17 Aug 2015
Regarding media enquiries on the explosion incident in Bangkok, Thailand, the Immigration Department (ImmD) today (August 17) responded as follows:
Concerning the explosion incident in Bangkok, Thailand, the ImmD has immediately contacted the Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China in Hong Kong (OCMFA), the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Thailand (Embassy), the Travel Industry Council of Hong Kong (TIC) and the media to understand the situation after learning the incident.
As at 10pm today, the ImmD has received two requests for assistance involving three Hong Kong residents. The injured have been sent to local hospitals for treatment. ImmD will continue to understand the situation of Hong Kong residents already there through media and other means. ImmD has also sent message through Registration of Outbound Travel Information service to advise residents already there to contact the Assistance to Hong Kong Residents Unit (AHU) of ImmD.
ImmD will deploy two officers to Thailand tomorrow morning to accord assistance to those injured and other Hong Kong residents there. The ImmD will continue to keep contact with OCMFA, the Embassy, the injured and their family to closely monitor the situation and render practical assistance. ImmD advises residents already there to attend to personal safety and remain at safe areas.
Hong Kong residents travelling outside Hong Kong who need assistance may call the 24-hour hotline of the AHU of ImmD at (852) 1868.