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Thailand: Period of Royal Mourning

On 13th October 2016 the Government of Thailand announced the passing of His Majesty The King of Thailand, Bhumibol Adulyadej. The interim government has announced an official mourning period of one year from 14 October. To convey our sincere sympathy it is important that we fully respect and comply with the etiquette and protocols surrounding this period of royal mourning.

While most tourist attractions and services remain open as normal, some events have been cancelled and visitors and tourists should expect limitations and restrictions to be placed on some activities and services at this time. People are encouraged to dress respectfully in black, white, or other sombre colours and to wear the black ribbons being made available upon entry into Thailand.

Further recommendations regarding the mourning period can be found on the Tourism Authority of Thailand website.

New Zealanders resident or travelling in Thailand are encouraged to plan accordingly, follow our current travel advice for Thailand and register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

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