Due to an abundance of caution regarding COVID-19, the U.S. Capitol Attending Physician and White House visitors center have cancelled all planned tours of the White House and Capitol, and are suspending new tour requests for the foreseeable future.
When did they stop allowing tours of the White House?
Tours were suspended in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks due to terrorism concerns. In September 2003 they were resumed on a limited basis for groups making prior arrangements through their congressional representatives and submitting to background checks.
Why are White House tours suspended?
UPDATE: In light of the spread of COVID-19, tours of the U.S. Capitol, Pentagon, and White House are canceled and tour requests are suspended for the foreseeable future. The White House Visitor Center has also temporarily closed.
Are White House tours still happening?
Public tours of the White House remain temporarily suspended until further notice. For the most up-to-date information about touring and visiting the White House, call the 24-hour Visitors Office Information Line at 202-456-7041.
Can you tour the White House in 2021?
Public tours of the White House are free of charge and can be scheduled through your congressional representative. Refer to the ticketing section for details. Visitors will enter the White House complex from the south side of East Executive Avenue.
Can you tour the Pentagon?
It is open for official tours through the Pentagon Tours program. Pentagon tours must be reserved at least 14 days in advance and no more than 90 days in advance. Tours are conducted Monday-Thursday (excluding federal holidays) from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. and from 12 – 4p.
Can you meet the president on a White House tour?
Anyone visiting DC can experience the history and art of the White House in person after submitting a tour request through one’s Member of Congress. Public tour requests must be submitted through one’s Member of Congress. … (Please note that White House tours may be subject to last minute cancellation.)
Can anyone visit the White House Visitor Center?
Visitor capacity is limited to 100 people. Consistent with CDC guidance regarding areas of substantial or high transmission, all visitors over the age of two, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask.
How hard is it to get White House tour tickets?
Tours are scheduled on a first come, first served basis. Requests can be submitted up to three months in advance and no less than 21 days in advance. You are encouraged to submit your request as early as possible as a limited number of spaces are available. The White House tour is free of charge.
Are Capitol tours open?
The Capitol Visitor Center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
Can you tour the Oval Office?
There are two main White House tours – tours of the East Wing, or the West Wing. The East Wing is by far the most common White House tour to undertake and allows you access to where the President lives. By contrast, the West Wing tour is where the business happens, and includes the famous Oval Office.
Is the White House open for Christmas tours?
White House Christmas Tours are available throughout the month of December (though any tour can be canceled at any time without notice) when visitors are given the opportunity to see how the public rooms have been festively decorated.
Does the president live in the White House?
The White House is the official residence and workplace of the president of the United States. It is located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in Washington, D.C., and has been the residence of every U.S. president since John Adams in 1800.
Can you tour the White House without a reservation?
Requesting a White House tour
Touring the White House requires some advance planning. Public tour requests must be made through your member of Congress (find your member of Congress and contact information) and submitted up to three months in advance and no less than 21 days prior to your visit.
Can you tour the Capitol building in DC?
The Capitol Visitor Center welcomes visitors from across the United States and around the world. Identification is not required to enter the Capitol or to enjoy a tour. All tours, programs and activities are free of charge.
Can you drive past the White House?
The White House perimeter is essentially the block between Constitution Ave NW, 15th St NW, 17th ST NW and H St NW. Pennsylvania Ave NW by the White House is pedestrian only and you cannot drive down it. There is a lot of history and stories about the White House Neighborhood – so much that we have a self guided tour!