COVID-19 Travel Considerations
COVID Travel Guidance
**Last updated on 6/13/22
International travel during the pandemic should prioritize health and safety. The CDC does not recommend traveling internationally unless fully vaccinated. As a result, all members of the Georgetown community (students, faculty, and staff) are expected to be fully vaccinated and boosted (if eligible) prior to commencing any university-sponsored international travel.
It is the traveler’s responsibility to determine whether or not they can access their planned destination. Countries permitting travel by unvaccinated travelers will likely require pre- and post- negative COVID tests, quarantine upon arrival, mask-wearing, social distancing and periodic testing while abroad. Travelers unable to be vaccinated should re-consider traveling abroad. If travel is deemed absolutely necessary, such individuals should plan carefully in order to adhere to these requirements and expectations.
International travel will require careful planning and flexibility to adjust plans as conditions change. Travelers should review these resources to assess and mitigate risks.
Information on this page will be updated regularly to align with emerging best practices in COVID-risk mitigation and exposure/infection management. If you are planning or supporting future travel, please bookmark this page and check back often for updates.
In addition to adhering to Georgetown’s International Travel Policy and consulting the Individual Travel Considerations or the Group Travel Considerations, the following resources may be consulted when planning international travel:
- U.S. Department of State (DOS) Travel Advisories and COVID-19 Country Specific Information
- CDC Inbound and Outbound Testing Requirements
- CDC Travel Health Notices map
- International Air Transport Association (IATA) COVID-19 Travel Regulations Map
- International SOS (ISOS) COVID Dashboard
- OGS Risk Assessment Spreadsheet (updated every other week on Fridays)
Departing the U.S.
Proof of COVID-19 vaccination and/or a negative test may be required for outbound international travel. Consult your airline and destination country to determine the type and timing of test required to board the aircraft and enter the destination country. Georgetown’s COVID-19 testing is available to students, faculty and staff on the Main Campus, at the Law Center, and at the School of Continuing Studies. COVID testing is also available at pharmacies and specialized testing centers in the Washington, DC area. Consider isolating three to five days prior to flying to increase your chances of staying healthy and testing negative prior to traveling.
If you have tested positive for COVID and recovered and require a letter to prove this, you can request such a letter from your primary care doctor or use a signed isolation letter from your local health department. Georgetown community members who have tested through One Medical may submit a request in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Returning to the U.S.
As of June 12, 2022, proof of a negative COVID-19 viral test is no longer required in order to board an aircraft to the U.S. All non-U.S. citizens and non-U.S. immigrant travelers arriving in the U.S. from a foreign country must have proof of an acceptable COVID-19 vaccination. Full details are available on the CDC’s website.