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These U.S. States Will Vaccinate Foreign Travelers For Covid-19

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Vaccinations are moving at lightning speed in the U.S. and many states have now opened eligibility to all adults over the age of 18. This also includes out of state and even out of country travelers currently in the U.S.

Snowbirds Will and Mona Presley from Ontario, Canada have already had their first shot and are scheduled for their second dose according to CBC. “There is no restriction on citizenship or residency down here. We were treated like anybody else as far as residency,” Will Presley told CBC.

In some states, vaccines are plentiful and in almost every pharmacy, health center, grocery store, Walmart and at drive-thru stadiums around the country. This information is helpful for travelers such as snowbirds that are already in the U.S. and may not have the option to return home at this time.

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Disclaimer: Travel Off Path does not recommend traveling to the United States on a visa for the primary purpose of receiving a Covid-19 vaccine.

These are unprecedented times and traveling to receive the Covid-19 vaccine could come with risks including being denied entry, visa ineligibility, being infected with Covid-19 while traveling or inability to receive the vaccine. Travel Off Path does not take a stance either for or against the ethics of vaccine tourism.

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Choice Of Covid-19 Vaccine

Later in the article we will go over how to find the type of vaccine you wish to receive but first identify if the state you are in requires residency for vaccination. Not all states are vaccinating non-residents at this time.

States Allowing Non Residents To Receive The Covid-19 Vaccine

Arizona

Arizona opened Covid-19 vaccinations to all adults 16 and over beginning on March 31, 2021.

Arizona drive through vaccine center

According to Arizona Department of Health Services Director Dr. Cara Christ says yes out-of-state residents, even folks from out of the country, who are in Arizona can get the vaccine here”.

The chat feature on the Arizona Department of Health ‘Patient Portal‘ says “place of permanent residence does not factor into whether someone can get vaccinated in Arizona. Please refer to vaccination site details for additional identification and residency requirements as county vaccination sites may restrict appointments to county residents.”

In Maricopa County “winter visitors or temporary residents” are eligible to receive the vaccine.

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How To Get Your Vaccine In Arizona

There are different ways to go about getting your Covid-19 vaccination in Arizona. The only thing you will need to provide is a government issued ID such as a passport to prove your age.

Find a state run Covid-19 vaccination appointment in Arizona

Find a pop-up vaccination event in Arizona

Find a covid-19 vaccine appointment at locations such as Walmart, Costco, Safeway and CVS.

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Louisiana

The Governor of Louisiana announced that beginning on March 29, 2021, everyone over the age of 16 will be eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine.

“Based on the doses that we will have available in the coming week, now is absolutely the time to expand vaccine eligibility as broadly as we possibly can, which is to everyone age 16 or older in Louisiana, “Governor John Bel Edwards stated.

According to the Louisiana Department of Health, there are no residency requirements in Louisiana to receive the Covid-19 vaccine.

Everyone in Louisiana ages 16 and older is eligible to get vaccinated against Covid-19,” the Louisiana Health Department says. “Having a large portion of the population vaccinated is our best shot at a return to some form of normalcy. Based on conversations with our federal partners, we are encouraged that Louisiana will receive enough doses to vaccinate everyone who wants a shot.”

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How To Get Your Covid-19 Vaccine In Louisiana

With the exception of pop up events, all Covid-19 vaccinations in Louisiana require an appointment. There are hundreds of official locations to choose from on the Louisiana Department of Health website. Here are the three different ways to find or book an appointment.

Book an appointment at a location listed on the Louisiana Department of Health Website.

Find a covid-19 vaccine appointment at locations such as Walmart, Costco, Safeway and CVS.

Find a pop-up vaccination event in Louisiana.

Texas

According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, as of Monday, March 29, 2021, everyone age 16 and older is now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Texas.

There is no residency or citizenship requirement in Texas to receive the Covid-19 vaccine. According to Texas Health and Human ServicesThere is no residency or citizenship requirement to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, and a social security number is not required.”

Texas Drive through Vaccine

How To Get Your Covid-19 vaccine in Texas

With the exception of pop up events, all Covid-19 vaccinations in Texas require an appointment. There are thousands of official locations to choose from. Here are the three different ways to find or book an appointment.

Use the Texas Vaccine Availability Map to find and book an appointment.

Find a covid-19 vaccine appointment at locations such as Walmart, Costco, Safeway and CVS.

Find a pop-up vaccination event in the Dallas area.

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Full List Of States Not Requiring Residency For The Covid-19 Vaccine

Alabama

Alabama is now vaccinating all adults aged 16 or over and does not require residency.

Alabama.com reports “The Alabama Department of Public Health, like other state health agencies in the U.S., is focused on vaccinating residents. But they are not turning back out-of-staters, nor are they telling others not to travel elsewhere for a shot.”

California

California will vaccinate all adults aged 16 or over regardless of residency.

Fox KTVU reported “Vaccine distribution is based on eligibility irrespective of residency or immigration status.”

Colorado

Colorado will vaccinate everyone in the state that is 16 and older and does not require residency.

The Colorado government website reports “You do not need to be a US citizen, and you will not need to provide lawful presence to get a COVID-19 vaccine in Colorado.”

Florida

Florida is currently vaccinating everyone aged 16 or older in the state regardless of residence.

Florida eliminated the proof of residency requirement for getting the COVID-19 vaccine at state and federal supported sites – the latest step in expanding eligibility across the state.

Indiana

Indiana is currently vaccinating everyone aged 16 or older in the state regardless of residence.

