Samoa’s own Covid-19 contact tracing app, Samoa Travel Tracer has been officially launched in Apia by Prime Minister Hon. Fiame Naomi Mataafa.
The platform, which is a joint initiative between the Ministry of Health and Samoa Tourism Authority is a vital component of the Samoa Travel-Ready Toolkit.
The Toolkit is a robust framework consisting of core areas that must be developed to support the case to restart international travel when it is absolutely safe to do so.
Additional components of the Toolkit include Vaccination, Tourism Business Operator Training and Maintenance, and Sales and Marketing initiatives.
Samoa Travel Tracer is based on the privacy-preserving BlueTrace protocol developed by Singapore, and it was developed locally in partnership with SkyEye and the Samoa Information Technology Association.
The App uses Bluetooth to trace close contact between users and data collected will be anonymous and encrypted and used solely by the Ministry of Health for contact tracing purposes to help keep Samoa safe.
Samoa Travel Tracer is available on Google Play and App Store.