Is Iloilo Safe? Crime Rates & Safety Report

Updated On November 7, 2023
Iloilo, Philippines
Safety Index:
* Based on Research & Crime Data
User Sentiment:
* Rated 80 / 100 based on 2 user reviews.

Iloilo City is a city in the Philippines on the island of Panay in the Visayas.

It is the provincial capital of the province of Iloilo.

Iloilo City is a highly urbanized city on the southeastern tip of Panay island in the Philippines.

In terms of government and administration, the city is politically independent.

Iloilo City is the economic and cultural center of Panay Island.

Time ago, it was the capital of the Philippines during the Spanish colonial period.

That’s why there are a lot of historic churches and buildings in the city.

In fact, it has gained a reputation as an Emerging Museum City because of the heritage structures and art museums in it.

Warnings & Dangers in Iloilo

Overall Risk


Iloilo is a city with moderate security. At night it is not recommended to walk alone through the streets of the town. You can be safe during the day, but you should always keep an eye on your belongings. Do not get involved in street showdowns and avoid drunk strangers turning to you.

Transport & Taxis Risk


Public transport is not recommended for tourists. Often pickpockets operate in it, and in general, it is not very safe. Taxi is secure, but use only a licensed service, do not catch a cab on the street, and make sure that the driver has turned on the taximeter.

Pickpockets Risk


There are many pickpockets in Iloilo. Most often, they operate in tourist places and crowded bazaars. They work more often in pairs. You should be careful and not be distracted by strangers. Keep bags with you; do not carry a lot of cash.

Natural Disasters Risk


Floods, earthquakes, and typhoons can occur in Iloilo. They happen in the city, and the infrastructure as a whole is ready for this risk. To avoid this risk, study the situation in the region before your trip.

Mugging Risk


Armed robberies happen quite often. Tourists from the west become their victims. Criminals prey on them because they believe that such tourists have a lot of money and jewelry. Try not to appear on the streets of the city late at night and do not walk alone. Avoid any mass mess. Contact the police immediately in case of an attack.

Terrorism Risk


There have been numerous terrorist attacks in this part of the Philippines' recent history. In connection with this and the unstable political situation, it is believed that the city is at an average risk of terrorism. Examine the case for this risk before you travel to Iloilo.

Scams Risk


Most often, fraud is associated with the fact that tourists are trying to get tourists to pay more than the cost of a service or product. Make sure the taxi has a taximeter turned on or discuss the value of the trip in advance. Do not buy fakes of expensive brands from street vendors. Also, do not purchase dubious things and souvenirs if you do not know their real value.

Women Travelers Risk


Women can be safe if traveling around the city during the day. At night it is not recommended to walk along Iloilo alone. Also, do not get drunk in bars and do not attract too much attention. Reasonable security measures would be appropriate.

So... How Safe Is Iloilo Really?

The city is mostly safe.

The index of crime is moderate in Iloilo.

Most crimes concern stealing things, carjacking, vandalism, drugs, and corruption.

Occasionally, kidnapping for ransom occurs in the region.

Tourists are hacked in hotels or stole things from cars because locals believe that tourists have a lot of money.

The city is not recommended being on the streets at night – the crime rate becomes much higher.

It is also better to move around in groups than alone.

Do not carry large amounts of money with you, and do not talk about them so that you can be heard.

You run the risk of becoming bait for criminals.

You must have reliable security at your home or hotel.

Always park your cars only in secure parking lots and never leave anything inside the vehicle.

Streets and areas remote from the city center are considered the least secure.

There are many drug dealers and prostitutes.

In no case do not mess with them, it is illegal in the Philippines.

In crowded places, watch your pockets and bags – pickpockets cleverly wield the crowd.

Also, be careful at crossroads – there are times when thieves driving mopeds and grab bags and backpacks from the hands of pedestrians.

If you drive in Iloilo, be especially careful as drivers here do not drive very carefully.

How Does Iloilo Compare?

CitySafety Index
Davao City71
Cebu City53
Quezon City55
Brussels (Belgium)60
Shanghai (China)66
Belize City (Belize)37
La Paz (Bolivia)52
Sao Paulo (Brazil)45
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)43

Useful Information



Visitors from 157 countries are permitted visa-free entry for periods ranging from 14 to 59 days. Holders of passports issued by several countries may obtain a visa (for a fee) valid for 59 days on arrival. A valid passport is a must for everyone.



The Philippine peso is the official currency of the Philippines. It is subdivided into 100 centavos or sentimos in Filipino. It has code: PHP. Alternative symbols used are "PHP", "PhP", "Php", or just "P".



The best times to visit Iloilo for ideal weather are February to April. Average temperatures in Iloilo vary very little and the weather feels hot all year with a chance of rain throughout most of the year.



Iloilo International Airport is the airport serving the province of Iloilo in the Philippines. It located 18 km from the city center. It is the first airport in both Western Visayas and the island of Panay, it is also considered to be the primary gateway into the region.

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Iloilo Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 27° C
Feb 27° C
Mar 28° C
Apr 30° C
May 29° C
Jun 28° C
Jul 28° C
Aug 28° C
Sep 28° C
Oct 28° C
Nov 28° C
Dec 27° C
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Philippines - Safety by City

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Cebu City53
Davao City71
Quezon City55

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2 Reviews on Iloilo

  1. Beautiful!

    If you know what you are doing, Iloilo is a great place to visit. Just for the scenery alone, I would recommend it. I have been here 4 times now. I have family in the area. I moved to the US with my parents from the Philippines when I was only 3 years old so I like to get back in touch with my roots, the ones I missed out on growing up in the west.

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    Anonymous says:

    Iloilo is the best place to live part of entire Philippines.

Iloilo Rated 4 / 5 based on 2 user reviews.

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