The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has updated its travel advisory, warning British citizens visiting the country in the coming weeks to be aware of fall-out from the constitution vote on the 7th of August.
We would especially like to draw your attention to the final paragraph about making political statements – this can be quite risky in Thailand.
Recent headlines –
- Quick Read: Thai Police Question British Author’s Wife
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- Quick Read: Thailand Sets Up Security Centres Ahead Of Referendum
- Quick Read: Thailand: Seven Activists Jailed For Involvement In Campaign Opposing Draft Constitution
- Quick Read: Thailand: Junta Bans Referendum Monitoring
- Quick Read: Thailand Jails Country Singer For Seven Years In Royal Insult Case
From the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website –
Thailand – summary
A referendum on the Thai constitution is due to take place on 7 August 2016. Political tensions are likely to increase leading up to, and during the polls. You should avoid political gatherings and monitor the advice of local authorities and local media. Certain restrictions, such as on the sale of alcohol, may be imposed at this time. You should observe local laws at all times.
On 22 May 2014 the military took control of government. Martial law was in place across Thailand until 1 April 2015 when it was lifted from all areas except the southern provinces of Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat, the Sadao district of Songkhla province and some border areas. However, Article 44 of the interim constitution gives General Prayuth Chan-o-cha, head of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), wide powers to continue to take action to enforce law and order, and restrictions remain on freedom of assembly and expression. Before the military coup there were large-scale demonstrations and protests in Bangkok and other cities. Some of these were violent. You should avoid any protests, political gatherings, demonstrations or marches.
A number of media outlets have been taken off air and some internet sites remain blocked. It’s illegal to criticise the coup and you should be wary of making political statements in public. You should monitor local news and social media for developments.
Please click here to read the rest of the travel advice, and to access further information.