Tour Requests

Congressional Leadership, the U.S. Capitol Police Board, the Attending Physician, Capitol Visitor Services, and the U.S. Capitol Police have made the decision to slowly phase in a limited number of tours of the Capitol complex.


All visitors to the complex are expected to conduct their own Coronavirus Health Screening Inventory before entering the complex.


Tour hours: Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


Visitor Groups 

(maximum number of participants is 15)

Advanced reservations are required for all visitor tours of the Capitol.  You may schedule a tour led by a professional tour guide here, or request a staff-led tour by emailing with your group size and at least three options for dates.

Visitor groups are limited to 15 participants. Please note, our office may not be able to accommodate all staff-led tour requests. Because tour availability is limited and is in high demand, we request that you submit your official request at least 6 weeks in advance.   


School Groups 

(maximum number of participants is 50)

Advance reservations are required for all school group tours.  You may schedule a tour led by a professional tour guide here

School groups are limited to 50 participants, including all chaperones.


Live, Virtual Capitol Tour option

Join one of the Capitol’s knowledgeable tour guides for a live, virtual tour of the Capitol.  These tours are offered Monday – Friday at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. Tours will last 45-60 minutes.  Register in advance here.


Additional details and capacity for tours are adapted on a rolling basis. If you are interested in learning more, resources are available here. If you have any additional questions, please email

**Please review the below information carefully, as the White House has recently implemented a new process for tour requests**

After nearly two years of being closed to the public, the White House Visitors Office announced the resumption of public tours on April 15, 2022. All White House tours are free of charge. In order to properly submit a request, please be sure to thoroughly read the information below.



The White House currently offers tours to the public on Tuesdays through Saturdays, excluding Federal holidays or unless otherwise noted.

All tours are subject to last-minute cancellation, pending changes to the White House schedule.


As one of our nation’s most prized and historic landmarks, the White House receives an incredibly high volume of requests to tour on a first-come, first-serve basis. In order to best accommodate this demand, Congressional offices help by submitting tour requests to the White House on constituents’ behalf. Final approval, however, comes directly from the White House and is based solely on their availability.

In order to request a tour of the White House, please send the following information to

  • Size of the group looking to tour

  • The email address to which you’d like tour updates sent

  • Accessibility requests, if applicable 

  • 3 dates of preference for your tour

    • Please note that we can never request dates within 3 weeks of today – the White House will not accept these requests. Additionally, we cannot request dates further out than 3 months.

NOTE: Individuals cannot be added after a request has been submitted. If there are individuals who may join the group on the tour, include them in your count. The tour request capacity will automatically adjust after the registration deadline based on the number of RSVPs received (i.e. if you request a tour for 5, but only 4 guests RSVP, the tour will auto-adjust to 4). Please note that the White House will only accept requests from groups of 50 guests or smaller.

Once your request has been submitted to the White House by our office, you will receive an email from the White House which will contain a secure RSVP link. Upon receipt of that email, the White House gives you 7 calendar days to upload your group’s personal information via the secure link. All RSVPs, regardless of age - including infants, toddlers, and minors - must be submitted before the deadline. If you have not uploaded your group’s information within that period, the White House releases your request. Additional instructions will be emailed to you at this stage.

A final confirmation or denial notice will be sent to you by the White House approximately 14 days prior to your requested date. Due to the fluid nature of the White House’s schedule, they are often unable to finalize requests before this point.


All members of the public, regardless of age, are welcome to request a tour of the White House. US citizens 18 years of age and older must have a valid, government-issued ID that can be presented day-of-tour. Foreign nationals of all ages must have a valid passport that can be presented day-of-tour.


Tours of the White House are self-guided, and typically last about 45 minutes in duration.

The White House strongly encourages the use of public transportation, as street parking is not available near the White House.

The closest Metro stations to the White House are McPherson Square (blue, orange, and silver lines), Farragut West (blue, orange, silver, and red lines), Farragut North (red line), Metro Center (blue, orange, silver, and red lines), and Federal Triangle (on the blue, orange, and silver lines).  

Arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled tour time – this will help facilitate check-in and security screening.

Dress for the weather – guests will be standing outside before their tour.

Eat a snack and hydrate prior to arrival – guests are prohibited from bringing outside food and drink into the White House. Additionally, there are no restrooms available upon entering the White House.

Prohibited items:

  • Video cameras, cameras with detachable lenses, tablets, iPads, tripods, monopods, and camera sticks.

  • Bags of any kind (handbags, purses, book bags, and backpacks).

  • Strollers and diaper bags

  • Food, liquids, aerosols, tobacco products, personal grooming items (i.e. makeup, lotion, etc.)

  • Any pointed object, guns, ammunition, fireworks, electric stun guns, mace, martial arts weapons/devices, toy weapons or knives of any kind

Allowed items:

  • Smartphones and cameras with compact lenses.

  • Medical bags are accepted but must be declared upon arrival.

Please note that there are no storage facilities available on the White House complex. Individuals who arrive with prohibited items will be turned away.