COVIDSafe App Update

COVIDSafe App Update

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Bhutan & Beyond thoroughly endorse the AFTA CEO’s comments below re the downloading on the new COVIDSafe tracking app. Please read on.

AFTA recommends the downloading of the Governments COVIDSafe app

Monday 27 April 2020 
The Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) continues to work with the federal government to find a road out of COVID-19. Travel restrictions are having dramatic impacts on the travel industry and the ability for Australians to travel. AFTA provides its support to all Australians to download the COVIDSafe app released by the government. We believe that a successful outcome, as outlined by the government via this app, may lead to a faster way for the country to get back to a normal way of life. And this could include the lifting of travel restrictions.

The COVIDSafe app is designed to help find close contacts of COVID-19 cases. It is believed to speed up the current manual process of finding people who have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19. What this enables the government to do is make contact with people more quickly with the hope to slow the spread of the virus.

If the app is successful and gets a large acceptance, we may find that Australia can return to normal life more quickly. This includes the return of travel. “While we do understand it is a personal choice to download the app, AFTA supports the government via this measure if its application brings forward the date of travel restrictions being lifted.” said Jayson Westbury, AFTA CEO.
“What we all want for Australians is the return to normal life and what we want for the travel industry is for people to have the freedom to travel. Therefore it seems to us that this app may be a step in the right direction to achieve both of these outcomes.” said Westbury.

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Article by James Irving – Bhutan Travel Expert

James Irving Bhutan Travel Expert

Bhutan Travel Expert – James Irving.

James has worked in the travel industry for over 40 years & has been involved in the leisure, corporate, group, sport, incentive & wholesale Travel genres.

James loves rugby union, and keenly supports the Queensland Reds and the Australian Wallabies.