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DTAC SIM cards to help track foreigners visiting from Covid-19 high-risk countries


Total Access Communication (DTAC) is offering "Happy Tourist" SIM cards that will help track foreigners arriving from Covid-19 high-risk countries at Suvarnabhumi Airport, Phuket International Airport, Chiang Mai International Airport and Mae Fah Luang-Chiang Rai International Airport from Friday (March 13).

Lih Ren How, chief marketing officer, said, "DTAC is ready to support government policy in keeping track of anyone who travels from high-risk countries to Thailand by using the mobile phone network.
"We collaborate with the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society and the Office of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission to monitor everyone travelling from foreign countries, both Thais and foreigners. Everybody will receive Covid-19 screening from officials from the Ministry of Public Health and the Immigration Bureau. This procedure is to ensure public awareness, whether it be travellers coming to Thailand or Thai people, about Covid-19 tracking and precaution."
DTAC has set up a booth with staff who will offer Happy Tourist SIM cards to foreigners visiting Thailand at a screening checkpoint of the Department of Disease Control. The SIM cards are available for By49 baht and can be used for 14 days.
Foreign travellers who use roaming service in Thailand can download the AOT Airport application from Airports of Thailand Pcl. The application will allow travellers to fill out their information. This will help the government to contact and keep track of the travellers as the Covid-19 outbreak evolves.
Foreign travellers who have no plans to use roaming service are required to buy SIM cards at the checkpoint.
The state agencies have jointly launched a measure to require all foreign tourists arriving at all international airports in Thailand to download an AOT Airports application onto their mobile phones as a measure to contain the spread of Covid-19 in the country. The measures took effect from March 12.
The requirement also applies to Thai returnees from high-risk countries.
Once the app is downloaded, they will have to fill in the required information -- name, surname, passport ID, mobile phone number, e-mail address and present them to the immigration officials on duty . The information will be stored for 14 days after arrival.
In the case of a virus-infected person, the information given will enable related state agencies to follow protocols.The state agencies will also be able to trace and inform passengers on the same flight as the infected individual.

Published : March 13, 2020

By : THE NATION