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Testing & Assessment​

Visitor Testing Requirement for Entering NIH Facilities

This section applies to non-patient visitors to NIH Facilities. The testing requirements of this section DO NOT apply to:

  • Patients, blood donors or visitors to patients at the clinical center
  • Visitors wishing to enter a federal facility to obtain a public service or benefit
  • Delivery drivers, couriers, U.S. Postal Service employees, Federal Express employees, United Parcel Service employees, and other “transient visitors," meaning visitors accessing a federal facility for less than approximately 15 minutes who interact with very few people.

These non-patient visitors ARE required to follow safety protocols consistent with their vaccination status while accessing the facility.


Visitors to NIH Facilities When Community Levels are “Medium" and “High"

When community levels are elevated to medium or high visitors to federally owned or leased facilities will be asked to provide information about their COVID vaccination status.

  • Visitors must attest to their current vaccination status. The security staff at the point of entry will ask the visitor a series of questions to determine vaccination status. Personnel that have attested to completing a primary vaccination series or more will be permitted to enter NIH facilities.  
  • If visitors are not fully vaccinated or decline to answer about their vaccination status, they will be required to show a negative COVID-19 test result from within the previous 72 hours. Results must be from a test authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to detect current infection and produce a dated result. The test results may from a PCR tests conducted by a licensed testing location (e.g., your primary care provider, pharmacy, testing site, etc.) or a proctored antigen test. Negative at-home test results that are not proctored by a qualified medical provider will not be accepted as proof of testing.

Please note, visitors that do not provide verbal attestation of vaccination or a valid test result from the past 72 hours will not be permitted in NIH facilities or on NIH campuses.