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Health Insurance in the Philippines

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Read below for advice and precautions to take in order to stay in good health while in Philippines :


A Yellow Fever vaccination certificate is mandatory for travellers over one year old coming from infected areas.

Recommended vaccinations for travellers:


Tetanus, Polio, Hepatitis A & B, Typhoid and for those people at risk: Tuberculosis, Rabies.


Diphtheria, Tetanus, Whooping Cough, Polio, Tuberculosis, Measles, German Measles, Mumps, Hepatitis A & B, (long stay), Typhoid (long stay for those over 5 years old).


  • Varied and regular supplies. There can be shortages of imported goods.
  • Hygiene in the markets, restaurants and shops: yes, in the residential areas of Manilla.
  • Milk for babies: Yes, many American brands.
  • Baby food: yes (Gerber).


  • Tap water is supposed to be drinkable, but to be safe: Avoid tap water
  • There are means of disinfection locally available.
  • Locally bottled water: Hidden Valley Water,  slightly mineralized.
  • Imported bottled water: Evian, Vittel.

Local Diseases    

Like any other third-world country, the Philippines have been struggling in some health issues. There are some diseases can be found.

In Philippines, the following diseases are frequent:

  • AIDS
  • Amebiasis
  • Ascaris
  • Bilharziosis
  • Dengue
  • Hepatitis A & B
  • Japanese Encephalitis
  • Malaria
  • Meningitis
  • Poisonous Fish,Snakes,Scorpions,Spiders
  • Polio
  • Rabies
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Tetanus
  • Tuberculosis
  • Typhoid

Emergency Care

There is no national ambulance service in the Philippines.

  • For an ambulance in Manila, call St. Luke's Medical Centerat (011-63-2) 722-6161, 723-0101, or 723-0199.

Country Information

  • Official Name: Republic of the Philippines
  • Government:Unitary Presidential Constitutional Republic
  • Capital: Manila
  • Area: 300,000 sq. km.
  • Main Cities: Manila (capital), Boracay, Cebu
  • Official Language: Filipino and English
  • Currency: Philippine Peso (PHP)
  • Population: 105.7 million
  • Population Growth: 1.84%
  • Life Expectancy at Birth: 72.21 years
  • Religion(s): Catholic 82.9% (Roman Catholic 80.9%, Aglipayan 2%), Muslim 5%, Evangelical 2.8%, Iglesia ni Kristo 2.3%, other Christian 4.5%, other 1.8%, unspecified 0.6%, none 0.1%
  • Find out more: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/rp.html

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