Thai referendum triggers advisory


LONDON, 29 July 2016: A UK travel advisory updated Wednesday, advises  against all but essential travel to Thailand’s southern border provinces and cautions UK citizens of potential unrest ahead of the referendum vote, 7 August.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) continues to identify  Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat and Songkhla province on the Thai-Malaysia border claiming there was a high threat from terrorism

But the travel advisory also alerts UK citizens of the potential for trouble during the 7 August national referendum on the  draft Thai constitution.

inside no 6It states: “Political tensions are likely to increase leading up to and during the polls and travellers should avoid political gatherings and monitor the advice of local authorities and local media.”

British nationals make nearly 1 million visits to Thailand every year. Most visits are trouble-free.

On the referendum vote day, 7 August, there will be restrictions on the sale of alcohol.

The travel advisory recommends UK visitors take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before visiting Thailand.

(Source: UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office)