Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Update on Bombings in Hua Hin and Other Incidents
This is an update to the Security Message sent to U.S. citizens on the morning of August 12, 2016.
Since late on August 11, multiple bombing incidents have occurred in parts of Thailand, including in Hua Hin, Phang Nga, Trang, Surat Thani, and Phuket. The latest incident occurred at approximately 10:30 a.m. today, August 12. Thai local law enforcement and media are reporting at least four deaths and 37 injuries. No U.S. citizens have been identified among the victims.
Royal Thai Police have indicated that the immediate areas near the incidents will remain closed for investigation. Law enforcement presence throughout Thailand is expected to be enhanced until further notice. U.S. citizens should avoid affected areas; remain aware of surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates. Maintain a high level of vigilance, take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security, and follow instructions of local authorities.
We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Thailand enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at www.Travel.State.Gov. STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency. If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.
Regularly monitor the State Department’s website, where you can find current Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution. Read the Country Specific Information for Thailand. For additional information, refer to “A Safe Trip Abroad” on the State Department’s website.
Contact the U.S. embassy or consulate for up-to-date information on travel restrictions. You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). Follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and download our free Smart Traveler iPhone App to have travel information at your fingertips.
The American Citizen Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy is located at 95 Wireless Road in Bangkok, and can be reached by calling +66-2-205-4049, or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The Embassy’s after-hours emergency telephone number is +66-2-205-4000. You can also follow us on Twitter @acsbkk.
The U.S. Consulate General in Chiang Mai is located at 387 Wichayanond Road in Chiang Mai. The American Citizen Services Unit of the Consulate General can be reached by calling +66-53-107-777 and by e-mail at email@example.com. The after-hours emergency telephone number is +66-81-881-1878.
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Malaysians in Thailand urged to register with embassy or consulate
PUTRAJAYA: Malaysians travelling or residing in Thailand have been urged to register with the embassy in Bangkok or the Consulate General of Malaysia in Songkhla. In a statement today, the Foreign Ministry said the registration can be done either by email or fax. The ministry also confirmed that no Malaysians were involved in the series of bombing incidents in several areas across Thailand, namely in Trang, Hua Hin, Surat Thani, Phuket and Nakhon Si Thammarat between Aug 11 and 12 which saw a number of casualties. “Malaysians travelling to Thailand or those who are residing in Thailand are advised to remain vigilant and pay close attention to personal safety at all times,” it said today. It said Malaysia strongly condemned the latest attacks. Malaysians requiring assistance can contact the Embassy of Malaysia, Bangkok 33-35, South Sathorn Road, Tungmahamek, Sathorn, Bangkok 10120, Thailand, Tel.: +66-2- 629 6800 / +66-87- 028 4659 (after working hours) Fax: +66-2- 679 2208 / +66-2- 679 2270, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org