Holidaymakers looking to travel to Thailand this week will need to adhere to an alcohol ban.
Thailand’s election is due to take place this weekend and by law it is prohibited to sell alcohol from 6pm on the 23rd March, ahead of the voting, to 6pm on the 24th March, once the polls have closed.
Holidaymakers visiting the country are expected to following this ruling, and authorities have warned there will be implications for those that don’t. The penalty includes fines of up to 10,000 baht and a six-month prison sentence.
The country, which also enforces the ban on the five Buddhist religious days throughout the year, is also hoping to ban the sale of alcohol on Songkran, Thailand’s New Year’s National Holiday which takes place from April 13th to April 15th.
Pre-planned parties taking place during the election voting will also be alcohol-free.
Posters have been displayed in popular tourist areas across Thailand to warn of the ban and many British holidaymakers have taken to social media to show their disappointment whilst others have praised the country.
Boozy holidaymakers abroad have been causing problems for years and many all-inclusive resorts, particularly in Europe, are now looking to restrict the sale of alcohol between certain times. Those who injure themselves as a result of alcohol could also be left to pay any medical expenses as travel insurers often have restrictions on alcohol intake in their policies.