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Bangkok Travel Warnings Issued as Violence Escalates

By May 15, 2010

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FoxNews.com is reporting that the U. S. Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand will temporarily close through Monday, May 17, due to the continued unrest in that city. Thailand's government has declared a state of emergency in downtown Bangkok and several provinces, according to the U. S. Embassy's Warden Message of May 14, 2010.

The United Kingdom's Foreign and Commonwealth Office issued a travel warning today for Bangkok, advising citizens to avoid all nonessential travel to the city. Canada's Foreign Affairs and International Trade Office has also issued a regional travel warning for Bangkok, and the Canadian Embassy in that city is temporarily closed.

The U. S. Department of State's April 28, 2010 Travel Alert for Thailand, which recommends that U. S. citizens avoid non-essential travel to that country, remains in effect, but it is likely that the Alert will be upgraded to a Travel Warning if violence continues to spread.

Update, May 15, 2010: The U. S. Department of State has upgraded its Travel Alert for Thailand to a Travel Warning. Travel to Bangkok is not recommended at this time, nor is nonessential travel to the rest of the country.

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