American Airlines is First U.S. Airline to Launch Health Passport for International Travel to the United States

American Airlines Health Passport
American Airlines

It’s nice to be first and this Health Passport from American Airlines makes it a little easier for international passengers to fulfill the new CDC orders as they travel back to the United States.

In a nutshell: American Airlines is the first U.S. airline to introduce a mobile health passport, VeriFLY, to confirm testing and other COVID-19 travel requirements. This will be available beginning Saturday, January 23 for travel from all international destinations.

American Airlines Expands VeriFLY Health Passport

American Airlines made this announcement in support of the new government requirement that all passengers two years of age and older traveling to the United States from any international location test negative for COVID-19 within three calendar days of departure.

The Travel Industry, from all inclusive resorts to tourist offices to airlines, have been doing everything possible to assist travelers during this pandemic and especially with the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requirement regarding international travel.  American also offers a touchless check-in experience, which allows customers to proceed to the gate without touching the kiosk screen.

According to Julie Rath, Vice President of Customer Experience at American, “We’re expanding our work with VeriFLY to quickly evolve our usage of the app and make international travel easier for our customers.  We support the implementation of a global program to require COVID-19 testing for travelers to the United States, and we want to do everything we can to make travel a seamless experience for customers. We’ve received positive feedback about the app so far and look forward to more customers having the opportunity to use it.”

VeriFLY is already being used from the U.S. to several countries including Jamaica, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras and American Airlines reports that thousands of passengers have traveled using the app.

How do you use VeriFLY?

  • Download the Health Passport app from the iOS App Store or Google Play
  • Create an account
  • Select your destination to understand testing requirements and provide your flight information
  • Enter your negative COVID-19 results and other destination required documents
  • Your activated pass is delivered to the VeriFLY app and you’ll be ready to board your U.S. bound flight

It will be interesting to see if this VeriFLY App will be used as a Vaccination Passport in the future.  We’ll be watching!

As always, review travel requirements to your desired destination regarding COVID requirements, testing locations, and always check passport restrictions.

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