Heading abroad this summer?
Just in case you get into any difficulties while abroad, it might be useful to download the Department of Foreign Affairs’ new app – TravelWise. The app provides travellers with access to the ‘Department’s global network of 80 embassies and consulates’, security ratings, local laws, entry requirements and travel advice for 200 countries, alongside security updates (push notifications are available for specific countries). Emergency contacts are available offline, saving on roaming charges or the hassle of finding free WiFi abroad.
“I am delighted to launch TravelWise, my Department’s new free smartphone app. TravelWise will help Irish people travelling abroad to stay safe and informed while travelling, living or working overseas,” said Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan. “I would urge all Irish people travelling abroad to download and use the app. The app has user-friendly travel advice and consular information for 200 countries worldwide.”
Travellers can also use the app to easily register with the local Irish embassy or consulate, a voluntary option that could prove vital in the event of a major incident, allowing the Department to contact Irish citizen, make sure they are safe and keep them informed of any developments. It also includes topical information on major events including Euro 2016, or the Rio Summer Olympics this August. The ‘Know before you go’ section provides information on passport requirements, travel insurance and the role of the embassy network, while a handy checklist is also provided to help travellers prepare for their trip.
“This new smartphone app underlines the Government’s commitment to the expanded provision of public services online. This is an Irish-led and Irish-designed project that combines cutting edge technology and security features with ground-breaking levels of user-friendliness and flexibility,” said Minister Flanagan.