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American Airlines is launching the first health passport for international travelers headed to the US (AAL)

Published by Business Insider on Thu, 14 Jan 2021

<p><img src="https://static4.businessinsider.com/image/60006d34a8de7700187d3d9f-2400/IMG_2717.JPG" border="0" alt="American Airlines JFK Airport" data-mce-source="Thomas Pallini/Business Insider"></p><p></p><bi-shortcode id="summary-shortcode" data-type="summary-shortcode" class="mceNonEditable" contenteditable="false">Summary List Placement</bi-shortcode><p><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/category/american-airlines">American Airlines</a> is rolling out a mobile "health passport" for international travelers arriving in the US starting January 23, <a href="http://news.aa.com/news/news-details/2021/American-Airlines-Is-First-US-Airline-to-Introduce-Health-Passport-for-All-International-Travel-to-US-OPS-DIS-01/default.aspx">the airline said on Thursday</a>.</p><p>The airline's announcement comes after the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's<a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/us-require-a-negative-covid-19-test-from-international-travelers-2021-1"> decision on Tuesday to require negative COVID-19 tests or proof of COVID-19 recovery from all travelers</a> entering the US starting January 26.</p><p>In order to meet the CDC's new demands, American will be using Verifly's mobile app platform to create a health passport. The app will then allow travelers to confirm travel requirements and upload negative COVID-19 test results and other paperwork needed to fly into the US.&nbsp;</p><p><strong><em>Read more: </em></strong><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/american-airlines-debt-coronavirus-pandemic-strategy-competition-2020-10'r=bc-sub"><em>American will lose its crown as the biggest US airline and could fall behind Delta and United as it struggles to pay off $38 billion in debt</em></a></p><p>The airline is the first in the country to introduce this type of health passport system, according to American, and <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/covid-19-vaccine-health-passports-immunity-onfido-yoti-2020-11'r=gr-sub">could in theory be used for similar proof of vaccination</a> if required in the future.</p><p>"We support the implementation of a global program to require COVID-19 testing for travelers to the US, and we want to do everything we can to make travel a seamless experience for customers," Julie Rath, the vice president of customer experience at American Airlines, <a href="http://news.aa.com/news/news-details/2021/American-Airlines-Is-First-US-Airline-to-Introduce-Health-Passport-for-All-International-Travel-to-US-OPS-DIS-01/default.aspx">said in a statement</a>.</p><p>The mobile health passport will be available for American Airline fliers starting January 23. US travelers flying into Jamaica, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras <a href="http://news.aa.com/news/news-details/2020/American-Expands-Travel-Readiness-App-Acceptance-and-Preflight-Testing-to-More-Central-and-South-American-Countries-OPS-DIS-12/default.aspx">have already had access to the app</a>.</p><p>The introduction of such a passport isn't the only strategy American Airlines has taken to <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/avports-ceo-how-the-airport-experience-will-change-post-pandemic-2020-5'r=bc-sub">ease traveling</a> during the coronavirus pandemic. Last month <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/american-airlines-to-offer-home-covid-tests-for-domestic-passengers-2020-12">the airline announced it would begin offering $129 at-home PCR tests</a> to potentially help travelers avoid quarantining.</p><p><strong>SEE ALSO:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/singapore-bring-business-travelers-back-with-a-bubble-hotel-2021-1" >Singapore is trying to entice business travelers to return with a luxury '4-star' bubble hotel to stay in for 14 days before entering the country</a></strong></p><p><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/covid-vaccine-test-passport-american-airlines-passengers-flying-into-us-2021-1#comments">Join the conversation about this story &#187;</a></p> <p>NOW WATCH: <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/worlds-most-expensive-liquid-thoroughbred-horse-semen-2020-3">Why thoroughbred horse semen is the world's most expensive liquid</a></p>
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