Foreign travel advice
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all but essential travel to the provinces of Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat and Songkhla on the Thai-Malaysia border. See Terrorism
Following the death of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej there is now an official period of mourning of one year from 14 October 2016. His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s cremation ceremony will take place between 25 and 29 October 2017. During this time there’s likely to be significant disruption to traffic in central Bangkok, especially around the areas of the ceremonies, due to large volumes of people and road closures.
You should respect the feelings and sensitivities of the Thai people at this time. During the mourning period, the Tourism Authority of Thailand encourages visitors to continue with their travel plans as normal. If you have a question, you should check with your service providers. You should behave respectfully, check local media regularly and follow the advice of the local authorities.
People have been prosecuted for criticising the 2014 military coup. You should be wary of making political statements in public. Lèse-majesté, (criticism of the monarchy in any form) is a crime which can be broadly interpreted, and carries a long jail sentence.
UK health authorities have classified Thailand as having a risk of Zika virus transmission. For information and advice about the risks associated with Zika virus, visit the National Travel Health Network and Centre website.
Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Thailand. There were explosions in Bangkok in April and May 2017, and there were multiple explosions and incidents in tourist areas across Thailand in August 2016. Thai security authorities say they disrupted planned attacks in Bangkok in October 2016. The authorities have on a number of occasions warned of the possibility of attacks to coincide with symbolic dates or holidays. You should take care, particularly in public places, follow the advice of local authorities and monitor local media reports. See Terrorism
British nationals make over one million visits to Thailand every year. Most visits are trouble-free. But there have been attacks (sometimes violent), particularly on the islands of Samui archipelago. See Crime
The Tourist Authority of Thailand’s website and call centre (1672 - press ‘9’ for English) are able to provide some general advice to tourists in English.
Most road traffic accidents in Thailand involve motorcycles, but accidents involving other vehicles including cars, coaches and mini-buses also occur. See Road travel
Penalties for possession, distribution or manufacture of drugs are severe and can include the death penalty. See Local laws and customs
If you need to contact the emergency services, call 1155 (tourist police) or 1669 (emergency medical services).
If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.
Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.
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