Visitor Screening

Arlington National Cemetery is phasing in security measures for those who visit the cemetery. In addition to random ID checks and other security measures already in place, the cemetery will require visitors to go through additional physical screening.

Before the screening process begins, inform the screener if you have an internal or external medical device, such as a pacemaker, artificial knee, stimulator, port, ostomy, insulin pump, glucose monitor or other medical device and where it is located.  Inform the screener if you request screening by pat-down in lieu of screening by technology.  Pat-downs will be conducted in private.

Inform the screener that you have medically necessary liquids and/or medications and separate them from other belongings before screening begins. Also declare accessories associated with your liquid medication such as freezer packs, IV bags, pumps and syringes. Labeling these items with prescription labels can help facilitate the screening process.

Anyone who is granted vehicular access to the cemetery, such as families with permanent family passes, funeral attendees, or employees, may be required to present a valid government identification when entering the cemetery and will be subject to random inspections. Family members with permanent gravesite vehicle passes may continue to drive to their loved ones’ grave after presenting a valid driver’s license with the appropriate pass.


Starting in November for Pedestrians:

All pedestrian traffic will be required to enter Arlington National Cemetery at four access points:

  1. The cemetery’s main entrance on Memorial Avenue
  2. Ord & Weitzel Gate
  3. Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Old Post Chapel Gate
  4. Service Complex Gate off of Columbia Pike

The pedestrian access point from Memorial Avenue will be through the Welcome Center. There will be express screening lines for visitors who do not have bags. Those with disabilities will also have express lines for screening.

We urge everyone to allow addition time to go through security screening when visiting the cemetery, especially large tour groups.  We recommend visitors bring minimal to no bags to expedite the screening process.

Prohibited items:

  • KNIVES (blades more than 4-inches in length)

Visitors will likely also see armed personnel inside buildings and on the grounds of the cemetery. Please call Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Department of Emergency Services at 703-588-2800 to report suspicious activity. Call 9-1-1 for emergency situations.

Accessibility/Accommodation Concerns

If you have an accessibility or accommodation concern about Arlington National Cemetery, please reach out to:

Ms. Consuelo Roberts, Program Manager
EEO Policy and Programs Division Diversity and Leadership
111 Army Pentagon, SAMR-DL
Washington, DC 20310  
Telephone:  703-545-5780