MFA updates travel advisory for S'poreans going to Thailand

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) has updated its travel advisory for Singaporeans who will be travelling to Thailand.

In the travel notice released on Friday, May 9, the MFA said that there are ongoing political demonstrations in and around Bangkok and in several provinces in Thailand, and some violent incidents have occurred near major shopping malls and tourist hotspots.

It added that the Thai Government has imposed the Internal Security Act (ISA) in all districts of Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani's Lardlumkaew district and Samut Prakarn's Bang Pli district (which includes Suvarnabhumi Airport) until June 30, 2014.

MFA advises Singaporeans travelling to Bangkok during this period to avoid large gatherings and protest marches, as well as all protests sites and their vicinity. It also said that peaceful demonstrations can turn confrontational, and escalate into violence without warning. During the protests, severe traffic disruptions, blockages and delays can be expected.

Singaporeans in Bangkok should monitor local news and developments closely, take all necessary precautions for personal safety, and purchase comprehensive travel and medical insurance. Singaporeans are also encouraged to register with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs online at for assistance during emergencies.