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Which States Are Vaccinating Foreigners In The USA?

Last updated: May 04,2021
Originally Published: May 01,2021
by Rosen Valchev

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Woman Getting Her Covid-19 Shot in the USA

Can foreigners be vaccinated in the United States? And if yes, which states are vaccinating foreigners in the USA?

The USA is one of the countries with the highest percentage of its population vaccinated. Globally the discrepancy between supply and demand naturally pushed foreign travelers to seek their vaccine shot abroad and even out-of-state residents to travel across the country to get vaccinated.

Many foreign visitors, immigrants, and out-of-state US residents succeed in getting their COvid-19 vaccine in the US. However, there are no official policies regulating vaccine tourism yet, so it’s an unchartered land.

Travel agencies have already created vaccine tourism packages. Still, in reality, there is absolutely NO legal way for them to guarantee you will get your shot if you are a foreigner.

Right now, it’s legal to fly to the US, but if you are coming from a country on the banned list, you’ll first have to spend 14 days in a country that isn’t banned from entering the U.S., like Mexico. You will also need to apply through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA), have a valid U.S. tourist visa, or be a citizen of a Visa Exempt country (like Canada).

Source: Centers for Disease Control & Prevention


Before we see the eligibility criteria state by state, we recommend reading this article, which provides an in-depth overview of the vaccine tourism situation in the U.S. right now. Without reading it, you may come to the wrong conclusions, and we definitely don’t want this to happen.

That said, let’s see the Covid-19 vaccine policies for each state.

NOTE! IN SOME STATES, ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS MAY VARY BY COUNTY

Alabama

Is Alabama vaccinating foreigners and out-of-state residents? Currently, Alabama doesn’t require residency for Covid-19 vaccination for all individuals 16 or older. Making the state a good vaccine destination for foreigners and out-of-state residents.

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Alaska

Is Alaska vaccinating foreigners and out-of-state residents? Currently, residents and workers 16 or older are eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccine in Alaska, meaning you will have trouble getting your Covid-19 shot if you are a foreigner or out-of-state resident unless you are working in the state. However, starting June 1, Alaska will vaccinate tourists arriving at major airports in the state.

More information on Covid-19 vaccination in Alaska

Arizona

Is Arizona vaccinating foreigners and out-of-state residents? Currently, Arizona doesn’t require residency for Covid-19 vaccination for all individuals 16 or older. Making the state a good place to get the Covid-19 vaccine for foreigners and out-of-state residents.

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More information on Covid-19 vaccination in Arizona

Arkansas

Is Arkansas vaccinating foreigners and out-of-state residents? Currently, residents and workers 16 or older are eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccine in Arkansas, meaning you will have trouble getting your Covid-19 shot if you are a foreigner or out-of-state resident unless you are working in the state.      

More information on Covid-19 vaccination in Arkansas

California

Is California vaccinating foreigners and out-of-state residents? Currently, California doesn’t require residency for Covid-19 vaccination for all individuals 16 or older. Making the state a good vaccine destination for foreigners and
out-of-state residents.

More information on Covid-19 vaccination in California

Colorado

Is  Colorado vaccinating foreigners and out-of-state residents? Currently, Colorado doesn’t require residency for Covid-19 vaccination for all individuals 16 or older. Making the state a good place to get the Covid-19 vaccine for foreigners and out-of-state residents.

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More information on Covid-19 vaccination in Colorado

Connecticut

Is Connecticut vaccinating foreigners and out-of-state residents? Currently, residents and workers 16 or older are eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccine in Connecticut, meaning you will have trouble getting your Covid-19 shot if you are a foreigner or out-of-state resident unless you are working in the state. The only exception is for students who don’t have to be residents.

More information on Covid-19 vaccination in Connecticut     

Delaware

Is Delaware vaccinating foreigners and out-of-state residents? Currently, to access healthcare in the state, you don’t have to be a resident, although proof of work in the state could be required. All individuals 16 or older are eligible to receive the Covid-19. You will probably have a fair amount of chance to get a Covid-19 shot if you are a foreigner or out-of-state resident.

More information on Covid-19 vaccination in Delaware

District of Columbia (Washington DC)

Is the District of Columbia (Washington DC) vaccinating foreigners and out-of-state residents? Currently, residents and workers 16 or older are eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccine in the District of Columbia (Washington DC), meaning you will have trouble getting your Covid-19 shot if you are a foreigner or out-of-state resident unless you are working in the state. 

