Is it safe to travel to Bangkok? Latest FCO advice for Brits after explosions.
Bangkok, Thailand, has been rocked following multiple explosions during the morning rush hour that has left at least three people injured.
It’s reported that three pedestrians have been taken to hospital, one with serious injuries.
Following the blasts, the FCO has updated its travel advice for Brits, explaining that it is “monitoring the situation” and advising Brits currently in Thailand to follow the advice of local authorities.
The updated travel advice explains:
“There has been a report of explosions at 3 locations in Bangkok. Initial information is that these have occurred at the Government Complex recreational park on Chaeng Wattana Road, near Chong Nonsi BTS (Skytrain) station, and in sub-soi (side road) 57/1 of Rama 9 road in Bangkok. We are monitoring the situation. Please follow the advice of Thai authorities regarding the explosions.”
At the time of writing, it’s worth noting that the FCO is not advising Brits against travel to Bangkok.
However if you are due to travel within the next few days, make sure to check the latest FCO travel advice for Thailand before you set off on your journey.
There are some areas in Thailand where the FCO does advise against all but essential travel (these restrictions were in place before the Bangkok explosions).
That includes provinces on the Thai-Malaysia border including Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat and the Southern Songkhla province (not including areas north of and including the A43 road between Hat Yai and Sakom, and areas north-west of and including the train line which runs between Hat Yai and Pedang Besar).
What if I have a holiday booked in the next few days?
It’s unlikely that the explosions will affect your travel plans; the FCO isn’t advising against travel to Thailand at the time of writing, and flights are not affected.
If you’ve booked a trip to Bangkok and have concerns, then you should get in touch with the travel firm or tour operator you booked with as they may be able to help.
If you no longer wish to travel, then make sure you know your rights when cancelling a holiday.
The firm is not legally entitled to offer you a refund (unless they are cancelling your trip), but most are willing to find a solution which could include the option to rebook and travel at a later date.