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Thailand Remains Operational for Tourists During Military Takeover

May 23, 2014

Travelers may be wondering how they will be affected due to last week's military takeover of the government in Thailand. Though protests have broken out in the streets of Bangkok, the city is reportedly still safe for tourists. According to CNN, the biggest effect on tourists is the nationwide curfew, which is in effect from 10 p.m. through 5 a.m. until further notice. That said, passengers who have flight departures during the curfew hours will be permitted safe passage to the airport and are advised to carry a printout of their flight itinerary. All airports in Thailand are still open and operating as usual.

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"On the ground in Bangkok on Friday morning, streets are calm and most residents are carrying on with their lives as normal, though military checkpoints have been set up at various locations throughout the country," CNN reports. 

Foreigners should carry their passports with them at all times. 

Tourist attractions, government offices, embassies, shops, restaurants and malls are all still open, as are all Bangkok expressways. The city's Skytrain, subway, airport rail link, public ferries and trains are also operational, with adjusted hours due to the curfew. 

The U.S. State Department has not changed the travel alert to Thailand from May 16. 

Stay tuned to Travel Agent Central for further updates to this developing story.

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