Washington DC Travel Advice
Security travel advice for Washington DC
Threat level: Medium-High
Washington D.C. is the capital of the United States and is home to the White House, the Supreme Court and the Capitol Building. As the federal government is located in this city, Washington D.C. could pose as a potential threat to a terrorist attack due to the high figure of political members.
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Recent Security Risk Events
In 2015, ISIS released several videos with threats to attack the White House warning of a similar style attack like the one seen in Paris. Although this is not for certain, it is still advised to remain vigilant when planning a trip to Washington D.C.
Crime levels are relatively low in Washington D.C. although like most big cities, they are a main target for petty thefts and pickpocketing due to huge influxes of tourists each year. Only carry essential valuables and be aware of your surroundings, especially around High Street North East, Southeast D.C. and Anacostia.
Humidity in Washington D.C. hits a climax in the summer months and can be incredibly dangerous when walking around and exploring. Make sure to stay hydrated at all times and do not stay in the sun for too long.
Travel around Washington DC
The most convenient form of travel around Washington D.C. is the metro as it is the quickest and cheapest way to reach different destinations. Metros run from 5 a.m. (7a.m. on Saturday and Sunday) and stops at midnight )3a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights).
Another form of public transport that can be used are taxis however at times, these can be hard to find, especially during busy periods. Many locals choose to favour the rideshare company Uber instead as it is believed to be cheaper and less time consuming.
Another convenient way to travel is by cycling. Washington D.C. has its own bike-share program making it accessible for bike users to travel to and from popular tourist attractions.
Currency: American dollar
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Healthcare in Washington DC
There are many pharmacies located around Washington D.C. and the most popular chain is CVS that are open 24 hours.
Canadian Embassy Washington D.C.
501 Pennsylvania Ave. NW,
Washington, D.C. 20001
Telephone: +1 202-682-1740
British Embassy Washington D.C.
3100 Massachusetts Ave NW,
Washington, DC 20008
Telephone: +1 202-588-6500
French Embassy Washington D.C.
4101 Reservoir Rd NW,
Washington, DC 20007
Telephone: +1 202-944-6000
Chinese Embassy Washington D.C.
3505 International PI NW,
Washington DC 20008
Telephone: +1 202-495-2266
For further embassy information and locations please see our live travel map below.
Other useful info
Police, Fire, Ambulance emergency: 911