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MFA issues travel advisory for S'poreans amid rallies in Bangkok

SINGAPORE: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) has advised Singaporeans travelling to Bangkok to stay away from large crowds and demonstrations, monitor local news and developments closely, take all necessary precautions for personal safety, and buy comprehensive travel and medical insurance.

In a statement released on Tuesday, it also urged Singaporeans to eRegister at its portal so that the ministry could contact them if the need arises.

It added that Singaporeans who are in need of consular assistance while in Bangkok may contact the Singapore embassy in Bangkok or the 24-hour MFA duty office.

The statement noted that as of Monday evening, the Thai government has expanded the coverage of its Internal Security Act (ISA) to all districts of Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani's Lardlumkaew district and Samut Prakarn's Bang Pli district, including Suvarnabhumi Airport.

Political demonstrations have also expanded beyond the main protest area at the Democracy Monument to various locations in Bangkok, including some government buildings.

The statement said protest areas may also include popular tourist areas like Silom Road and Ratchaprasong intersection, and new locations for street protests could be announced at short notice.

The contact details of the Singapore embassy in Bangkok are:

Embassy of the Republic of Singapore in Thailand
129 South Sathorn Road, Bangkok 10120
Tel: 001-66-(2) 286-2111 or 001-66-(81) 844-3580 (24-hours)
Fax: 001-66-(2) 287-2578

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Duty Office (24-hours)
Tel: 6379 8800, 6379 8855
Fax: 6476-7302

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