American Airlines is set to introduce a digital health passport for inbound travelers coming to the United States from all international destinations. Beginning on January 23, 2021, passengers traveling to the United States can utilize the “VeriFLY” app to confirm testing, test results, and other pertinent travel requirements.
The initial launch of the app was to help streamline the check-in process at the airport prior to departure and to provide travelers with important reminders. However, given concerns over COVID-19 and the slower worldwide inoculation process, American is expanding access of the app, particularly in light of governmental requirements that all passengers aged two (2) and older traveling to the United States from any international destination test negative for COVID-19 within three calendar days of departure. Using the “VeriFLY” app, travelers will be able to enter their destination and then upload any required documentation, such as proof of a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, which detects COVID-19 by identifying traces of the virus’ genetic material on a sample collected via a nose or throat swab.
Efforts to expand the use of technology, such as the “VeriFLY” app, will hopefully allow travel to remain open, while at the same time, keeping travelers and the public safe.
There is the need, however, for the public to be mindful that with the new administration, governmental requirements are likely to change.
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