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Avoid non-essential travel outside Canada until further notice. If you must travel, check the risk levels specific to your destination and plan your travel accordingly. Exercise a high degree of caution in Thailand due to ongoing political tensions and sporadic demonstrations in Bangkok and elsewhere in the country. Avoid all travel to and through the following southern provinces, due to the unpredictable security situation.
Separatist insurgents periodically perpetrate violent attacks. Narathiwat Pattani Songkhla Yala. In an attempt to limit the spread of COVID, most governments have implemented preventative measures and restrictions.
Foreign authorities might not recognize or accept proof of vaccination issued by Canadian provinces and territories. You may need to obtain a translation, a notarization, an authentication, or the legalization of the document. Foreign Representatives in Canada. Separatist insurgents periodically perpetrate criminally and politically motivated attacks in the southernmost provinces of Narathiwat, Pattani, Songkhla and Yala.
These deadly attacks include shootings, bombings and arson, and are usually directed at military, government and security buildings and personnel. They have also occurred in a variety of public places. Martial law and heavily enhanced security measures are in place in Narathiwat, Pattani, Yala, and Sadao District in Songkhla. Exercise a high degree of caution when travelling to the Thailand—Myanmar border areas in the provinces of Mae Hong Son and Tak. Border crossing points may be closed without notice. Cross at deated border crossing points only, with the required travel documentation. Thailand and Cambodia have an ongoing border dispute in the region.
There are reports of landmines in the Preah Vihear temple area. Exercise a high degree of caution if you are travelling to any other Thai—Cambodian border areas. Political instability in Thailand has created a volatile and unpredictable security environment throughout the country, particularly in Bangkok.
Legal provisions may allow the military to retain and exercise sweeping powers that could include the right to:. Such measures could be enforced at any time. Some television, radio stations and web sites may be unavailable, and access to social media services may be intermittently suspended.
Petty crime, such as purse snatching, pickpocketing and theft, is common. Thieves sometimes use razors to cut purses and bags open to remove their contents. Thefts occur on cross-country buses and vans. Personal belongings, including passports, have been stolen from luggage compartments under buses, especially on long-distance journeys. Use only reputable transportation companies. Be careful at night in entertainment areas throughout the country, including in Koh Pha Ngan and Koh Tao, particularly during full moon parties, Songkran, and other events in popular tourist locations.
Robberies and assaults including sexual assaults can occur during these events. Passport thefts and losses are common. You should report all criminal incidents to the Thai police in the jurisdiction where the incident occurred before leaving Thailand. Many Canadians fall victim to a variety of scams while visiting Thailand. You should report all incidents to the tourist police. Rental companies have at times accused renters of causing damage upon return of the equipment. In some cases, renters who refused to pay were harassed and threatened, and their passports left as collateral were withheld.
Some companies have also stolen the motorcycle and then claimed compensation from the renter. Before renting a motorcycle or personal watercraft, read all rental contracts thoroughly to ensure that the vehicle is insured to cover damage and theft. Take photos of existing damage on rented vehicles as proof of pre-existing damage. You must never use your Canadian passport as collateral for rental. If your passport is inaccessible or stolen because of such a situation, you may be subject to investigation by Passport Canada and may receive limited passport services. Some bars, nightclubs and entertainment venues may try to charge exorbitant prices.
Discussions about overcharging may lead to threats of violence. When dealing with travel agencies, ensure that the company is a reputable tour organization before providing payment. If you plan on buying property or making other investments in Thailand seek legal advice in Canada and Thailand. Do so before making commitments. Related disputes could take time and be costly to resolve. In scams involving gems and jewellery, merchants sell lower-quality items at inflated prices with promises that the items can be resold at a profit. The guarantees that merchants offer are not always honoured.
Carefully consider all purchases if you are not knowledgeable about gems and jewellery. The Government of Canada cannot assist in obtaining refunds for purchases made. More about overseas fraud. Never leave food or drinks unattended or in the care of strangers. Be wary of accepting snacks, beverages, gum or cigarettes from new acquaintances. These items may contain drugs that could put you at risk of sexual assault and robbery. Sexual assaults against foreign women have occurred. Be particularly vigilant during full moon parties, Songkran, and other events in popular tourist locations.
