your trip from travel agents, tour operators and guide books. The best help is often close at hand so if you have problems when you’re in the Philippines, try talking to your local contacts, tour operator representative or hotel management.

Other EU embassies

You can contact the Embassies and Consulates of other EU countries represented in the Philippines for emergency consular assistance, advice and support.

Our tips for safe travels

  • Purchase comprehensive travel insurance which covers all your intended activities
  • Add an alert for your destination within the Travelwise App.
  • Register your details with us so that we can contact you quickly in an emergency, such as a natural disaster or a family emergency
  • Follow us on twitter @dfatravelwise for the latest travel updates
  • Read our Topical ‘Know Before You Go’ guide
Níl an leagan Gaeilge ar fáil go fóill, más maith leat an leagan Béarla a léamh féach thíos.

Safety and security

Unrest

We advise against all travel to South West Mindanao and the Sulu Archipelago and against all but essential travel to the remainder of Mindanao.  

If you’re travelling to the Philippines, always keep yourself informed of what’s going on around you by monitoring local media and staying in contact with your hotel or tour organiser. Avoid demonstrations and public gatherings, which can sometimes turn confrontational. The Philippines Bureau of Immigration has specifically warned foreign nationals against participating in public protests and political rallies. Foreign nationals who participate in these activities may be detained and deported for violating Philippine immigration laws.

Terrorism

There is a high threat from terrorism in the Philippines. Terrorist groups continue to plan attacks and have the capacity and the intent to carry out attacks at anytime and anywhere in the country. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers like airports, shopping malls and places of worship. Be aware of the risk of terrorist attacks to all forms of public transport: road, rail, sea and air. Terrorist groups have threatened to attack passenger ferries and other vessels, particularly those operating from Mindanao. You should avoid using public transport throughout Mindanao.

Kidnapping

There is a threat from kidnapping, particularly in the southern Philippines. Kidnapping could occur anywhere, including on coastal and island resorts and on dive boats and sites in the Sulu Sea. Foreigners have been targeted in rural, urban and coastal areas in the past.

Crime

There’s a high level of violent crime, including gun crime. Criminal gangs sometimes use terrorist tactics like kidnapping. Explosions attributed to criminal organisations have caused fatalities.

There is a high incidence of street crime and robbery. Some taxi drivers and their accomplices have robbed and harmed passengers. Be particularly vigilant when travelling on public transport. Armed hold-ups have occurred on ‘jeepneys’ and buses. In some cases these have resulted in fatalities.

You should take sensible precautions.

  • Arrange to be met at the airport or use a hotel transfer service. Only use taxis from a reputable company.
  • Don’t carry your credit card, travel tickets and money together - leave spare cash and valuables in a safe place. 
  • Don’t carry your passport unless absolutely necessary and leave a copy of your passport (and travel and insurance documents) with family or friends at home.
  • Beware of strangers offering drinks or confectionery that may be spiked.
  • Always be careful about your personal safety. Get advice from local contacts, avoid travel off the beaten track and always leave travel plans with friends, colleagues or relatives. Safety standards on taxis, buses and boats can be low.

Reporting a crime

If you’re a victim of a crime while in the Philippines, report it to the local police immediately. And you can contact us at the Irish Embassy in Singapore if you need help.

Driving

If you’re planning to drive in Philippines, bring your full Irish driver’s licence and your international driving permit driving license and make sure you have adequate and appropriate insurance

Hiring a vehicle

If you’re hiring a vehicle, we advise you not to hand over your passport as a form of security. If you’re allowing your passport to be photocopied, keep it in your sight at all times.

Check that you have adequate insurance and read the small print of the vehicle hire contract (particularly any waiver that will come into effect if the vehicle is damaged).

Air travel

With the exception of Philippine Airlines (PAL) and Cebu Pacific Air, all air carriers from the Philippines have been refused permission to operate services to the EU due to safety concerns.

Sea travel

Avoid travel on ferries if possible. Ferries are often overloaded, lack necessary lifesaving equipment, are not adequately maintained and have incomplete passenger manifests. Storms can develop quickly.

There is a high level of piracy and armed robbery against ships in and around Philippine waters.

Maritime rescue services in the Philippines may be limited.

