U.S. Citizens: Thailand Travel Alert

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
November 26, 2008
Stranded Tourists in Bangkok

The U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs has issued a Travel Alert for Americans in Thailand or who have plans to travel to or transit Thailand. November 26, 2008

The State Department alerts U.S. citizens to the continuing large-scale political demonstrations in Thailand that have resulted in the disruption of services as well as isolated incidents of violence. At this time, Bangkok’s international and domestic airports have ceased flight operations due to the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) protests at those locations. It is unclear when normal flight operations will resume. Americans in Thailand should avoid travel to these airports until airport operations return to normal. Americans in Thailand, or who have plans to travel to or transit Thailand, should monitor local media and contact airlines for the latest departure/arrival information. This Travel Alert will expire on December 1, 2008.

We wish to remind American citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence. American citizens are therefore urged to avoid areas of demonstrations, and to exercise caution within the vicinity of any demonstrations.

For the latest security information, Americans living or traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs Internet website, where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Alerts, Travel Warnings, and health-information resources can be found. Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or, for callers in other areas, by calling a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

American citizens traveling or residing in Thailand are encouraged to register with the Department of State or with the U.S. Embassy. The Embassy is located at 95 Wireless Road in Bangkok. The American Citizen Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy can be reached by phone at 66-2-205-4049 and by e-mail at ACSBKK@State.gov. The after-hours emergency telephone number is 66-2-205-4000.

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John
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Greece
November 26, 2008

John in Greece writes:

Thai? Thank God there's still a "line" across the Atlantic, because here in Greece -- all of which is part of E.C., right? -- we know nothing at all.

You guys, there, are blessed. You have a security system for your people, helping citizens and the most important you care for them. I read 4-5 newspapers a day. I watch plenty of "TV breaking news", (media maniac right!) but NOBODY, NOBODY! here knows what's happening in "Thai"!

I wonder what the E.C. "alert mechanism" is doing about this? And the worst is that I am not so sure that "exists".

That's why I get and I'll keep on getting my news from sources... across the Atlantic!

Bravo Blog! Thank you very much for keeping us informed!

Lamar
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Thailand
November 26, 2008

Lamar in Thailand writes:

I have a Dec. 6 reservation on United Airlines to return to the U.S.

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