Western embassies remain closed in Bangkok - advice for travelers

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Thai authorities have imposed a curfew for three more nights in Bangkok and 23 other provinces in an attempt to calm conflict in the wake of an offensive against anti-government protesters.

For travelers in central Bangkok, Thai authorities and diplomats are warning against any movement around the city between 9pm and 5am local time until the morning of May 23.

The curfew is also in place in Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Nakhon Pathom, Ayutthaya, Chon Buri, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Lampang, Nakhon Sawan, Nan, Khon Kaen, Udon Thani, Chaiyaphum, Nakhom Ratchasima, Si Saket, Ubon Ratchathani, Nong Bua Lumphu, Mahasarakham, Roi Et, Sakhon Nakhon, Kalasin, Muk Da Han and Samutprakarn.

It is possible that this curfew may be extended for a longer period.

The US, the UK, Canada, New Zealand, Japan and Germany have now closed their embassies in the Thai capital, and while Australia's embassy remains operational, it has been closed to the public.

Many countries are now warning against travel to the Thai capital.

United States

The US Embassy in Bangkok has set up a temporary location to provide emergency and very limited routine Consular Services to US citizens in the Westin Grand Sukhumvit, telephone 02-207-8000.

United Kingdom

Britain is providing a limited service at an undisclosed location while its embassy is closed - British nationals in need of urgent consular assistance can call 02 305 8333 (in Thailand) for further information.


Australians in need of urgent assistance should contact their embassy by phone on +66 2 3446300.

New Zealand

New Zealand citizens in Thailand who require emergency or consular assistance should contact the Embassy's duty officer on 081 837 7240 (+66 81 837 7240 if calling from New Zealand).


German nationals in need of assistance can use temporary facilities in the French embassy (which remains open on Charoen Krung Road) during limited hours. The German Embassy's duty officer is available by phone (on +66 81 8456224).


In case of emergency, Canadians should dial 001-800-156-220-0142 or 02 636 0540, or contact sos@international.gc.ca for assistance.


A temporary office of the Embassy of Japan has been set up at the Imperial Queens Park Hotel since May 15, 2010 and is available by phone on 02-261-9300 ext. 5025, 5029