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Tue, 1 December 2020

Chile Trials VeriFLY Digital Health Pass with American Airlines

[01 Dec 2020] American Airlines has partnered with the government of Chile to offer customers access to VeriFLY, a new mobile wellness wallet solution.

The VeriFLY app, from the identity assurance company Daon, is designed to help travelers easily understand COVID19 requirements for their destination and streamline airport check-in through digital verification to ensure customers have completed those requirements.

Beginning 7 December, customers traveling between Miami International Airport (MIA) and Santiago, Chile (SCL) will have the opportunity to test the new solution at no cost by creating a secure profile and confirming details for their trip. The app can be utilized on both ends of the travel journey for seamless verification. The app was initially only available for customers traveling to Jamaica.

American Airlines Boeing 787-8 reg: N812AA. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com Click to enlarge.

It is incredibly valuable that airlines are innovating with new technology to adapt to the demands of a new way of doing tourism, helping encourage the reactivation of international travel, especially at a time when Chile is opening its borders, said Andrea Wolleter, National Director of Chile's National Tourism Service (SERNATUR). Today we are promoting responsible and safe tourism through the adoption of protocols which now provide a better travel experience, helping simplify procedures while respecting health security measures.

American is also expanding its partnership with LetsGetChecked to give more customers access to at-home PCR testing with observation by a medical professional via virtual visit.

Customers traveling to Chile will have access to preflight COVID19 testing on flights beginning 7 December. Testing must be complete within 72 hours of departure.

For travel beginning 9 December, customers traveling from the U.S. to the U.S. Virgin Islands will have access to the testing program on the following flights:

Flights to Cyril E. King Airport (STT) in St. Thomas from Americans hubs in Charlotte (CLT), Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW), Miami (MIA), Chicago (ORD) and Philadelphia (PHL).

Flights to Henry E. Rohlsen Airport (STX) in St. Croix from CLT and MIA.

Testing must be complete within five days of departure.

Since American announced its preflight COVID19 testing program in October, LetsGetChecked is now available for all of the carriers flights to Belize, Grenada, St. Lucia and the Hawaiian Islands.

The U.S. Virgin Islands is pleased to announce its participation in the preflight COVID19 testing program offered by American Airlines through LetsGetChecked. Through this initiative, we continue to demonstrate our commitment to keeping our residents and visitors safe and healthy during the coronavirus pandemic, said Joseph Boschulte, Commissioner of Tourism for the U.S. Virgin Islands. This easy-to-use, at-home solution adds another layer of protection and confidence for those traveling to the Territory, allowing them to focus on their unique reasons for choosing the USVI.

American resumed passenger flights to Chile on 5 August and is currently operating a daily service between MIA and SCL. To keep commerce and essential goods moving during the pandemic, the carrier operated cargo-only flights between MIA and SCL from June through October and continues to transport cargo on its passenger flights. To date, the airline has moved more than 1.7 million kilos of cargo to Chile, including pharmaceuticals and critical medical supplies.

During the pandemic, American continued operating flights to the U.S. Virgin Islands both St. Thomas (STT) and St. Croix (STX) and is currently flying more than 50 weekly flights to STT from its hubs in CLT, DFW, MIA, ORD and PHL, as well as more than 20 weekly flights to STX from CLT and MIA.

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