On news of the death of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the government of Thailand have announced a 30-day national mourning period, with effect from October 14th 2016; government officials will have a one year period of mourning.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand encourage tourism to Thailand to continue as normal and also advise:
- Many Thai people will be wearing black or white clothing as a sign of mourning. This is not required of visitors but if possible sombre and respectful clothing should be worn when in public
- Visitors should refrain from conducting any inappropriate or disrespectful behaviour
- Tourist attractions will be open as usual, with the exception of Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) and the Grand Palace, as these will be the venues of the Royal Funeral Rites
- The Government has asked for the cooperation from entertainment venues, such as bars and nightclubs, to consider the opening of their business operations during this time however, the decision will be made by individual owners.
- Most of the traditional and cultural events will be taking place as usual, although the celebrations may be changed for appropriateness as a mark of respect or the events may be dedicated to the memory of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej
- All transport, banks, hospitals and other public services will be operating as usual
- The related authorities have stepped up safety and security measures for all Thais and visitors to facilitate their travelling around the country
For further information, visit the Foreign Office Website… https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/thailand
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Phone Advisory
In light of recent concerns by Samsung regarding its Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, Emirates and Etihad Airways is enforcing a total ban on these devices on board its aircraft, due to a present risk of combustion and fire.
These smartphones will not be permitted for carriage in either checked-in baggage, in cabin baggage or about a passengers person.
It is possible that other airline will follow suit therefore we advise that for Lomani clients you check with us with regard to your individual reservation or for passengers booked elsewhere, that you contact the carrier or your agent directly.
Change in Emirates economy seat pre-assignment policy
Pre-assigning seats on a flight is important for most passengers therefore we wanted to advise you of some very important changes that Emirates have made to their advanced seat reservation policy from October 16th 2016.
For all inclusive tours bookings (packages), Emirates will now implement a charge for advance seat selection on certain levels of Economy Class Special and Saver fares. There are a number of exceptions to this new charge as follows:
- Emirates Skywards Gold and Platinum members – free seat selection for all passengers under the same booking reference
- Emirates Skywards Silver members – free seat selection for silver members only
- Adults travelling with an infant – free seat selection for all passengers under the same booking reference
- Group PNRs (with the booking class G) – free seat selection for all passengers under the same booking reference.
- Passengers flying in first or business class or on some economy class fare levels.
The paper counterpart to the UK photocard driving licence was abolished on 8th June 2015 and this affects anybody hiring a car abroad.
Many travellers hiring a car abroad are still unaware that they must now obtain a check code as most car rental companies require evidence of a drivers record prior to handing over the keys to a rental vehicle. This check code can be generated online by the DVLA; this code will be valid for 21 days.
Visit https://www.gov.uk/view-driving-licence for further information