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Gate Hours at NSA Bethesda



11JUN21: To accommodate increased construction traffic tied to the Medical Center Addition and Alteration project at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the following adjustments to NSA Bethesda gate hours will take effect Monday, June 28, 2021:

GATE 2 - Open Monday through Friday, 5 to 8 a.m., for inbound and outbound vehicle traffic. Open 1 to 6 p.m. for outbound traffic only. ADA Gate follows vehicle access hours. Pedestrian turnstiles remain accessible, open 24/7. 
GATE 5 - Open Monday through Friday as follows:
- 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Inbound commercial vehicles only
- 2 to 6 p.m. - Inbound and outbound vehicle traffic
- 6 p.m. to 5 a.m. - As Needed: Inbound commercial vehicles only as necessary to support construction operations

If commercial vehicle traffic is too heavy to facilitate outbound traffic, the NSA Bethesda Security Watch Commander may delay opening outbound lanes.


17MAR21: COVID-19 VACCINATIONS: Many patients scheduled to receive their COVID-19 vaccination on NSA Bethesda via Walter Reed Bethesda may need a companion or driver to access the service. Patients with a DoD ID card may act as an escort for their drivers/companions on the installation, and enter through Gate 1 (North Gate/Pass & ID Office) and Gate 3 (NEX Gate off of Jones Bridge Rd).


16NOV20: COVID-19 TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Effective Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020, all COVID-19 testing patients should enter through Gate 1 (North Gate) and follow signage/instructions to access the testing location.


13OCT20: The following gate hours are in effect beginning Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020. Please read carefully for full changes impacting pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicle access. Please bookmark this page ( and continue following us on Facebook for traffic and gate operations updates.


GATE 1 - Open 24/7.
GATE 2 - Open Monday-Friday, 5 a.m. to 8 a.m. to inbound & outbound traffic.
GATE 3 (NEX) - Open 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, for inbound and outbound traffic.
GATE 4 - Remains closed.
- Regular traffic lanes: DoD ID card holders only. Open Monday-Friday, 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. to inbound & outbound.
- Commercial Vehicle Inspections (CVI) lane: 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 - Open 24/7.
- Turnstiles - Open 24/7
- ADA Gate - Monday-Friday, 5 a.m. to 8 a.m. ADA pedestrians may access the installation via Gate 1.
- ADA Gate - Weekends - Closed

GATE 3 (NEX) - 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 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.


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 28, 2021, 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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