România

MAE releases Travel Safely mobile application

Romania's Foreign Minister Titus Corlatean launched on Wednesday, at the Henri Coanda Airport a mobile application for smartphones that allows Romanian citizens travelling abroad to get information about destinations, including travelling conditions, entry requirements, stay requirements, visa information, contact points of Romania's diplomatic missions and consular office, complete with phone numbers.

Attending the event were Foreign Minister Titus Corlatean, MAE spokesperson Brandusa Predescu as well as Romania's contesters in the 2014 Eurovision song contest Paula Seling and Ovi.

Corlatean said the release by the MAE of such services is an important and very useful moment for Romanian citizens travelling outside Romania who have to be informed about what they have to do, what to avoid and what support they can count on coming from Romania's diplomatic offices.

Also released at the Henri Conada Airport was an infokiosk that provides the same information as the application.

"We are talking about an information campaign using the new communications technologies. This is the first infokiosk that we are opening here today. This year seven more infokiosks are to be commissioned in Bucharest, at the North Railway Station, at metro stations, and shopping malls," said Corlatean.

The infokiosk also contains a section consisting of a Guidebook for Romanian voters abroad for the European elections of 25 May 2014.

"The infokiosk application has been developed by the MAE's Information Technology Department, and the infokiosk terminals have been acquired based on the public procurement procedure, each for 22,500 RON. The MAE mobile app has been developed by a specialized company and bought by the MAE for about 10,000 euros,' Corlatean explained.

Paula Seling called the application released by MAE a very good idea.

"We travel a lot and do need an application to provide us with all the information we need, to spare us searching for information on the Internet, which takes time and time today is money," she said. Ovi called the application very practical.

By using the Travel Safely applications, Romanian citizens can find out what consular workers can or cannot do for them, where they can ask for consular assistance, and where to get recommendations for mishaps such as being the victim of a theft of identity documents abroad or of accidents.

Source: Romanian National News Agency AGERPRES