COVID-19 Testing Locations in DC
DisCon III strongly encourages anyone who requires a test for travel to schedule it in advance. We encourage international travelers to carefully confirm the testing requirements of both their destination country and any countries they’re transiting through. Some countries may accept only specific types of tests, or have specific forms they require the testing clinic to fill out. Be aware that very few clinics are open on Sunday, and Saturday hours are often limited.
Please note home tests are generally not valid for international travel purposes. If you have no symptoms but are seeking a test due to a potential exposure, please research how long to wait before taking the test; antigen tests will generally not return useful results until several days after the exposure.
If you are currently experiencing potential COVID symptoms and are staying at the Omni, you may reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to have an antigen self-test kit brought to you.
- DC provides a list of many test locations.
- Note that some of these locations offer tests only for symptomatic or exposed individuals and specifically do not provide tests for travel purposes; individuals seeking travel tests are encouraged to call the location in advance and confirm that this is a service they provide.
- Farragut Medical and Travel Care (815 Connecticut Ave NW; about 1 block from Farragut North metro station), on that list, focuses specifically on tests for travel. They’re open Monday-Friday.
- CVS also has several locations in DC that offer tests; these can be found on the CVS website.
- Pill Plus Pharmacy (4215 Connecticut Ave NW; 1/2 block from the Van Ness metro station) offers same-day PCR testing. They’re open Monday-Friday.
- Alpha Peoples Drugs (1638 R St NW; about 4 blocks from the Dupont Circle metro station) offers PCR testing. They’re open Monday-Saturday.
- Grubbs Pharmacy (326 East Capitol St NE; about 8 blocks from Union Station) offers tests as well; more information can be found in their website. They’re open Monday-Saturday.
- All three DC-area airports offer on-site one-hour PCR COVID testing for travelers.
- Sameday Health (3237 M Street NW or 515 11th Street SE) offers same-day PCR testing. They’re open seven days a week.
- Curative offers free PCR testing with a 1-2 day turn-around at a variety of pop-up clinics throughout the DC area. Their Courthouse Plaza clinic (2088 15th St N, Arlington, VA 22201; one block from Courthouse Metro) is open seven days a week. Other locations have more limited hours.
At-Home Test Kits
- BinaxNOW is one of the cheapest antigen self-test kits available in the US. They provide results in 15 minutes. They can be purchased from CVS, Walmart, and Walgreens, but supplies are often limited. Check online to see which local stores may have test kits in stock.
- Ellume antigen self-test kits are slightly more expensive. They provide results in 15 minutes. They can be purchased from CVS and Target. Again, check online to see whether stores have them in stock.
- Test Yourself DC offers free at-home PCR test kits. These are not instant tests; the samples must be returned to a designated dropbox for laboratory processing, and results are returned 3-5 days later. Tests and return dropboxes can be found at most public library branches. The nearest to the Omni is the Cleveland Park Library at 3310 Connecticut Avenue NW.