Barbados has made an innovative step in its management of COVID-19, with the introduction of its new BIMSafe mobile app and geo-fencing bracelet system.
The BIMSafe app facilitates fast processing through health checks, immigration and customs by allowing travellers to scan and go. And, as part of Barbados’ comprehensive COVID-19 Management Programme, the BIMSafe app also allows travellers from High and Medium-Risk countries to check and report their symptoms on a daily basis for the first seven days. Plus, a complementary state-of-the-art geo-fencing bracelet keeps travellers and locals safe by ensuring visitors remain within the designated quarantine location.
A statement from the Ministry of Health and Wellness said that “we want to protect the health of locals and visitors alike. It is for this reason that we contracted the development of the BIMSafe monitoring app, as we aim to offer a greater level of accuracy in our efforts to stem the spread of COVID-19.”
The BIMSafe interface, which was rolled out earlier this month, keeps travellers abreast of updates on the island, including information on COVID-19, and provides helpful resources such as directions to health care facilities and travel protocols.
The app does not track any user data, allowing for an anonymous and secure experience for users. The only information the app needs from a traveller is their travel code, which is issued upon completion of their Embarkation-Disembarkation Card (ED card).
BIMSafe is currently available for download via Google Play App Store and the Apple App Store and visitors are advised to download the app prior to arrival so that they may receive updates on safety protocols and requirements in advance.