Once you’ve figured out the logistics to get in and out, you will have more homework. Don’t expect your favorite airport restaurants or lounges to be operating normally. travel industry is far from returning to normal.home, check your airport website to see what’s open near your terminal; if your options are lacking, pack a meal. Likewise, when you arrive at your destination, check the . The
April 15, 2021, 8:21 p.m. ET
Keep up on vaccine passports
Airlines may requirepassport and digital documentation proving they have been vaccinated to make traveling smoother. Airlines have been testing mobile health apps, including CommonPass, ICC AOKpass, VeriFLY, and the International pass app, to ensure travelers can present their health data securely and verifiably.
Most of the apps will, in theory,like this: If you get vaccinated at a medical facility, the app connects with the database of that facility to retrieve your information. The app then loads a QR code, a digital bar code, verifying that the . You could then show that bar code at the airport check-in counter, the boarding gate, or immigration control.
Too much is still up in the air with vaccine passports for widespread use, Mr. Harteveldt said. Airlines,, and cruise lines are still testing the apps to determine which products are reliable and easy to use. If different parties require people to , things could get chaotic, and many experiments may fail. Vaccine passports have also set off a fierce political debate over the legality of requiring digital credentials for an ostensibly voluntary vaccine.
So the best we can do with vaccine passports right now is nothing. (Thefor mandatory vaccination credentials or a federal vaccine database.) Don’t upload your data to any of the but when it comes time to travel, check your airline’s website for updates on vaccine passports and follow the instructions.
Prepare your phone
The rest of your travel tech prep will be the same as in pre-Covid times. Pack a spare battery pack, charging cables, and a safety pin to eject your SIM card. Then do the following:
■ Unlock yourwith foreign SIM cards. Many newer smartphones come unlocked by default, but you should call your carrier to confirm that your device will work with other wireless carriers.
■ Buy a foreign SIM card. If you’re traveling abroad, you canfees to your carrier by temporarily using an unfamiliar phone plan. When you arrive at your destination, you can usually buy a SIM . (Some newer smartphones use eSIMs, essentially . I’ve had mixed experiences, including eSIMs that failed to activate when I reached my destination, so I prefer physical SIMs.)