|November 30, 2008|
International SOS and Control Risks Respond to Bangkok Crisis
|Medical, logistics and security resources in Bangkok, Singapore and London have been activated to assist clients and members affected by the closure of the international airport in Bangkok. On 29 Nov, International SOS and Control Risks have assisted 36 members to depart Bangkok via Rayong to Kuala Lumpur, using a private air charter service. Operations are underway to assist another 31 members to depart Bangkok by tomorrow.|
Approximately 100,000 foreign tourists are believed to be stranded in the country due to the ongoing blockade of the international airport by protesters. Civil aviation officials have announced that U-Tapao International Airport (UTP), Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX), Phuket International Airport (HKT), Phitsanulok Airport (PHS), Khon Kaen Airport (KKC), Surat Thani Airport (URT), Hat Yai International Airport (HDY) and Krabi Airport (KBV) could be used by international carriers.
The alliance partners convened a regional crisis management team and deployed an operations team comprising medical, security and logistics experts to provide additional support to the 24-hour Bangkok alarm center.
We are continuing to monitor the situation closely through our travel security services team and are providing 24-hr support to members via our alarm center in Bangkok.
Travel Advice to our Members
International SOS and Control Risks are updating clients with travel advice regularly to assist them with preparing and responding to the crisis. We advise that travel to Thailand can continue, however members on essential travel in Bangkok should apply the following precautions:
* Contact their airline to confirm the status of their flight and obtain the latest information on airport access.
* Reconfirm all relevant travel arrangements and access to transport services
* Avoid all protests because of the risk of exposure to incidental violence.
* Maintain frequent contact with family and management staff to communicate location and further plans
* Monitor local media sources and our Travel Security Online site for the latest information.