Dlíthe agus gnásanna áitiúla

Comhairle phraiticiúil

  • Léigh an chomhairle taistil, cuir tú féin ar an eolas sula dtaistealaíonn tú agus faigh comhairle go háitiúil nuair a bhaineann tú ceann scríbe amach
  • Cuimhnigh go mbaineann na dlíthe áitiúla leatsa, mar chuairteoir, agus nach mór duit cloí leo
  • Bí measúil ar nósanna, ar thraidisiúin agus ar chleachtais áitiúla, mar go mb’fhéidir go bhféachfaí ar an gcaoi a n-iompraíonn tú tú féin mar iompar a bheadh as bealach, naimhdeach nó in aghaidh an dlí.

Céannacht phearsanta

Ba chóir duit fótachóip de do phas agus do chárta rochtana a iompar leat i gcónaí le linn do chuairte ionas go bhféadfaidh tú do chéannacht a fhíorú má chuireann, mar shampla, na póilíní ceist ort.

Drugaí Neamhdhleathacha

Gearrtar pionós géar ar úsáid agus iompórtáil drugaí neamhdhleathacha (is cuma cén druga é).

Feidhmiú an dlí

Tá dlí na nOileán Filipíneach ar ghníomhaíocht phéidifileach géar, agus cuirtear i bhfeidhm go docht daingean é. Faoi dhlí na nOileán Filipíneach sainmhínítear leanbh mar dhuine ata faoi bhun aois 18. Moltar do thaistealaithe, go háirithe más fir atá i gceist agus go bhfuil siad singil, a bheith airdeallach faoi sháinniú, nuair a dhéanann strainséirí a mbíonn leanaí leo cairdeas leo agus ansin a chuireann líomhaintí ina leith in iarracht airgead a fháil uathu.

Earcaíocht

Má tá tú ag pleanáil Filipínigh a earcú chun oibriú thar lear, caithfidh tú an reachtaíocht áitiúil a chomhlíonadh ina hiomláine. Téigh i gcomhairle le dlíodóirí áitiúla, déan do dhícheall cuí agus déan cinnte go bhfuil an ceadúnú cuí agat. Tá na dlíthe a bhaineann le hearcaíocht neamhdhleathach dian agus tá cúiseanna ag dul leo nach gceadaíonn bannaí – tharla sé gur chaith náisiúnaigh coigríche os cionn dhá bhliain faoi choinneáil i bpríosúin na cathrach an fhad is a bhí a gcásanna á bpróiseáil.

Tubaistí nádúrtha agus an aeráid

Comhairle phraiticiúil

  • Má tá tú ag taisteal chun na nOileán Filipíneach, bí cinnte go dtuigeann tú cad atá romhat – ansin pleanáil agus pacáil dá réir
  • Faigh comhairle áitiúil faoin méid a cheart a dhéanamh i gcás eachtra tromchúiseach nó i gcoinníollacha contúirteacha
  • Comhoibrigh le húdaráis áitiúla agus le seirbhísí éigeandála i gcás eachtra tromchúiseach

Comhairle Taistil Te Fuara

Tíofúin

Buaileann tíofúin na hOileáin Fhilipíneacha ag ráta de thart ar fiche in aghaidh na bliana. Buaileann siad go hiondúil i rith shéasúr na monsún, a bhíonn ann go hiondúil ó Iúil go Samhain ach d’fhéadfaidís an tír a bhualadh ag aon am. Bhuail Tíofún Bopha, ar a dtugtar ‘Pablo’ go háitiúil cúige Compostela Valley agus Oirthear Mindanao in Nollaig 2012, agus tuairiscítear gur maraíodh 200 duine.

I rith shéasúr na monsún, is féidir le tuilte agus sciorradh talún a bheith ann mar gheall ar bháisteach throm. Mar is dual dóibh tugann cioclóin agus lagraigh trópaiceacha báisteach agus gaoth láidir chuig limistéir Visayas agus Luzon, agus ba chóir duit a bheith an-chúramach nuair a théann tú chuig Tuaisceart Luzon agus limistéir Bicol, Samar agus Leyte.

Tabhair aird ar leith ar thuairiscí aimsire áitiúla agus idirnáisiúnta agus lean comhairle na n-údarás áitiúil. Chun an t-eolas cothrom le dáta is deireanaí a fháil, ba chóir duit cuairt a thabhairt ar Fhondúireacht Aimsire na nOileán Filipíneach, Comhairle um Thubaistí Náisiúnta a Bhainistiú agus Rioscaí a Laghdú de chuid rialtas na nOileán Filipíneach agus www.typhoon2000.ph.

