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UK Foreign Office latest Thailand travel advice

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UK Foreign Office latest Thailand travel advice

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development O ce (FCDO) advises against all but essential travel to areas within the provinces on the Thailand-Malaysia border, including:

Pattani

Yala

Narathiwat

Southern Songkhla province. This does not include areas north of and including the A43 road between Hat Yai and Sakom, and areas north-west of and including the train line which runs between Hat Yai and Pedang Besar.

Travel to Thailand is subject to entry restrictions

At present only certain categories of foreign nationals are permitted to enter or transit Thailand.

If you’re eligible to enter, you will be subject to a 14-day state quarantine at a Thai government-designated facility at your own expense. If suspected of carrying COVID-19, you may be denied entry into the country

See Entry requirements for more information before you plan to travel.

If you’re planning travel to Thailand, find out what you need to know about coronavirus there in the Coronavirus section.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to get travel insurance and check it provides sufficient cover. See the FCDO’s guidance on foreign travel insurance.

Activists may continue to hold rallies across Thailand in the coming weeks. In Bangkok, potential rally locations include the Democracy Monument on Ratchadamnoen Avenue, the Ratchaphrasong Shopping District Skywalk near the MBK building and Bangkok Art and Cultural Centre, and university campuses.

Rallies may disrupt traffic and public transport, commercial activity and there may be a heightened security presence.

There have been incidents of shootings at recent protests.

Avoid any protests or political gatherings and be wary of making political statements in public.

Urban areas across Thailand, especially in Bangkok and Chiang Mai, can experience poor air quality and high PM 2.5 counts, occasionally entering the unhealthy and hazardous levels. See Air quality

Make sure you research local laws and customs before you travel. Laws and penalties can be different from the UK.

Conviction for possession, distribution or manufacture of drugs can lead to the death penalty. See Local laws and customs

There are a high number of road traffic accidents in Thailand especially involving motorcycles. See Road travel

The rainy season in much of Thailand is from May to October. See Rainy season

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.

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.

If you need to contact local emergency services, call 1155 (tourist police) or 1669 (emergency medical services).

If you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British Embassy, Consulate or High Commission.

Consular support is not available in the parts of Thailand where the FCDO advises against all but essential travel (as set out above).

If you’re living in Thailand or planning to stay for a longer period, check the Living in Thailand guide in addition to this travel advice.

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.

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