Thai Government declared State of Emergency in the evening of Wednesday 7th April.  This was due to a brief attempt of the anti-government protestors “Red Shirts” entry to the parliament compound.

Prime Minister Abhisit emphasized that the use of the Emergency Decree is intended to enable the Government to carry out the afore-mentioned tasks more efficiently. There is no intention of using the law to suppress or harm people, particularly innocent ones. The Government’s aim is to restore normalcy and ensure the sanctity of the law, and all actions to be taken will be in accordance with the law and international standards.

Areas covered
The emergency rule covers Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Samut Prakan, Ayutthaya, Pathum Thani, and Nakhon Pathom.

What it means
In declaring the severe emergency situation, certain regulations and directives have been issued in accordance with the relevant law. It must be emphasized that in general the measures taken under these regulations and directives do not affect the normal way of life of people or their activities, nor do they affect foreigners residing in or visiting Thailand.   To travel to all other parts of the kingdom has not been affected. Tourism activities in all other areas continue as normal.

Main points in the Declaration:

  1. Limit of gathering for political purpose.
  2. Limit of travel to and out of certain areas.
  3. Limit of propaganda and news which may cause fear or altered information to the public.
  4. Limit of movement to certain areas.

Note to tourists and foreigners
For tourists visiting the Kingdom, it should be stressed that foreigners have not been targeted in the on-going political conflict. However, foreigners are advised to be vigilant, and avoid areas where crowds may gather.