United Airlines is now integrated with the Apple Health app in iOS 15 to help travelers securely upload COVID-19 vaccination records on their iPhone and validate vaccine status ahead of future travel.
United Airlines Partners With Apple Health To Streamline Vaccine Verification
Passengers with verifiable COVID-19 vaccination records stored in the Apple Health app can now upload those records to United’s Travel-Ready Center. These vaccination records use SMART Health Cards format so they can be reviewed instantly on the United platform with no additional reviews needed – helping customers quickly confirm they’ve met the vaccination requirements needed for their travel plans.
Previously, all documents uploaded to the United app, including vaccine cards (digital screenshots or paper cards), had to be manually verified before an itinerary was marked, “Ready to fly.”
With iOS 15, iPhone users can securely store verifiable versions of their COVID-19 test results and immunization records in the Health app on iPhone. Apple also recently announced that with an upcoming software update, users will also be able to add and present verifiable COVID-19 vaccination information as a vaccination card in Apple Wallet.
How Does It Work?
- Passengers with upcoming travel requiring proof of vaccination can visit the Travel-Ready Center on United’s iOS app
- Passengers can select the option to upload vaccine documentation
- Passengers can then click on “Upload” then “Share your SMART Health Card”
- The Apple Health app will automatically open and ask customers for permission to share their verifiable vaccination records with United
- Once confirmed, the vaccination records will automatically be uploaded, verified on United’s system and records will be stored until travel is complete.
One frustration I’ve had with United’s Travel Ready Center is that I have had to upload my vaccination card three different times. That’s tedious and I far prefer this new solution which will not only cut my efforts but lead to instant verification.
United Airlines now parters with Apple to directly verify your vaccine status. While you can still bring your physical card to the airport for manual verification, the new Travel Ready Center can save you time and hassle by taking care of the paperwork before you even check in for your flight.