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MFA: Singaporeans should 'seriously reconsider' visiting Thailand

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday (May 23) issued a Travel Notice calling on Singaporeans to "seriously reconsider visiting Thailand at the moment", and for those already in the country to avoid protest sites and exercise "a high degree of caution".

SINGAPORE: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday (May 23) issued a Travel Notice calling on Singaporeans to "seriously reconsider visiting Thailand at the moment", and for those already in the country to avoid protest sites and exercise "a high degree of caution".

Thai army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha led a coup on Thursday, announcing martial law and a 10pm curfew across the nation.

The Singapore MFA said on its website: "The situation is unpredictable and volatile, and may evolve quickly.

"Singaporeans in Thailand should monitor local news and developments closely and follow the instructions of local authorities. New instructions could be announced at short notice.

"Singaporeans should avoid large gatherings, as well as all protests sites and their vicinity. Singaporeans who are travelling to Thailand should exercise a high degree of caution and take all necessary precautions for personal safety, including purchasing comprehensive travel and medical insurance."

Despite these warnings, some Singaporeans are still going ahead with their travel plans to Bangkok.

"I've friends in Bangkok so they're telling me it's very safe. So I don't think it's an issue," said Max Lee.

"I've been travelling a lot and this is just something that I think is not too dangerous based on my assessment.  I won't go close to the crowd and I won't wear sensitive colours," said Kong Chek Yong.

The MFA has encouraged Singaporeans to eRegister with them at https://eregister.mfa.gov.sg/ in case of an emergency. Singaporeans in need of consular assistance while in Thailand should contact the Embassy in Bangkok at 001-66-(81) 844 3580 (singemb_bkk@sgmfa.gov.sg), or the 24-hour MFA Duty Office at 6379 8800 (mfa_duty_officer@mfa.gov.sg).

The Singapore ministry's notice echoed a call put out by the Malaysian Ministry of Foreign Affairs earlier the same day. Full story at: http://cna.asia/1jIJfpb

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