United Airlines Integrates With Apple’s Health App For COVID-19 Vaccination Verification
United Airlines today announced that its Travel-Ready Center offers Apple Health app integration to make it easier for customers to share their verified immunization records before travel.
Apple in iOS 15 added a feature that allows iPhone owners to add their vaccination records in SMART Health Card format to the Apple Health app, which records can be used for vaccine verification purposes. Apple has also introduced new health record sharing features, which United is taking advantage of.
United Airlines customers who have iOS 15 installed and uploaded their immunization records to Apple Health can connect the Health app to United’s Travel-Ready Center for instant review on United’s platform.
The integration is designed to help customers quickly confirm that they have met the vaccination requirements for their travel plans. Air travel to the United States does not require travelers to be vaccinated, but other countries such as the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Spain require verification of vaccines and / or negative COVID-19 test results from travelers.
According to United, customers with upcoming travel plans requiring proof of vaccination can visit the Travel-Ready Center in United’s iOS app. From there, by tapping on the option to download vaccine documentation, the option “Share your smart health card” will appear.
Tap on it to open the Apple Health app where Apple will ask for permission to share its verifiable vaccination record with United. Once confirmed, immunization records are automatically uploaded and verified on United’s system. The records are kept until the end of the trip.
In the beta version of iOS 15.1, Apple also added a feature that allows adding the vaccination record from the Health app to the Wallet app in a quick access format that can be presented in restaurants, stores, concerts and other venues requiring proof of vaccination.