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Gate Hours at NSA Bethesda


28JUL20: UPDATED: The adjusted gate hours below take effect Tuesday, July 28, 2020. Please bookmark this page ( and continue following us on Facebook for traffic and gate operations updates.



GATE 1 - No change to hours; Inbound vehicular traffic requiring COVID-19 testing should access the installation via Gate 1 and proceed down Wood Road to the ER, Bldg. 9A.
GATE 2 - Open 5 to 8 a.m., Inbound and outbound vehicular traffic - DoD ID Cardholders only.
GATE 3 (NEX) - Open 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, for inbound and outbound traffic.
GATE 4 - Remains closed.
GATE 5 (USU) - Commercial vehicles requiring inspections and non-DoD ID cardholders requiring vetting only. Closed to regular inbound and outbound vehicle traffic 5 to 9 a.m. Closes 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Closed weekends.


GATE 1 - No change
GATE 2 - Open 5 to 8 a.m., ADA gate will be secured and ADA Pedestrians can access the installation via Gate 1.
GATE 3 - Open 5 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, inbound and outbound for pedestrians and bicyclists.
GATE 4 - Remains closed.
GATE 5 (USU) - Open 5 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Closed on on weekends.



On Monday, March 23, the Pass and ID Office at Gate 1 reduced their regular services to processing Foreign National access, DBIDS applications, and vehicle registrations.


VISITORS IN PERSONAL VEHICLES: Visitors traveling by personal vehicle who need installation access, including Patient Visitors, should proceed directly to Gate 5, the Commercial Vehicle Inspection (CVI) gate. There, they will be directed to the left lane of the Gate 5 CVI area for screening and installation access. Gate 5 is open Monday through Friday during normal operating hours.

VISITORS ENTERING WITHOUT A VEHICLE: Pedestrian visitors, including Patient Visitors, who intend to enter the installation without a vehicle, may still use Pass and ID at Gate 1.

For safety, additional guidelines have been implemented at Pass and ID:

  • Only four customers at a time will be allowed in the Pass and ID building.
  • Masks are required.
  • Social distancing of six feet is required.
  • All personnel entering Pass and ID will be asked to complete a COVID-19 screening questionnaire.

Drivers and pedestrians with existing access to the installation may still use Gates 1, 2, or 5.

Requests for access may still be submitted in advance. Access requests take at least 72 hours to process.

Questions about access can be directed to the Pass and ID Office (Bldg. 102) by calling 301-295-4607.



Effective June 15, 2020 – gate hours* at NSA Bethesda are as follows:


GATE 1 - 24/7
GATE 2 - Open Monday-Friday, 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. to inbound & outbound traffic
GATE 4 - Remains closed.
GATE 5 - Open Monday-Friday, 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. to inbound & outbound traffic
GATE 5 - Commercial Vehicle Inspections (CVI): Monday-Friday, 5 a.m. to 6 p.m., commercial traffic and non-DoD affiliated visitors needing access should proceed to the CVI Lane at Gate 5 for vetting. 


GATE 1 - 24/7
- Turnstiles - Open 24/7
- ADA Gate - Monday-Friday, 5 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- ADA Gate - Weekends - Closed

GATE 4 - Remains closed.
GATE 5 - Monday-Friday, 5 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Pass & ID will be open to process vehicle registration, DBIDS, foreign national access requests and pedestrian access.

All non-DoD personnel without official identification (CAC, DBIDS, etc.) or a DoD ID cardholder sponsor traveling by personal vehicle should proceed to Gate 5 (USU Gate) for vetting.

All vehicles coming onto NSA Bethesda are subject to inspection.

Employees, patients, and visitors should expect and plan for possible delays when accessing the installation.

*Gate hours are current as of June 16, 2020, but gate operations may change at any time. For information, updates, and temporary changes in real time, follow us on social media (@NSABethesda on Facebook and Twitter).

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