Country: The Philippines, officially known as the Republic of the Philippines, is a sovereign island country in southeast Asia. It is situated in the western Pacific Ocean and consists of 7,107 islands. To the north of the Philippines is Taiwan; to the west is Vietnam; to the southwest is the island of Borneo; and to the south are several islands of Indonesia. The east is bounded by the Philippine Sea and the island nation of Palau. With a population of about 99 million, the Philippines is the seventh most populated country in Asia and the 12th most populated in the world. English and Filipino are the official languages. Manila is the capital.
How to access emergency services: Dial 117
Currency: Philippine peso (PHP)
Recommended immunizations and vaccines for travelers: Before traveling to the Philippines, ask your doctor what vaccines are recommended. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are excellent resources as well.
Insurance: Find out in advance if your insurance plan will make payments directly to providers or reimburse you later for overseas health expenditures.
It is also worth ensuring your travel insurance will cover ambulances or transport either home or to more advanced medical facilities, if needed. Not all insurance covers emergency medical evacuation home or to a hospital in a major city, which may be the only way to receive medical attention in a serious emergency.
Source: International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers.
What to expect in a Filipino hospital: Hospitals in and around Manila typically offer high-quality medical care. Many hospitals outside major urban areas may offer only basic medical care in rudimentary conditions.
Most hospitals will require a down payment at the time of admission. Local hospitals do not usually accept health insurance policies from other countries and patients are often required to pay their bills before being discharged from the hospital.
Note: Ambulances are often difficult to locate quickly. If you need to get to a hospital emergency room fast, take a taxi, tricycle, or hire an empty “jeepney.”
Contact your embassy/consulate: When in doubt, your country’s embassy is a good resource to turn to for medical assistance guidance.
JCI-accredited hospitals/clinics in the Philippines: To read about specific facilities that are JCI-accredited, visit the Hospital Search section.
Philippines-specific helpful health resources:
Travel health notices: Visit the CDC or the WHO for up-to-date travel notices.