Government of Canada issues travel ban on southern Philippine regions

The government of Canada has issued a travel advice to its citizens traveling in the Philippines to “exercise a high degree of caution due to an ongoing terrorist threat to Westerners and Western interests.” This is after it issued an advisory against travelling to southern part of the Philippines.

“Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada advises against all travel to the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, as well as to the Zamboanga Peninsula and the provinces of Sarangani, Lanao del Norte, Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur (excluding urban areas of Davao City), Davao Occidental, Davao Oriental, Cotabato, South Cotabato, and Sultan Kudarat, due to the serious threat of terrorist attacks and kidnapping,” the Canadian government said in its advisory.

On the night of Monday, September 21 an armed group abducted two Canadian citizens, one Filipina and the Norwegian manager of Oceanview Resort in Babak District, Island Garden City of Samal.

“If you are visiting or living in this region despite this Advisory, review your security situation regularly and take appropriate precautions, particularly when visiting places frequented by foreigners,” the Canadian government told its citizens.