Mask Guidance

All employees, contractors, family pass holders and visitors, regardless of vaccination status, must wear masks while indoors at ANC.

Published on Thursday, July 29, 2021

COVID-19 Information


UPDATE: July 14, 2021

Fully vaccinated employees, contractors, visitors and family members are no longer required to wear face coverings while in the cemetery, to include the Welcome Center and other indoor facilities. Those who are not fully vaccinated are required to wear a face mask indoors and when they are in close contact (six feet or less) of others. 

UPDATE: June 15, 2021

Tram tours depart every 30 minutes, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.  The tour is a live-narrated, hop on/hop off tour making four stops: the President John F. Kennedy gravesite, John J. Pershing gravesite, Memorial Amphitheater (Tomb of the Unknown Soldier) and Arlington House. Tickets may be purchased inside the Welcome Center at the box office and outside in the tram circle at the marked podium. They may also be purchased online at Ticket prices remain the same, and touchless, cashless transactions are preferred. While on the tram, guests will be directed to their seats by a host, and modified social distancing is still in effect. Trams are sanitized daily, and high touch points are cleaned after each tour. Face coverings are optional for guests, and required for tram employees.

UPDATE: May 24, 2021

Arlington National Cemetery (ANC) is announcing several further developments in its ongoing efforts to fully reopen its services and sites. Please click here for detailed information. 

UPDATE: April 16, 2021

Arlington National Cemetery is reopening to tour buses and tour groups beginning April 19, 2021. Tour buses will be allowed to park on the top level of the ANC parking garage. In accordance with cemetery policy, all visitors must wear face coverings and practice social distancing. Click here for more information


Q: How do the visitor screening lanes operate?

A. The following screening lanes are available:

•  Outside the Welcome Center, for direct access to cemetery grounds.

•  ADA accessibility and stroller visitor screening lane: Welcome Center east entrance (nearest to the parking garage).

•  One visitor screening lane is provided inside the Welcome Center for restroom access upon arrival only.

•  The Welcome Center has 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 please be patient and to follow the directions of the visitor assistants at all times.

Q: 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. Have there been any changes to the process of scheduling a funeral at Arlington National Cemetery?

A. No. Families who have lost a loved one must contact the Arlington National Cemetery Call Center at 877-907-8585 to begin the scheduling process. The call center will provide instructions for scheduling a funeral.

Q. If a group wants to cancel their scheduled wreath ceremony or special event, what should they do?

A.  Contact our Operations Branch at 703-614-1111 and ask to speak to a representative.

Q. Are physical security procedures still in place?

A. Yes. All visitors—including family pass holders and funeral attendees—must show their government-issued ID card or a passport. Physical screenings remain in place as well.

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