Please visit the NIH Campus Access and Security webpage regarding security requirements and processes.

All visitors to the NIH must be screened either through the Gateway Visitor Center, the Commercial Vehicle Inspection Facility (CVIF), or the Cedar Lane Patient Entrance.

  • Security personnel identity proof all visitors to the NIH  U.S. citizens or otherwise.
    • The identity proofing process is generally limited to a review of the
      I-9 credentials presented by the visitor.
  • This policy does not apply to anyone with an HHS PIV card.

During the identity proofing process, citizenship is assumed to be U.S. unless otherwise indicated by the I-9 credential (passport, visa, driver's license) presented

  • If it is not readily evident from the document that the visitor is a U.S. citizen, he/she will be asked to show a valid I-9 form authenticating citizenship.
    • This is likely a rare event
  • Foreign visitors from Designated Countries are required to fill out the Foreign Visitor Data Request Form ten days prior to entering the NIH

Visitors from Designated Countries (Iran, North Korea, Syria, and Sudan) should confirm with their host that the visit is approved prior to arriving at NIH


Information about lodging can be found here:https://www.cc.nih.gov/about/visitor/hotels.html

Public Transportation

The Washington D.C. Metrorail system has a station on the NIH campus called "Medical Center." Upon exiting the station, it is a short walk to the NIH campus shuttle, which will take you to NIH buildings on the main campus and in Rockville.

Metrorail service is available from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and from Union Station (railway). Take Metro's Red Line to the Medical Center Station.

For more information, visit Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority and NIH Campus Shuttle Schedules


The Natcher Conference Center (Building 45) is located on the NIH main campus. Visitor parking is limited, so take public transportation if possible. The campus is located on the Red Line at the Medical Center Metro stop. Proceed to the new NIH Gateway Center for security clearance. The Natcher Conference Center is located a short distance behind the Gateway Center.

See http://www.nih.gov/about/visitor/ for more information.

The estimated fare (one-way) from the three local airports to Natcher are:

  • Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA): $55
  • Dulles International Airport (IAD): $55
  • Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI): $75


Limited parking is available at the NIH Campus. Parking stickers for validation will be issued for this event and you may pick up a parking sticker at the event registration table located in Building 45, outside the main auditorium. For more information and parking locations, please visit the parking information page. 

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