HONG KONG, 3 December 2013: Hong Kong travel agencies said Monday they were cancelling most package tours to Bangkok because of anti-government protests, after authorities issued a travel warning for the strife-torn Thai capital.
The Hong Kong government issued a “red” outbound travel alert on Bangkok, the second highest in its three-tier warning system, while other Asian countries urged citizens to exercise caution as turmoil continued on the streets.
“Residents intending to visit Bangkok should adjust their travel plans and avoid non-essential travel. Those already there should monitor the situation, attend to personal safety and avoid protests and large gatherings of people,” a Hong Kong government spokesman said in a statement.
BANGKOK, 7 November 2013: Nine countries have issued travel warnings urging their citizens to avoid areas where political demonstrations are taking place in the Thai capital, as the government confirmed it has imposed the internal security act in three city districts.
At 1435, today, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra announced in a TV address that she had withdraw the controversial Amnesty Bill to maintain peace in the country. She called on all citizens to work together to rebuild harmony to unite the nation.
She said the House of Representative agreed to withdraw the bill to move the country forward and avoid a repeat of past demonstrations that ended in violence and tragedy. She asked all protestors to disengage from the demonstration and hold hands together for the sake of the country’s peace and prosperity.
However, protest leaders will still need to respond and call off the demonsrtrations. They had given the PM until 1800 today to withdraw the bill or face an escalation in protests.
It will take a few days for travel advisories to be down graded.
Yesterday Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichackchaikul confirmed that eight nations – Canada, Brazil, France, United Kingdom, Austria, Sweden, Israel, and Japan and the ecomomic zone Taiwan– had issued travel warnings.
Singapore was the ninth and the first ASEAN nations to advise it citizens to avoid places in the capital where political destinations were being held.
KUALA LUMPUR, 12 March 2013: Malaysian police said Monday they had cleared a remote village at the heart of a month-long incursion by Filipino Islamists as another gunman was killed, raising the toll in the crisis to 63.
But the remaining followers of a self-styled Philippine Sultan were still being hunted in a neighbouring village and surrounding farmland a week after Malaysia sent in the army to root them out.
Last week, travel advisories were issued by various countries, warning citizens to avoid Sabah.
BANGKOK, 22 February 2012: Tourism Authority of Thailand is communicating with overseas travel agencies to assess booking trends in the wake of last week’s bomb and grenade incident in a Bangkok residential district, according to TAT deputy governor for Asia and South Pacific, Sansern Ngao-rangsri.
Mr Sansern claims feedback from all 22 TAT overseas offices was positive with no signs of cancellations. TAT officials overseas were told to contact leading travel companies to gain first-hand knowledge.
“In the short-term, there have been no booking cancellations, but we will continue to monitor the markets daily,” said Mr Sansern.
BANGKOK, 2 December 2011: Both China and Singapore have lifted travel advisories on Thailand, while most other Asian nations have reduced warnings to a cautionary level, according to Tourism Authority of Thailand deputy governor for Asia and South Pacific, Sansern Ngao-rangsri.
Mr Sansern reported earlier in the week that both China and Singapore had lifted travel warning since 23 November.
“I believe that Chinese market will bounce back faster than other markets as just two days after the advisory was lifted travel agents were already sending groups to Thailand,” said Mr Sansern. Read more
BANGKOK, 23 November 2011: Travel warnings on Thailand’s flood should be lifted or reduced as the situation is now returning to normal Phuket Tourist Association president, Somboon Jirayus claimed Tuesday.
But his call is unlikely to be heeded by more than 30 countries that are currently warning citizens to avoid Bangkok and nearby provinces.
The warnings cite inconvenience, limited road access out of the capital, public health issues and a possible shortage of drinking water and even medicine. Read more
BANGKOK, 11 August 2011 – Riots in London raised concerns for the safety of tourists travelling to the UK as the violence spread to other major cities in the country on Thursday.
Thailand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs warned citizens planning trips to the UK to “keep an eye on media reports,” and recommended travellers to visit its website for updates or travel advisories.
Airlines and travel agents are concerned that if riots are not contained this week, it will dampen travel demand during August a traditional peak for travel to the UK. Read more
SRINAGAR, 27 July 2011 – In a boost to insurgency-hit Indian Kashmir’s tourism industry, Germany said on Monday it had changed its travel advisory for its nationals to say foreigners were not a “target”.
Germany has become the first foreign country to amend its travel advisory following a sharp decline in militant violence in the scenic Himalayan region.
“The travel advisory issued by the FFO (Federal Foreign Office) for German nationals travelling to the region (Kashmir) has been revised,” German embassy spokesman Jens Urban said said in a faxed message. Read more
HONG KONG, 16 March 2011 – Hong Kong has widened its top-level black travel alert to three more Japanese prefectures after explosions at a nuclear plant in the quake-stricken country deepened concerns of a meltdown.
The warning, announced late Tuesday, advises Hong Kong citizens to avoid travel to affected areas amid rising concerns about dangerous radiation seeping from the stricken facility about 250 km northeast of Tokyo.
“In view of the seriousness and uncertainty of the incident of the nuclear power plants in Fukushima Prefecture in Japan, the government has extended the Black Outbound Travel Alert from one prefecture to four prefectures,” a government statement said.
LONDON, 30 August 2010 – Australia, New Zealand and the United States have all issued cautionary warnings to travellers visiting North Ireland which is part of the United Kingdom.
The warnings follow three bomb blasts, earlier this month, linked to political demonstrations.
New Zealand’s travel advisory wet as far as to suggest citizens avoid travelling to Northern Ireland fearing they could be caught up in protests and demonstrations that have turned violent.