FCO on Bangkok: “Avoid All But Essential Travel”

The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office has updated its travel advice for Bangkok – and the message is clear

We now advise against all but essential travel to the city of Bangkok and the 26 provinces in Thailand affected by flooding.

Our advice against all but essential travel to the city of Bangkok does not include transit through Suvarnabhumi international airport.

Flights to destinations elsewhere in Thailand (eg the resorts of Chiang Mai, Pattaya, Phuket, and Koh Samui) continue to operate normally. We continue to advise against all travel to the Preah Vihear and Ta Krabey/Ta Moan temple areas and against all but essential travel to the provinces of Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat and Songkhla.

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Flooding conditions have already affected Doung Mang airport, and is now hitting Bangkok itself, and is expected to get worse over the next few days.

Transit though Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK) remains open at this time.  In addition, to alleviate some of the flooding problems, the Thai Government has declared a public holiday in all flooded regions, so if you’re in the area, expect more disruptions due to closures .

The FCO advise to keep an eyue on local media, reports from the the Thai 24/7 Emergency Operations Centre and the Tourism Authority of Thailand.

If you’re due to go out there, FCO advice can normally trigger a one free change with your airline – check with them before setting off to see if you’re allowed to.

More importantly, if you have to go out there keep safe – and keep dry.