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Govt travel app to provide safety abroad

News Desk

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Mon, April 16, 2018  /  01:33 pm
Govt travel app to provide safety abroad

The government has developed Safe Travel, an app to assure the comfort and safety of its citizens while abroad. (Shutterstock/File)

Developed by the Foreign Ministry, the newly launched Safe Travel app is intended for Indonesian citizens who are planning to travel overseas or are currently living abroad. 

Launched on Saturday, Apr. 14, the app is available on the Apple Store and Google Play Store.

The app caters to many purposes, starting from studying, working and umroh trips (minor hajj). Among the information Safe Travel provides are time differences, security, laws, local customs, immigration requirements and locations of houses of worship. Users can create an account, users will also receive notifications on travel warnings for the countries they are currently in.

Safe Travel's Safe Travel's "Country List" page lists the countries that Indonesian citizens can visit. The colored dot in the right-hand column shows the countries' security statuses, starting from normal (green) to banned travel (red). (JP/Ni Nyoman Wira)

Users can select from among several menus on the app’s homepage. Fun Facts, for instance, is filled with unique information about different countries. Meanwhile, Tips gives suggestions for different users, including Indonesian migrant workers (TKIs).

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Safe Travel also has an emergency feature to call for immediate help when users need assistance. They can send their location, record a video and contact the nearest Indonesian Embassy (KBRI), Indonesian Consulate General (KJRI) or Indonesian Consulate (KRI).

The Safe Travel app has a special page feed for regularly updated travel news.The Safe Travel app has a special page feed for regularly updated travel news. (JP/Ni Nyoman Wira)

The Foreign Ministry collaborated with Yogyakarta-based IT company PT Gamatechno Indonesia in developing the app.

“Following the launch event, we will [continue to]  provide full support on app maintenance and further development,” Gamatechno government solutions managerTaufik Suryawan Edyna said on the company’s website. (wir/wng)