Test & Go, Feb. 1, dust bleeds, “app is not ready”, throws a mess

New bet, open country, Test & Go, Feb. 1, chaos, tracking app “Doctor Chana” is still a problem, adjusting the Thailand Pass system, throwing the burden on the hotel Insiders win D-Day, the country’s opening system is shut down EU to tighten GDPR privacy laws, Apple-Google Play alerts app developers to track COVID-19 Explain in detail, TAT continues to create understanding of entrepreneurs hoping to revive the tourism industry, aiming to attract at least 200,000 foreign tourists per month

A source in the tourism industry revealed “Prachachat Business” that the opening of a new country in the form of Test & Go that will open for registration in the Thailand Pass system on February 1, 2022 according to the resolution of the meeting Prof. on January 20, that past. This is a challenge for the tourism industry. And it’s a new bet on Thailand’s open policy. because it is open without specifying the country of origin and can travel into all provinces across the country (travel from the airport no more than 5 hours)

new bet open country

Some additional new measures are set, consisting of adjusting the test by RT-PCR 2 times, having proof of hotel reservations on the first day, and on the 5th, having to be hotels with operating hospitals (SHA++ AQ QQ or AHQ) ) There is proof of payment for 2 times of infection screening. Clearly define the insurance system. In case the insurance does not cover the traveler will be responsible for the expenses of hospital/hospital or Hotel Isolation and in case of HRC itself.

However, if the epidemic is more or the situation changes, will consider accepting travelers and adapt to the tourism pilot area system or Sandbox instead

“To say that opening the country in this new Test & Go format is a great challenge. Since we are open to all areas, from November 1, we set the number of countries of origin from 63 countries and designated areas for foreign tourists to be around 10 pilot areas only. If the open country system cannot screen tourists, there is a problem. and unable to follow up will cause the epidemic to spread again The situation will be even more serious,” the source said.

Test & Go (Still) Unregulated

The source also said The reopening of Test & Go on February 1, 2022 is an important issue and is considered the heart of the Thai opening system must be ready. All applications must be integrated. can link and transmit information between each other Prime Minister (General Prayut Chan-ocha) has always emphasized that tourists must be able to track 100% and have a tourist information report (dashboard) in order to be able to control and take care of all foreign tourists.

“Right now there are only a few days left. An application that is the main application of opening the country. especially the doctor which is an application to track foreign tourists has not been fixed. And it is not yet connected to the system of Thailand Pass and the hotel reservation system. Important coste is not able to download and install the application,” the source said.

In addition, the latest Digital Government Development Agency (Public Organization) or NEPO, the developer of the website Thailand Pass, which is a channel for registration of people who wish to travel to Thailand, has also improved and developed a new one. Those who will enter Thailand can pre-register up to 2 months or 60 days and check documents by AI and have a public key system or verify and access information. that can be checked in more than 30 countries around the world

handed over the burden to the hotel

Mrs. Napitchaya Theprod, Assistant Director of the Digital Government Development Agency (Public Organization) or POR., the developer of Thailand Pass, revealed that the online registration system for Thailand is ready to open for registration through the website. tp.consular.go.th Again from February 1, 2022 at 9:00 am (Thailand) onwards.

The new system of Thailand Pass will add channels to fill out accommodation, RT-PCR examination, and upload documents on Day 1 and Day 5 (if staying more than 5 days), details of insurance that cover medical expenses in the event of an infection. There is also a system called Thailand Pass Hotel, where the system will connect to the hotel to send tourist information entered through the system to the hotel to help verify the booking documents and RT-PCR reservations for Day 1 and Day 5.

The system will then check the vaccine document. Currently, the system can check vaccination certificates in 35 countries. In the event that the system cannot read, it will be the responsibility of the Disease Control Board (Chor.) to check further. If all the checks are passed, the system will approve the QR Code, which takes no more than 7 days in the process.

