The Hong Kong Government has issued a red outbound travel alert on Bangkok.

Red outbound travel alert indicates significant threat. Tourists are advised to adjust their plans and avoid nonessential travel.

Tourists should also check their insurance policies outlining coverage while travelling under alerts before journeying to Bangkok.

Prawit Wongsuwan, Defense Minister of Thailand, said on Monday night that the attack was an attempt to damage the the country’s tourism industry.

“It was a bomb… the people who did it targeted foreigners and to damage tourism and the economy,” he said.

Two Hongkongers are among at least 21 killed by Monday night’s blast in the heart of Bangkok, the Immigration Department confirmed on Tuesday morning.

Six other Hong Kong residents were injured in the incident. They have been sent to local hospitals for treatment. Among them, one was discharged after treatment.

The Immigration Department said it will deploy three officers to Thailand to visit the injured and assist their families, as well as other Hongkongers currently in the Thai capital. It advises Hong Kong residents in Bangkok to remain in safe areas.

Egypt, Lebanon, Nepal and Pakistan are also currently issued with a red outbound travel alert.

Hong Kong residents travelling abroad who are in need of assistance can call the 24-hour Immigration Department assistance hotline on (+852) 1868.


Kris Cheng

Kris Cheng is a Hong Kong journalist with an interest in local politics. His work has been featured in Washington Post, Public Radio International, Hong Kong Economic Times and others. He has a BSSc in Sociology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Kris is HKFP's Editorial Director.