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U.S. State Department Eases Thailand Travel Warning Four Weeks After Military Coup

Jun 21, 2014 7:00 am

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There will be bargains to be had in Thailand the next few months. The military junta thanks visitors in advance for helping out.

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A Western tourist tours Wat Pho in Bangkok, Thailand Tuesday, May 27, 2014. While the army detains political leaders and issues stern warnings on TV, tourists are kicking back on the country’s famed beaches and sightseeing in Bangkok. Sakchai Lalit / AP Photo

The United States has eased its travel alert for Thailand after the ruling junta lifted a nighttime curfew.

The State Department had previously recommended U.S. citizens reconsider any non-essential travel to Thailand, particularly Bangkok.

In updated advice Friday, the department just reminded Americans “to be alert to the current political and security environment.”

But it said that despite last week’s lifting of the nationwide curfew, Thailand remains under martial law, and individuals have been detained for publicly criticizing last month’s military takeover, the junta and the Thai monarchy.

Tourism is important to the Southeast Asian nation’s struggling economy which took a potential hit Friday when the U.S. put Thailand on a human trafficking blacklist. The junta chief said that could that have repercussions for trade and investment.

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