Government reminds residents of Red Travel Alert for Bangkok

     The Government today (March 14) reminded residents again that the red Outbound Travel Alert (OTA) for Bangkok and surrounding areas is still in force.  

     A Government spokesman said, "As large gathering of people already occurred in Bangkok, residents intended to go there should adjust their travel plans.  Those who are already there should attend to their personal safety and avoid places of demonstration or gatherings of large number of people, and continue to be alert to the latest development."  

     The spokesman also urged residents to remind their relatives and friends who are in Bangkok to pay attention to the alert.

     Since the raise of OTA to red on March 10, the Assistance to Hong Kong Residents Unit of the Immigration Department has received 192 enquiries and no request for assistance has been received so far.   

     The Security Bureau together with other relevant government bureaux and departments are closely monitoring the situation in Bangkok and surrounding areas.  They have been in close liaison with the Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China in Hong Kong and the Chinese Embassy in Thailand.  Any update will be issued through the media and the OTA webpage (

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

Ends/Sunday, March 14, 2010
Issued at HKT 18:07