Are Some RV Campgrounds Requiring Vaccination Cards?
To get the vaccination or not, and whether you need a vaccination card to enter certain places is a hot debate these days.
We all want to continue exploring our country in our RVs, especially after the past couple of years. We crave that freedom to be out of our homes – and RVing is the best way to make that happen.
But will we be limited if we don’t have proof of being vaccinated?
Let’s find out!
What is a Vaccination Card?
We’re sure most of you know what a vaccination card is, but we’ll cover this just in case. A vaccination card shows that you’ve received an initial and any booster shots required to provide immunity to a virus. It’s provided by the medical clinic or center where you receive your shots.
Military personnel receive a card (or booklet) when they join and get their round of vaccines (not limited to one specific disease).
People heading overseas to places with serious diseases may receive cards or paperwork showing they’ve been vaccinated against viruses, such as yellow fever.
How Do I Get a Vaccination Card?
In the case of the current pandemic, your medical professional will give you a vaccination card when you receive your first vaccine shot. Then, they update your card once you receive your booster (if applicable.)
How Do I Get the Vaccine?
Your regular doctor should be able to get the vaccine for you. However, if you’re not in your home town, there are many other options.
Many states allow you to receive the vaccine there regardless of your official residence. Some offered this all along, but others didn’t start offering them to non-residents until they had a high percentage of vaccinated residents.
Most pharmacies, such as Walgreens and CVS, offer the vaccine. In addition, you can typically go to a local hospital to get yours.
Pro Tip: If you’re having difficulty finding a place to get vaccinated, check the CDC’s list of options.
Campgrounds Requiring Vaccination Cards
At this time, we know of no confirmed campgrounds requiring vaccination cards. However, that doesn’t mean they aren’t out there. Most RV parks are privately owned, so it’s up to the owner to decide if they want to require proof of vaccination at this time.
In fact, an RV friend noted one RV park in Maine required vaccination cards as of early summer.
Government-owned campgrounds, such as city, county, state, and national parks, currently don’t require vaccination cards. Some states have passed laws declaring it’s illegal to require proof. In contrast, other states and counties are requiring their employees to be vaccinated. It wouldn’t be a stretch for those states to require proof of the vaccine at campgrounds because of the new variant or shut them down as in the early days of the pandemic.
Keep in Mind: Should you be traveling to a national park any time soon, you might have to wear a mask. We discuss more here: Are Masks Mandatory at National Parks, Again?
RV Camping in Canada
Canada recently reopened its borders, but they’re very strict about who gets through. You must have proof that everyone 5 years old and older in your vehicle has had the vaccine, and you must take a specific type of test within 72 hours before arriving at the border.
As with the U.S., we’ve not heard of any campgrounds requiring people to have the vaccine. However, private campgrounds can make their own decisions as to whether they require proof of vaccination or not.
Know Before You Go: If you’re planning to head north before it gets too cold, get all the details about crossing well in advance.
RV Camping in Mexico
According to the U.S. Embassy, the U.S. has strict rules for flying from Mexico to the U.S., including a 72-hour test. But, there are no current requirements when crossing by land. We know of no campgrounds requiring proof of vaccination.
That said, the Embassy has also stated, “The U.S. Department of State updated the Travel Advisory for Mexico on July 12, 2021. Reconsider travel to Mexico…Some areas have increased risk of crime and kidnapping.“
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Vaccination Cards Not Required to Camp…For Now
There may be a few RV parks and campgrounds around the country requiring proof of the vaccine. However, it’s not common, and you’ll likely find plenty of places to camp where it’s business as usual. With the Delta variant increasing cases daily, though, we could see that change.
Have you found an RV park or campground that’s requiring you to show a valid vaccination card? Let us know about it!
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