UK advises against travel in parts of Mindanao amid extension of martial law

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 26) — The United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issued a travel advisory on Tuesday against travel in parts of Visayas and Mindanao amid the ongoing clash between government forces and ISIS-linked Maute group.

"The FCO advises against all but essential travel to the remainder of Mindanao (excluding Camiguin, Dinagat and Siargao Islands) and to the south of Cebu province, up to and including the municipalities of Dalaguete and Badian, due to the threat of terrorism," the advisory read.

Martial law in Mindanao has been extended until the end of the year, after Congress granted the President's request to extend military rule in the south.

READ: Congress grants Duterte's request to extend martial law in Mindanao until end of year

Aside from terrorism, the advisory also warned against kidnapping of foreign nationals, common crimes, and natural hazards.

This is not the first time the United Kingdom issued a travel advisory on the Philippines.

In April, the UK released a travel advisory, asking its citizens to "carefully consider" travel plans in Palawan after terror threats targeting foreign nationals.

READ: U.S., Canada, UK warn citizens against travel to Palawan

A month after, it issued another, two days after the crisis in Marawi broke out on May 23.

READ: U.S., U.K. warn against travel to western Mindanao

According to the U.K. Government, around 154,000 British nationals visited the country in 2015, most of which are trouble free.