State Department Issues Alert for Travel to Philippines

The State Department is warning U.S. citizens of possible risk when traveling to the southern Philippine islands of Mindanao and the Sulu Archipelago. The alert is on the heels of the recent acts of violence in the Mindanao province of Maguindanao.

This state of emergency for the Philippines includes road checkpoints conducted by the Philippine military and law enforcement. U.S. citizens should know that there are heightened tensions as well as an increased military presence in these regions. Travelers are encouraged to research the restrictions and avoid congregating in public areas.

This travel alert expires January 6, 2010.