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Advice for tourists in Thailand

Advice for tourists in Thailand    Thai

Tourists in Thailand are now under a nightly curfew that will see them restricted to their hotel rooms from 10pm – 5am.

The move comes after the army seized power yesterday and the chief of the army went on national TV to announce that martial law was now in place.

Here’s what you need to know:

The Thai army has banned gatherings of five or more people. If you break this rule, you may be imprisoned.

If you’re staying in Thailand for the forseeable, make sure you’re back in your hotel for 10pm. Don’t attempt to break the curfew.

If you’re flying in or out of the country, you’re fine – you’re allowed to be out and about after 10pm, but you must make your way straight to your hotel if you’re arriving in Thailand, or to the airport if you’re leaving your hotel.

According to a military spokesman, travellers will be allowed to move between their hotel and airports.

Those flying from Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang International Airports are advised to leave their hotel four hours prior to their flight departure time.

Avoid all protest sites, political gatherings, demonstrations and marches.

The Foreign Office website states: “There is a risk of a violent reaction to the Army’s announcement.

“We recommend that you exercise extreme caution and remain alert to the situation. If you’re in any doubt about your safety, stay in your accommodation.”

For more information, go to the Tourist’s Friend Centres, which are located at the Sport Authority of Thailand in the Bangkapi district of Bangkok, Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports, four BTS Skytrain stations (Siam, Phya Thai, Ekkamai and Wong Wian Yai) and Hua Lampong MRT station.

You can also contact the Tourist’s Friend Centre by telephone on +66 (0)2 314 1212 (in English – 24 hours).

Australians travelling to Thailand meanwhile should visit smartraveller.gov.au and check their travel insurance.

Rob Whelan, chief executive of the Insurance Council of Australia, said policies would not be voided due to the coup but exclusions would apply.

“Though travel insurance will usually not cover you for claims arising from military insurrection, including any restrictions to your activities, travellers remain covered for normal travel-related claims. Australians should monitor local media to avoid disruptions and trouble,” he said.

“Each travel insurer has different policy terms and conditions. Review your policy disclosure statement to check its inclusions and exclusions, and contact your travel insurer if you have questions.”

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