Hong Kong raises travel alert for Thailand (Bangkok) to black

     In view of the latest situation of Bangkok, and the 60-day state of emergency announced by the Thai Government, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government today (January 21) raised the Outbound Travel Alert (OTA) for Thailand (Bangkok) to black. The OTA for other parts of Thailand remains at amber.

     A government spokesman said, "Residents are urged to avoid all travel to Thailand (Bangkok). Those already there should attend to their personal safety and avoid protests and large gatherings of people."

     The Security Bureau will continue to 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 of the Immigration Department at (852)1868 or contact the Chinese Embassy in Thailand at 24-hour consular protection hotline: (66) 854833327.

Ends/Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Issued at HKT 23:00