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Security screening is required for entrance to United Nations Headquarters. Please arrive at least 60 minutes before the start of your tour.

Children under 5 years of age are welcome in the UN Visitor Centre, but are not permitted on tour.

Photo ID required

All visitors to the United Nations 18 years and older (and unaccompanied children 12 years and older) require a valid government-issued photo identification issued by a Member State or an Observer State of the United Nations to enter UN Headquarters. Photo identification must be original (no photographs nor photocopies accepted), in English characters, and can include a passport, driver's license or national identity card.  If not a passport, please ensure your name appears in Latin/Roman characters.

UN arrival procedures

Start your visit at the Visitor Check-in Office (801 First Avenue at 45th Street, across the street from the UN). For 9:30 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. ticket holders, please be advised that the Check-in Office opens at 9:00 a.m.​

All visitors to the United Nations Headquarters require a UN security pass to enter the United Nations. This security pass must be obtained at the Visitor Check-in Office.

Present your photo ID and receive your security pass.  For groups of visitors with 5-19 persons, only one representative of the group must present identification at the Visitor Check-in Office. The representative will be given a UN security pass and wrist bands for the remainder of the group members, who can wait outside. For larger groups, one person out of every twenty must present identification.

After receiving a security pass, proceed across the street to the United Nations Visitors Entrance (46th Street and 1st Avenue) for security screening and access to the UN Headquarters.

What (not) to bring

The following items are strictly prohibited:

  • any liquid, including water
  • cans and bottles
  • food or beverages
  • backpacks and bags larger than 14" (35 cm) wide x 13" (33 cm) high x 4" (10 cm) deep
  • scooters
  • skateboards
  • bicycles
  • aerosol containers
  • non-aerosol spray (prescriptions for medical needs are permitted)
  • any pointed object other then pens and pencils (i.e., knives, knitting needles, letter openers, etc.)
  • electric stun guns, martial arts weapons or devices
  • guns, replica guns, ammunition, and fireworks
  • knives of any size
  • mace and pepper spray
  • razors and box cutters
  • baseball caps and sunglasses cannot be worn during the tour

As of 3 June 2019, the United Nations is a single-use plastic free zone. Please do not bring single-use plastic onto United Nations Headquarters premises.

The following items are allowed:

  • battery-operated electronic devices, as well as medical devices
  • cameras, video recorders, or any type of recording device
  • creams, lotions, or perfumes
  • strollers (not permitted on the tour route)

Rules while visiting

The United Nations Headquarters is a workplace: delegates hold their meetings in the Chambers that you are going to visit, they pass by the corridors that you will be using. Therefore, visitors are reminded to behave appropriately.

  • Silence please

Ensure that groups are quiet while waiting before and during the tour.

  • Split into groups

Be prepared to split up big groups and classes while ensuring that each group has a chaperone. Please note that a maximum of 20 people (including adults) are allowed per group. Please check with the tour coordinator on how to divide your group. Group size is subject to change.

  • Stay together 

Ensure that the group remains quiet and stays together throughout the tour, including while walking from one location to another.

  • No bathroom available on the tour route 

There are limited restroom facilities available on the tour route. Bathroom facilities are available in the Visitor Centre.

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Hours and Location

Daily (Mon-Sun) : 9:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Guided tours only Mon-Fri

46th St & 1st Ave
New York, NY 10017
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