Bangkok alerts continue
BANGKOK, 25 January 2012: Travel alerts issued by 21 countries continue to warn citizens to be cautious when visiting Bangkok.
According to Thailand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, there are now 21 countries led by the United States that are advising caution.
They are: US; Ireland; Italy; Sweden; Netherlands; Denmark; Israel; Japan; Taiwan; New Zealand; Germany; France; Greece, Norway; Austria; Canada; Romania; Brazil; United Kingdom; South Korea and Australia.
Most of the warnings tell citizens to be cautious when visiting Bangkok and avoid visits to Khao San Road, Rambutri Road, Soi Sukhumvit 22 and other places that are popular venues for foreign tourists.
Only Israel is advising its citizens to avoid travel to Thailand entirely.
Thailand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it would require more time for the US to downgrade the warning despite discussions between officials from the two countries.
The ministry’s permanent secretary met with the American Chargé d’Affaires to seek a revision of the advisory earlier this week.
“ The ministry hopes the US government will consider lifting the alert very soon, seeing there has been no acts of terrorism in Thailand.”
China lifted its warning 20 January, which encouraged a resumption of travel bookings for the Chinese New Year holiday.