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Travelers can now get vaccinated at Dracula's famous castle in Romania

May 12, 2021
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Travelers can now get vaccinated at Dracula's famous castle in Romania
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Romania's Bran Castle, a popular tourist attraction made legendary by its loose association with fictional vampire Dracula, is offering free vaccines to visitors through the first weekend in June.

Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia, had a penchant for impaling his enemies on stakes (and allegedly drinking their blood), earning him the nickname Vlad the Impaler and making him the basis for Bram Stoker's Dracula character.

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(Screenshot courtesy Castelful Bran via Facebook)

Although Vlad III did not own or live at Bran Castle, Stoker's use of its likeness as a model for Castle Dracula has given the property a somewhat ghastly reputation -- one that doesn't exactly scream "good health."

However, as part of this new vaccine initiative -- and in the spirit of impaling -- participants can choose to voluntarily have their arms pricked with a dose of the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine while they check out the historic Transylvanian landmark.

But, if the thought of being "bitten" at Dracula's castle sounds fun, don't get your hopes up just yet. Unfortunately, like many other countries right now, Romania is not allowing U.S. citizens to enter unless they are traveling for essential business or family reasons.

Related: Europe reopening: A country-by-country guide

Visitors to Romania's Bran Castle, of 'Dracula' fame, can now be vaccinated on site. (Photo by David Greedy/Getty Images)

The U.S. State Department has also issued a "Level 4: Do Not Travel" warning for Romania to encourage Americans not to visit the country right now, even if they are permitted to enter. The agency's website cites "a very high level of COVID-19 in the country."

Participants in the Bran Castle vaccine program will receive an official verification certificate. (Photo by ArtistGNDphotography/Getty Images)

As of May 12, Reuters estimates that only about 16% of Romania's population has been fully immunized, but the number of cases has fallen, with just 44 reported virus cases per 100,000 people over the past week.

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The castle's website and Facebook page do not immediately make clear whether vaccines will only be available to residents of Romania, but appointments are not required, and each person who receives a jab will also be given a verification certificate.

Recipients of the shot aren't required to purchase admission to the castle, but, fittingly, those who choose to do so will receive free access to the Medieval Torture Instruments exhibit.

Inoculations will be given at the location every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through June 6, 2021.

Visitors, whether vaccinated or not, are required to adhere to standard COVID-19 prevention protocols, such as mask-wearing and social distancing.

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  • If you don’t travel frequently, this might not be the best card for you.
  • Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
  • Receive up to $300 back annually as statement credits for bookings through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of options
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  • Earn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel and 5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel
  • Earn unlimited 2X miles on all other purchases
  • Unlimited complimentary access for you and two guests to 1,400+ lounges, including Capital One Lounges and our Partner Lounge Network
  • Receive up to a $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck®
  • Use your Venture X miles to easily cover travel expenses, including flights, hotels, rental cars and more—you can even transfer your miles to your choice of 15+ travel loyalty programs
  • Named editors' choice for "Best New Credit Card of 2021" by The Points Guy
  • Earn 10 miles per dollar when you book on Turo, the world's largest car sharing marketplace, through May 16, 2023