Crith talún

Is saincheantar gníomhach creathanna talún atá ar na hOileáin Fhilipíneacha agus is féidir le creathanna talún tarlú ar fud na tíre. Ba sa bhliain 1990 a bhuail an crith talún suntasach deireanach an tír agus maraíodh os cionn 1,100 duine i Lár Luzon. Má tá tú ag taisteal chun na nOileán Filipíneach nó i do chónaí ann, bí cinnte go bhfuil a fhios agat céard is ceart a dhéanamh i gcás creatha talún nó bolcáin.

Bolcáin

Tá bolcáin coitianta ar na hOileáin Fhilipíneacha, agus is féidir le haon cheann acu brúchtadh gan choinne. Is féidir le pléascadh luaithreamháin agus gaile tobann tarlú freisin ag aon am. Tá cumas teoranta ag seirbhísí tarrthála agus éigeandála na nOileán Filipíneach agus ag na húdaráis áitiúla déileáil le tubaistí móra nádúrtha. Mar sin moltar duit a bheith cúramach má tá tú i do chónaí nó ag taisteal sa cheantar. Seiceáil tuairiscí nuachta agus lean comhairle áitiúil sula dtéann tú chuig áiteanna ina bhfuil bolcáin. Seachain áiteanna ina bhfuil bolcáin nuair a bhíonn bháisteach throm ann agus ina dhiaidh sin, mar is ansin a bhíonn baol níos mó ó shruth lahar. Is féidir leat tuilleadh eolais a fháil ar láithreán gréasáin Institiúid Bolcáneolaíochta agus Seismeolaíochta na nOileán Filipíneach.

Eolas Breise

Riachtanais iontrála (víosa/pas)

Mura bhfuil tú cinnte faoi riachtanais iontrála na nOileán Filipíneach, lena n-áirítear eolas faoi víosaí agus eolas inimirce eile, cuir ceist ar do ghníomhaire taistil nó déan teagmháil leis an Ambasáid nó Consalacht is gaire ar na hOileáin Fhilipíneacha.

Pas

Déan cinnte go bhfuil do phas bailí ar feadh ar a laghad sé mhí tar éis do do thuras ar na hOileáin Fhilipíneacha (nó tíortha eile laistigh d’Oirdheisceart na hÁise) críochnú.

Ba chóir duit fótachóip de do phas agus do chárta rochtana a bheith ar iompar agat i gcónaí le linn do chuairte ionas go bhféadfá do chéannacht a fhíorú má chuireann, mar shampla, na póilíní ceist ort.

Sláinte

Seiceáil le do dhochtúir i bhfad roimh thaisteal má tá aon vacsaíniú ag teastáil le dul chun na nOileán Filipíneach.

Saoráidí liachta

Tá caighdeáin éagsúla ag seirbhísí liachta agus sláinte ar fud na nOileán Filipíneach agus d’fhéadfadh sé nach gcomhlíonann siad caighdeáin cúraim na hEorpa. Cé go bhfuil sé dóthanach sna cathracha móra, tá cúram liachta in áiteanna faoin tuath teoranta agus is féidir le cóireáil liachta amuigh faoin tír a bheith costasach.

Galair corrmhíol-iompartha

Tá fiabhras deinge agus maláire go forleathan ar na hOileáin Fhilipíneacha. Sula dtéann tú ag taisteal, ba chóir duit comhairle liachta cothrom le dáta a fháil maidir le cógas coisctheach a fháil. Nuair a thagann tú chun na tíre, seachain greamanna ó chorrmhíolta trí líontáin leapa agus éarthaigh a úsáid, agus trí bhróga dúnta, muinchillí agus brístí fada a chaitheamh.

Galair uisce-iompartha

Tá galair uisce-iompartha, lena n-áirítear tíofóideach agus calar, eindéimeach ar na hOileáin Fhilipíneacha. Níor chóir duit ach uisce fiuchta nó buidéalaithe a úsáid agus seachain oighear i ndeochanna.

Confadh

Tá baol ó chonfadh ar fud na nOileán Filipíneach.

Tuilleadh comhairle taistil

Mar gheall nach bhfuil Ambasáid ná Consalacht againn ar na hOileáin Fhilipíneacha, ní féidir linn comhairle taistil cothrom le dáta a thabhairt. Féadfaidh tú cuairt a thabhairt ar na haireachtaí eachtracha seo a leanas, áfach, chun eolas níos mionsonraithe a fháil: