As you are probably already aware, there has been some political unrest in Thailand for a while, especially around the Bangkok city region. The city recently incurred a curfew around the capital causing some distress for locals and travellers alike.
Thankfully, the nationwide curfew time has now been reduced from 22.00-05.00 to 00.00-04:00 with much of the Media now reporting that for the major tourist destinations such as Ko Samui and Phuket, normal business has resumed.
Impact on Travellers
Tourism seems to be back to normal in Thailand, with obvious note to being respectful of the curfew. If you are travelling to Thailand over the next few weeks then it is important to consider a few things before you leave:
Transit advice for customers
- All airports are operating as per normal
Some carriers have slightly adjusted flight arrival and departure times. Please keep an eye out for schedule changes.
- Transit passengers are unaffected
- Airport Shuttle Bus service operating normally
The shuttle bus service between Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang International Airports are operating as per normal.
- Coach Tour Groups unaffected
Group travellers on tour coaches, accompanied by a tour guide or tour leader, are allowed to pass through the checkpoints without any worry.
- Travellers should use the authorised taxis to pass freely through checkpoints
These are available 24hrs (identified by Suvarnabhumi Airport stickers displayed on the front windscreen) as they can pass freely through checkpoints over the curfew period.
- Lounge facilities available during curfew if taxis are unavailable
Suvarnabhumi Airport Taxis are available from the Platform of the Passenger Terminal on the 1st Floor, Gates 4 and 7. There are 6,000 – 7,000 authorised taxis but should any passenger not be able to locate a taxi during curfew they may use the facilities available at the CIP Lounges 1-4, located on the 3rd floor of the Passenger Terminal.
- All international checkpoints operating
Airports, border checkpoints and sea ports – are open and operating as per normal.
General advice for customers
- Security risk is low in main tourist centres
The FCO currently has no specific security concerns in the tourist centres (see bottom of email for more detail).
- Business as usual
Hotels, resorts, spas, restaurants, entertainment venues, cinemas, convention centres, shopping malls, superstores, convenient stores, as well as banks, petrol and gas stations, are open and operating as per normal. Shopping malls have resumed their normal operating hours (usually from 10.00 – 22.00 hrs).
- Communications unaffected
Telephone, both landline and mobile, and Internet services continue to be available 24/7 as per normal.
- Keep passport and travel documents to hand
Individual travellers – both tourists and foreign residents – are advised to keep their passports and other travel documents handy at all times, in case they are required for inspection by security officers.
- Other transport operating normally
Roads, rail and waterways are also operating as per normal throughout Thailand, including at key tourist destinations, such as, Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket, Ko Samui, Chiang Mai and Hat Yai. But operating hours have been adjusted to comply with the new curfew time, i.e. the BTS Skytrain and MRT Subway systems in Bangkok are now operating from 06.00 – 23.00 hrs.
We hope this information is of use to you when coordinating your travel plans. If you have already made travel plans with Flight Centre then please speak to your consultant if you require further information. Alternatively, you can visit the Tourism Authority of Thailand Newsroom where news and information about tourism in Thailand is updated regularly.