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Declaration of martial law in Thailand

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The Australian Government has been following events in Thailand closely, and with concern. We are seeking more details on the effect of the decision of the Royal Thai Army to impose martial law. The military has said that this is not a coup and the caretaker Government remains in office.

We encourage all parties to resolve their political differences through peaceful democratic processes. Australia hopes an election in which all parties agree to participate can be held as soon as practicable. Thailand has Australia's goodwill and support as it tries to find ways to settle its political difficulties.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade today reviewed and reissued the travel advice for Thailand. Australians should familiarise themselves with this information, subscribe to receive regular updates and register their travel plans on

The Australian Government urges Australians travelling to Thailand to continue to exercise a high degree of caution following the imposition of martial law across the country. We urge Australians in Thailand to pay close attention to the situation as it unfolds and to be aware of their personal security. Australians in Thailand should avoid all demonstrations, political events and large scale gatherings, and follow the instructions of local authorities.

The Government closely monitors and regularly updates all travel advisories. Australians travelling to Thailand, or elsewhere overseas, should visit

Last Updated: 19 May 2014
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