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04 Dec 2020 | 12:29 AM UTC

Thailand: Authorities declare nationwide public holiday December 10-11

Thailand declares nationwide public holiday Dec. 10-11. Confirm all appointments. Increased security likely.

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Event

The government has rescheduled the nationwide public holiday for Father's Day, which originally falls on Dec. 7, to Dec. 11. Authorities announced the measure to create a long weekend Dec. 10-13 and boost the economy amid ongoing restrictions to stem the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic; Dec. 10 is a nationwide public holiday to mark Constitution Day. Government offices and business closures are likely. Increased congestion is likely at airports, train stations, and on major highways before and after the holidays. Petty crime, such as theft and pickpocketing, typically increases during the holiday period.

Authorities will likely boost security throughout Thailand, especially at transport hubs and major roads and around popular sites like temples and resorts. Heightened security may result in periodic road closures, especially around sensitive locations. Individuals could face more stringent scrutiny at transport hubs and popular attractions. Officials may also increase health checks at these locations as part of COVID-19 measures.

Advice

Confirm all appointments and transport reservations Dec. 10-11. Consider limiting road travel before, during, and after the holiday due to safety concerns. Drive defensively, especially on highways. Closely guard valuables in crowded areas. Heed all official advisories and remain cooperative if stopped by authorities for security and health checks.

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