American Embassy closed again today

Phuket: Following the United States’ warning to American citizens to avoid non-essential travel to anywhere in Thailand, Americans in Phuket are reminded that the warning is still in force and that the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok is closed again today.

The key paragraphs of the warning, issued by the U.S. State Department on Friday, May 15, are quoted below:

“The Department of State warns U.S. citizens traveling to and residing in Thailand of ongoing political demonstrations and unrest in Bangkok and Chiang Mai.  Due to escalating violence in central Bangkok, including gunfire near the U.S. Embassy [95 Wireless Rd], demonstrations in Chiang Mai, and other incidents throughout Thailand, U.S. citizens should defer all travel to Bangkok and defer all non-essential travel to the rest of Thailand.

The Department of State has authorized the departure of all non-emergency U.S. government personnel and eligible family members from Bangkok.  This replaces the Travel Alert dated April 28, 2010, and is in response to updated information on increased violence and security concerns. 

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The Department of State recommends against travel to Bangkok and non-essential travel to Thailand at this time.

The U.S. Embassy, including visa operations, was closed on Friday, May 14 and will be closed on Monday, May 17. If security issues persist, the U.S. Embassy may continue to close. 

To find out the current operating status of the U.S. Embassy, please go to the Embassy’s website [here].”

American Citizen Services (ACS) will be available for emergencies only. The emergency telephone number is 02-205 4000. U.S. citizens who currently have appointments with the ACS unit are advised to go online or call the ACS (02-205 4049) once it has reopened to reschedule.

There is no American consulate in Phuket.

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