More information on Covid-19 vaccination in Washington DC

Florida

Is Florida vaccinating foreigners and out-of-state residents? Currently, residents and workers 16 or older are eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccine in Florida, meaning you will have trouble getting your Covid-19 shot if you are a foreigner or out-of-state resident. Furthermore, only healthcare workers can get a vaccine in Florida.

More information on Covid-19 vaccination in Florida

Georgia

Is Georgia vaccinating foreigners and out-of-state residents? Currently, residents and workers 16 or older are eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccine in Georgia, meaning you may have trouble getting your Covid-19 shot if you are a foreigner or out-of-state resident unless you are working in the state. Others have reported that they are accepting a foreign passport as ID without further questioning.

More information on Covid-19 vaccination in Georgia

Mercedes-Benz Stadium Mass Vaccination Site Atlanta, Georgia

Hawaii

Is Hawaii vaccinating foreigners and out-of-state residents? Currently, residents of Hawaii 16 or older are eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccine. If you are a foreigner or an out-of-state resident (or even a commuting worker), you will have difficulty getting your Covid-19 vaccination in the state.

More information on Covid-19 vaccination in Hawaii

Idaho

Is Idaho vaccinating foreigners and out-of-state residents? Currently, residents and workers 16 or older are eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccine in Idaho, meaning you will have trouble getting your Covid-19 shot if you are a foreigner or out-of-state resident unless you are working in the state.      

More information on Covid-19 vaccination in Idaho

Illinois

Is Illinois vaccinating foreigners and out-of-state residents? Currently, residents and workers 16 or older are eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccine in Illinois, meaning you will have trouble getting your Covid-19 shot if you are a foreigner or out-of-state resident unless you are working in the state.

More information on Covid-19 vaccination in Illinois

Indiana

Is Indiana vaccinating foreigners and out-of-state residents? Currently, Indiana doesn’t require residency for Covid-19 vaccination for all individuals 16 or older. Making the state a good vaccine destination for foreigners and out-of-state residents.

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More information on Covid-19 vaccination in Indiana

Iowa

Is Iowa vaccinating foreigners and out-of-state residents? Currently, Iowa doesn’t require residency for Covid-19 vaccination for all individuals 16 or older. Making the state a good place to get the Covid-19 vaccine for foreigners and out-of-state residents.

More information on Covid-19 vaccination in Iowa

Kansas

Is Kansas vaccinating foreigners and out-of-state residents? Currently, residents and workers 16 or older are eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccine in Kansas, meaning you will have trouble getting your Covid-19 shot if you are a foreigner or out-of-state resident unless you are working in the state.

More information on Covid-19 vaccination in Kansas

Kentucky

Is Kentucky vaccinating foreigners and out-of-state residents? Currently, residents and workers 16 or older are eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccine in Kentucky, meaning you will have trouble getting your Covid-19 shot if you are a foreigner or out-of-state resident. Moreover, only healthcare workers can get a vaccine shot in Kentucky.

More information on Covid-19 vaccination in Kentucky

Louisiana

Is Louisiana vaccinating foreigners and out-of-state residents? Currently, Louisiana doesn’t require residency for Covid-19 vaccination for all individuals 16 or older. Making the state a good place to get the Covid-19 vaccine for foreigners and out-of-state residents.

More information on Covid-19 vaccination in Louisiana

Maine

Is Maine vaccinating foreigners and out-of-state residents? Currently, residents of Maine 16 or older are eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccine. If you are a foreigner or an out-of-state resident (or even a commuting worker), you will have a hard time getting your Covid-19 vaccination in the state. The only exception is for students who don’t have to be residents.

More information on Covid-19 vaccination in Maine

Maryland

Is Maryland vaccinating foreigners and out-of-state residents? Currently, Maryland doesn’t require residency for Covid-19 vaccination for all individuals 16 or older. Making the state a good vaccine destination for foreigners and out-of-state residents.

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More information on Covid-19 vaccination in Maryland

Massachusetts

Is Massachusetts vaccinating foreigners and out-of-state residents? Currently, residents and workers 16 or older are eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccine in Massachusetts, meaning you will have trouble getting your Covid-19 shot if you are a foreigner or out-of-state resident unless you are working in the state. The only exception is for students who don’t have to be residents.

More information on Covid-19 vaccination in Massachusetts

Michigan

Is Michigan vaccinating foreigners and out-of-state residents? Currently, Michigan doesn’t require residency for Covid-19 vaccination for all individuals 16 or older. Making the state a good vaccine destination for foreigners and out-of-state residents.

