40+ travel warnings for Thailand – UAE, Kuwait latest

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The Land of Smiles: Unwary or overly curious tourists could easily encounter the effects of tear gas – or worse – in Thailand’s capital starting from the coming week

More than 40 countries have issued or upheld travel warnings for Thailand ahead of the planned mass protests starting from January 13, suggesting travelers stay well clear of demonstration sites and do not go out at night or do not travel to Thailand or at least Bangkok at all.

The latest countries were the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait, urging their citizens and residents not to travel to Thailand due to the tense political situation. All Kuwaiti nationals in Thailand should leave the country immediately prior to January 13, the Kuwaiti ambassador in Thailand added.

Hong Kong’s Security Bureau has raised the travel threat level for Bangkok to ‘red’, the second highest warning, advising against all “non-essential travel” to Bangkok.

Meanwhile, the United Nations has closed its main office in Bangkok for safety reasons.

If the protesters close 20 intersections in the inner city as announced, it will prove to be very difficult for tourists to avoid the demonstration sites, prompting some governments to advice travelers to go elsewhere in the country.

Suvarnabhumi Airport has advised travelers to arrive at the airport four hours before flight departures because the protests will cause heavy traffic congestion and make it very difficult for people to reach the airport.

Reaching the second international airport Don Mueang, a hub for discount airlines including AirAsia, will probably be even more difficult as the main road to reach the airport, Vibhavadi Rangsit Road, will most likely be blocked. Going by bus or taxi, travelers would have to pass through demonstrations site with heavy traffic jams. The Bangkok administration has said it will be organising an alternative shuttle train service. However, there is no guarantee that the train service will operate smoothly as the rail track runs parallel to Vibhavadi Rangsit Road.

Countries and regions that issued travel warnings for Thailand:

Australia; Austria; Belgium; Brazil; Canada; China; Cyprus; Czech Republic; Denmark; Finland; France; Germany; Hong Kong; Hungary; India; Ireland; Israel; Italy; Japan; Luxembourg; Malaysia; Mexico; Mongolia; Netherlands; New Zealand; Norway; Oman; Philippines; Romania; Russia; Singapore; Slovakia; South Korea; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; Taiwan; Turkey; UAE; Ukraine; UK; US.

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The Land of Smiles: Unwary or overly curious tourists could easily encounter the effects of tear gas – or worse – in Thailand’s capital starting from the coming week

More than 40 countries have issued or upheld travel warnings for Thailand ahead of the planned mass protests starting from January 13, suggesting travelers stay well clear of demonstration sites and do not go out at night or do not travel to Thailand or at least Bangkok at all.

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Thailand tear gas
The Land of Smiles: Unwary or overly curious tourists could easily encounter the effects of tear gas – or worse – in Thailand’s capital starting from the coming week

More than 40 countries have issued or upheld travel warnings for Thailand ahead of the planned mass protests starting from January 13, suggesting travelers stay well clear of demonstration sites and do not go out at night or do not travel to Thailand or at least Bangkok at all.

The latest countries were the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait, urging their citizens and residents not to travel to Thailand due to the tense political situation. All Kuwaiti nationals in Thailand should leave the country immediately prior to January 13, the Kuwaiti ambassador in Thailand added.

Hong Kong’s Security Bureau has raised the travel threat level for Bangkok to ‘red’, the second highest warning, advising against all “non-essential travel” to Bangkok.

Meanwhile, the United Nations has closed its main office in Bangkok for safety reasons.

If the protesters close 20 intersections in the inner city as announced, it will prove to be very difficult for tourists to avoid the demonstration sites, prompting some governments to advice travelers to go elsewhere in the country.

Suvarnabhumi Airport has advised travelers to arrive at the airport four hours before flight departures because the protests will cause heavy traffic congestion and make it very difficult for people to reach the airport.

Reaching the second international airport Don Mueang, a hub for discount airlines including AirAsia, will probably be even more difficult as the main road to reach the airport, Vibhavadi Rangsit Road, will most likely be blocked. Going by bus or taxi, travelers would have to pass through demonstrations site with heavy traffic jams. The Bangkok administration has said it will be organising an alternative shuttle train service. However, there is no guarantee that the train service will operate smoothly as the rail track runs parallel to Vibhavadi Rangsit Road.

Countries and regions that issued travel warnings for Thailand:

Australia; Austria; Belgium; Brazil; Canada; China; Cyprus; Czech Republic; Denmark; Finland; France; Germany; Hong Kong; Hungary; India; Ireland; Israel; Italy; Japan; Luxembourg; Malaysia; Mexico; Mongolia; Netherlands; New Zealand; Norway; Oman; Philippines; Romania; Russia; Singapore; Slovakia; South Korea; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; Taiwan; Turkey; UAE; Ukraine; UK; US.

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