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Safety and Security

The Kingdom of Thailand continue to attract thousands of tourists and new residents from around the world, all drawn to its diverse landscapes, world-famous cuisine, and ancient culture. Although tourists and residents of Thailand can enjoy relative calm and safety throughout their time in the Kingdom, it’s important to be aware of the current realities facing Thailand.
 

Political Situation in Thailand

The government structure of Thailand is known as a Constitutional Monarchy, currently under King Maha Vajiralongkorn, who ascended the throne in December 2016 following the October 2016 passing of King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Since 2005, Thailand has experienced many instances of political turmoil which include a military coup d’├ętat in 2006 that resulted in the removal of then-Prime Minister Thaksin Chinawat, followed by anti-government protests and conflicts between competing political factions for several years. In August 2014, Royal Thai Army General Prayut Chan-ocha was appointed Prime Minister, following another coup d’├ętat a few months before.

Today, the political situation in most of Thailand is relatively calm, with the new constitution having been signed in April 2017. However, the Southern region of the country continues to experience unrest and violence due to ethnic and nationalist insurgents. Officials continue to advise tourists and residents to exercise caution when traveling to these areas, and to always stay informed of the current political climate.

Thailand has a healthy and fairly consistent system of information and journalism, where the most current political events and realities are covered both in English and Thai. One such outlet is. Read More

Safety in Thailand: Road Travel

Traveling within Thailand is relatively simple with buses, trains, planes, and boats making it possible to reach nearly all areas of the country rather easily. Within the city of Bangkok taxis, motorcycles, cars, and an extensive subway system connects the entire city. For those who choose to drive in Thailand, there are some important points to consider regarding the laws and regulations that govern driving in Thailand. The website Driving in Thailand provides comprehensive information on the rules, regulations, and expectations that come along with driving in Thailand.

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Traveler’s Health and Vaccinations

As with traveling to most other countries, health authorities advise all travelers to always make sure that they’re up to date on all their vaccinations before the trip. Every traveler needs to be up to date on their routine vaccinations, which are: thediphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, the chickenpox vaccine, the polio vaccine, the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, and your regular flu vaccine.

Additionally, please see the table below for more specific vaccine recommendations that may apply to specific people before entering Thailand.
 

Vaccine

Who Needs It?

Why?

Malaria

Some travelers who may be spending a lot of time outside

There is a risk of mosquito bites almost all year long all over Thailand.

Japanese Encephalitis

Some travelers who may be staying in Thailand for a long time, or planning to travel around the country

There have been reports of transmissions in Northern Thailand, as well as the coastal areas of Southern Thailand.

Typhoid

Most travelers , especially those planning to travel to rural areas or are adventurous eaters

There is a risk of contamination through food or water.

Hepatitis A

Most travelers.

There is a high risk of contamination through food or water.

Rabies

Some travelers , especially those who will come into contact with a lot of animals

Although rabies is not a major risk in Thailand, it can be found in some animals, especially street dogs and cats.

Hepatitis B

Some travelers , especially those who plan to get tattoos or piercings while traveling in Thailand

Hepatitis B is transmitted through sexual contact, as well as through contaminated needles and other blood products.

Cholera

Some travelers

There is a risk for contamination through food or water, especially in areas where there is an active transmission.

Yellow Fever

Only people who are traveling from countries with a risk of yellow fever contamination.

There is no risk of yellow fever contamination in Thailand. However, the government of Thailand requires proof of vaccination against yellow fever from all travelers who are coming from countries that have a risk of contamination. To determine if you are one of these travelers, please see this list from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Visa and Passport

The “Land of Smiles” is a very popular destination for visitors from around the world, whether on vacation or as medical travel patients, as the capital city of Bangkok continues to be one of Asia’s most popular medical destinations. Depending on your country of origin, there are some specific requirements put in place in order for you to enter the Kingdom of Thailand.

When visiting Thailand as a tourist or a medical travel patient you will need to obtain a Tourist Visa either upon arrival, or in advance of arrival, depending on your country of origin. Most tourist visas are awarded for a period of 15 days or 30 days, with the possibility of extending depending on the discretion of the appropriate authorities.

Here is a resource for a complete list of requirements that each traveler must meet upon arrival in Thailand. Read More

Immigration & Customs:

The requirements for immigration and customs when trying to enter Thailand will vary depending on your country of origin. For more specific information that applies to you directly, it is recommended that you contact your own state department of immigration.

Here is some information from the Tourism Authority of Thailand about the basic requirements for all travelers: Read More

Travel advice help and support:

Once you’ve made the decision to travel to Thailand, the next step is to find out more detailed information about this unique and interesting country. Thailand is diverse, welcoming, unique, and generally “amazing.” But since we are all different, we have different focuses when it comes to doing research before we go somewhere new. The best place to start finding the specific information that matters to you is the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s website, which features important information on topics such as: