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.
Current Travel Status
Washington, DC is open for business
The nation's capital is ready to welcome you. The DC government has announced mandatory indoor mask requirements AND proof of vaccination requirements for most indoor establishments. Find the latest information from the DC government at coronavirus.dc.gov.
Indoor Mask Requirement
- Masks are required indoors through at least Jan. 31, 2022.
- All people, regardless of vaccination status, must wear a mask indoors in public settings.
Proof of Vaccination
- Starting on Jan. 15, 2022, proof of vaccination is required at indoor gathering locations in DC:
- Indoor food and drink establishments (restaurants, coffee shops, food halls, nightclubs)
- Indoor cultural and entertainment establishments (concert venues, live entertainment and sporting venues, movie theaters, bowling alleys)
- Indoor event and meeting venues
- The requirement applies to hotel meeting rooms, ballrooms and hotel restaurants and bars, but proof of vaccination is not required at check-in for individual hotel guests.
- Visitors to museums generally do not have to show proof of vaccination, unless attending a private event or dining in a café. However, Smithsonian museums and private museums may have their own requirements and visitors should check with individual establishments.
- Retail stores, grocery stores and private offices are not currently subject to the city’s requirement.
- Patrons ages 12+ must provide proof of one dose by Jan. 15, 2022 and full vaccination by Feb. 15, 2022.
- Visitors are encouraged to check with individual establishments about COVID-19 protocols.
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.
Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travelers must follow COVID-19 testing and quarantining requirements for non-essential travel. Proof of vaccination is generally required to visit indoor gathering locations. If visitors are requesting medical or religious exemption, documentation and proof of a negative antigen or PCR test within 24 hours is required. General travel requirements for unvaccinated visitors include getting a COVID-19 test 1-3 days before visiting DC, getting a COVID-19 test 3-5 days after returning home from their trip and self-quarantining for 7 days after returning home. You do not need a COVID-19 test if traveling from Maryland and Virginia or in DC in less than 24 hours. Private institutions and local government officials may ask for proof of a negative test.
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.
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.
Starting Nov. 8, vaccinated international travelers were welcomed back to the U.S. Learn more about international travel guidance.
Should I travel to Washington, DC?
DC is open without capacity restrictions and we look forward to welcoming you. 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 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.
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.
How are DC-area restaurants impacted?
There are no restrictions or capacity limits at restaurants. 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 Dec. 31, 2021. 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 hotel deals.
What is the status of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center?
The convention center has been recognized for its detailed health and safety measures. It also published its Back to Business Guide, a 40-page document detailing new health and safety technologies and guidelines for meeting in person. Read more Events DC news updates.