FCO advise against all but essential travel to Thailand

Added 28/04/2010

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The Foreign & Commonwealth office have advised against all but essential travel to Thailand. The political unrest caused by the Red Shirts in Bangkok has started to spread to other parts of the country.

Barricades have been erected in different areas around the country, resulting in scuffles with local police.

The main disruption by the Red Shirts is located at the Ratchaprasong intersection on Sukhumvit Road in central Bangkok, where many shops remain closed to avoid the violence.

Anti-government protestors blocked the Phanyothin Road, 40 km north of Bangkok and a military train close to the city of Khon Kaen was intercepted by Red Shirts.

Violence has also broken out in tourist regions including Pattaya, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Ayuthaya. The Preah Vihear temple has also been targeted.

People opposed to the Red Shirt’s views have started setting up their own protests in Bangkok.

If you are already in Thailand, try to steer clear of Bangkok or transportation that could take you through the city. Some roads in and around Bangkok have been blockaded.

Suvarnabhumi airport is open as normal and if you are transiting through Bangkok airport on your way to another destination your journey won’t be affected by the political demonstrations.

Attacks by Red Shirt protestors could be indiscriminate. Avoid large groups and demonstrations that could become violent.

If you are unfortunate enough to become caught up in an outbreak of violence, remain indoors and contact your travel operator if you have one.

If you need consular assistance whilst you are in Thailand, call 02 305 8333.