U.S. Embassy Manila, Philippines
U.S. Consular Agency Cebu, Philippines
February 8, 2022
Weather Alert: Severe Storm Update (Typhoon Odette/Rai)
Location: Visayas, Mindanao, and Palawan, Philippines
Event: Typhoon Odette (Rai) – The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines has lifted restrictions on non-essential travel by U.S. government personnel to the areas affected by Typhoon Odette. However, COVID-related travel restrictions may be in place for some of these areas. Security-related travel restrictions for U.S. government personnel remain in place as outlined in our Travel Advisory for the Philippines.
Disruptions to supplies of food, water, electricity, communication, and transportation infrastructure may continue in some areas. Hospital services may continue to be inaccessible or limited in some areas. The storm caused serious damage in many provinces of the Philippines, including Siargao, Dinagat, Surigao del Norte, Southern Leyte, Bohol, parts of Cebu, Palawan, and islands in surrounding waters.
Actions to take:
- If you do travel to the affected areas, have a plan in place to ensure your safety and access to food, clean water, fuel, and required medicines. Local emergency services may continue to be limited.
- Monitor the Philippine News Agency and local news for updates and follow the instructions of local authorities.
- See our COVID-19 page for information about pandemic conditions in the Philippines.