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White House Tours and Visiting Washington DC

PLEASE NOTE: The White House website states that foreign nationals should contact their Embassy to arrange a tour. Public tours for foreign nationals must be requested via an Embassy AND the U.S. Department of State. However, the U.S. Department of State has not facilitated Embassy-sponsored public tours since 2011. We will update this page if this situation changes.

As Embassy-sponsored public tours of The White House are not available, you might wish to explore alternative White House experiences such as a visit to The White House Visitor Center or take a virtual tour. Further details can be found on The White House website.

Washington, D.C. is one of the most memorable places to visit in the United States, with many of the attractions located in central Washington around the National Mall.

Some of the main tourist attractions that you could visit include the U.S. Capitol Building, the Washington and Jefferson Memorials, the Smithsonian Institution museums and National Zoo and the Pentagon.

Other attractions include the Washington Monument, the Lincoln, Jefferson and Roosevelt memorials, Arlington National Cemetery, the World War II memorial, the Vietnam memorial, the Korean War memorial and the Battle of Iwo Jima memorial and a host of other historical and cultural sites. The National Park Service arranges tours of many sites in and around Washington D.C.

Please be aware of the following:

  • Carry your passport with you, as public buildings in the U.S. require government-issued photo identification for entry at security checkpoints.
  • You should expect to have your bags searched before being permitted to enter most buildings.
  • Many buildings prohibit entry with certain items. If you plan to carry anything more than a wallet, cell phone and car keys, please check the websites of the attractions you intend to visit.