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Visitors to Thailand have been advised to “behave respectfully” as Thailand enters a year of mourning following the death of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej after 70 years as head of state.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has said public areas, including restaurants and bars will be restricted from Friday October 14.

The FCO statement said: “Travellers should respect the feelings and sensitivities of the Thai people at this time.

“Access to entertainment, including restaurants, bars, and shopping areas may be restricted. You should behave respectfully when in public areas.

“If possible, wear sombre and respectful clothing when in public. Check local media regularly and follow the advice of the local authorities.”

King Bhumibol, 88, was the world’s longest reigning monarch after 70 years as head of state and had been in poor health.

Tomorrow (Friday) the British Embassy services will be limited and will provide emergency consular assistance only. Routine appointments will be rearranged .

The Visa Application Centres in Bangkok and Chiang Mai run by VFS will also be closed.

The FCO continues to advise against all but essential travel to the provinces of Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat and Songkhla on the Thai-Malaysia border following multiple explosions and incidents in tourist areas across Thailand in August.

The Tourist Authority of Thailand website and call centre are able to provide general advice to tourists in English.