Foreign travel advice
Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Thailand. Bomb and grenade attacks have been indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners. You should take care, particularly in public places, follow the advice of the local authorities and monitor local media reports. The Thai authorities have on a number of occasions warned of the possibility of attacks to coincide with symbolic dates or holidays. In October 2016, the Thai authorities say they disrupted planned attacks in Bangkok. Further incidents are possible throughout Thailand.
In August 2016, there were a multiple explosions and incidents in tourist areas across Thailand involving improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and incendiary devices.
On 11 August 2016, there were explosions in Hua Hin and Trang; both caused casualties, including 2 deaths.
On 12 August 2016, there were explosions causing casualties in Patong in Phuket, and in Surat Thani. There were further explosions in Loma in Phuket, Khao Lak in Phang Nga, and in Hua Hin. Fires were reported in Phang Nga, Krabi and Nakhon Sri Thammarat, which could be linked to the series of explosions.
On 14 August 2016, 2 unexploded incendiary devices were found in Phuket and a further 2 in Hua Hin.
There have also been attacks in the past in the main cities of Thailand, including in Bangkok in 2015 and 2012, in Koh Samui in 2015, and in Chiang Mai in 2010.
In August 2015, a bomb exploded in central Bangkok, resulting in numerous casualties, including the death of a British national. In February 2015 there were two explosions at the Siam station of Bangkok’s Skytrain (BTS) system, near the entrance to the Siam Paragon shopping mall. Police say they were caused by small improvised explosive devices. In April 2015, a car bomb exploded in the underground car park of the Central Festival shopping mall in Bho Phut on the beach resort island of Koh Samui.
Since 2004, there have been almost daily attacks in the far south of the country, including arson, bombings and shootings. Targets have included civilians and members of the security forces, government offices, tourist hotels, discos, bars, shops, marketplaces, supermarkets, schools, transport infrastructure and trains. Over 6,000 people have been killed and several thousand more injured. No British nationals have been killed in these attacks, but some foreigners have been killed and injured.
Martial law has been in place in the provinces of Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat and in the Sadao district of Songkhla province since 2006. The security authorities can detain suspects without charge, censor the media, conduct searches and seize documents. The FCO advise against all but essential travel to the provinces of Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat and Songkhla. In April 2014 the Australian authorities indicated that extremists might be planning to target westerners in the southern border provinces.
There’s a heightened threat of terrorist attack globally against UK interests and British nationals from groups or individuals motivated by the conflict in Iraq and Syria. You should be vigilant at this time.
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