Chile is now the first country in Latin America to welcome travelers from the United States with American Airlines’ new digital health passport. The country opened its borders on November 23, and now the government is working with American Airlines to make traveling a little easier during the pandemic.
American Airlines and the Chilean government are offering passengers the option of using a new mobile digital health app while traveling in the country. The app is called VeriFLY and can be downloaded for free on iOS and Android. It allows passengers to securely store required travel documents, including flight details and evidence of a negative COVID-19 test. Similar to the CommonPass app, which is tracked by major airlines like United and Virgin Atlantic, the app verifies that the information provided by the passenger matches the entry requirements of the user’s destination before giving the green light to travel.
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Passengers traveling between Miami and Santiago will have the opportunity to try the new digital health pass for free from December 7th. “Today we are promoting responsible and safe tourism by adopting protocols that now offer a better travel experience and help simplify procedures to respect health safety measures,” said Andrea Wolleter, director of the National Tourism Service in Chile.
In addition, the airline is the first to offer a home trial option for customers traveling to South America through LetsGetChecked. With the service, passengers receive a PCR test kit at their home address, which is observed virtually by a doctor. It is hoped that the combination of a health passport and pre-flight tests will make it easier and safer for U.S. citizens to travel overseas during the pandemic.
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Chile reopened its borders on November 23rd and is applying a measured approach to tourism with specific requirements for arrivals. Travelers entering the country must have evidence of a negative COVID-19 result from a test performed within 72 hours of travel and purchase health insurance to cover COVID-19 issues during their stay.
Paula Daza, Undersecretary of State for Health in Chile, said: “We are opening the borders with caution and taking the necessary security precautions. We hope that these reunions, especially of the separated binational families, can become a reality with the necessary self.” – Care measures to avoid infection. Chileans and foreigners, I ask that we take care of each other. “
Chilean Santiago de Chile Airport opened last month with direct flights from Amsterdam, Buenos Aires, Guayaquil, Lima, Madrid, Miami, New York, Panama and Sao Paulo. More flights are expected to be added in the coming days. Travelers are advised to keep up to date with local public health guidelines and be aware of curfews that may exist. Face covering is mandatory in public and social distancing rules apply.
This article was first published on November 16 and updated on December 7, 2020.