United Airlines allows travelers to quickly share COVID vaccination info through Apple Health

Michelle Shen
USA TODAY

United Airlines announced on Friday an integration with Apple's Health app that allows customers to quickly confirm they've met the vaccination requirements needed for their travel plans.

Apple recently released a feature in iOS 15 that allows users to upload their COVID-19 vaccination records through its Health app with a QR code sent by their provider, a downloadable file sent by their provider or through a connected healthcare institution using Health Records on iPhone. 

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United customers can now share those verified vaccination records on the Apple Health app with United’s Travel-Ready Center.

Users start on the United app, where they can see their upcoming flights on the home screen.

United Airlines home screen with upcoming flights

If they click into the Trip Details, they can see reservation information about their flight. In the Travel-Ready Center tab, they can click "View More Details" and see what COVID-19 requirements are required for their upcoming flight. 

United Airlines displays necessary COVID-19 requirements for flight destination

If they click "Upload documentation," they can see options to upload test paperwork for agent review, upload vaccination documents for agent review or share their SMART Health Card. If they select "Share your SMART Health Card", users will see a screen saying "Share COVID-19 vaccinations" that allows them to share a health record with United on a one-time basis. 

Apple is allowing users to share their COVID-19 vaccinations with United to confirm travel plans

Only the vaccination information, not any other information on the Health app, is shared with United. Once confirmed, the vaccination records will automatically be uploaded and verified on United’s system, and records will be stored only until they complete their travels.

United Airlines recently said that for most cases, employees who did not get their vaccinations would no longer be allowed into the workplace by Oct. 2. 

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Hawaiian Airlines, American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Frontier Airlines and JetBlue have also set forth requirements for employees to be vaccinated or submit to regular testing. 

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Some countries are also banning unvaccinated travelers and requiring vaccinated travelers to quarantine as United States travelers are considered high risk. The Netherlands recently banned all U.S. travelers who are unvaccinated.

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Michelle Shen is a Money & Tech Digital Reporter for USA TODAY. You can reach her @michelle_shen10 on Twitter.