Singaporeans advised to be alert when


Singaporeans advised to be alert when travelling to Thailand: MFA

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) has updated a travel notification advising Singaporeans travelling to or living in Thailand to exercise alertness, in the wake of a number of attacks in the country’s traveler areas in 2014.

On Feb 1, 2015, two small improvised explosive gadgets took off at the Siam station of Bangkok’s Skytrain System, close to Siam Paragon Shopping Mall. A month later, a grenade took off in the popular shopping district of Chatuchak. On Apr 10, 2015, a car bomb blew up in the basement parking area of Central Festival shopping center in KohSamui.

In one of the worst attacks the country has seen, a bomb took off in the Erawan Shrine in Bangkok on Aug 17 in 2014, eliminating 20 people and injuring more than a hundred. One Singaporean was killed and at least seven injured.

A day later, another bomb exploded at Sathorn Pier beside Taksin BTS station.

The MFA travel notification, which was upgraded on Tuesday (Jun 7), encouraged Singaporeans to take the required precautions.

Singaporeans should keep themselves updated on the latest advancements through Thai news outlets and observe the instructions of the local Thai authorities. Singaporeans are also encouraged to take all necessary preventative measures to ensure their personal safety, consisting of acquiring thorough travel insurance and recognize with the terms and coverage of the insurance coverage, it stated.