There have been a number of bomb blasts in Thailand over the past 24 hours which targeted popular tourist towns. Our thoughts are with everyone in Thailand right now.
The FCO advises staying away from public areas and following the advice of local authorities. Our understanding of “public areas” includes beaches, markets, restaurants, and bars – please keep away from these for now and stay safe!
The blasts took place in Hua Hin, Surat Thani, Patong (Phuket), Trang, and Phang Nga. The map below, from the BBC’s website, shows these locations in relation to Bangkok.
Please note that advice against travel has not been issued for any areas affected by these recent bombings.
Curtailing Your Trip
If you are currently in any of the affected locations and have a Safe Journey policy, please contact us using these details if you need to make a claim. Safe Journey policy holders are able to claim for curtailment if they are staying anywhere within 40 miles* of any of the bomb blasts.
Safe Journey can also provide emergency temporary accommodation if you are staying within 1 mile of where any of the bomb blasts have happened.
If you don’t have a Safe Journey policy, please check your travel insurance policy wording for details of cover for curtailing a trip. If it is not covered, you should speak to your hotel and airline directly should you prefer to leave sooner than planned.
Tour operators will also assist with curtailing your trip. If you have booked with a tour operator, please contact them to discuss your options.
At this stage, all flights and other transport appear to be operating on schedule. All airports have heightened security at this time, please allow plenty of time for travelling.
If you are scheduled to visit Thailand and have a Safe Journey policy (purchased before 11 August) you can claim for cancellation if you have booked to travel in, to, or through anywhere within 40 miles* of an act of terrorism.
If you have booked through a tour operator, please speak to them about arranging an alternative.
Was It Terrorism?
There has not been an official statement as yet, but it is suspected that these bombings were the act of Thai separatists, planned to coincide with the Queen’s birthday.
Until terrorism is officially confirmed or ruled out, Safe Journey will treat the incident as an act of terrorism and handle emergency claims accordingly. For full details of how this is handled, please see our FAQ page under “technical”.
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Forest fires are currently being fought on the mainland and the island of Madeira.
The FCO advises that severe fires are being battled in the region of Marseille.
Heavy traffic is expected on all weekends during August so please allow extra time for travel.
Planned industrial action may affect Eurostar trips over the coming weekend and over the 27 August bank holiday weekend. Please contact your travel company or check the Eurostar website for updates.
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Any Time You Travel
Wherever you go, make sure you have comprehensive travel insurance appropriate to your journey and destination.
Report any suspicious items or activities, and make sure you know where exits are at any public attractions or areas that you visit. Avoid demonstrations and large, disorganised crowds, and if you think something is wrong, get as far away from the area as possible, as quickly as you can. Don’t stop to take photos!
The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issues advice against all travel, or against all but essential travel, to areas it considers dangerous. If we refer to “advice against travel” this could mean all but essential travel or all travel. In either case, you don’t want to go there!
Remember that if you ignore FCO advice and go anyway, most insurance – including Safe Journey – would become invalid.
The information provided here is correct at the time of publication but these situations can change frequently. Please check the latest FCO advice before you book and before you travel to ensure a safer journey.
*Safe Journey policies purchases on or before 31 July 2016 refer to areas within the same "State/Province" rather than within 40 miles of an act of terrorism, for cancellation and curtailment.
These States/Provinces are:
- Prachuap Khiri Khan
- Surat Thani
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