Travelwise was a free smartphone app delivered by Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFA), providing Irish citizens with important information about travelling abroad including key emergency location and contact details. The app was also available offline to ensure access abroad without roaming changes or need for data or wifi.
The Department’s country advisories are based on reports from Irish Embassies, EU and international parties. Púca had to merge these and develop an app with up-to-date and accurate information to ensure users get the latest security updates for their chosen location. Púca combined their push notification capabilities with the app to allow Irish travellers the option to receive alerts on changes for specific countries The app also provided helpful advice based on topics such as; LGBT travellers, death abroad, children’s issues, crime statistics etc.
The app succeeded in providing offline travel advice, mapping of Irish Embassies, and consular information on 200 countries. A catalogue of information such as security, local laws, entry requirements, health and emergency contacts were all included. Enhancing Irish safety and support while abroad. The app was removed from stores due to the COVID-19 pandemic as a temporary measure.