Travel Precautions & Warnings

For the latest travel advice and warnings, contact the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Travel Advice Unit
Consular Directorate
Foreign & Commonwealth Office
Old Admiralty Building
London SW1A 2PA

Telephone: 0845 850 2829
Fax: 020 7008 0155


The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office is currently advising against all but essential travel to, or through, the far southern provinces of Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat and Songkhla, where there is continuing violence due to insurgency and civil unrest. There have been regular attacks including bombings and shootings since January 2004, with recent attacks including 31 bombs exploding in the far southern provinces in February 2007. The Thai Government has declared a serious state of emergency in the provinces of Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat.

On 19 September 2006, there was a coup against the Thai civilian government and martial law was imposed throughout the country. This was lifted in 41 (of the total of 76) provinces, including Bangkok in January 2007, but there remains a risk of further political instability in Thailand. Visitors are advised to avoid any demonstrations and large crowds.

There is a high threat from terrorism throughout Thailand. Attacks could be indiscriminate and against civilian targets in public places including those frequented by foreigners.

At the end of 2006, eight bombs exploded in various locations in Bangkok, killing three people and injuring at least 36 others. The Thai authorities have warned that there could be further attacks in Bangkok at any time.

Outbreaks of Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) in Thailand have resulted in a small number of human fatalities. Visitors should avoid poultry farms, live animal markets and other places where they may come into close contact with domestic, caged or wild birds. Travellers should also ensure poultry and egg dishes are thoroughly cooked.

Penalties for possession, distribution or manufacture of drugs are severe and can include the death penalty.