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Health and Safety


You do not need any vaccinations to enter the Philippines unless you are coming from a yellow fever high risk area (mostly African and Latin American countries).

Concerning other vaccinations, you should consult your doctor. The large majority of travellers to the Philippines do not experience any health problems other than stomach upsets and diarrhoea: these can mostly be avoided by not eating street food, not eating in dirty restaurants, drinking only bottled water (which is very cheap here) and not having ice cubes in your drinks. Our company nurse is always available and we keep a small stock of basic medicines for diarrhoea, fever etc.

Remember, Pacific Tree requires that you have medical insurance. We have a company doctor and can refer you to a specialist if needed. The main Cebu hospitals are well-equipped and are used to treating foreigners.



Cebu is generally considered to be the safe for foreigners. There are around 15,000 foreign residents, and over one million tourists come to Cebu every year (mostly Koreans, Americans, Japanese and Australians). As you can see from the 2015 crime index table below, Cebu actually has less crime than many other major cities.


(High number = high crime rate) source: http://www.numbeo.com/crime/rankings.jsp?title=2015



City / Country

Crime Index

Johannesburg, South Africa        


Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   


Washington DC, USA         


Paris, France


Moscow, Russia


Hanoi, Vietnam


London, UK


Beijing, China


Cebu, Philippines 42.42

Sydney, Australia




However, travellers should always be aware of pickpockets and snatchers. Always be aware of strangers who approach you, especially when they say, "Hello, my friend." It is very unusual for Filipinos to talk to strangers. If you are with young children, however, do not be surprised if women speak to you or your children (Filipinos love children)