The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated their advisory on the Bangkok and Thailand situation.
In a nutshell:
The overall level of the advice has changed; we advise against all travel to specific parts of Thailand, including Bangkok. We advise against all but essential travel to other specific parts of Thailand, including Chiang Mai.
Oh dear. The breakdown gets more interesting… (and these are some of the juicy bits)
- We advise against all travel to the city of Bangkok.
- There were a number of violent incidents in Bangkok on 19 May, after security forces cleared anti-Government Red Shirt protest sites. Following the dispersal of these protests, acts of violence are continuing to occur in various parts of the city.
- The situation is highly unpredictable and further acts of violence are likely. British nationals already in Bangkok should stay indoors and monitor this travel advice and local media. British nationals elsewhere in Thailand should wherever possible take transport services which do not involve transiting Bangkok.
- Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok is operating as normal. The route to the airport from Bangkok city remains open but you should look at our travel advice and the media for any other information.
- The Thai Government have said that travel to and from the airport is permitted in curfew hours provided you are able to show officers at checkpoints your passport and airline ticket. However, in view of the risk of violence, we advise any British nationals currently in Bangkok to remain indoors during the curfew period. If you need to travel to the airport, we advise you to do so outside the curfew times even if this means starting your journey earlier than planned
- FCO advice against all travel to the city of Bangkok does not apply to passengers transiting Bangkok airport on their way by air to other destinations, either within Thailand or internationally.
More information is on the FCO site, but the general gist of it is – until the situation calms down, avoid.