Foreign travel advice

Thailand

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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

On 22 May 2017, there was an explosion inside Phra Mongkut military training hospital, near the National Monument, in Bangkok. It caused a number of injuries. If you’re in the area, you should follow the advice of the local authorities.

Following the death of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej there is now an official period of mourning of one year from 14 October 2016. 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, and has published updated guidance for visitors. 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.

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 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. Two British nationals were killed in September 2014 on the island of Koh Tao in the Gulf of Thailand. 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

There are numerous passenger boat services operating between the mainland and islands in Thailand. There have been some sinkings and collisions which have resulted in fatalities, including 2 British nationals. These incidents are usually due to overloading and/or poor maintenance but also due to rough seas, particularly during local monsoon season. See Sea travel

Penalties for possession, distribution or manufacture of drugs are severe and can include the death penalty. See Local laws and customs

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.

The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.