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Reviewed: 2 December 2013, 11:15 NZDT
Still current at: 06 December 2013
There is high risk to your security in the southernmost provinces of Narathiwat, Yala, Pattani and Songkhla because of on-going politically-motivated and criminal violence, which occurs on an almost daily basis. We advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel to these provinces. The Thai Government’s Emergency Decree is in force in the southern provinces of Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat with the Internal Security Act also applicable in parts of Songkhla. These laws give the police and military forces broad powers in addressing security threats. The Thai Government has warned tourists not to travel to these areas.
There is high risk to your security along the disputed Thailand/Cambodia border in the provinces of Sa Kaew, Buriram, Surin, Sisaket and Ubon Ratchathani and we advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel to this area. Thai and Cambodian troops are deployed in this area and have on occasion engaged in armed conflict.
There is high risk to your security along the Thailand/Myanmar border and we advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel to this area. Sporadic conflict near the Myanmar/Thai border occurs between the Myanmar military and armed opposition groups as well as between Thai security forces and armed criminal groups (such as drug traffickers).
There is some risk to your security elsewhere in Thailand due to the threat from terrorism and potential for violent civil unrest and we advise caution.
There is an on-going threat from terrorism in Thailand, including outside the southernmost provinces of Narathiwat, Yala, Pattani and Songkhla. New Zealanders are advised to exercise a high degree of personal security awareness in Thailand. Particular care should be taken in public and commercial areas, including landmark places known to be frequented by expatriates or foreign tourists, public transport facilities, hotels, bars, tourist resorts and shopping areas. We recommend you comply with any restrictions and instructions issued by the local authorities.
In May 2013, an explosive device detonated in eastern Bangkok, injuring seven people. In January 2012, the Thai authorities made an arrest and seized a large quantity of bomb-making materials in Bangkok, thought to be related to an alleged terrorist plot targeting tourist areas.
Demonstrations and other protest activity is common in Thailand, which sometimes leads to violence. In Bangkok, large protest rallies have taken place at various locations, particularly at the Democracy Monument on Ratchadamneon Avenue, the Rajaprasong intersection, and outside the main government buildings.
New Zealanders in Thailand are advised to avoid any protests, demonstrations and large public gatherings as even those intended to be peaceful have the potential to turn violent. We recommend monitoring events through local media and adhering to any instructions issued by the local authorities.
There is a danger from unexploded landmines in areas surrounding the Preah Vihear Temple (known as Khao Pra Viharn temple in Thailand) and the Ta Kwai and Ta Muen Thom temples, located on the Thailand/Cambodia border. If you are travelling in this area we recommend you remain on well-used roads and paths.
General travel advice
It is a requirement under Thai law to carry photo identification at all times. A New Zealand driver’s licence or a photocopy of the biodata page from a passport would be adequate identification in the first instance.
New Zealanders travelling or living in Thailand should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that includes provision for medical evacuation by air.
New Zealanders in Thailand are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Contact details are
Street Address: M Thai Tower, 14th floor,
All Seasons Place, 87 Wireless Road, Bangkok
Postal Address: PO Box 2719, Bangkok 10500
Telephone: +66 2 254 2530 Facsimile: +66 2 253 9045
Website: New Zealand Embassy Thailand [external link]
Office Hours: Mon-Fri 0800-1200, 1300-1630 hrs