23 nations issue Thailand travel advisories

23 nations issue Thailand travel advisories

Security authorities with sniffer dogs patrol Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi airport on Tuesday. (Photo by Pawat Laopaisarntaksin)
Security authorities with sniffer dogs patrol Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi airport on Tuesday. (Photo by Pawat Laopaisarntaksin)

Twenty-three countries by Tuesday had issued travel advisories in the wake of Monday’s Erawan shrine bombing, with most advising caution rather than avoiding travel to Thailand.

The Foreign Ministry said 12 countries issued "Level 2" advisories, urging citizens to take extra care during trips to the kingdom: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan and the United States.

Nine nations, however, recommended a higher degree of caution, or Level 3, warnings. They are Australia, Canada, China, Germany, Italy, Ireland, New Zealand, Russia and the United Kingdom.

Only Hong Kong advised its people to avoid non-essential travel to Thailand, a Level 4 warning. The "red alert" was Hong Kong's second strongest tier of travel advisory in its three-tier system.

The Netherlands is the only country that instructed its people to be alert. That represented just a Level 1 advisory, meaning its citizens should be aware of the situation around them.

No countries prohibited their citizens from visiting Thailand.


Do you like the content of this article?
COMMENT (15)

Iran activists brush off claim morality police abolished

PARIS: Campaigners backing Iran's protest movement on Monday dismissed a claim that the Islamic republic is disbanding its notorious morality police, insisting there was no change to its restrictive dress rules for women.

18:45

Singapore braces for fresh Covid wave, 'new variants of concern' from China

More Covid-19 infections and a new coronavirus wave are expected amid an increase in year-end travel and as more people take part in the festivities, but it will not be something that Singapore has not experienced, Health Minister Ong Ye Kung said.

17:45

Indonesia eyes property, economic boost with residency visa plan for foreign investors

Indonesia is preparing to unveil more details on its long-term residency visa scheme to attract foreign capital and property investors including from mainland China and Hong Kong, as Southeast Asia's biggest economy recovers from a pandemic-induced slump.

17:26