Sent: 12/03/2010 13:38:28
Subject: Thailand Travel Advice: Update (12/03/10)
Dear British Citizens in (or travelling to) Thailand,
I would like to draw your attention to our Travel Advice for Thailand which has just been revised again (12/03/2010). It can be found on the British Embassy Bangkok website Thailand travel advice
Key paragraphs are copied below for your information.
This advice has been reviewed and reissued with an amendment to the Summary (planned demonstrations throughout Thailand on 12 March). The overall level of the advice has not changed; we currently advise against all travel to some specific areas of Thailand and all but essential travel to other specific areas of Thailand.
. The political situation in Thailand is volatile. British nationals should exercise extreme caution throughout the country and avoid demonstrations and large gatherings, which may turn violent. Anti-government protesters have announced plans to hold large demonstrations throughout Thailand from 12-14 March and into the following week. Protesters say that they will gather at several locations in central Bangkok on 12 March and will then move through the city to Ratchadamnoen Avenue, where demonstrations will continue throughout the weekend and into the following week. A major protest is planned on 14 March on Ratchadamnoen Avenue in Bangkok. Significant traffic disruption is likely along all major roads and a number of roads will be closed on Friday 12 March. British nationals should therefore allow extra time for any journeys in and around Bangkok.
. The Thai Prime Minister has publicly warned that intelligence reports indicate the possibility of bomb and grenade attacks, in Bangkok and throughout the country. The Thai Government has invoked the Internal Security Act from 11 March and will implement additional security measures over the weekend, which may include traffic checkpoints and searches of vehicles and/or people. By law, tourists are expected to carry their passports with them at all times in Thailand. The Governor of Bangkok has advised Thai schools in affected areas to close from 11 March.
. British nationals are advised to avoid the areas targeted by protesters in the period 12-14 March and to exercise extreme caution when travelling around Bangkok. If violence breaks out, British nationals are advised to remain indoors and monitor the media and this website.
The security of British citizens resident in or visiting Thailand is top priority for the Embassy. We will continue to follow developments very closely and update the Travel Advice as and when we judge that the risk changes.
Please do not reply to the e-mail address above. If you wish to contact our consular section, please use the following address: ConsularEnquiries.Bangkok@fco.gov.uk
British Embassy Bangkok