USFK warns its personnel to avoid travel to Thailand
SEOUL — U.S. Forces Korea is warning its personnel to avoid traveling to Thailand “until further notice” following the Sept. 19 military coup.
“Although there has been neither violence nor indications of direct threats to American citizens, civil disturbances could occur in Thailand resulting in anti-foreign sentiments or activities,” according to a force-protection warning on USFK’s Web site.
USFK civilian employees, contractors and family members are “encouraged to follow the guidance,” according to the statement.
USFK personnel who are required to travel to Thailand must remain “aware of their surroundings at all times and be prepared to change plans should the situation dictate,” according to the statement.
The U.S. State Department released a public announcement Wednesday to alert U.S. citizens to Tuesday’s coup by a military group calling itself the Council for Democratic Reform Under the Constitutional Monarchy.
The group seized control of the government from Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and declared martial law. Coup leaders have said they will put a civilian government in place within two weeks.
According to the State Department, Americans traveling in Thailand are encouraged to register with the U.S. Embassy or Consulate General at these locations:
Embassy – 95 Wireless Road, Bangkok. Call the American Citizen Services Unit at 66-2-205- 4049 or e-mail ACSBKK@ STATE.GOV
Consulate General – 387 Wichayanond Road, Chiang Mai 50300, Thailand. Call 66-53-252-629.
U.S. citizens also can register at https://travelregistration.state.gov.