If you are victim of a sexual assault, you should seek medical attention and report the situation immediately to local authorities and the nearest Canadian office. Safe-travel guide for women. There is a threat of terrorism in Thailand. Although infrequent outside of the southern provinces of Narathiwat, Pattani, Songkhla and Yala, small-scale bomb attacks have occurred in public places.
Further attacks are possible. Large demonstrations are taking place regularly in Bangkok and across the country. There are social tensions, and demonstrations are likely to continue. Even peaceful demonstrations can turn violent at any time. They can also disrupt traffic and public transportation when they block major ro and intersections and may cause the closure of mass transit stations. Other areas of the city may also be affected by protests and associated movements.
Demonstrations have also taken place in other cities. More about mass gatherings large-scale events. Hazardous road conditions, adverse weather conditions, local disregard for traffic laws and drunk driving result in frequent accidents.
Some vehicles may drive against the flow of traffic and on the sidewalks, particularly motorcycles. Be particularly vigilant when driving during these holiday periods. Slow-moving trucks limit speed and visibility. Avoid driving on mountain ro at night, especially during the rainy season June to October. Paved ro connect major cities, but most have only two lanes. Some ro can become impassable, particularly during the rainy season.
Pedestrians and cyclists should be particularly careful. Motorcycle accidents are common and are responsible for the majority of road deaths. Rental scooters and motorcycles are often poorly maintained, making them unsafe to their riders and others on the road. If arriving by air, arrange to be picked up by hotel shuttle services, use a trusted ride-sharing app, the airport rail-link service or official airport buses.
Und vehicles bearing black and white licence plates are not correctly insured to carry passengers and may not use meters. Many taxis may not be equipped with backseat seatbelts. Disputes with taxis operators, tuk-tuks motorized rickshaws , etc. Should a dispute occur and you feel threatened, seek local police's assistance to settle the matter. Passenger boats accidents have occurred due to overloading and poor maintenance of some vessels.
Vessels often lack adequate safety equipment. We do not make assessments on the compliance of foreign domestic airlines with international safety standards. General information about foreign domestic airlines. There have been several deaths due to drowning. If you undertake adventure sports, such as zip-lining, rock climbing, speleology, elephant trekking or parasailing, choose a well-established and reputable company that has insurance.
Tour operators may not adhere to international standards. Ensure that your travel insurance covers the recreational activities you choose. There have been cases of poisoning linked to the use of chemical pesticides, including phosphine. Seek immediate medical assistance if you believe that you have been exposed to a chemical pesticide and are experiencing unusual symptoms. Pirate attacks and armed robbery against ships occur in coastal waters. Mariners should take appropriate precautions. Most governments have implemented special entry and exit restrictions and requirements for their territory due to COVID Before travelling, verify if the local authorities of both your current location and destinations have implemented any restrictions or requirements related to this situation.
Consider even your transit points, as transit rules are in place in many destinations. This could disrupt your travel. Every country or territory decides who can enter or exit through its borders. We have obtained the information on this from the Thai authorities. It can, however, change at any time. Verify this information with the Foreign Representatives in Canada. Before you travel, check with your transportation company about passport requirements. Your passport must be valid at least 6 months beyond the date you expect to leave Thailand.
Thai immigration is strict on the physical condition of the passport. If your passport has water stains, is ripped or has missing s or scribbles, you might be refused entry. Official travel. Different entry rules may apply when travelling with a temporary passport or an emergency travel document. Before you leave, check with the closest diplomatic mission for your destination. If you obtain a multiple-entry tourist visa, you can stay for up to 60 days.
The visa is valid for 6 months and must be obtained before travelling. If you wish to stay longer than 60 days or work or study in Thailand, you must obtain the appropriate visa from a Thai embassy or consulate. Local authorities are actively monitoring and enforcing compliance with visa regulations. Those applying for non-immigrant visas of category "O-A" need to show proof of a valid health insurance meeting specific criteria.
Thai Border officials may ask you to show them a return or onward ticket and proof that you have sufficient funds to support yourself for the duration of your stay. You must get an entry stamp from an immigration officer at the point of entry into Thailand.Up to you thailand
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