Visitor Screening

Arlington National Cemetery has updated security measures in place to ensure the safety and security of all visitors and employees.  In addition to random identification checks and other security measures already in place, the cemetery requires all visitors to go through additional physical screening.

Prior to the screening process, inform the screener if you have an internal or external medical device (i.e. pacemaker, artificial knee, stimulator, port, ostomy, insulin pump, glucose monitor) or any medically necessary liquids and/or medications with you. Recommend separating these medications from other belongings before screening begins and labeling them with prescription labels to help facilitate the screening process. Declare accessories associated with liquid medication such as freezer packs, IV bags, pumps and syringes. 

Inform the screener if you request screening by pat-down in lieu of screening by technology.  This will be conducted in private. 

Anyone granted vehicular access to the cemetery, such as families with permanent family passes, funeral attendees, or employees, will be required to present a valid government or state issued identification when entering the cemetery and will be subject to random inspections.   

Prohibited items:

  • Explosives
  • Firearms
  • Knives (blades more than 4-inches in length)
  • Narcotics
  • Fireworks
  • Alcohol 

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

  • The cemetery’s main entrance on Memorial Avenue
  • Ord & Weitzel gate
  • Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Old Post Chapel gate
  • Service Complex gate off Columbia Pike

The pedestrian access point from Memorial Avenue will be through the Welcome Center. There will be up to four (4) screening lines for visitors who do not have bags. Those with disabilities will have a separate access point in compliance with all disability laws.

Please allow additional 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. We strive to keep wait times to under 20 minutes. 

Please call Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Department of Emergency Services at 703-588-2800 to report suspicious activity. Call 911 for emergency situations.

Accessibility/Accommodation Concerns If you have an accessibility or accommodation concern about Arlington National Cemetery, please contact us at:  877-907-8585