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Source: New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade – Safe Travel

There have been a number of political protest rallies across Thailand over recent weeks, including in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Nakhon Ratchasima, Lampang, Nakhon Pathom and Phitsanulok.

 

Further rallies are anticipated, and some may occur at very short notice.   These rallies may disrupt traffic and commercial activity, and there may be a heightened security presence.

 

In Bangkok, potential protest locations include the Democracy Monument on Ratchadamnoen Avenue, the Ratchaphrasong Shopping District Skywalk near the MBK building, Bangkok Art and Cultural Centre, Lumpini Park and university campuses.    Further protests are planned over the upcoming weeks.

 

New Zealanders in Thailand are advised to avoid all protests, demonstrations, and large gatherings as they have the potential to become disorderly, or possibly violent with little notice.  If you find yourself in an area impacted by demonstrations we recommend that you move away quickly, and to a safe place.  New Zealanders are also advised to monitor local media for developments and comply with any instructions and restrictions issued by the local authorities.


There are strong ‘lese majeste’ laws in place in Thailand.  These laws make it a criminal offence to criticise or defame the monarchy in any form, including on social media.  These laws are strictly enforced in Thailand and we strongly advise New Zealanders in Thailand to refrain from making any public statements and/or take actions on social media that breach Thai laws.

 

We encourage all New Zealanders living in or travelling to Thailand to register with SafeTravel. SafeTravel is the official registration facility for New Zealanders both travelling and living overseas. When New Zealanders register with us, we’re able to relay important information about local developments and account for their safety and well-being as part of New Zealand’s consular response to emergencies offshore.

 

New Zealanders in Thailand requiring consular assistance can contact the New Zealand Embassy in Bangkok on +66 2 254 2530 or e-mail info@newzealandembassybkk.com.  Read our full travel advisory here.

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