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Do I need to bring identification to enter the UN?

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) and can include a passport, driver's licence or national identity card.

When are guided tours offered?

Guided tours are only offered on weekdays. However, the UN Visitors Lobby with current exhibits and the UN Visitor Centre with the UN Post Office and shops are open on weekends, except in January and February.

How can I purchase a ticket?

Customers are encouraged to purchase tour tickets in advance. A limited number of tickets may be available on-site for the next available tour on the same day. It is recommended to arrive early. Our first tour departs at 9:30 a.m. and our last tour at 4:45 p.m. For groups of 40 or more persons, please book through Group Reservations.

All tours last 45-60 minutes. 

What is your ticket/reservation refund policy?

All sales are final. There are no refunds nor exchanges.

Can I see the General Assembly Hall and other Chambers without joining a tour?

No. You have to join a tour to see the General Assembly (GA) Hall and other Chambers (meetings permitting).

Is there a security screening?

Yes. See Arrival.

You should arrive at least 60 minutes prior to your tour time in order to go through security screening and walk to the Cashiers Desk at the back of the GA Lobby to check-in for your tour.

What if I am late?

If you arrive more than 15 minutes late at the Cashiers Desk to check-in for your tour, your reservation may not be honoured. If your group is delayed, please call 1-212-963-7765.

Apart from English, in which other languages are tours available?

Language tours are usually available every day including in French, Korean and Spanish. On the ticket page, for each day, look in the first column with the tour time, and languages are noted below.

In the unlikely event that the language tour requested is not available on the day, the tour will be conducted in English.

Is photography permitted?

Yes, the use of photography (personal cameras, camera phones) is permitted but not video recording. Also, depending on the meetings taking place, your Tour Guide might indicate that photography is not permitted in certain Chambers.

Is there a bag check or coat room?

No. All coats and backpacks must be carried while on tour. Please note that large bags and backpacks are not permitted and that there are no luggage storage facilities available. For more information, see Arrival.

What are the options for purchasing food at the UN Visitor Centre?

The Visitors Café at the UN Visitor Centre serves a variety of international cuisine, beverages and coffees on weekdays. Vending machines are also available.

If I do not have cash, is there an ATM that I can use?

There is an ATM machine in the Visitor Centre near the Gift Shop.

Are children allowed on tour?

For security reasons, children under 5 years of age are not permitted on tour. However children of all ages are welcome in the UN public areas which includes the Visitor Centre.

How many chaperones are needed for groups that include children?

For regular guided tours, we require at least one adult to accompany each group (maximum of 20 people per group). For Children's Tours, specifically for 5-12 year-olds, the child/children must be accompanied on tour by their parent or guardian.

Where is the drop off location for buses?

We encourage our visitors to arrive by public transportation, as there is no on-site parking, and drop-off options are very limited. If you arrive by bus, ask your bus driver to drop you and your students onto the right side of 1st Avenue and East 46th Street in front of the UN Visitors Entrance.

Is there a dress code?

Yes, please dress appropriately for the international diplomatic environment of the United Nations.

What can I do at the UN on weekends?

While our guided tour is offered only on weekdays, you can visit the UN Visitors Centre on weekends from March to December.  (The UNHQ is closed on weekends in January and February.)

Visiting the UN Visitors Center is always free of charge but you are still required to go through the security process (see Arrival).  


Is the UN open on holidays?

UNHQ is closed on the following days in 2018:

1 January                   New Year's Day

19 February               Presidents' Day

30 March                      Good Friday

28 May                     Memorial Day

15 June                     Eid al-Fitr

4 July                        Independence Day

21 August                 Eid al-Adha

3 September             Labour Day

22 November            Thanksgiving Day

25 December            Christmas Day

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

405 E 42nd Street (46th St & 1st Ave)
New York, NY 10017
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