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Hong Kong lowers travel alert for Bangkok

English.news.cn   2014-03-19 14:09:16

HONG KONG, March 19 (Xinhua) -- The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government on Wednesday lowered the Outbound Travel Alert (OTA) for Bangkok to amber, the same level as for other parts of Thailand.

The move followed a Thai government decision on Tuesday to end the state of emergency for the city and surrounding provinces beginning Wednesday.

Hong Kong's Security Bureau, however, said it will continue to monitor the situation in Thailand and issue updates through the media and its webpage.

Visitors from Hong Kong should mind their personal safety and avoid protests or large gatherings, the bureau added.

Hong Kong currently issues three types of OTA, including black, red and amber. Black means to avoid all travel to the noted area, red means to avoid non-essential travel, while amber means the place is under monitor situation.

The government raised OTA for Bangkok to black on Jan. 21 in view of the turbulent political situation in the city.

When there are signs of threat in a place that may affect the personal safety of Hong Kong residents, the Security Bureau will assess and consider the need to issue an OTA taking into account factors such as the nature, level and duration of the threat.

Editor: Zhu Ningzhu
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