Advisories to keep in mind while visiting Washington, DC

Exterior shot of the Capitol Building in Washington, DC
Don’t forget to read up on the latest health and weather advisories before visiting Washington, DC. Doug Armand/Getty Images

While capacity restrictions in Washington, DC, lifted as of June 11, mask mandates and vaccination requirements for locals and travelers remain in place. Keep reading for need-to-know advisories as you plan your trip to Washington.

COVID-19 advisory

  • All people over the age of 2 must wear a mask indoors regardless of vaccination status.
  • Fully vaccinated travelers can travel to DC from domestic destinations without the need to quarantine unless they show COVID-19 symptoms.
  • International travelers must have a negative COVID-19 test before boarding their flight. They must also get tested three to five days post-travel.
  • Unvaccinated travelers do not need a COVID-19 test if in DC for less than 24 hours.
  • If you test positive for COVID-19 while in DC, you must complete isolation in the district before heading home. All close contacts must also complete a 10-day quarantine.
  • For detailed, up-to-date information, visit the Washington, DC, government’s online hub for COVID-19 details and data.

Weather advisory

  • Thunderstorms are a common occurrence in the summer.
  • While large amounts of snowfall are uncommon in the winter months, when it does happen, the city and public transportation tend to effectively shut down.
  • The Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang is an excellent resource for weather forecasts during your trip.

View Insider’s comprehensive guide to visiting Washington, DC.