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New York Launches Excelsior Pass

Mar 30, 2021
excelsior pass on a smartphone

Governor Cuomo has announced the launch of Excelsior Pass – a free, voluntary platform developed in partnership with IBM, which utilizes proven, secure technology to confirm an individual’s recent negative PCR or antigen test result or proof of vaccination to help fast-track the reopening of businesses and event venues.

Individuals will be able to either print out their pass or store it on their smartphones using the Excelsior Pass Wallet app. Each Pass will have a secure QR code, which participating businesses and venues can scan using a companion app to verify proof of COVID-19 negative test results or proof of vaccination. As part of this initial launch, participating New Yorkers may choose to use Excelsior Pass to verify their COVID-19 vaccination or negative test results as needed to gain entry to major stadiums and arenas, wedding receptions, or catered and other events above the social gathering limit.

There are three types of Excelisor Passes: Vaccination, PCR Test and Antigen Test. The Vaccination Pass is currently valid for 30 days after the Pass is retrieved. The PCR Test Pass is valid until midnight on the third day after your test. The Antigen Test Pass is valid for 6 hours after your test. After the Passes expire, you will have to apply for a new one. 

Click here to get the Excelsior Pass. To find out more information on the pass, click here. Interested businesses can opt in and learn more here.

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