More information on Covid-19 vaccination in Michigan

Minnesota

Is Minnesota vaccinating foreigners and out-of-state residents? Currently, Minnesota doesn’t require residency for Covid-19 vaccination for all individuals 16 or older. Making the state a good place to get the Covid-19 vaccine for foreigners and out-of-state residents.

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More information on Covid-19 vaccination in Minnesota

Mississippi

Is Mississippi vaccinating foreigners and out-of-state residents? Currently, residents and workers 16 or older are eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccine in Mississippi, meaning you will have trouble getting your Covid-19 shot if you are a foreigner or out-of-state resident unless you are working in the state.

More information on Covid-19 vaccination in Mississippi

Missouri

Is Missouri vaccinating foreigners and out-of-state residents? Currently, residents of Missouri 16 or older are eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccine. If you are a foreigner or an out-of-state resident (or even a commuting worker), you will have difficulty getting your Covid-19 vaccination in the state. Yet, this rule doesn’t apply to students and workers offered on-site vaccination by an employer. Well done, Missouri!

More information on Covid-19 vaccination in Missouri

Montana

Is Montana vaccinating foreigners and out-of-state residents? Currently, Montana doesn’t require residency for Covid-19 vaccination for all individuals 16 or older. Making the state a good vaccine destination for foreigners and out-of-state residents.

More information on Covid-19 vaccination in Montana

Nebraska

Is Nebraska vaccinating foreigners and out-of-state residents? Currently, residents of Nebraska 16 or older are eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccine. If you are a foreigner or an out-of-state resident (or even a commuting worker), you will have a hard time getting your Covid-19 vaccination in the state.

More information on Covid-19 vaccination in Nebraska

Nevada

Is Nevada vaccinating foreigners and out-of-state residents? Currently, Nevada doesn’t require residency for Covid-19 vaccination for all individuals 16 or older. Making the state a good vaccine destination for foreigners and out-of-state residents.

More information on Covid-19 vaccination in Nevada

New Hampshire

Is New Hampshire vaccinating foreigners and out-of-state residents? Currently, New Hampshire doesn’t require residency for Covid-19 vaccination for all individuals 16 or older. Making the state a good place to get the Covid-19 vaccine for foreigners and out-of-state residents.

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New Jersey

Is New Jersey vaccinating foreigners and out-of-state residents? Currently, residents and workers 16 or older are eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccine in New Jersey, meaning you will have trouble getting your Covid-19 shot if you are a foreigner or out-of-state resident unless you are working in the state. The only exception is for students who don’t have to be residents.

More information on Covid-19 vaccination in New Jersey

New Mexico

Is New Mexico vaccinating foreigners and out-of-state residents? Currently, New Mexico doesn’t require residency for Covid-19 vaccination for all individuals 16 or older. Making the state a good vaccine destination for foreigners and out-of-state residents.

More information on Covid-19 vaccination in New Mexico

New York

Is New York vaccinating foreigners and out-of-state residents? Currently, residents and workers 16 or older are eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccine in New York, meaning you will have trouble getting your Covid-19 shot if you are a foreigner or out-of-state resident unless you are an essential worker in the state.

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North Carolina

Is North Carolina vaccinating foreigners and out-of-state residents? Currently, North Carolina doesn’t require residency for Covid-19 vaccination for all individuals 16 or older. Making the state a good vaccine destination for foreigners and out-of-state residents.

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North Dakota

Is North Dakota vaccinating foreigners and out-of-state residents? Currently, residents and workers 16 or older are eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccine in North Dakota, meaning you will have trouble getting your Covid-19 shot if you are a foreigner or out-of-state resident unless you are working in the state. However, students and people whose primary care provider is in the state don’t have to be residents.

More information on Covid-19 vaccination in North Dakota

Ohio

Is Ohio vaccinating foreigners and out-of-state residents? Currently, Ohio doesn’t require residency for Covid-19 vaccination for all individuals 16 or older. Making the state a good place to get the Covid-19 vaccine for foreigners and out-of-state residents.

More information on Covid-19 vaccination in Ohio

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Oklahoma

Is Oklahoma vaccinating foreigners and out-of-state residents? Currently, Oklahoma doesn’t require residency for Covid-19 vaccination for all individuals 16 or older. Making the state a good vaccine destination for foreigners and out-of-state residents.

Oklahoma mass vaccination sites registration
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Oregon

Is Oregon vaccinating foreigners and out-of-state residents? Currently, residents and workers 16 or older are eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccine in Oregon, meaning you will have trouble getting your Covid-19 shot if you are a foreigner or out-of-state resident unless you are working in the state. Yet, there is an exception for out-of-state residents who are students, living with family, etc.

