South Africans in Thailand urged to join state registry

2014-05-23 10:40
Cape Town -  The South African government has called for the return of constitutional order in Thailand following a coup d’état warning all South Africans with plans to travel to the country to be cautious.

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation has condemned the coup, while the Head of Public Diplomacy Clayson Monyela tweeted the SA Embassy in Thailand will remain open to assist, advising all South Africans abroad to join the Registration of South Africans Abroad (ROSA) as a precautionary measure.



Visitors to Thailand are also being warned to adhere to the nationwide curfew in place since the country's military chief Prayuth Chan-ocha declared himself as acting prime minister.

The curfew is from 22:00 to 05:00 until further notice - and applies to both locals and foreigners.

A spokesperson for Thailand's tourism said, "It means that tourists visiting all parts of Thailand must return to their accommodation before 22:00 and not leave again until after 05:00 in the morning."

"Tourists who need to travel to/from the airport between the hours of 22:00 and 05:00 will be allowed to do so according to army announcement.

Air passengers with flights departing out of Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang International Airports are being advised to allocate at least 4 hours prior to their scheduled flight departure time.

"The army are sending soldiers and vehicles to escort protesters away from rally sites to end the protests. During this time we advise tourists currently visiting Bangkok to avoid areas where rally sites are situated as there will be large crowds."

While most areas are accessible and transport is running as normal - these are the areas of unrest to be avoided:

•    Government House at Makkhawan Rangsan Bridge on Ratchadamnoen Nok Avenue
•    Chamai Maruchet Bridge on Phitsanulok Road
•    Government Complex on Chaeng Wattana Road
•    Democracy Monument on Ratchadamnoen Klang Avenue (a camping site)
•    The pro-government group’s rally site is on Aksa Road in Bangkok’s western outskirts


Visit Amazing Thailand South Africa on Facebook as well as join the Registration of South Africans Abroad (ROSA) here

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