Monday 24 October 2016

Euro 2016 fans urged to download new travel app for security updates

TravelWise launched by Minister

Published 10/06/2016 | 12:37

Minister Flanagan launches the new TravelWise smartphone app. Photo: Maxwells
Minister Flanagan launches the new TravelWise smartphone app. Photo: Maxwells
Martin O'Neill at the Irish embassy in Paris. Photo: Department of Foreign Affairs
Minister Flanagan launches new TravelWise smartphone app. Photo: Maxwell Photography

Irish soccer fans are being urged to download a new, free travel app developed by the Department of Foreign Affairs.

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TravelWise is available for smartphone users on iOS and Android, providing instant access to the DFA's global network of 80 embassies and consulates.

It also provides regularly updated travel advice and security updates for over 200 countries, which can be delivered as alerts to the user's phone.

"TravelWise will help Irish people travelling abroad to stay safe and informed while travelling, living or working overseas," said Minister of Foreign Affairs & Trade, Charlie Flanagan, launching the app.

“All fans heading to Euro 2016 in France can download the App and “favourite” France, to get France-related security updates direct to their phone," he added.

"Mothers and fathers back in Ireland can do the same." 

The app, developed with a range of Irish companies including Púca, uses a four-tier security rating for each country, with users able to sign up to receive customised alerts and updates for the areas to or in which they are travelling.

Key emergency contacts and other content such as entry requirements and notable local health and legal information will remain available offline, meaning users do not need to incur roaming charges to access it.

"Alerts will only be sent on major changes in the overall security status or in the event of a specific crisis event or emergency," the Department said.

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