General Assembly Visitor Lobby

All visitors 18 years and older (and unaccompanied children 12 years and older) are required to present a valid government-issued photo identification issued by a Member State or an Non-Member Observer State of the United Nations to enter UN Headquarters. The photo identification must be original (no photographs or photocopies accepted), in Latin/Roman characters, and may include a passport, driver's license or national identity card.

Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination is required for entry to the United Nations premises. All visitors are required to wear a mask during the Guided Tour. Children under the age of 12 years must be accompanied by an adult. A proof of vaccination may include a CDC vaccination card, NYC COVID Safe app, New York State Excelsior Pass, NYC Vaccination record, or an official immunization record from outside NYC or the U.S. listing one of the COVID-19 vaccines approved by the World Health Organization

We look forward to welcoming you to the United Nations! Your health and safety and that of our staff are our top priorities. UN Headquarters is following guidelines issued by the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), New York State, and New York City for increased health and safety procedures.

Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination is required for entry to the United Nations premises. All visitors are required to wear a mask during the Guided Tour. All visitors age 18 and older must also show a valid photo ID. 

Proof of vaccination may include:

  • CDC Vaccination Card (or photo)
  • NYC COVID Safe app
  • New York State Excelsior Pass
  • NYC Vaccination Record
  • An official immunization record from outside NYC or the U.S.

 

Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. 

At this point, access is only allowed for visitors with an existing guided tour reservation. Walk-ins are not permitted at present

 

Staying Safe

So that UN Headquarters can safely remain open, we require that all visitors follow the guidelines outlined below. By visiting in person, you agree to abide by these polices. The United Nations reserves the right to ask visitors who do not follow these guidelines to leave the premises.

  • Please stay home if you are feeling sick.
  • You must wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth for the duration of your guided tour. 
  • Please follow the instructions of UN Security and Visitors Services staff. Failure to abide by these guidelines may result in you being asked to leave the premises.

 

  • An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public space where people are present. We cannot guarantee that you will not be exposed to COVID-19 during your visit to UN Headquarters. Those visiting UN Headquarters do so at their own risk of such exposure.
  • If you are unable to visit us in person, please see un.org/visit for more information on the wide range of virtual resources, activities, and programmes that you can enjoy from anywhere. 

As part of the reopening of the United Nations Headquarters to visitors, starting 7 April 2022, a limited number of in-person guided tours are offered on weekdays. You can find out about available tour times and purchase your tickets by clicking “Book Now” on our home page, then selecting “In-Person Guided Tour - English” from the menu, and following subsequent prompts. UN Headquarters is closed on the following holidays in 2022:

 

3 January - New Year's Day**

15 April - Good Friday

2 May - Eid al-Fitr (observed)

30 May - Memorial Day

4 July - Independence Day (observed)

8 July - Eid al-Adha***

5 September - Labour Day

24 November - Thanksgiving Day

26 December - Christmas Day****

 

** New Year’s Day falls on Saturday, 1 January, but will be observed on Monday, 3 January.

*** Eid al-Adha falls on Saturday, 9 July, but will be observed on Friday, 8 July.

**** Christmas Day falls on Sunday, 25 December, but will be observed on Monday, 26 December.

Unfortunately, during this first phase of the reopening of UNHQ to the public, only vaccinated visitors holding a tour ticket for that day are allowed onto premises. Please also read “What do I need to bring to enter the UN Headquarters?”.

Currently, all customers wishing to go on tour must purchase a tour ticket on our website in advance. Please check current ticket availability by clicking “Book Now” on our home page. Select “Guided Tour - English” from the menu and follow subsequent prompts. At this time, private group tours of 21 or more persons can only be accommodated virtually. Please book your group virtual tour through Group Reservations.

Guided tours are 45-60 minutes long.

All sales are final. There are no refunds or exchanges.

No.  The General Assembly Hall and other Chambers are not open to the public and can only be viewed as part of a guided tour (meetings permitting).

Yes. Please see Arrival. You should arrive 60 minutes prior to your tour time for registration and security screening. After registration and security screening, walk to the Cashiers Desk at the back of the Lobby in the General Assembly Building to check in for your tour.

If you arrive more than 15 minutes late at the Cashiers Desk to check in for your tour, your reservation may not be honored.

Tours are offered in all six official languages of the United Nations (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish), as well as in additional languages in high demand. Tours in languages other than English may be available upon request. Please contact toursunhq@un.org for availability. 

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

Please take a moment to enjoy the changing UN Exhibits in the Public Lobby before or after your tour. Check out what’s on show HERE. After your tour, you are welcome to browse the UN Bookshop, UN Stamp counter and visit the Public Inquiries desk in the first basement (GA-1B) area. This is also where the restrooms and vending machines are located. Please note that the Gift Shop and Visitors’ Café remain temporarily closed.

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

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.

Please note that during the first phase of the reopening of UNHQ to visitors, the Visitors Café at the UN Visitor Centre remains closed. As an alternative, vending machines are available. 

Please note that the UN is a single-use plastic free zone. Please do not bring single-use plastic (including bottles, plastic bags and food containers) onto the premises.

There is an ATM machine in the Visitor Centre near the  Bookshop.

For security reasons, children under 5 years of age are not permitted on tour.

Yes. Please dress in a way that respects the professional working environment of the United Nations (no flip flops or bare feet, no offensive slogans, etc.).  United Nations Security reserves the right to deny entry or remove from the premises anyone not behaving or dressed appropriately.