Business travellers advised to defer non-essential travel to Bangkok following military coup

22 May 2014 ,  —


• Organisations encouraged to review their business continuity plans

• Individuals advised to avoid all gatherings due to the credible risk of violence

Travellers are being advised to defer non-essential travel to the Thai capital Bangkok, after the country's army declared a coup on 22 May. 

On the same day a nationwide night-time curfew was imposed from 22.00 to 05.00 (local time) and demonstrators on both sides of the political divide were ordered to leave protest sites.

Eliza Murray, Regional Security Manager – Asia Pacific, said: 

“Organisations with local offices in Bangkok should review their business continuity plans and ensure they are able to locate and communicate with all of their staff in the country. The situation remains unpredictable and requires close monitoring. Keep across developments closely via the international news media and local contacts prior to and during your stay.” 

Regularly updated advisories are being issued to members who are currently in Thailand and for those planning future travel. The advice will expand on the following: 

• Defer non-essential travel to Bangkok while the security situation remains fluid.

• Minimise all movement in Bangkok while the response to the coup remains unclear. Violent pro-government protests remain possible. Avoid all gatherings because of the credible risk of violence.

• Expect heightened security measures, including road closures, checkpoints and an increased security force presence. Where travel within Bangkok is essential, allow additional time for travel and confirm routes are clear before commencing the journey.

• Stay abreast of and observe curfew hours, which may change with little or no notice.

• International flight connections and domestic transfers via Bangkok are still possible; travellers should check for delays with their airlines before travelling.

• Register with your embassy and ensure that you receive regular updates prior to and during your visit.

• Plan for temporary media and telecommunications blackouts.

Members are encouraged to contact one of the 27 International SOS Assistance Centres if they have any concerns. Regularly updated information can be accessed online or on the Assistance App for members which can be downloaded here.


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