Vacation travel plans? Try These Easy Vaccine Apps To Keep Your Travel Hassle Free
Vacation travel season has arrived and it should make up for all the travel time and lost income that disappeared last year due to COVID-19.
Already, Americans are packing their bags before scheduled trips to see their families or take vacations after a year of hard work. The American Automobile Association estimates that 53.4 million people will travel on Thanksgiving alone. Travel data company Hopper Meanwhile, predicts throughput at US airports will be around 1.9 million people per day for Thanksgiving and 2 million for Christmas.
Sadly, COVID-19 is still with us all, overtaking its welcome for another holiday season. What separates this year from 2020 is that a large number of Americans and other travelers have been vaccinated against the virus, which increases their safety and allows them to travel more comfortable than before.
However, many airlines, businesses, states, and countries will want to see proof that you have been vaccinated or have at least tested negative first. It’s always important to keep your vaccination record handy, but we are in the digital age, so here are three vaccination apps that can help you travel hassle-free.
Developed by the Virginia-based biometrics company Daon, VeriFLY is designed to store your travel health data and make it easily accessible during your trip. For convenience, you can download it from the Apple App Store or from Google Play.
What makes the app more convenient is that it’s free, easy to use, and useful for sharing data on the COVID-19 entry conditions at your destination.
After creating a secure profile on your mobile device, the app will ask you to confirm your travel details, including flight information, a negative COVID-19 test or vaccination, and other documents required to fly. The app verifies that your test or vaccine matches the vaccine requirements of your destination country, giving you a “pass” or “fail” message if your information matches them.
The app was first tested last November and has since been accepted by a number of major international airlines. According to the app’s website, companies like Alaska Airlines, British Airways, and Japan Airlines have all connected potential travelers with VeriFLY and therefore have a few cruise lines like Viking Cruises.
If you’re looking to get a one-stop-shop for keeping all of your COVID-19 vaccination or testing information, look no further than CommonPass.
CommonPass is the end result of a collaboration between The Commons Project, the World Economic Forum and the Rockefeller Foundation with business leaders around the world to create a common application for safe travel.
How the app works is that it accesses your results through existing health data systems such as local or national registries. The app’s site makes it clear that it remains limited to what it considers reliable sources, but seeks to expand to include more.
The operation of the application itself is simple. After receiving your most recent test results or vaccination status, you save them to the CommonPass app which then assesses whether the source is trustworthy or meets a country’s or country’s testing requirements. State you are visiting. Like VeriFLY, it tells you “Yes” or “No” before generating a certificate for your use.
CommonPass is free to download and you can also find it in the Apple App Store or Google Play.
For American and Canadian travelers crossing North America, the ClearPass is for you.
First of all, the app is free like VeriFLY and CommonPass but remains available only for iOS users. Aside from this limitation, the app is easy to use and has a unique configuration which ensures that you will move around the airport safely and smoothly.
CLEAR Pass’ single dependency on biometrics ensures that only you can use the app. After downloading it, it requires a clear selfie and passport scan anytime before you make your trip.
Then you provide information on any travel that will require you to go through U.S. Customs, giving you four hours to go through a mobile passport control line. For added convenience, you can also add up to 12 family members who would be traveling on the same flight.
Currently, CLEAR Pass is only available to travelers arriving from the United States or Canada, but it is accepted at several of the largest US airports, including John F. Kennedy Airport in New York, and smaller ones such as San Juan Airport in Puerto Rico.