Is international travel making a return? New health pass promises to kick-start global travel

A trip from Houston to any international destination can lead to an obstacle course of new requirements–from mandatory quarantine periods to pre-travel COVID-19 tests.  In fact, several countries now require documentation of a negative COVID-19 test for international travel.

A digital health passport may soon be a game-changer for global travel.

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United Airlines is now testing out the digital CommonPass app for travelers. International travelers can take COVID-19 tests up to 72 hours pre-flight, and then input their results on the common-pass app. The results stored on the CommonPass app are then scanned at the gate and passengers are given the approval to board. This app effectively allows officials in the departing country and the international destination that passengers are virus-free.

“The COVID pandemic has brought down travel and tourism across the board,” said Troy Miller, Director, Field Operations New York, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) told Businesswire. “CBP is happy to observe the efforts and be a part of the solution to build confidence in air travel and are encouraged by this CommonPass pilot.”

On Thursday, United Airlines announced the world’s first free transatlantic COVID-19 testing program for select flights from Newark to London, in an attempt to guarantee that all customers test negative for COVID-19 right before departure.

This new digital passport could potentially help countries establish safe travel corridors between cities.

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