Alcohol ban in Thailand this coming Saturday, Immigration closed on Monday


People in Thailand will observe the Buddhist religious day Makha Bucha on Saturday (Feb 24), which also brings a 24 hour ban on the sale of alcohol.

An important day in the Buddhist calendar, the sale of alcohol is prohibited at all venues, including restaurants, bars, pubs, hotels, convenience stores and supermarkets, with the exception of duty-free shops at airports

The 24 hour ban on alcohol is in place from 12:01am on Saturday through to midnight.

The penalty for breaching the alcohol sales ban is a fine or up to 10,000 baht or up to 6 months in jail or both, in accordance with Section 39 of the Alcohol Control Act.

Prachuap Khiri Khan immigration office in Thap Thai.

Makha Bucha also sees government offices, including Immigration, Department of Land Transport and district or municipal offices closed on Saturday and on Monday (Feb 26).

Most banks will also be closed, with the exception of some bank branches located in shopping malls, which will remain open.

Thailand Post branches and kiosks situated in shopping centers will continue to operate normally.

Hospitals will be available for emergency and essential treatments.

All Royal Thai Police and Tourist Police stations will remain open, and select local consulates will provide services to their respective citizens.

Meanwhile, here’s a calendar of all the public holidays, including Immigration office closures and no alcohol days in Thailand in 2024.