Singaporean authorities to implement tracking device for travelers

Singaporean authorities reported that starting next August 10, returning travelers must use a tracking device for 14 days.

Singapore authorities increase control measures, starting next August 10, travelers entering the city-state must use a monitoring device for 14 days.

The information was made public through a joint statement by the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority and the Ministries of Manpower and Education.

Digital tools as a control measure?

This digital tool will allow immigration authorities to effectively control people entering the city-state and thus reduce the risk of Covid-19 spreading.

These electronic devices will be available to citizens, permanent residents, long-term job card holders and companions, children under 12 are excluded from the measure.

This control was previously carried out through text messages, phone calls or video calls.

How does the tracking device work?

After August 10, all travelers entering Singapore must use the tracking device for a 14 days’ period.

Citizens must activate it as soon as they arrive at his residence.

GPS and 4G or Bluetooth signals are used to determine if a person is within range of their place of residence.

“Any attempt to leave the place of residence or alter the electronic device will cause an alert to the authorities,” said the Singaporean authorities.

After the stay-home notice conclude, the device must be discarded or delivered, according to the instructions of the authorities.

Those who ignore the measure, tamper with or remove the device may be fined $10,000 or face up to 6 months in jail.

Finally, the authorities pointed out that the electronic device does not store any personal data, nor can it record video or audio, they also confirmed that the collected data is encrypted.