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New Thailand Plus app for tourists will help officials track their whereabouts

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A new app, named Thailand Plus, for tourists has been created to help officials track their whereabouts more precisely once they have arrived in Thailand. The app was developed by Sompote Arhunai, the CEO of the Energy Absolute Company, which also developed the “Mor Chana” application.

Sompote says the app will send information to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and will function similarily to a GPS. Such information will include certificate of entries, as well as screening and tracing. He says officials will know the whereabouts of tourists during their stays in case any of them are found to have contracted the virus. Such precise whereabouts will reportedly help authorities to take immediate action to prevent the spread of the virus in the areas in which the tourists visited.

So far, he says 600,000 Thais have downloaded the Mor Chana app and he urges more Thais to do the same. But following the controversial app, which some say is an invasion of privacy, he says their privacy will not be compromised.

Such a new development comes after The Tourism Authority of Thailand has introduced a special tourist visa, for tourists from low-risk countries, in order to start helping the country recover after Covid wrecked the tourism-reliant economy. However, some of the requirements have been controversial as critics say only rich tourists would be able to take advantage of the special visa option. Such requirements include a mandatory 14-day stay at an approved alternative state quarantine hotel or hospital, which is may be quite pricey for the average backpacker. Other requirements include the procurement of travel health insurance that covers a minimum of 400,000 baht.

Recently, tourism authorities have announced that the nation will see 681 tourists arriving by next month, as they have secured the special visas and a place to quarantine.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

 

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27 Comments

27 Comments

  1. Avatar

    Gary

    Monday, November 23, 2020 at 4:08 pm

    Wow, eliminates the need for the 90 day reports………………

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      scottie doo

      Friday, November 27, 2020 at 8:22 am

      Simple turn of location on your smart phone

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    Jesse Jones

    Monday, November 23, 2020 at 4:22 pm

    I can always take my money to another country. I can’t see Thailand even as a option for my holiday.

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    SG666

    Monday, November 23, 2020 at 4:39 pm

    So…600.000 morons downloaded the Mor Chana app…not so many, so another success story in LOScam.

    If the new tracking app should become mandatory for foreign tourists LOScam can say goodbye to its tourism industry for a very looooooong time. Maybe uncle Pinocchio makes a test run with expats living in LOScam ? Flights out here are luckily available

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    Fabian

    Monday, November 23, 2020 at 4:44 pm

    The app we have all been waiting for! It’s a nice addition to all the other demotivating requirements.

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    luca

    Monday, November 23, 2020 at 4:51 pm

    all absurd and useless requests, how many tourists can hope to attract in these conditions? Wouldn’t it be better to tell the truth and that tourism will reopen in 2022? Thailand is a low-cost tourist destination so it attracts 40 million tourists, if it becomes too expensive or complicated it will attract too few to maintain the industry which, as we have seen in recent months, cannot be maintained by domestic tourism

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      Issan John

      Monday, November 23, 2020 at 7:26 pm

      From the BP in July about the Mor Chana app:

      “… public trust in contact tracing apps remains low. People skipping Thai Chana checkpoints has become a common sight in Bangkok shopping centres, while many are crying foul at the app’s dubious privacy and data protections.

      According to the Singapore-based cybersecurity firm Straits Interactive, the Mor Chana and Thai Chana contact tracing apps, endorsed by the government to stop the spread of Covid-19, contain excessive user permissions and have terms and conditions lacking transparency.

      A report by the Data Protection Excellence Network (DPEX) conducted by Straits Interactive showed the Mor Chana app asked for more permissions from users than any other contact tracing app in Asean, while Singapore’s TraceTogether app and Vietnam’s Blue Zone app had the least.

      Countries around the world are developing similar apps to fight the pandemic, while privacy advocates are raising concerns that these tracing apps could be abused by the government and used to monitor citizens for purposes other than Covid-19 prevention.

      According to the study, the app requires nine “dangerous” permissions (or permissions that grant access to personal data outside the app) including access to the camera, GPS location, and device and app history, which means the app developer can access web history and log data of other apps. The developer and its partners in government could access these functions as long as the app is running.

      “It is like giving access to your entire phone to the developer,” said Kevin Shepherdson, chief executive of Straits Interactive. “

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    Andres

    Monday, November 23, 2020 at 5:40 pm

    Thai Big Brother.

