Thailand safety: tips for travellers

2014-05-24 10:41

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Cape Town -  Thailand's military has seized control of the government in a coup aimed at ending political unrest in the country.

CNN reports streets are calm and most residents are carrying on with their lives as normal, as military checkpoints have been set up at various locations.

The coup has seen a ban against gatherings of five people or more and a curfew from 22:00 to 05:00 being enforced for both foreigners and locals - until further notice.
The South African government has warned 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 said the SA Embassy in Thailand will remain open to assist. Monyela also advised all South Africans abroad to join the Registration of South Africans Abroad (ROSA) as a precautionary measure.

Here are important tips for travellers to be aware of:

- All foreigners, regardless of whether they are tourists or residents, are advised to carry their passports with them at all times.

- Tourist attractions, government offices, embassies, shops, restaurants and malls are still open, though some have adjusted their hours in line with the curfew.

- All Bangkok expressways currently remain open.

- The city's BTS Skytrain, MRT subway, Suvarnabhumi Airport Rail Link, public ferries and trains continue to operate, though hours have been adjusted in line with the curfew.

- Taxis were reportedly available at both airports for passengers arriving after the curfew, though travelers posting on social media reported experiencing longer lines than usual.

 - All popular tourist destinations outside of Bangkok, including Phuket, Chiang Mai and Krabi, are all reportedly operating as normal and there is a limited military presence on the street.
- Thailand's main tourism body confirmed in a statement tourist groups, with a tour guide and tour bus, are allowed to pass through the checkpoints without any concern.

 - When using airport transfer services by taxi either to or from Suvarnabhumi Airport only use taxi’s with the authorised sticker by the Airport of Thailand PLC (AOT) displayed on the windshield. Taxi’s with the aforementioned sticker displayed are allowed to pass through the checkpoints with ease.

Useful links:
- Tat news
- Amazing Thailand South Africa - on Facebook
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