“The state of Indiana has dropped the proof of residency requirement as of April 7th, leaving age as the only remaining eligibility barrier to be vaccinated,” reported NBC.

Iowa

Anyone in Iowa aged 16 or older may receive a Covid-19 vaccine regardless of residency.

statement from the Iowa government reads “Individuals outlined in ACIP and State of Iowa priority groups may receive COVID-19 vaccines regardless of permanent place of residence (county or state) or where the individual is seeking vaccination. In addition, receipt of COVID-19 vaccine does not require proof of U.S. citizenship.”

Louisiana

Louisiana is now vaccinating everyone aged 16 or older regardless of residency. The Governor of Louisiana announced that starting on March 29, 2021, everyone over the age of 16 will be eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine.

According to the Louisiana Department of Health, there are no residency requirements in Louisiana to receive the Covid-19 vaccine.

Maine

The Covid-19 vaccine is now available to all adults aged 16 and over in Maine regardless of residency.

Michigan

Vaccines in Michigan are open to adults aged 16 and over without proof of residency.

WDIO ABC reported, “Their department of health said that although they are prioritizing residents of Michigan, no shot in any arm is wasted. Therefore, they will vaccinate students, workers and so on.

Nevada

Nevada will now vaccinate all adults ages 16 and over without proof of residency.

Nevada is following the advise of the CDC that states “to achieve the public health objectives of ensuring the health, safety, and welfare of all Americans, Nevada must distribute or administer vaccine without discriminating on non-public-health grounds within a prioritized group.”

In short, this means out-of-state residents cannot be denied vaccination based only on state or county residency status.

New Mexico

New Mexico is now vaccinating all adults 16 or over for Covid-19 regardless of residence.

New Mexico Department of Health officials said they won’t verify the city, state or country of residence, or citizenship when distributing the coronavirus vaccine. New Mexico officials added that they will not share registrant’s information immigration status with the federal government.

New York City

The Big Apple is getting its latest tourist attraction. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the city will deploy vaccination sites in Times Square where all tourists can be vaccinated with the single dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine.

Ohio

All adults ages 16 and over regardless of residency are now eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccine in Ohio.

Ohio does not prohibit providers from immunizing non-residents so providers’ appointments have been booked from residents traveling from other states including Michigan, Illinois, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania

The Covid-19 vaccine is now available to all adults aged 16 and over in regardless of residency.

South Carolina

The Covid-19 vaccine is now available to all adults aged 16 and over in South Carolina regardless of residency.

The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control states “Non-permanent residents who are living in South Carolina at the time they are eligible to receive vaccine can be vaccinated here, just as South Carolinians staying in another state can receive their vaccine there. While there is currently no need for proof of residency in order to receive the vaccine, it’s advised that you receive both doses from the same vaccine provider.”

Tennessee

In Tennessee everyone aged 16 years or older is eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccine including out of state travelers.

According to the Tennessee government, vaccination sites will administer out of state residents with the vaccine.

Virginia

Virginia is expected to expand Covid-19 vaccine eligibility to everyone age 16 and over by April 18, 2021 regardless of residency.

The Virginia government states “For most localities, proof of Virginia residency is not required. However, some localities may choose to restrict vaccination to residents only.”

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The Easy Way For Travelers In The U.S. To Book A Covid-19 Vaccine

  1. Go to Vaccine Spotter
  2. Find the state you are in (ensure residency is not a requirement)
  3. Choose Your ‘Vaccine Type’
  4. Book an appointment online (Walmart is the easiest)
  5. Save your email for your appointment which shows the locations, date, time and type of vaccine
  6. Arrive for your scheduled appointment and bring official government issued ID such as a passport. (It does not need to be a US passport)
  7. Receive your shot and CDC vaccine card. Then wait 15 minutes in the waiting area before you leave.
  8. Vaccination complete if it’s the one dose Johnson and Johnson.
  9. For all other vaccines types you will have to remain in the US between 3-4 weeks to receive your second dose.

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Regina Velasco

Tuesday 11th of May 2021

Can I get the vaccine if I am spending the summer in Chicago with my family?

Rick Ball

Friday 7th of May 2021

According to this site, Pennsylvania is also vaccinating non-residents. "In Pennsylvania, you don't need proof of residency to get vaccinated — in fact, the state prohibits vaccine providers from requiring it." (link)

Lisa

Saturday 8th of May 2021

@Rick Ball, does that mean non us citizens as well such a tourists from outside the country?

Francisco Jose

Saturday 1st of May 2021

Has anyone been able to confirm whether Florida is now open to non-residents for vaccines?

(link)

Antonio Enrique Escalante Dubost

Thursday 22nd of April 2021

Dont know why, but Texas Immigration said tourists can not enter to get vaccinated, why? If the Texas Health Department is authorized to give the vaccine to everyone 16 and up?

Kashlee Kucheran

Friday 23rd of April 2021

Yes, as we have been very clear in this article: If you are coming into the states with the only purpose of obtaining a vaccine, homeland security and immigration will not allow that. Let's say you are coming into the USA for vacation and tourism with hotels booked, attractions booked, etc. and while you are there you happen to find a walk up clinic or a pharmacy with left over shots for the day, that IS permitted under the state law of over 15+ states.

Hector Martinez

Thursday 22nd of April 2021

I tried to go to California from Mexicali B.C. (Near to de border), but the customs won't let you pass, they say that this vaccinating visitors is a mistake.