Bangkok travel warning still in force

     The travel warning on Bangkok was still in force given that the situation in the Thai capital was still not entirely clear, a government spokesman said today (April 15).

     The spokesman said the Government would continue to closely monitor developments.

    ˇ§Hong Kong residents who are already in Bangkok should watch their personal safety and avoid places of protests and large gatherings of people,ˇ¨he said.

     Bangkok airport is operating normally and most Hong Kong residents who travelled to Bangkok during the Easter holidays have already returned home.

     The spokesman said,ˇ§We understand that plenty of seats on home-bound flights from Bangkok are still available for advance booking. Hong Kong residents now in Bangkok can contact their airlines if they want to return home early.ˇ¨

     After the Government issued the travel warning on Bangkok, the Immigration Department had received 199 enquiries and 19 requests for assistance from 6pm on April 13 to 10am today (April 15).  All 19 requests for assistance, from people seeking help to bring forward their return home, were resolved.

      Residents who need assistance may call the 24-hour hotline of the Assistance to Hong Kong Residents Unit of the Immigration Department at (852) 1868.

Ends/Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Issued at HKT 15:23