More information on Covid-19 vaccination in Oregon

Pennsylvania

Is Pennsylvania vaccinating foreigners and out-of-state residents? Currently, Pennsylvania doesn’t require residency for Covid-19 vaccination for all individuals 16 or older. Making the state a good vaccine destination for foreigners and out-of-state residents. However, this rule doesn’t apply to Philadelphia, where you must be a resident of Philadelphia to be eligible.

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Rhode Island

Is Rhode Island vaccinating foreigners and out-of-state residents? Currently, residents and workers 16 or older are eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccine in Rhode Island, meaning you will have trouble getting your Covid-19 shot if you are a foreigner or out-of-state resident unless you are working in the state. The only exception is for students who don’t have to be residents.

More information on Covid-19 vaccination in Rhode Island

South Carolina

Is South Carolina vaccinating foreigners and out-of-state residents? Currently, South Carolina doesn’t require residency for Covid-19 vaccination for all individuals 16 or older. Making the state a good place to get the Covid-19 vaccine for foreigners and out-of-state residents.

South Carolina mass vaccination sites registration
More information on Covid-19 vaccination in South Carolina

South Dakota

Is South Dakota vaccinating foreigners and out-of-state residents? Currently, residents and workers 16 or older are eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccine in South Dakota, meaning you will have trouble getting your Covid-19 shot if you are a foreigner or out-of-state resident unless you are working in the state.

More information on Covid-19 vaccination in South Dakota

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Nissan Stadium Mass Vaccination Site Nashville, Tennessee

Tennessee

Is Tennessee vaccinating foreigners and out-of-state residents? Currently, Tennessee doesn’t require residency for Covid-19 vaccination for all individuals 16 or older. Making the state a good vaccine destination for foreigners and out-of-state residents.

More information on Covid-19 vaccination in Tennessee


Texas

Is Texas vaccinating foreigners and out-of-state residents? Currently, Texas doesn’t require residency for Covid-19 vaccination for all individuals 16 or older. Making the state a good place to get the Covid-19 vaccine for foreigners and out-of-state residents.

Texas mass vaccination sites registration
More information on Covid-19 vaccination in Texas

Utah

Is Utah vaccinating foreigners and out-of-state residents? Currently, residents and workers 16 or older are eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccine in Utah, meaning you will have trouble getting your Covid-19 shot if you are a foreigner or out-of-state resident unless you are working in the state.

More information on Covid-19 vaccination in Utah

Vermont

Is Vermont vaccinating foreigners and out-of-state residents? Currently, residents and workers 16 or older are eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccine in Vermont, meaning you will have trouble getting your Covid-19 shot if you are a foreigner or out-of-state resident unless you are working in the state. The only exception is for students who don’t have to be residents.

More information on Covid-19 vaccination in Vermont

Virginia

Is Virginia vaccinating foreigners and out-of-state residents? Currently, Virginia doesn’t require residency for Covid-19 vaccination for all individuals 16 or older. Making the state a good vaccine destination for foreigners and out-of-state residents.

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More information on Covid-19 vaccination in Virginia

Washington

Is Washington vaccinating foreigners and out-of-state residents? Washington specifically mentions that one must be a resident 16 or older to receive the Covid-19 vaccine in Washington, meaning you can’t get your Covid-19 shot if you are a foreigner or out-of-state resident.

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West Virginia

Is West Virginia vaccinating foreigners and out-of-state residents? Currently, residents and workers 16 or older are eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccine in West Virginia, meaning you will have trouble getting your Covid-19 shot if you are a foreigner or out-of-state resident unless you are working in the state (essential workers only).

More information on Covid-19 vaccination in West Virginia

Wisconsin

Is Wisconsin vaccinating foreigners and out-of-state residents? Currently, residents and workers 16 or older are eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccine in Wisconsin, meaning you will have trouble getting your Covid-19 shot if you are a foreigner or out-of-state resident unless you are working in the state. The only exception is for students who don’t have to be residents.

More information on Covid-19 vaccination in Wisconsin

Wyoming

Is Wyoming vaccinating foreigners and out-of-state residents? Currently, residents and workers 16 or older are eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccine in Wyoming, meaning you will have trouble getting your Covid-19 shot if you are a foreigner or out-of-state resident unless you are working in the state (essential workers only).

More information on Covid-19 vaccination in Wyoming

For more information we recommend you check out this article where we go further into detail on how foreigners are getting vaccinated in the US.

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