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Foreign tourists must use Covid-19 tracking app when travelling to Thailand

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Foreign tourists travelling to Thailand will need to download the Covid-19 contact tracking mobile application “ThailandPlus” before arriving in Thailand and use it throughout their stay. The app will notify travellers if they have been in close contact with any confirmed cases.

Throughout their trip to Thailand, tourists will need to keep the app “on” and check in and out of various locations by scanning QR codes. The app requires access to the smartphone’s GPS , but the Tourism Authority of Thailand says the information collected will only be used for public health purposes and will not infringe on the tourists’ right to privacy.

Travellers will also need to upload a recent headshot as well as supply their Certificate of Entry number and reference ID from the Royal Thai Embassy.

The app is a spinoff to the “Thai Chana” and “Mor Chana” apps. All use GPS and Bluetooth as well as QR code scanning to detect the users’ locations. The apps sparked controversy and many Thais expressed concerns about their privacy, but the government has assured the public that information will be kept private.

The development of the app is a collaboration between the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society, the Prime Minister’s Office and the Digital Government Development Agency.

Click HERE to download the ThailandPlus.

SOURCE: TAT

 

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13 Comments

13 Comments

  1. Joe

    Friday, February 26, 2021 at 9:46 pm

    Tourists? What tourists?

  2. Andre

    Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 5:03 am

    This will really help to get tourists back. What other permissions do this app require? Well, for those with a rooted phone it’s no problem manipulating the gps readouts anyway. Bluetooth? Walking around with Bluetooth on is an open invitation to getting your phone hacked.

  3. Andre

    Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 5:05 am

    If abuse or leak of private data should be exposed Thailand as a tourist country will be dead for decades and not only for some years.

  4. Jesus Monroe

    Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 5:57 am

    so what happens if my old 2016 phone doesn’t work with this app?………Oh I know I’ll just spend even more cash and buy a new phone for my costly trip to Thailand…….

  5. John

    Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 7:10 am

    Me ! happy to load the App, happy to buy suitable phone if required, happy to have Vaccine,
    happy to do whatever it takes to be a tourist in Thailand again ASAP

  6. Andy W

    Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 11:34 am

    I wonder how they will define “Tourist”. I expect that really mean “Farang” and all the marriage and retirement visa holders will be told to use it as well…

  7. Paul

    Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 6:31 pm

    I will not be coming to Thailand if it is mandatory to install a tracking app on my phone. What is happening to the world?

  8. Jim kelly

    Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 9:17 pm

    GLOBAL POPULATION control Paul! That’s what this has always been about. It’s just the Flu!! It’s all about the world’s richest and heads of state regaining ‘control’ of the general populous!! Scaremonger the feckers in to believing there’s a real risk of dying! Hey. it worked.. but not on people like me and thousands more who are now questioning the whole validity of the virus figures and how they are manipulated! I WILL NEVER WEAR A MASK, NEVER USE HAND GEL, NEVER SOCIAL DISTANCE AND NEVER BELIEVE ONE SINGLEW WORD FROM THE MEDIA!!! MY CHOICE… “MY CHOICE”!!!

  9. TS

    Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 11:44 am

    …the government has assured the public that information will be kept private.” They can be trusted. No worries and no tourists anyway.

  10. David Mann

    Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 2:19 pm

    Jim, lost for words how anyone could be so ridiculous in the face of data. This world can’t agree on just about anything. Do you honestly believe that it’s possible to co-ordinate a global response on the scale we have seen with Covid-19? Name one other thing countries as diverse as the US, China, Russia and the EU have agreed upon? As for not wearing masks and washing hands etc, then I would normally say that’s up to you. But wearing a mask protects others from you. So don’t be such a selfish person and basically, grow up.

  11. Jim S

    Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 5:00 pm

    Totally agree with you Jim Kelly……99.9? Survival rate of the world and people still don’t understand it!!!!!! Media bombardment to the herd. The devastation that this insanity has caused firstly to the people, then the economic fallout. We need someone with balls to stand up and say ENOUGH.

  12. WindowsXP?

    Monday, March 1, 2021 at 10:28 am

    So happy to do my 3rd ASQ trip next week. Being detained in the facility for yet another 16 days is a dream come true, and of course I will install the app. On my old 2016 Samsung which I will empty from data and install only that app on it. I will turn it on, take a mugshot of someone else and keep the phone on until I reach ASQ. Last time I was in ASQ they also forced me to install some random gov app which I uninstalled after check in.

    The country of dimwits. I trust your privacy as much as I trust your Junta’s honesty or your IT skills.

  13. Hello Welcome

    Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 10:28 pm

    So if you don’t own a smartphone in the first place you can’t enter Thailand then? A significant percentage of the world’s population still don’t. If you do what happens if your phone’s software crashes during the flight and won’t boot up like happened to my old one recently? Or your phone is lost or stolen after you have started your holiday? If this is going to be permanent I’ll be holidaying elsewhere. Proof of vaccination should be enough.

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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