COVID-19 Testing after Travel Outside of the DMV Region

September 03, 2021


To: GW Students, Faculty and Staff

If you are planning to travel outside of the District, Maryland or Virginia, please be aware of testing and quarantine requirements and recommendations. 

If you are fully vaccinated: 
You are strongly encouraged to schedule a COVID-19 test at a GW testing center on your first day back to campus after travel. You are advised to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days after travel.

If you have an exemption to GW’s vaccine requirement and are unvaccinated:
You must report any travel outside of D.C., Maryland or Virginia in your daily symptom screener. Upon returning to the District, per D.C. Health guidance, you must follow the protocol for travel quarantine

There are two ways to leave travel quarantine if you have no symptoms:

  • Test twice
    Receive two negative test results from a campus testing site. Schedule the first test for your first day back from travel; the second test should be four days after the first test (on day 5). If both test results are negative, the Campus COVID-19 Support Team (CCST) will release you from travel quarantine on day 8. Only CCST may end your travel quarantine. We cannot accept external test results to end travel quarantine.
  • Wait
    CCST will release you from travel quarantine after 14 days.


If at any point upon returning from travel you should experience any COVID-19 symptoms, you will need to schedule a symptomatic test at the Foggy Bottom testing center. If you have symptoms or have a positive test result outside of the GW Public Health Lab, contact the Colonial Health Center (students) or Occupational Health (faculty and staff). 

This travel guidance is in place for the fall 2021 semester to keep our community safe, healthy, and well. We may amend this directive at a future date based on public health guidance as conditions change.  

If you have questions about testing following travel outside of the DMV-region, please email the Campus COVID-19 Support Team at [email protected]