Reporters reported that Ministry of Tourism The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has organized a webinar to clarify the resolution of opening the country. And the SHA Extra Plus Guidelines for Hotel Tour Operators On January 24, 2022, it was found that at the meeting many hoteliers expressed dissatisfaction with the new practice of the Thailand Pass system as it was seen as throwing. The burden of escorting foreign tourists to hotels Originally, it was the duty of the “Mor Chana” application.

Fearing that the system will be “shutdown”

A source from the app developer told “National Business” that in the last three to four years, the European Union (EU: European Union) has enacted a new law to protect personal data called “General Data Protection.” Regulation” or GDPR, which has a huge impact on the storage, recording, processing and transfer of the data of the EU population today online that only require formal authorization for a treaty.

“All developers of websites and applications requiring the collection, recording and transmission of EU demographic information must file a notice. Explain rules and responsibility for information to Europeans as well. If not notified This law imposes very high fines,” the source said.

And with the high fines, app providers like Apple and Google Play have sent letters to app developers about COVID-19. All that collects, saves, forwards information, including following up with a letter explaining the details of the application. Including detailed development guidelines, in which Apple has already notified operators in the middle of 2021, while Google Play has notified app developers to take action before February 1.

“The key point is The application for opening the country of Thailand, both coste Mor Chana developed, does not register GDPR. That means that from February 1, the application may be closed and not appear in Google Play and Google Chrome can be,” the source said.

Mr. Kitti Phonsiwakit, chairman of the Smart Tourism subcommittee, the Tourism Council of Thailand (TAT), an expert in application development, told “Prachachat Business” about the aforementioned issues. have inquired to the developer of the doctor win application All parties are aware of the issues of the GDPR law, which are currently in the works. It is expected to be completed in time before February 1, of course.

TAT speeds up understanding

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), told “Prachachat Business” that the Ministry of Tourism The Tourism Authority of Thailand has accelerated its efforts to create understanding among all groups of entrepreneurs. In order for all sectors to cooperate and help each other drive this test & go launch plan to be able to continue. and help turn the country’s tourism industry back again After the business has been hit hard in the last 2 years.

“Now the government has taken Test & Go back. Moving forward requires cooperation from all parts. And make it a team work, especially SHA Plus Manager, which is responsible for checking hotel booking documents in the Thailand Pass system. It is also very necessary to have an effective tracking system. and get rid of all the same problems, whether it is a problem with tourists fleeing can’t track Including following tourists to come back to do PCR for the 2nd time on the 5th. All these things we need to help each other so that the state can see that we can do it,” said Mr. Yuthasak.

and emphasize that some operating systems may be difficult for some users But every part of tourism must be patient and help each other. Otherwise, opening the country in the form of Test & Go may not be able to continue.

Aim for 200,000 tourists/month

Mr. Yuthasak also said that Currently, we are trying to integrate the work of all applications that are in the open country system together as best as possible, including Thailand Pass, Thailand Pass Hotel, coste and Mor Chana, especially the Thailand system. Pass Hotel, which requires cooperation from SHA Plus Manager as part of the issuance of QR Code of the Thailand Pass system.

“We try to do our best. And believe that in the end, February 1, all systems will be connected to each other. Otherwise it will be a problem. because we need to be tracked and have 2 RT-PCR results to be obtained,” said Mr. Yuthasak.

Mr. Yuthasak further said that For the issue that is seen as throwing the burden of tracking foreign tourists to the hotel. It’s not true at all. It’s just a request for cooperation. And it’s something that every hotel has to do. to let him know in advance when there will be a visitor how many Or in the event that a guest cancels a hotel room, they will know the information in advance as well.

“We are confident that all parts will cooperate in this round of Test & Go and help drive the tourism industry to turn around, with the TAT targeting the number of foreign tourists at least 200,000 per month.” Mr. Yuthasak said

  • Open the way around the world to enter Thailand with the Test & Go sandbox system, effective 1 Feb.

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