TraceTogether app will be upgraded for tourists

TraceTogether app will be upgraded for tourists

Contact tracing app TraceTogether will be upgraded by next month to allow tourists to do SafeEntry check-ins at shopping malls and dining venues as Singapore gets ready to move to phase three of its reopening. –

The app, which is mandatory for overseas visitors, will come with a new feature to record and validate their passport numbers during app registration. Validation will be instant by checking against the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority’s database.

“Just as we need to validate users’ NRIC (during app sign-up), we need to check that the visitor has entered a valid passport number and that he has indeed entered Singapore,” a spokesman for the Smart Nation and Digital Government Office said.

With this addition, tourists will be able to scan the SafeEntry QR code using their TraceTogether app. By the end of the year, this will be the only way for them to enter most premises.

The TraceTogether app so far for the tourists?

In the absence of the QR code scanner, tourists have been asked to show their passports and the TraceTogether app on their phones. Venue operators also need to manually enter passport details in a computer or a mobile device running the SafeEntry (Business) application to record the visit.

Tourists have also been able to use their mobile phone camera to scan the SafeEntry QR code to fill up a Web form to enter malls, restaurants, and cinemas.

But the Webform will be phased out when Singapore switches to a new Covid-19 management tool, TraceTogether only SafeEntry, for mandatory digital contact tracing.

Similarly, Singaporeans and permanent residents will not be able to use their SingPass mobile app to scan the SafeEntry QR code to enter places. And venue operators will not scan barcodes on NRICs to allow people entry.

The nationwide switchover is slated to start at the end of the year to allow Singapore to host more travelers, business activities, and social gatherings.

TraceTogether only SafeEntry combines what are now two separate systems: TraceTogether, to identify those in close contact with Covid-19 patients; and SafeEntry – which digitally checks in visitors at most venues – to determine which premises have been visited by those infected with the coronavirus.

Singapore resumes tourism activities under strict biosecurity measures

Singapore tourism companies began activities as part of the second phase of reviving the national economy after the social isolation measures.

The government allowed the renewal of tourism activities in the country since July 1st, under the condition of submitting to the main biosecurity standards established under SG Clean protocols.

The SG Clean quality mark is acquired after an official evaluation based on the verification of the requirements for sanitation and hygiene standards.

To access the evaluation, they must contact the respective agencies or designated evaluators who will provide details of the process to obtain it.

Also, all tour operators must present their reopening plan to the Singapore Tourism Board, showing an effective implementation of these biosafety measures.

This plan should provide a safe and reliable environment for both clients and workers of tourism companies.

Tour operators should ensure that safe distance is maintained, good personal hygiene practice, use of face masks, frequent hand washing, and the use of hand sanitizers.

In addition to this, as part of these measures, all tourist services are limited to executing their activities at a percentage of their operational capacity in this initial phase of resumption.

The purpose of this initiative is to prevent the further spread of Covid-19, which already has 44,122 infections and 26 deaths in the country.

Tourism has been one of the most affected sectors since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Therefore, measures are being taken to restart tourism activities gradually and cautiously on a national scale.