Government reminds residents that the red Outbound Travel Alert for Thailand (Bangkok) remains in force
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     A government spokesman today (January 10) reminded residents that in view of continuing demonstrations and the latest developments in Thailand (Bangkok), the red Outbound Travel Alert for Thailand (Bangkok) remains in force. The OTA for other parts of Thailand remains at amber.

     According to reports, anti-government groups have called for large-scale demonstrations in Bangkok from January 13 which will close down important intersections. Pro-government groups have also called for demonstrations in Bangkok and other cities.

     "Residents intending to visit Thailand (Bangkok) should adjust their travel plans and avoid non-essential travel. Those already there should monitor the situation, attend to personal safety and avoid protests and large gatherings of people," the spokesman said.

     The Security Bureau will continue to closely monitor the situation there. Any update will be issued through the media and the bureau's OTA webpage, www.sb.gov.hk/eng/ota.@

     Hong Kong residents in Thailand who need assistance may call the 24-hour hotline of the Assistance to Hong Kong Residents Unit (AHU) of the Immigration Department at (852) 1868 or contact the Chinese Embassy in Thailand at the 24-hour consular protection hotline: (66) 854833327.

Ends/Friday, January 10, 2014
Issued at HKT 18:06

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