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Cablegate: Travel Alert for Thailand

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UNCLAS STATE 125620

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: CASC ASEC TH
SUBJECT: TRAVEL ALERT FOR THAILAND

1. The State Department alerts U.S. citizens to
the continuing large-scale political
demonstrations in Thailand that have resulted in
the disruption of services as well as isolated
incidents of violence. At this time, Bangkok's
international and domestic airports have ceased
flight operations due to the People's Alliance for
Democracy (PAD) protests at those locations. It
is unclear when normal flight operations will
resume. Americans in Thailand should avoid travel
to these airports until airport operations return
to normal. Americans in Thailand, or who have
plans to travel to or transit Thailand, should
monitor local media and contact airlines for the
latest departure/arrival information. This Travel
Alert will expire on December 1, 2008.

2. We wish to remind American citizens that even
demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn
confrontational and possibly escalate into
violence. American citizens are therefore urged to
avoid areas of demonstrations, and to exercise
caution within the vicinity of any
demonstrations.

3. For the latest security information, Americans
living or traveling abroad should regularly
monitor the Department's Bureau of Consular
Affairs Internet web site at
http://travel.state.gov, where the current
Worldwide Caution, Travel Alerts, Travel Warnings,
and health-information resources can be found.
Up-to-date information on security can also be
obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in
the United States and Canada or, for callers in
other areas, by calling a regular toll line at 1-
202-501-4444. These numbers are available from
8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday
through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

4. American citizens traveling or residing in
Thailand are encouraged to register with the
Department of State at
https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/ui/ or
with the U.S. Embassy. The Embassy is located at
95 Wireless Road in Bangkok. The Embassy website
can be visited at
http://bangkok.usembassy.gov/embassy/wwc/rece nt.ht
m. The American Citizen Services Unit of the U.S.
Embassy can be reached by phone at 66-2-205-4049
and by e-mail at ACSBKK@State.gov. The after-
hours emergency telephone number is 66-2-205-4000.

5. Minimize considered.
RICE

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