Chile becomes the first Latin American country to trial digital health pass for American Airlines

American Airlines has made this announcement:

American Airlines and the government of Chile are partnering to offer customers access to VeriFLY, a new mobile app designed to help travelers understand coronavirus (COVID-19) documentation requirements and enable them to securely store and display their test results digitally. In addition, the airline is the first to provide customers traveling to South America with a convenient at-home testing option through LetsGetChecked. Travelers to the U.S. Virgin Islands will also be able to take advantage of the at-home testing option in December.

Since American announced its preflight COVID-19 testing program in October, the airline has continued to expand customer access to its at-home testing partner, LetsGetChecked, now available for all of the carrier’s flights to Belize, Grenada, St. Lucia and the Hawaiian Islands.

“As we continue to reopen travel throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, we have been looking for ways to simplify our customers’ travel experience. Our preflight testing program and our recently launched mobile app trial are essential tools that will help our customers return to the skies,” said Juan Carlos Liscano, Vice President of Operations for Miami, the Caribbean and Latin America. “American is the leading U.S. airline in the region and we are committed to helping restart travel and tourism in the countries we serve.”

Mobile app trial expansion

American recently announced a partnership with a new mobile wellness wallet solution, VeriFLY, from the identity assurance leader Daon. The app is designed to help travelers easily understand COVID-19 requirements for their destination and streamline airport check-in through digital verification to ensure customers have completed those requirements.

Beginning Dec. 7, 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 available for customers traveling to Jamaica.

LetsGetChecked available for Chile and US Virgin Islands

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 COVID-19 testing on flights beginning Dec. 7. Testing must be complete within 72 hours of departure.

For travel beginning Dec. 9, customers traveling from the U.S. to the U.S. Virgin Islands will have access to the testing program on the following flights. Testing must be complete within five days of departure.

  • Flights to Cyril E. King Airport (STT) in St. Thomas from American’s 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.

American Airlines in Chile

American resumed passenger flights to Chile Aug. 5 and is currently operating 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.

American Airlines in US Virgin Islands

During the pandemic, American has continued operating service 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.