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    Peter

    Monday, November 23, 2020 at 5:40 pm

    Heading down the same road as their Chinese masters.
    My love affair with Thailand has faded over the last year. I personally think it will be a few years before visa on arrival will be reinstated.
    I won’t be jumping through hoops and being imprisoned to return to a Thailand that has had huge parts of its tourist industry destroyed.
    No fun whatsoever.

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    Farang

    Monday, November 23, 2020 at 5:43 pm

    Why not leave the phone in room and go out?
    This is so stupid.

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      Ted

      Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 9:01 am

      No need, only turn it off

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    Toby Andrews

    Monday, November 23, 2020 at 5:53 pm

    Which will cost the tourist how much?
    Another Thai racket to extract money from foreigners on the excuse of covid,
    A virus that it is unlikely to catch, and it is extremely unlikely to die from unless the victim is old, fat, and ill already.

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      Issan John

      Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 9:50 am

      The app is free – not someting I’d want, but free.

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    Jesus Monroe

    Monday, November 23, 2020 at 6:15 pm

    I luv this app long time…… next time I’m in a motel room about to go to the nirvana someone can bust in and save me in the dick of time before entering the young evil covid 19 lass……

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    AI

    Monday, November 23, 2020 at 6:20 pm

    OK what’s next? How about this and that and this and have a nice taxpayer’s dinner in between meetings to discuss it!
    Clowns, clowns and more clowns and yet more to keep people in fear.
    Look at the silly picture above 55 lol! WTH is that all about! The aliens have landed! Who actuall gets paid to make this stuff up!
    Bet ol’ Uncle Joe & Josef G. must be chuckling away to themselves!

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    Benji

    Monday, November 23, 2020 at 6:26 pm

    Great suggestion! Only question is who will pay for my falang SIM card LTE internet that has to be online 24/7 for the tracking app to work. Last I checked it costs around USD 2 / Megabyte..Don’t bother, I already know the answer to that question..

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    Richard Renwick

    Monday, November 23, 2020 at 6:28 pm

    What happens if you don’t have a smartphone? Will you not be allowed past immigration? I just use my 10 year old Nokia when I’m on holiday.

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    Don R

    Monday, November 23, 2020 at 6:31 pm

    Tourism in Asia is finished, at least for me. Sad. It was once a very pleasant place.

    Hello, Mexico.

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    Ynwaps

    Monday, November 23, 2020 at 8:57 pm

    Only thing missing is the david star as app logo

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    Michael

    Monday, November 23, 2020 at 9:06 pm

    What happened to the GPS anklets, and smartwatches with GPS?

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    Syphn

    Monday, November 23, 2020 at 9:44 pm

    Since I started coming to Thailand i always carry 2 phones so whatever tracking they want to install on a phone really is pointless unless i get covid which thailand doesn’t have. Strange to need to track if you have no covid and still have to quarantine

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    zig

    Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 12:47 am

    Good friggin luck…I will never return there under these conditions…and even if I did the phone would stay in my room

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    Strider

    Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 7:24 am

    Like it or not, technology has created this New Norman not just for Thailand but all over the world and We, the population, have embraced it with open arms. We have fed the monster. We are complacent in its spread. We are nothing more than slaves to its sirens song. Technology has seeped deep into the marrow of our being and is incorporated into everything that contains a microchip. There’s no escaping it, it’s all pervasive. Society as we know it would collapse without it. We are under its complete control and the organizations which control it. We have given ourselves both mental and physical, which is what was intended.
    Like it or not, welcome our dystopian society…

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    Mister Stretch

    Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 8:23 am

    The deafness of the Thai government cannot be overstated. In what kind of country would visitors be monitored 24/7? An authoritarian one, like North Korea, Russia, Belarus, and Thailand’s new master, China.

    Kiss 20%+ of your GDP goodbye, Thailand. Concentrate on OTOP…that is something you understand.

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    Mr Jones

    Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 8:43 am

    This app will probably only work on Android phones. This is since Apple has rules and restrictions to follow, and each app needs to pass tests at Apple before it’s released into their App Store.

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      Issan John

      Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 9:53 am

      No, it works on Apple OS too.

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      Ynwaps

      Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 1:15 pm

      Apple just extended the possibility of instagram taking sneaky pictures of your face to monitor expressions based on content they are serving you. Maybe next year it will be better. Maybe not.

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