Apple Maps begins offering COVID-19 airport travel guidance

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Apple Maps begins offering COVID-19 airport travel guidance
Finding out the rules your local airport has in place to fight COVID-19 is as easy a checking Apple Maps.
Photo: Cult of Mac

Apple Maps now displays airport COVID-19 health measures data, making it easier for travelers to find airport health guidance.

With vaccinations becoming more widespread, air travel is picking up. But airports still have requirements for passengers. Finding out what they are for each airport is now as simple as opening Apple Maps.

Starting Tuesday, iPhone, iPad, and Mac users need only search for an airport in Apple’s navigation application to see the local requirements for passengers directly on the airport place card. Or there’ll be a link to the airport’s COVID-19 web page

Airport COVID-19 info collected by the industry, not Apple

The COVID-19 health measures data in Apple’s navigation app is collected by the Airports Council International, a trade association of the world’s airports. Any airport that hasn’t done so already can share its data on the ACI Health Measures Portal.

“The recovery of air travel will rely on passenger confidence in the industry’s focus on their health and welfare,” said Luis Felipe de Oliveira, ACI director. “Having this information displayed in Apple Maps will help to make this crucial data much more broadly accessible to passengers.”

Apple Maps assists during the pandemic in other ways

Air travelers aren’t the only ones that can turn to Apple Maps for help in the pandemic. Starting earlier in March, the application started showing COVID-19 vaccination locations. That includes nearby businesses and organizations providing the life-saving injections.

The software comes bundled on Mac, iPhone and iPad. It’s free to use.

Source: Airports Council International