Lao authorities require people entering Laos to wear surveillance bracelets
The National Taskforce Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control on Monday instructed the Lao Ministry of Public Works and Transport to notify foreign airlines of this requirement.
According to local daily Vientiane Times on Tuesday, foreign airlines are required to inform passengers before they board a flight that they may be refused permission to enter Laos if they do not wear an "out-smart" bracelet.
The committee is also requiring all foreign citizens entering Laos to purchase COVID-19 insurance through the Lao Ministry of Health.
COVID-19 insurance is now mandatory in addition to other travel documents and requests for permission to enter the country, which must be submitted to the ministry.
The "out-smart" bracelet measures body temperature and records the wearer's whereabouts after arrival in Laos. It aims to spot irregularities and invoke a timely response in the event of an outbreak of the virus.
The bracelets are equipped with a sensor that can monitor the wearer's body temperature and send out an alert if an abnormal temperature is detected.
Lao health officials can receive the information on their smartphones after connecting via Bluetooth on a mobile app. The data can be shared with the wearer's friends and municipal and district authorities.
Anyone who arrives in Laos and shows flu-like or COVID-19 symptoms will be taken to a hospital for observation and asked to provide samples for lab tests. People arriving in Laos without any symptoms are required to self-monitor and take their temperature every day for 14 days.
Local authorities continue to face challenges in monitoring people at border crossings, said the report. The authorities are continuing to be vigilant and imposing strict precautionary measures.
With regard to social gatherings, the number of participants must be limited and everyone must comply with virus prevention measures such as social distancing, hand-washing, and wearing a face mask. ■