DFA: No travel ban yet to Thailand


Posted at May 24 2014 07:42 PM | Updated as of May 25 2014 03:42 AM

MANILA - The Department of Foreign Affairs clarified that it has not yet issued a travel ban for Filipinos to Thailand amid the continuing political unrest in the country and the military's recent declaration of martial law.

DFA spokesperson Assistant Secretary Charles Jose told DZMM that Filipinos who have already bought tickets, and have proper travel arrangements, can still push through with their trips.

"Wala namang travel ban para sa mga Pilipinong turista na gusto pong tumungo. Puwedeng tumungo ng Thailand kung may mga ticket na, pero 'yung mga nag-iisip pa lang, dini-discourage namin 'yung mga non-essential travel," Jose said.

Jose meantime advised Filipino tourists in Thailand to register with the Philippine Embassy so that they can easily be reached should it become necessary.

Jess Lozada, a Filipino teacher in Thailand, told ANC that there is no cause for alarm.

A number of government and private schools which went on holiday beginning Friday are expected to resume classes on Monday.

Lozada noted that movement is not restricted but a curfew remains in place.

"We have unrest in other parts of the city but everything is under control. Everything is normal except we have to go home at 8 p.m. Wala pong pangamba. Walang kadelikaduhan. Basta nasa bahay bago mag alas 10. Walang barilang nangyayari. Kung di mahalaga yung biyahe dahil may unrest yung bansa, mas maganda ma-postpone nila. Pero halimbawa gusto nilang magpunta rito, makakapasyal sila dito sa Bangkok at saan mang probinsiya ng Thailand," Lozada said.