Would you download a tracking app to enter a country?

Travel Forums General Talk Would you download a tracking app to enter a country?

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31. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 2450 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

As far as tracking goes I don't mind being sent an email asking where I am. An email that I can respond to using my laptop. I do not want to travel with any smart phone, don't have one and don't want one! (Over the years I have had several computers both Mac, old XP and now Windows 10 laptops. I do travel with a small laptop.)

When you enter through immigration they have a record of where you are from and for some countries a record of where you are going next. They have an idea when you will leave too. Some hotels I have been in made copies of the passport info page and had to report their tourist arrivals to proper authorities.

It might be easier to have a chip inserted in everyone's arm or butt so tracking could be less trouble.

[ Edit: Edited on 03-May-2020, 18:35 GMT by karazyal ]

32. Posted by elized85 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Quoting ToonSarah

As for longer term, I already accept that Google knows where I am at all times...

Of cource, google knows but if you don't have an access to the Internet in another country?

33. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1587 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

My ISP thinks I live in D.C. because that's where my provider is. Whenever I ask for a place "near" to me, I always get D.C. in spite of the fact that I live at least 60 miles and over an hour from there. So I don't have faith that google would know especially if I didn't have a cell phone.

34. Posted by TuscarawasJones (Budding Member 2 posts) 4d 1 Star this if you like it!

I'm generally ok with installing an app that tracks me. I'm pretty sure most of what I have on my phone does that already anyway. The advantage of the tracking apps with regard to COVID is that it would theoretically also notify me if I had been exposed to a potential COVID carrier who has also installed the app.
Making it mandatory certainly feels a little bit Orwellian to me, but in all likelihood I'd probably still do it unless I felt it was significantly impacting my day-to-day life in a negative manner. Perhaps I should be more concerned with my privacy, but I never really have been and so far I have not found that to be problematic.

35. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 1507 posts) 4d Star this if you like it!

New Zealand now has a Covid-19 tracker app. Over the last two weeks we've had just three new C-19 cases and no deaths for three weeks. But there's still a 14-day quarantine period for any NZ resident returning to the country - and we are closed to non-residents.