Flying during times of pandemic has become a bit more convenient for iPhone users traveling on United Airlines.
On Friday, United Announced which would allow iPhone users to prove that they have been vaccinated against COVID-19 using the Apple Health app. To take advantage of this new service, you must be running iOS 15, allowing people to download their verifiable health records and covid-19 test results—Through SMART Health Cards – and save them to Apple Health.
Although travelers within the US do not need to be vaccinated to travel within the country, other countries, including the UK, Canada, France, and Spain, do require proof of vaccination or negative covid-19 tests.
Using United’s new digital shortcut seems straightforward and straightforward. First, you need to download the United app for iOS. Once this is done, 9to5Mac explains, go to the airline’s Travel-Ready Center and select the option to upload vaccine documentation. Then click “Upload” and select “Share your SMART Health Card”.
Apple will proceed to ask your permission to share your medical information (only the information you choose to share will be shared) and send that information to United. The airline will verify the records and store them until you complete your journey.
As you may have guessed, not everyone will be able to take advantage of United’s new digital shortcut. It all depends on whether your health care provider and the state have adopted the SMART health card specification. Some states, such as Hawaii, California, Louisiana, New York, and Virginia, already offer SMART health cards.
Currently, SMART Health Cards are only available in the Apple Health app, which can be used to share information with approved third-party apps. However, in an upcoming software update, Apple says that users will be able to add a covid-19 vaccination card to their Apple Wallets.
Gizmodo reached out to United for comment on Friday, but did not receive a response at press time. We will be sure to update this blog if we hear back.