Travellers to Thailand are on high alert as political demonstrations continue in Bangkok.
Thailand’s Internal Security Act (ISA), which gives authorities additional powers to manage protests, is currently in force in Bangkok and some areas of surrounding provinces.
Actions of the ISA include the power to impose curfews, operate checkpoints, restrict the movement of demonstrators, search for weapons and use force in the case of violence.
The Thai Foreign Ministry has revealed that 23 foreign governments have issued travel advice including Australia, the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Germany, Singapore and others.
Australia’s Smart Traveller website said that political demonstrations have been occurring in Bangkok throughout November 2013 and that visitors should avoid all protests, political rallies and large-scale gatherings as well as security deployments associated with such events.
Travellers have been advised to monitor the media for developments that may affect their safety.