Take A 'Shot Trip': Summer Destinations For Vaccine Tourism

Take A 'Shot Trip': Summer Destinations For Vaccine Tourism
Trip101 Editorial
Trip101 Editorial

It’s been a while. Now that borders are opening and some parts of the world are starting to gain some semblance of normalcy in this pandemic, we can restart our halted plans of traveling. Some places have even taken the initiative to introduce responsible tourism by offering vaccination programs for travelers. This is, without a doubt, great news for jet-setters who have been cooped up in their homes for far too long. Our summer plans have taken a backseat this past year, but at long last, not anymore. Reignite your passion for conquering the world, and come take a look at these summer destinations for vaccine tourism.

1. Guam

Air V&V Guam - Vaccination and vacation
Source: Air V&V Guam

The beautiful and sunny island of Guam is one of the pioneers of vaccine tourism with the introduction of Air V&V. For worry-free travel, this vaccination and vacation program not only offers the administration of either Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson with digital records but also COVID-19 testing when necessary.

The vaccination services are for those aged 12 and above and are available right at the participating Air V&V hotels, some of which are Dusit Thani, The Tsubaki Tower, Guam Plaza Resort & Spa, and Royal Orchid Hotel. To receive the dose, you’ll only need to present an ID with a photo, such as your passport. You may choose your vaccine depending on availability and may be jabbed a day after your arrival the soonest.

Once you’re out and about on the island, enjoy your trip to the fullest by visiting breathtaking sites like the eerie caves of Pagat and the popular Tumon Beach.

Air V&V Guam

Click below for more information about Guam’s Air V&V (vaccination and vacation) program.

2. Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico
Source: Photo by Flickr user Liz Furze used under CC BY 2.0

Puerto Rico is another one of the USA’s island territories to offer a vaccination program for tourists. This island in the Caribbean gives you the option to be vaccinated with Johnson & Johnson at Terminal B in Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport. Regardless of your vaccination status, proof of antigen COVID-19 or PCR molecular test must be presented.

If arriving without prior testing, you’re required to have your test on the island. While public beaches and parks are open, only fully vaccinated travelers are allowed to not wear marks, so if you are not completely jabbed yet, keep those coverings handy!

Puerto Rico

Website: Travel Guidelines

3. New York

New york times square-terabass
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Terabass used under CC BY-SA 3.0

If the pandemic put a stop to your plans of visiting the Big Apple, prepare to never sleep this time because the entire state welcomes you with open arms again. Open for US residents aged 16 and above, the out-of-state tourist vaccination program will primarily be set up at Times Square Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park, and The High Line in a robust effort to bring tourism back in full swing. These mobile sites will be administering the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

New York

Website: Eligibility Guidelines

4. Alaska

Smoky skies on Nutirwik Creek
Source: Photo by Flickr user Bureau of Land Ma... used under CC BY 2.0

The Last Frontier is happy to help tourists with getting their vaccines at any of these major airports: Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, Fairbanks International Airport, and Juneau International Airport. The vaccines available are the two-dose Pfizer and Moderna and the single-dose Johnson & Johnson. For a hassle-free vaccination, you may pre-register for a two-hour window, but walk-ins are also allowed. Aside from these airport vaccination sites, travelers to Alaska may also get jabbed at any vaccination clinic appointed by the state.


Website: COVID Travel Advisory

Website: Airport Vaccination

Website: Clinic Vaccination

5. California

Newport Beach, California
Source: Photo by Flickr user Ken Lund used under CC BY-SA 2.0

On the West Coast of the US, California is the first to introduce vaccine tourism. Keep in mind, though, that it’s only currently available at John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana. Once you get past security at the airport, head over to Hoag Fly Well Clinic to get your one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. You may simply walk in, but of course, it’s always a time-saver to set an appointment. Along with the vaccine site, there’s also a rapid testing clinic at the airport.

Hoag Fly Well Clinic

Address: Terminal B, across Gate 10, John Wayne Airport

Website: Hoag Fly Well Clinic

6. San Marino

Old San Marino
Source: Photo by Flickr user Jan Krömer used under CC BY-ND 2.0

In Europe, the Republic of San Marino is one of the first to welcome tourists and increase the overall number of administered vaccines. This state in Southern Europe offers the Sputnik V (Gam-COVID-Vac) brand. You must be between the ages of 18 and 84 and not be a resident of Italy to qualify for the tourist vaccine. This initiative will require you to book two stays (3 consecutive nights each) at any participating hotels with no less than 21 days and no more than 28 days between the stays. Do take note that you’ll also have to pay EUR 50 (USD 59) for the vaccination.

San Marino

Website: Vaccination Tourism

Website: Vaccination Tourism Regulation

Countries Planning To Launch Vaccine Tourism Programs

7. Maldives

Source: Photo by Flickr user Selda Eigler used under CC BY 2.0

Ah, who wouldn’t want this paradisiacal place to start opening its doors to us again? The Maldives is planning to launch a program named 3V, representing Visit, Vaccination, and Vacation. Once all locals have been jabbed, this majestic archipelago in South Asia will offer vaccines to holiday-goers. International travelers are major contributors to the state’s economy which is why the Ministry of Tourism pushes for this program. While there is no definite timeline as to when this will happen, it’s definitely a good start for those who long to step into the aquamarine waters of the Maldives again.

Currently, fully vaccinated tourists and those who have tested negative for COVID within 72 hours prior to arrival are permitted entry.

8. Russia

Saint Basil's Cathedral
Source: Photo by Flickr user Sergey Rodovnichenko used under CC BY-SA 2.0

The list of places open for vaccine tourism may be short at the moment, but more and more countries are actively working on introducing this excellent program that will boost the overall tourism in the world, one of which is Russia. According to Russian Direct Investment Fund CEO Kirill Dmitriev, the country may begin offering vaccines to international travelers in July 2021 after noticing a great interest from many European countries.

Keep a close watch on this news and soon you may be walking the grounds of Hermitage Museum and marveling at the beauty of Saint Basil’s Cathedral!

Reignite your passion for the world

With quarantine measures and lockdowns after lockdowns this past year, fatigue and disorientation may have set in. We’ve canceled adventures, postponed life plans, regrouped goals, and who knows what else. Not knowing if “normal” is ever coming back is a terrifying thought, so surely any good news we want to cling to.

Traveling is one of the best experiences we can have, and without a doubt, this part of our lives has taken a massive hit by the pandemic. Start refueling your curiosity about the world. In the meantime, we hope to bring a smile to your face with these summer destinations for vaccine tourism.

Air V&V Guam

Click below for more information about Guam’s Air V&V (vaccination and vacation) program.

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