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    This message alerts U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Thailand that media reports indicate there is a possibility of bomb attacks against certain Royal Thai Government facilities and unnamed foreign embassies on Wireless Road. This information has not been verified. Nevertheless, holidays like those coming up next week have at times been exploited by violent elements within Thailand to conduct disruptive operations such as bombings. Consequently, U.S. citizens should exercise caution during the next week's long holiday weekend. U.S. citizens are reminded that although the level of violence in Bangkok has subsided since the end of the May 2010 protests, the potential for random acts of politically-motivated violence remains as demonstrated by the recent bombings on July 25 and July 30. U.S. citizens are encouraged to maintain a heightened awareness when out in public, be alert for unattended packages/bags in public/crowded places and report any suspicious behavior to the nearest law enforcement personnel.

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    The Department of State has canceled the May 27, 2010, Travel Warning for Thailand due to improvements in safety and security conditions throughout the country. The Thai government ended the nightly curfew May 29, 2010. On July 6, 2010, the Thai Government renewed the emergency decree powers in 19 provinces but ended the emergency decree powers in 5 provinces.
    This message reminds U.S. citizens that emergency decree powers remain in effect in the following provinces:
    * Bangkok metropolitan area
    * Ayutthaya
    * Chaiyaphum
    * Chiang Mai
    * Chiang Rai
    * Chon Buri
    * Khon Kaen
    * Lampang
    * Maha Sarakham
    * Mukdahan
    * Nakhon Ratchasima
    * Non Bua Lamphu
    * Nonthaburi
    * Pathum Thani
    * Roi-Et
    * Sakon Nakhon
    * Samut Prakan
    * Ubon Ratchathani
    * Udon Thani

    Emergency decree powers give the police and military increased powers to maintain public order. Specifically, security forces have the authority to:

    * prohibit gatherings of more than five people; * prohibit distribution of media or publications deemed to affect security or public order; * prohibit or limit the use of vehicles or particular routes; and * evacuate buildings or areas or prohibit entry into them.

    You might encounter security forces personnel at roadblocks or other security checkpoints. If you do, you should obey all instructions from them. Be sure to carry identification and proof of your U.S. citizenship at all times to present if asked by authorities.

    There were numerous incidents of explosive attacks, including several isolated grenade and arson attacks, in and around Bangkok and Chiang Mai over the past three months. Additional explosive devices were discovered before detonation. Some of these incidents occurred at or near areas frequented by U.S. citizens. These incidents appear to be motivated by domestic politics and do not appear to be acts of international terrorism. The possibility of more such attacks cannot be ruled out. You should exercise caution and vigilance at all times. Immediately report to law enforcement or security personnel any unattended packages or bags or suspicious objects in public areas. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence with little or no warning. You should avoid areas that may be targeted for demonstrations and exercise caution if within the vicinity of any demonstrations or large gatherings. You should monitor local media to keep updated with the latest information of demonstrations and areas to avoid.

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    This warden message alerts U.S. citizens traveling to and residing in Thailand that the Royal Thai Government through the Center for the Resolution of the Emergency Situation (CRES) has announced that it will impose a shortened curfew for at least one more day and will evaluate the need to extend the curfew on a day-to-day basis. To find out if the Royal Thai Government has extended the curfew, please refer to local media and our website. We will not send out another email warden message solely regarding the curfew, but will update this message on our website.

    The curfew is in place tonight, Sunday, May 23 from 11:00pm to 5:00am. This curfew applies to the Bangkok metropolitan area and to the Thai provinces listed below. Royal Thai Government officials may change this list after this Warden Message is sent out, so please refer to media or local officials for the latest information. Reports indicate that troops have authority to shoot on sight in response to acts of inciting unrest. American citizens should maintain a low profile and refrain from nighttime outside activity until the situation improves.

    If you will be flying out of Bangkok in the next several days, we recommend that you leave for the airport well in advance of the curfew hours. If you are arriving at a Bangkok airport during curfew hours, we recommend that you stay at the airport until after curfew hours. Reports indicate that Airports of Thailand (AOT) may coordinate transportation for passengers from Suvarnabhumi Airport to a few central locations in Bangkok during curfew hours. However, they are evaluating providing this service on a day-to-day basis. Passengers may not be able to find any transportation from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Bangkok during curfew hours and may need to wait until after curfew hours to go to Bangkok.

    The U.S. Embassy, including visa operations, will be closed Monday, May 24. We will reopen all operations, including all consular services, on Tuesday, May 25. On Monday, May 24, American Citizen Services (ACS) will be at our temporary location at the Westin Grand Sukhumvit.

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    Thai Curfew: "Shoot on sight" orders

    May 19, 2010

    This warden message alerts U.S. citizens traveling to and residing in Thailand that the Royal Thai Government through the Center for the Resolution of the Emergency Situation (CRES) has announced that a curfew is in place from 8:00pm to 6:00am starting tonight, Wednesday, May 19. This curfew applies to the Bangkok metropolitan area and to all Thai provinces under the State of Emergency (see details below). Early morning flights may be impacted because of the curfew and the inability of crews and passengers to arrive at the airport before their scheduled flight. If you will be flying out of Bangkok in the next several days, we recommend that you confirm your flight with your airline before you leave for the airport. Reports indicate that troops have authority to shoot on sight in response to acts of inciting unrest. American citizens should maintain a low profile and refrain from nighttime outside activity until the situation improves.

    The U.S. Embassy, including visa operations, will be closed Thursday, May 20 and Friday, May 21. American Citizen Services (ACS) will be available for emergencies by phone only at 02-205-4049. For after-hours emergencies, please call 02-205-4000. The U.S. Embassy recommends against coming to the area near the U.S. Embassy.

    ACS has opened a temporary location at the Westin Grand Sukhumvit. Please see details in our recent announcement.

    U.S. citizens should avoid travel to and lodging in the area of the U.S. Embassy and the areas in and around all demonstrations, if possible. If U.S. citizens must travel to these areas, they should exercise special caution and remain vigilant with regard to their personal security. U.S. Embassy personnel who live around this area have been given the option to relocate to housing outside of the affected area until the situation is resolved. U.S. citizens are reminded to exercise caution and vigilance at all times.

    A State of Emergency has been declared in the following provinces:

    • Bangkok metropolitan area
    • Chiang Mai
    • Chiang Rai
    • Lampang
    • Nan
    • Nakhon Sawan
    • Samut Prakan
    • Chon Buri
    • Nonthaburi
    • Pathum Thani
    • Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya
    • Khon Kaen
    • Udon Thani
    • Chaiyaphum
    • Nakhon Ratchasima
    • Si Sa Ket
    • Kalasin
    • Mukdaharn

    U.S. citizens are reminded that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence with little or no warning. U.S. citizens are urged to avoid the areas that may be targeted for demonstrations and to exercise caution in their movements around Bangkok.

    Since May 15, 2010, the Department of State has advised U.S. citizens to avoid all travel to Bangkok and all non-essential travel to the rest of Thailand. You should review the Department’s most recent Travel Warning for Thailand.
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