Tuesday 20 March 2018

Department of Foreign Affairs issues travel advisory for Thailand

Anita McSorley

THE Department of Foreign Affairs has issued advice for Irish citizens planning on travelling to Thailand following recent upheaval in the country.

Irish citizens travelling to Thailand should "exercise caution and regularly check the travel advice on our website," a spokesperson for the DFA said.

"We are monitoring events through our Embassy in Malaysia, which covers Thailand, and in co-operation with our EU partners.

"We have advice up on the website which we update regularly. We would recommend those travelling to Thailand follow it closely," they said.

Today it was announced that Thailand's army chief has taken control of the government, saying a coup is necessary to restore stability and order after six months of political deadlock and turmoil.

There have been months of government protests and unrest, resulting in hundreds of injuries and deaths.

"Irish citizens in Thailand should exercise extreme caution, monitor developments via media and social media, and follow the instructions of the authorities. The army has announced a curfew from 10pm to 5am.

"Irish citizens should fully respect the curfew and take extra care to care to avoid any demonstrations, protests or security operations. Protests can occur with little warning at various locations, and even those that appear peaceful can turn violent," the DFA warned.

The DFA also said there are some areas that should be avoided.

"We recommend against all travel to Preah Vihear, Ta Kwai and Ta Muen temples near the Thai/Cambodian border. We also advise against all travel to or through the Southern Thai Provinces of Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat and Songkhla due to ongoing instability and terrorist activity in this region. The Australian authorities report extremists may be planning to target westerners in the southern border provinces. You should also take particular care when travelling near or across Thailand’s border with Burma (Myanmar)."

For more information or to view updates, see www.dfa.ie.

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