Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Thailand: Nine Nations Issue Travel Warnings to Citizens Over Political Protests

According to The Bangkok Post, nine countries have issued a travel warnings for citizens planning trips to Thailand as a result of ongoing political protests.

Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul said on Wednesday (November 6) the governments of Canada, Brazil, Israel, Japan, the UK, France, Austria, Sweden and Taiwan have all issued warnings relating to the protests.

Surapong said anti-government rallies should not be allowed to damage the tourist industry in Thailand, especially given that it is now high season. 

COMMENT: Academics, students and other groups protesting against the amnesty bill should allow Parliament to resolve the issue, since it is now up to the Senate to debate the legislation Surapong emphasized.

Most foreign governments with a presence in Thailand have a legal and moral obligation to advise their citizens of the risks they may face when traveling on foreign soil, as the ramifications of not doing so, may very well disrupt citizens' travel opportunities in-country.

As most of our regular readers know all too well, it is essential that ALL foreign travelers go online to their appropriate foreign affairs agencies so as to become informed as to the risks and threats they will face abroad.

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