Saturday, May 24, 2014

A Thai coup and other things

In case you haven't seen it, Thai military have stage a coup and are now in control of the country. Naturally this has caused insecurity and many IPs and parents who are currently pregnant, to worry. Fair enough. What this coup means in practical terms for clients of surrogacy in Thailand is:

  1. It's business as usual
  2. You can't go out partying after 10pm - you have to be back in your hotel by 10pm
  3. If your embassy has advised you only travel to Thailand in emergency, your travel insurance will most likely not cover you, so do check with your policy holder is you are about to travel.
  4. Airport is running as normal, there are no restrictions on going to and from the airport during curfew hours, 10pm-5am. AIrport has added additional services for transport,and things are actually easier and less busy as tourists are cancelling their trips.
  5. Train and sky train cease operating at 9pm, so don't expect to go shopping at 9pm and come home at 11pm
  6. Local stores such as 7/11 shut at 9pm.
  7. You are required to carry your passport at all times.
  8. TV is bad, you'll get Royal news or Military channels in your hotel. Foreign news services such as CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera were taken off air for a bit, some are back on.
  9. Rumour that the internet is being shut down is bull shit.
  10. Social media, ie facebook and twitter may be shut down, but are working as normal for now.
To keep up-to-date on the situation on the ground in BKK I read 

You can also get news reports fromCNN and BBC UK, but I think the best source of information is from Richard Barrow who is there in BKK, who has no vested interest in doing a media beat-up.

My staff and clients currently in  BKK are fine, the clinics are operating as normal, and while this situation is very concerning for anyone wanting to do surrogacy in Thailand, it's all okay for now. We'll see what happens. I am off to Bangkok end of June, for new cycles and the birth of three new beautiful souls. We're not worried, but being sensible and cautious.

In my opinion, this current Thai political situation is far safer than travelling to India for surrogacy, where in 2008 bombs killed and injured many, in Connaught Place, centre of Delhi, and the very popular M-Block markets that I, my children, and many others have visited on numerous occasions.

It's up to each person to decide what is worth risking and what is not. Personally, I would have no issue travelling to India, Delhi or Mumbai, or Bangkok. You need to decide for yourselves.

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