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General information

Thailand, officially the Kingdom of Thailand and formerly known as Siam, is a country at the centre of the Southeast Asian Indochinese peninsula composed of 76 provinces. At 513,120 km2 (198,120 sq mi) and over 68 million people, Thailand is the world’s 50th-largest country by total area and the 21st-most-populous country. The capital and largest city is Bangkok, a special administrative area. Thailand is bordered to the north by Myanmar and Laos, to the east by Laos and Cambodia, to the south by the Gulf of Thailand and Malaysia, and to the west by the Andaman Sea and the southern extremity of Myanmar. Its maritime boundaries include Vietnam in the Gulf of Thailand to the southeast, and Indonesia and India on the Andaman Sea to the southwest. It is a unitary state. Although nominally the country is a constitutional monarchy and parliamentary democracy, the most recent coup, in 2014, established a de facto military dictatorship under a junta.

Important information

Swedes visiting the tourist resort of Pattaya in Thailand need to pay special attention to the widespread corruption of the Thai police in Pattaya.

A large number of Swedish citizens have complained that the Thai police threaten and harass holiday celebrations in such a way that tourists are forced to come to the police station for urine tests without any suspicion of crime.

There are also routine checks where police force all passersby to submit urine samples in a cup.

The Swedish Foreign Group has also received information that foreign citizens who have not been able to submit urine samples or have not had the opportunity to urinate have been forced by the Thai police in Pattaya to have their feet in a tub of ice-cold water.

The arrangement the Thai police in Pattaya have is to frighten Swedish holiday celebrations to pay a bribe whether they have committed a crime or not.

So far, the foreign group wants to warn of trips to the tourist resort of Pattaya.

Visa to Thailand

Visa-free / 30 days.