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Travel Status Update

Coronavirus information and FAQs about Washington, DC

Find the latest status of museums, attractions and events in and around Washington, DC during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Travel Status

 

DC Travel & Testing Requirements
 

Fully Vaccinated Visitors (or visitors who tested positive for COVID-19 in the previous 90 days) may: 

  • Travel to DC from domestic locations without quarantining unless showing symptoms of COVID-19. 

  • If traveling from an international location, visitors must show a negative test before boarding a flight to the U.S. and get tested 3-5 days following travel. 

  • To know: fully vaccinated is defined as 14 days after the second dose of a 2-dose series, or after one dose of a single-dose vaccine. There are additional travel guidelines for DC residents from DC Health.

Unvaccinated Visitors

  • You don’t need a COVID-19 test if:

    • Traveling from Maryland and Virginia or if you're in DC less than 24 hours

  • COVID-19 testing & quarantining requirements for non-essential travel:

    • Get a COVID-19 test 1-3 days before visiting DC; find a testing site near you

    • If a traveler tests positive while in DC, they must complete their isolation before traveling home, and susceptible close contacts must complete a 10-day quarantine

  • Essential Travel

    • A test is required if essential travelers have more than 1 week of notice; limit activities in DC

  • To know

    • Private institutions and local government officials may ask for proof of a negative test. 

  • Where you can get vaccinated:

    • The DC Government has resources on where to get vaccinated, including pediatric vaccination pre-registration, lists of health centers offering the vaccine and transportation options.

    • Add your zip code to the official vaccines.gov site to find a list of pharmacies, health clinics and hospitals offering vaccines near you.

Washington, DC has fully reopened without capacity restrictions

  • Starting Friday, June 11 all capacity restrictions in DC were lifted and the city became 100% reopen.

  • Masks are not required indoors in Washington, DC, except in certain circumstances. Masks will still be required, regardless of vaccination status at any private business that wants a mask requirement, on public transport (Metro, buses, trains, inside train stations, in airports, in ride share vehicles), inside schools, childcare facilities and libraries, when congregating at facilities, such as nursing homes/assisted living facilities, shelters, dorms/residences and correctional facilities and in certain DC government facilities. The public health emergency has ended but a public emergency is in effect through Jan. 7, 2022, which allows Mayor Bowser the flexibility to modify mask and vaccination requirements and staffing, as well as issue emergency grants or receive federal funding.

  • Find more information from DC government at coronavirus.dc.gov.

International Travel

 

FAQs

Should I travel to Washington, DC?

DC is fully reopen without capacity restrictions and we look forward to welcoming you this summer and beyond. The health and safety of visitors to Washington, DC remains a top priority. Destination DC recommends travelers follow the latest information from the CDC, noting its protective tips and higher risks for unvaccinated individuals and those with preexisting health conditions. Also, note that while the city has reopened without capacity restrictions, individual businesses, attractions and museums may have their own health guidance and requirements that they implement. 

How has the District of Columbia government taken steps to address coronavirus?

Stay current on the latest updates from the DC government and Muriel E. Bowser, Mayor of the District of Columbia. DC Health and the DC Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency are leading the pandemic response. If travelers exhibit symptoms and are concerned that they might have coronavirus while in Washington, DC, please call DC Health’s hotline at 202-576-1117 and find information about testing in DC.

What is Destination DC doing to prepare visitors and the hospitality community for coronavirus?

Destination DC is working daily in coordination with industry partners including the U.S. Travel Association, Events DC, the Hotel Association of Washington, DC, Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington and local officials in line with guidance from the CDC to communicate current information and best practices.

Have any museums, monuments, attractions or venues closed or have major festivals and events been canceled?

Please find status updates on what's open in and around Washington, DC. We urge visitors to confirm the status of upcoming events and major attractions before making plans to visit. Please note that as of July 29, all indoor locations in DC require masks, regardless of vaccination status, including Smithsonian museums.

How are DC-area restaurants impacted?

There are no restrictions or capacity limits at restaurants. However, as of July 31 at 5 a.m., diners are required to wear face coverings when not eating or drinking and to avoid going out if feeling sick. Check with individual restaurants to ensure they have outdoor or available indoor dining space before going out to eat. Takeout and delivery service remains an option.

The Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) provides up to date information on DC’s dining scene. Read more from RAMW.

How is Metro affected and how is it ensuring safety for its riders?

Metro is expanding late-night service and restoring more routes to support the DC region’s reopening and recovery. Face masks are required. View Metro’s updates. Find additional local transportation information at goDCgo.

Update: After taking its 7000-series railcars out of service for further inspection, Metrorail is currently experiencing reduced service levels through at least Nov. 15, 2021. Trains will operate basic service every 15-20 minutes on the Red Line and every 30-40 minutes on all other lines. Read more.

What are airports doing to address the COVID-19 pandemic?

Reagan National and Dulles International airports remain in close coordination with federal partners at the CDC, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, TSA and state and local health departments and emergency management agencies in preparedness activities. Face coverings are required at Reagan National and Dulles International airports. Read more from the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.

What are hotels doing to ensure guest safety?

Regional hotels are implementing proactive strategies, following CDC guidelines and monitoring the information from local government agencies as they manage this issue with the wellbeing of hotel guests being of paramount concern. Find a list of hotels that are currently open.

What is the status of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center?

The convention center also published its Back to Business Guide, a 40-page document detailing new health and safety technologies and guidelines for meeting in person, with those events set to resume in August. Read more Events DC news updates.

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