PH Requires All Inbound Travelers to Register Through COVID-19 Contact Tracing App

MANILA – The Philippine Department of Transportation is requiring all passengers flying to and from any airport in the country to download and register through Traze Contact Tracing App before proceeding to the airport beginning Nov. 28.

Traze, which notifies travelers if they have been in contact with a COVID-19 patient, is a unified and automated contact tracing app co-developed by the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) and Cosmotech Philippines, Inc. It can be downloaded for free from the App Store, Google Play, Huawei App Store, Vivo or Oppo Store.

“With Traze, the contact tracing process can now be done in just a few minutes, unlike the usual and manual process. Further, it does not use bluetooth or GPS, and it works well even with slow mobile data and WiFi,” the DOTr said in a statement.

“It enables the government’s contact tracing efforts to be strengthened and be more efficient,” it added.

Travelers who do not have mobile phones or any other mobile gadgets may go to the Malasakit Helpdesk at the airport for registration assistance to get a unique QR code. They may also ask a family member to register them with the app.

The Traze app complies with the Data Privacy Act (DPA) or Republic Act No. 10173. - FJJ

(Image courtesy of Department of Transportation)