There has been plenty of apps of late to keep people informed when travelling and with sporting events ever so popular now it is essential we have all the relevant information at hand when we need it.We all sport smartphones today so there is no better place to have all the information at hand in one app,The app is now free on Android and iOS which initially is a 4MB download with secondary background download of global travel advice and guides 11MB. Once again though we do not see a Windows Phone app here which users of the platform will find disappointing.
What is good about this app is PUSH NOTIFICATIONS but in order to receive them you will need some kind of connection so hopefully depending where you are travelling allows it in case of emergency and you are not in a blackspot or an area with bad coverage.
Speaking at the launch, Minister Flanagan said:
“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.
“I would encourage all Irish people travelling abroad to download and use the App; all Irish citizens currently living abroad; any citizens with an interest in travel abroad; or even mothers or fathers who have sons or daughters travelling abroad.”
TravelWise provides security ratings for over 200 countries – a clear way for us to show you how safe or unsafe we believe a country may be to visit, and to help you to make informed decisions about overseas travel.
There are four colour-coded levels to our security ratings:
Normal Precautions (Green)
High Degree of Caution (Yellow)
Avoid Non-Essential Travel (Amber)
Do Not Travel (Red)
TravelWise is a free smartphone app delivered by Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to help inform Irish citizens make decisions about travel abroad. The content within the app is available off-line, allowing access abroad without roaming charges.
TravelWise includes the Department’s country travel advisories, based on reliable reports provided by Ireland’s network of Embassies abroad and by our EU and international partners. Users can subscribe to be notified via an alert of significant changes to our travel advice for countries of interest to them. We also include more general advice by theme, for example victim of crime abroad, LGBT travellers, death abroad, children’s issues, etc. And there’s a handy checklist of things to do before you go.
Especially if you are travelling to a higher-risk destination, we strongly encourage users to register with us so we can make contact with them in the event of a crisis. Contact details and mapping of all Irish Embassies, Consulates and other missions abroad are included in the app.