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Thailand - State of Emergency extended

The State of Emergency in Thailand has been extended from 8 July.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

The State of Emergency in Thailand has been extended from 8 July in Bangkok and the following provinces: Nonthaburi, Samut Prakan, Prathumthani, Ayutthaya, Chon Buri (with the exception of the city of Pattaya), Pathum Thani, Khon Kaen, Udon Thani, Chaiyaphum, Nakhon Ratchasima, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Lampang, Ubon Ratchathani, Mahasarakham, Roi Et, Sakon Nakhon, Mukdahan and Nong Bua Lampu.

This prohibits gatherings of five or more people in some areas and may restrict travel.

Additional security measures have been implemented since March, including traffic checkpoints and searches of vehicles and/or people. By law, tourists are expected to carry their passports with them at all times in Thailand.

We advise against all but essential travel to, or through, the far southern provinces of Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat and Songkhla, due to the insurgency in these areas.

Elsewhere in Thailand, the situation is generally calm following recent political and civil unrest. There have been no serious incidents of violence since 21 May. However there remains a risk that political developments may lead to further violence. You should exercise caution, especially in the cities of Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Khon Kaen, Ubon Ratchathani and Udon Thani.

You should follow news reports and be alert to any developments which might trigger public protests or unrest.

For further information, see the Foreign Office Travel Advice for Thailand.

Published 7 July 2010