New Zealand Embassy Bangkok, Thailand
Advice for New Zealanders on Thailand’s military coup d’état
On 22 May 2014, the Royal Thai Army announced that the military had taken control of the government of Thailand. Martial law is in place across Thailand and gives the military certain expanded powers to enforce law and order. There is an increased military presence in Bangkok and the surrounding provinces. The Chief of the Royal Thai Army has assured the safety of all foreigners in Thailand.
New Zealanders throughout Thailand are advised to exercise caution and monitor the media to stay informed of developments. We recommend adhering to any instructions and restrictions issued by the local authorities. There may be significant disruptions to public transport and movement around Bangkok. Some public transport may have curtailed operating hours and you should allow extra time for journeys, including to Bangkok airports. Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport and Don Mueang Airport remain open and are operating normally.
Thailand has been experiencing large-scale political demonstrations since November 2013. There have been several small scale protests in Bangkok and some other parts of Thailand in response to the military’s actions and further protests, which may lead to confrontations and violent incidents, are possible. New Zealanders throughout Thailand are advised to avoid any protests, demonstrations, and large public gatherings, as even those intended to be peaceful have the potential to quickly turn violent. Areas close to protest sites may also be susceptible to violence or attack. Under the current state of martial law, individuals may be detained for publicly criticising Thailand’s current political situation, the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) or the monarchy. New Zealanders throughout Thailand should be wary of making political statements in public and on social media.
Before travelling to Thailand we recommend you check with your insurance provider that they will continue to cover you for claims arising from the current situation. Some travel insurance policies may exclude cover during a coup d'etat and your insurance may be invalid.
For further travel advice to Thailand see www.safetravel.govt.nz/thailand.