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Thailand Travel Warning

Issued by U.S. State Department

Feb 15, 2001

The Department of State advises U.S. citizens residing or traveling in northern Thailand to exercise caution if traveling to or through areas along the Thai-Burmese border.

On February 11, three Thai citizens were killed when the Burmese army shelled the border town of Mae Sai in the Chiang Rai province. In recent years, there has been an ongoing insurgency involving Burmese ethnic groups and the Burmese army that occasionally spills across the border into Thailand. These clashes usually occur between November and March (Thailand's dry season).

Americans should exercise caution when traveling close to the Burmese border within Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, and Mae Hong Son provinces, and are advised to check on current events before entering those areas. For further information, U.S. citizens planning to visit or reside in Thailand are advised to consult the Department of State's Consular Information Sheet for Thailand. The Consular Information Sheet is available at any U.S. embassy or consulate abroad and through the Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs Internet home page at http://travel.state.gov.

U.S. citizens planning to visit or reside in Thailand are also encouraged to visit the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok or the U.S. Consulate in Chiang Mai upon arrival in order to register and obtain the most current travel and security information. In Thailand, the Consular Section of the Embassy is located at 95 Wireless Road, Bangkok, Thailand, Tel. 011 (66-2) 205-4049. The Consulate is located at 387 Wichayanond Road, 50300 Chiang Mai, Thailand, Tel. 011 (66-53) 252-629.

This Public Announcement expires on April 15, 2001.

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