changed about 11.57pm (Thai time) on Wednesday 5 May: quote
“This advice has been reviewed and reissued with amendments to the Summary and the Terrorism and Security section. The overall level of the advice has changed; we no longer advise against all but essential travel to the whole country. We advise against all travel to specific parts of Thailand. We advise against all but essential travel to other specific parts of Thailand, including Bangkok.
(see travel advice legal disclaimer)
We advise against all but essential travel to Bangkok, in view of the continued political unrest in the city.
You should exercise caution, especially in the northern provinces and Pattaya. The political situation is unpredictable and throughout Thailand there is a continued risk that protests may result in violent disturbances. Travellers are advised to avoid political demonstrations and large gatherings…..
If you are already in Thailand, you should consider whether it is essential for you to travel to Bangkok. Wherever possible, you should take transport services which do not involve transiting areas of Bangkok where political protests are taking place.
Suvarnabhumi airport is operating as normal. The route to the airport from Bangkok city remains open. For advice about travelling abroad see the local Travel section. FCO advice against all but essential travel does not apply to passengers transiting Bangkok airport on their way to other destinations. ……” unquote.
This is important & good news for local tourism, as more British tourists & visitors to this Andaman region are likely to rebook their trips, that may have been delayed or cancelled due to their previous advice (on 27 April) against travel all over Thailand which also restricted their insurance coverage. Other countries, with similar travel advice against all of Thailand, may also follow the British government’s FCO change and this will encourage many tourists to rebook and visit the Andaman region.
A British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) correspondent in Bangkok told Phuketindex.com that they will try to mention the new travel advice in their world news on the situation in Bangkok, as the protests hopefully wind down soon. Then the correspondent thinks there “will be lots of exhausted journalists looking for a break in this Andaman region and that may help encourage others to visit here.”