Visitor Centre logo
General Assembly Lobby

Arrival

UN Arrival Procedures

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

Start your visit at the Visitor Check-in Office (801 1st Avenue at 45th Street, across the street from the UN Visitors Entrance). Plan to arrive approximately one hour before your tour.

[IMPORTANT: 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.]  

Photo ID Required

All visitors 18 years and older (and unaccompanied children 12 years and older) require a valid government-issued photo identification issued by a Member Stateor an Observer Stateof the United Nations to enter UN Headquarters. Photo identification must be original (no photographs nor photocopies accepted), in Latin/Roman characters, and can include a passport, driver's license or national identity card. 

Present your photo ID and receive your security pass. For groups of visitors with 2–19 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 or across the street. For larger groups, one person out of every twenty must present identification. 

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

Screening

All visitors to United Nations Headquarters must go through security screening (airport-style). To speed up the process, please remove hats, sunglasses, belts, scarves, jackets, etc. prior to screening. Please note that cell phone use and photography in the screening facility are not permitted.  

If you are taking a tour, after screening, please proceed to the back of the Lobby to the Cashier desk to purchase tickets and/or to check in for your tour before visiting the exhibits or browsing the shops and café in the lower Concourse. 

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 and non-aerosol spray (prescriptions for medical needs are permitted) 
  • any pointed object other than pens and pencils (i.e., knives, knitting needles, letter openers, razors, etc.) 
  • electric stun guns, martial arts weapons or devices 
  • guns, replica guns, ammunition, fireworks, mace or pepper spray 

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) 

  • Please note that there are no bag or coat check facilities available at UNHQ.  

Rules while Visiting

The United Nations Headquarters is a workplace: Delegates hold their meetings in the Chambers where visitors enter on tour and pass by the corridors that the guided tours also use. Visitors are reminded to behave appropriately, to keep noise levels down, and to dress in a way that respects the professional working environment of the United Nations (no flip flops or bare feet, no offensive slogans, etc.).  

The United Nations Headquarters is accessible for disabled visitors and persons with limited mobility. Visitors may request the use of a wheelchair when checking in.