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.
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)