Published on Monday, November 2, 2020

Tourists in Thailand could be forced to wear mandatory health tracking devices

Thailand has developed wearable tech to keep tabs on tourists visiting the country.

A digital wristband has been approved by officials to monitor the location and health of visitors and help with contact tracing.

Local media reports a 'Smart Band' would be a mandatory tracking device for foreign tourists.

It would be able to measure body temperature and would alert health authorities if a fever is detected.

It is thought it could also help travellers from getting lost, according to Thailand's Digital Ministry.

It has been developed for travellers on the Special Tourist Visa scheme and will be applied to a small number of new tourist arrivlas initially.

It is due to launch this week but few specific details have been confirmed yet.

It is unclear if the user will have to pay for it and, if so, how much it will cost.


Written by Ray Montgomery, Asia Editor

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