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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Ongoing Tensions and Possible Incidents of Unrest in Thailand

 

January 30, 2014

This is to advise U.S. citizens residing in or traveling to Thailand that political activists have announced plans to continue anti-government protests in Bangkok and possibly other parts of Thailand leading up to and during parliamentary nationwide elections scheduled for this Sunday February 2nd.  These protests may cause significant and possibly widespread disruptions and transportation delays around Bangkok. In Bangkok alone there are over 3,000 polling locations, normally situated in Thai municipal buildings and local schools.  Some of these locations may be the focus of protest activity and added police protection. 

 

We strongly advise U.S. citizens to be alert and avoid protests, demonstrations, and large gatherings. While the ongoing protests have been generally peaceful, some have resulted in injury and death.  The situation can change rapidly.  It is important to pay attention to local news and media reports. 

 

As we have advised previously, the Royal Thai Government invoked a 60-day emergency decree for Bangkok and surrounding provinces effective January 22, allowing for additional authority to deal with security challenges. Please refer to our Thailand Travel Alert: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/alertswarnings/thailand-travel-alert.html

 

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Thailand enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at www.Travel.State.Gov.  STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency.  If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

 

Regularly monitor the State Department's website, where you can find current Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution.  Read the Country Specific Information for Thailand.  For additional information, refer to “A Safe Trip Abroad” on the State Department’s website.

 

Contact the U.S. embassy or consulate for up-to-date information on travel restrictions.  You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).  Follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and download our free Smart Traveler iPhone App to have travel information at your fingertips.

 

The American Citizen Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy (http://bangkok.usembassy.gov/service.html) is located at 95 Wireless Road in Bangkok, and can be reached by calling 66-2-205-4049, or by e-mailing [email protected]. The Embassy’s after-hours emergency telephone number is 66-2-205-4000.

 

The U.S. Consulate General in Chiang Mai (http://chiangmai.usconsulate.gov/service.html) is located at 387 Wichayanond Road in Chiang Mai. The American Citizen Services Unit of the Consulate General can be reached by calling 66-53-107-777 and by e-mail at [email protected]. The after-hours emergency telephone number is 66-81-881-1878.

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lopburi3

To put it into perspective however this has been limited to the central city of Bangkok areas for the most past and there have been few incidents so far - plans appears now to allow voting to proceed (even those protesting may vote (NO) most likely to preserve there legal status to run later).  But as said it is prudent not to plan travel to Bangkok at this time - however this may well be the status for many months to come as election may not allow a working government to be formed.

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Ohhh snaps. 

Do you think there will be any disruption of service in other parts of Thailand ? 

Pattaya Soi Yodsak for example ? I was thinking of planning a cultural trip. 

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lopburi3

Such culture trips should not be a problem - just stay out of demonstrations if any should occur.

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