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Is It Safe to Travel to the Philippines After Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan?
Right after super typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) slammed into the Visayas islands and caused unimaginable damage, Tutubi started getting several queries from Facebook, usually foreigners, asking whether it's still safe to visit the Philippines
Response: the Philippines is still a safe place to visit with 7100+ islands, about a small number of is are actually affected, some considered no-go zones due to inaccessibility where basic infrastructure were severly damaged
Herewith is a summary of places where you can't go right now, but encourage to visit soon to be of help to the local community. Some of these places mainly depend on tourism, veering away from them deprives the community of the help they need:
Guian (Homonhon Island, Calicoan Island, Manirica Island)
Bantayan Island: damaged but resorts are still standing
*Cebu City is ok, only the northern part of the island is badly damaged
Antique: northern part is badly damaged
Iloilo: four towns under state of calamity
Boracay sustained damage but tourism is still fine there. You may be able to get huge discounts too due to lots of booking cancellations. If you book now, you're also helping restore normalcy to the battered places
Coron: this is now reachable with resorts open for business via Busuanga Airport
DISCLAIMER: this post will be updated once confirmed information about places if ok to visit unless you're giving relief aid. After a few weeks, suggest you push through with visits to help the communities get back up on their feet.