FCO Thailand travel advice upgraded (Photo: goWander.com user Angela R)

The British Foreign & Commonwealth Office has upgraded its warning relating to Thailand. The FCO now advises against all but essential travel to all parts of the country.

We advise against all but essential travel to the whole of Thailand due to the increasingly volatile and tense political situation. Violent incidents of an unpredictable nature are occurring in many parts of Thailand.

In the early hours of 27 April, substantial numbers of troops deployed in Central Bangkok. On 26/27 April there were at least eight incidents in various parts of Thailand involving protestors setting up barricades, in some instances leading to clashes with the security forces.

In the last week, protests and violent incidents have taken place in other parts of Thailand including popular tourist destinations such as Pattaya, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Ayuthaya and other locations.

If violence breaks out near where you are staying you should stay indoors, monitor the media and regularly check FCO Travel Advice. We advise extra vigilance at night when the majority of violent incidents have occured. Leaders of protest groups have made clear threats of further violence across Thailand. You should stay in close contact with your tour operator, if you have one, who may be able to advise you on the implications of this advice for their operations.