MFA updates travel notice for Thailand, urges Singaporeans to exercise vigilance

Tourists walk past market stalls next to a beach near Pattaya in Thailand.
Tourists walk past market stalls next to a beach near Pattaya in Thailand. PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

SINGAPORE - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) has advised Singaporeans travelling to, or staying in, Thailand during the June holiday period to exercise vigilance in the wake of a number of incidents last year.

In a travel notice posted on its website on Tuesday (June 7), MFA said Singaporeans should update themselves on the latest developments through Thai news outlets and heed the instructions of local authorities.

"Singaporeans are also advised to take all necessary precautions to ensure their personal safety, including purchasing comprehensive travel insurance and be familiar with the terms and coverage of the insurance policies," the noticed added.

MFA referenced five separate bomb incidents in the country.

 

The most serious was the bombing of the popular Erawan Shrine, near the Ratchaprasong intersection and Central World Shopping Centre, in Bangkok on Aug 17.

The blast killed 20 people - including one Singaporean - and injured 125.

MFA added that Singaporeans are encouraged to eRegister with it at https://eregister.mfa.gov.sg/ so that it may contact them if the need arises.

Those in need of urgent consular assistance may contact the Singapore Embassy in Bangkok or the 24-hour MFA duty office at:

Embassy of the Republic of Singapore in Thailand

129 South Sathorn Road, Bangkok 10120
Tel: +66-(2) 286-2111
Duty phone: +66-(81) 844-3580
Fax: +66-(2) 287-2578
Email: singemb_bkk@mfa.sg

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Duty Office (24 hours)

Tel: 63798800, 63798855
Fax: 64767302
Email: mfa_duty_officer@mfa.gov.sg