HOW TO GUIDES

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Emergency Numbers


Note: to reach an English-speaking operator call the Tourist Police or in the case of an accident, an ambulance service from one of the many international hospitals in Thailand.

Emergency ServicesTelephone
Tourist Police1155
Police (General Emergency Call)191
Ambulance and Rescue1554
Fire199
National Disaster Warning Centre1860
Crime1195
Medical Emergency Call1669
Private Air Ambulance (Siam Air Care)02 586 7654

Pharmacies

In general, pharmacies are open from 09:00-21:00, although some smaller pharmacies may be open before or after these times. There is more likely to be an English-speaking assistant in a pharmacy in a large department store or one of the many branches of Boots.

For assistance outside these opening hours it is best to go to a hospital.

Blood Transfusion Services

Rhesus negative blood is not common in Thai people and foreigners may find it is in short supply if required. Below is a centre that carries a supply of RH Negative blood and also a volunteer service that keeps a register of donors.

  • The National Blood Centre
    Tel: 02 252 1601
  • Central Blood Register 
    Tel: 02 686 2700

Personal Crises, Embassies and Passports

The Consular office of the Embassy of a foreign national in Thailand has the responsibility - and the facilities - to provide help and information to a citizen in distress. This may be as a result of being a victim of crime, arrested on suspicion of committing a crime, serious illness, the unexpected death of a partner or spouse, as well as help with repatriation after a crisis.

Consular offices also provide help in the case of a lost or stolen passport.