UPDATE: September 18, 2020
Beginning on Saturday, September 19, Arlington National Cemetery will be open for gravesite visitation ONLY from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Face coverings will be mandatory to wear while on cemetery grounds, and social distancing is expected. Several places of interest will remain closed to ensure health protection conditions.
• The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Memorial Amphitheater and President John F. Kennedy’s gravesite remain closed to the public.
• The exhibits in the Welcome Center remain closed.
• Arlington House, which is managed by the National Park Service, remains closed for a rehabilitation project.
• The Women in Military Service for America Memorial will remain closed to the public, but is available for scheduled events only.
• Gravesite shuttle service will resume on Monday, September 21.
For more information on the limited reopening, please click here.
Q: How will visitor screening lanes operate?
A. The following screening lanes will be available:
- There will be visitor screening lanes outside the Welcome Center for direct access to cemetery grounds.
- An ADA accessibility and stroller visitor screening lane will be at the Welcome Center east entrance (nearest to the parking garage).
- One visitor screening lane will be provided inside the Welcome Center for restroom access upon arrival only.
The Welcome Center will have one-directional traffic flow for visitors to enter the cemetery and restrooms.
ANC would like to kindly remind visitors that entering the cemetery through unofficial access points is considered trespassing, which is a federal offense. Access to the cemetery may vary at times; ANC asks everyone to be patient and to follow the directions of the visitor assistants at all times.
Q: Why are the Tomb, JFK's gravesite and Memorial Amphitheater still closed?
A: At this time, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Memorial Amphitheater are undergoing major renovations. Due to social distancing requirements, the gravesites of President Kennedy and his brothers, Robert, Edward (Ted) and Joseph, will be closed to the public.
Q: Why are buses not allowed?
A: This limited reopening is the first stage in ensuring that ANC and its staff are adequately equipped to open while keeping visitors and employees safe. Visitors may arrive via private vehicle, public transportation or ride share. Buses will not be authorized to park at the ANC parking garage and will be asked to turn around.
Q: Even though no buses are allowed, will large groups still be able to tour the cemetery?
A: Tour buses and school groups are not permitted at this time. We will make a public announcement when large groups are authorized in the cemetery.
Q: When do you expect tram service and gravesite shuttle service to resume?
A: Gravesite shuttle service will resume on Monday, September 21. Tram service is expected to resume in October; please check back for updates.
Q: If the cemetery is reopening, why are military funeral honors still modified?
A: Honors are still being modified at this time for the protection of our service members, family members and personnel.
Q: Will those not following protocol be asked to leave?
A: Visitors not following Arlington National Cemetery's COVID-19 protocol for social distancing and face coverings will first be asked to comply with the policy. If a visitor refuses to comply with the policy, the visitor will be asked to leave and will be escorted off cemetery grounds by our law enforcement personnel.
Q: If ANC is an outdoor facility and has the space to allow for social distancing, why are masks still required?
A: Our first priority in response to COVID-19 is to protect our workforce, our grieving families and our visitors. Moving forward, we will continue to assess local conditions in consultation with local public health officials, and adjust our health protection posture as conditions allow. We want to ensure the health and safety of all our service members and civilians so that we can be ready to support the nation for whatever contingency arises.
UPDATE: June 16, 2020
• Due to a heightened force protection posture for the National Capital Region, visitors attending funeral services, family pass holders, contractors and employees may be subject to additional security screening measures upon arrival to Arlington National Cemetery.
• Per Department of Defense (DoD) guidance, all persons entering Arlington National Cemetery (ANC) must have a face covering. Security personnel will be asking all visitors, family members and employees for proof of face coverings. Visitors will wear their face coverings at all times while in the cemetery.
• During modified operations, restroom facilities are available at the following locations:
- Four (4) standard portable latrines and two (2) ADA-compliant portable latrines are next to the Chaffee Lot area. Chaffee Lot is located across the street from the Tanner Amphitheater, next to Section 1.
- Administration Building on King Drive. You may park in the funeral queuing lanes and walk to the admin building. Restrooms are located on the first floor.
- Columbarium Court 6 on York Drive, across from Section 62.
- Near the Niche Wall in Section 82.
All restroom facilities are cleaned and maintained seven days a week. We remind all of our guests to please wear face coverings while using the restrooms.
*Before visiting, please review our 100% ID check policy.
Arlington National Cemetery is located across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. at the end of Memorial Avenue, which extends from Memorial Bridge. Arlington is accessible from the major roadways in the D.C. area: Interstate 95, the Capital Beltway (I-495), the George Washington Memorial Parkway and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway (I-295).
The cemetery is also a stop on the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s Metrorail system. Arlington Cemetery station, on Metro's Blue line, is a short walk from the Welcome Center.