Travel Advisory: State Department Thailand Travel Alert
(February 17, 2014) As noted in a February 14th Travel Alert by the U.S. State Department, there have been protests in Bangkok and, on occasion, in other areas of Thailand over the past 15 months. The Travel Alert goes on to state that many protests have been peaceful, although violent incidents have occurred at or near some protest sites.
Tauck’s Global Response Team has been monitoring events in Bangkok, and we have continued to operate our tours in the region while avoiding areas where protest have occurred. All of our tours have operated without incident, although we stand ready and able to alter or curtail our itineraries should the need arise.
As described by the State Department, Travel Alerts (like the one announced for Thailand) are issued “for short-term events we think you should know about when planning travel to a country.” By contrast, the State Department’s more serious Travel Warnings are issued when they want prospective travelers “to consider very carefully whether (they) should go to a country at all.” The Thailand Travel Alert does not suggest that travelers should defer travel to Thailand, nor does it recommend that Americans currently in Thailand should return home. Rather, it prudently urges awareness and common sense precautions.