UPDATE: December 14, 2020
Arlington National Cemetery is closed to the general public, and open to family pass holders only, from December 14 through 19.
During this week, ANC and Wreaths Across America (WAA), along with our partners the U.S. Army Military District of Washington (MDW) and the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment, “The Old Guard” (TOG), will safely lay and recover approximately 267,000 wreaths to honor our nation’s heroes and their family members. For more information, click the following links:
The cemetery will reopen to the public on Sunday, December 20.
UPDATE: October 14, 2020
McPherson Drive—a primary thoroughfare on the western side of the cemetery, parallel to Fort Myer—is currently closed for necessary repairs. The closure is expected to last until the summer of 2021. This repair work will close off all vehicle traffic to Jackson Circle, Capron Drive, Lawton Drive, McKinley Drive and Miles Drive, as well as the southwest portion of Grant Drive. Click here for a map of the affected area.
• Visitors to Sections 3, 11, 16, 17, 18, 19, 22, 24 and 44 of the cemetery will be impacted. Visitors may access these sections by following the signs placed near the construction areas and marked parking locations. Upon arrival to the affected sections, those who need assistance during the construction period may call 703-614-1111.
• Parking for family pass holders will be available at designated locations: Farragut Drive near the USS Maine Memorial; Porter Drive near the Nurses Memorial; and Grant Drive near General John J. Pershing’s gravesite.
• Due to construction and uneven grounds, please allow additional time while visiting areas near McPherson Drive. Visitors may encounter low horticultural barriers; please proceed with caution.
UPDATE: October 8, 2020
Tram tours at Arlington National Cemetery have resumed.
• Tram tours depart at the top of every hour, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. In the tram circle area, ticket sales take place at a marked podium. Ticket prices remain the same, and touchless, cashless transactions are preferred.
• The tour route has been modified with only two stops: the President John F. Kennedy gravesite and Memorial Avenue. The tour still includes a historical interpretation from a narrator.
• While on the tram, guests will be directed to their seats by the driver/narrator. To ensure social distance, every other row will be empty. All trams will be deep sanitized each morning and will be thoroughly cleaned after each tour is completed. Face coverings are mandatory for all, and safety procedures also include providing face shields to narrators.
UPDATE: September 18, 2020
Arlington National Cemetery is open for gravesite visitation ONLY from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cemetery policy requires all visitors to wear face coverings and practice social distancing while visiting these hallowed grounds. Several places of interest remain closed to ensure health protection conditions.
• The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Memorial Amphitheater 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.
For more information on the limited reopening, please click here.
Q: How do visitor screening lanes operate?
A. The following screening lanes are available:
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 the Tomb and Memorial Amphitheater still closed?
A: At this time, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Memorial Amphitheater are closed due to major renovations.
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: 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.
*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.