The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) announced that 16 countries have warned their people to avoid areas where protests are being held on their travels to Thailand.

These countries have not yet told their citizens not to travel to Thailand but just advise them to stay away from the areas where protests are held as there is a possibility that large scale protest could break out, it said.

The 16 countries are the UK, France, Sweden, Japan, Taiwan, Canada, Australia, Israel, Brazil, Singapore, Belgium, Spain, the Netherlands, Norway, Germany, and Hungary.

According to the organisation, the UK Foreign Affairs Ministry has even stated that the protests in Thailand since early this month tend to increase and turn into violence.

Meanwhile, New Zealand still retained warning to its citizens issued at the end of September, saying the protest in Thailand could spread and turn violent. The country advised its citizens to avoid any involvement in the protests or stay close to areas where protests are held.

Hong Kong also retained its yellow warning to its citizens signaling possibility of danger for travel to Thailand . It reminded its citizens to monitor the situation in Thailand closely before their travels, and to keep away from areas with protests.-VNA