Campus access and visitors
Last updated: October 7, 2021
Campus access for MIT community members
Vaccination and attestation
All MIT faculty, staff, and students must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 or have an exemption in order to work, live, and study on campus. See MIT’s vaccination policy for more details.
Members of the MIT community who are in Covid Pass and compliant with vaccination, testing, and attestation requirements can access campus buildings through any access point they used before Covid. See MIT’s Quick Guide to Returning to Campus for more information.
Campus access for visitors
Visitors are welcome to campus and must follow all MIT Covid policies while on campus. Visitors are guests coming to MIT to attend a meeting, repair equipment, tour campus or a lab, pay a social visit, drop off a catering order, etc.
Vaccination and testing
In order to access MIT’s campus and MIT-sponsored events via the Tim Tickets system (MIT’s new visitor pass system), invited visitors and event attendees must provide contact information and attest to being fully vaccinated against Covid-19 or having a religious belief or medical condition that prevents them from receiving the vaccine. (Note that Tim Tickets functionality for events will be available in mid-September.)
All other campus visitors and attendees of MIT-sponsored events are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 unless they have a religious or medical exemption.
Visitors are not required to have a negative Covid test before coming to MIT’s campus.
The general public is allowed in outdoor spaces and select indoor campus spaces; these include Building W20/Stratton Student Center (first floor and basement) and E38/MIT Welcome Center.
Otherwise, only authorized visitors are allowed inside MIT buildings. Visitors may be authorized to access MIT buildings in the following ways:
1. Covid Pass holder escort
Visitors may enter non-residential campus buildings from any access point if accompanied by a Covid Pass user; such visitors should be accompanied by a Covid Pass user while inside campus buildings. Covid Pass users may host a reasonable number of visitors at one time (e.g., the number of people that they can practically escort during a single visit) and are responsible for their visitor(s) for the duration of the visit.
2. Tim Tickets for unescorted visitor access
Tim Tickets, MIT’s new visitor pass system, allows Covid Pass holders to invite visitors to campus and issue them a digital pass, referred to as a “ticket.” Tim Tickets must be used to grant visitors unescorted access to MIT facilities.
Visitors using Tim Tickets must:
- Provide their contact information (name, phone number, email address) for contact tracing purposes.
- Accept MIT guidelines for campus access and agree to adhere to MIT rules and protocols.
- Submit a daily health attestation.
- Attest that they have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 or have a religious belief or medical condition that prevents them from receiving the vaccine.
Authorized visitors will be given a QR code that grants access to MIT buildings and/or events.
Any MIT current MIT employee can issue a Tim Ticket to an invited visitor who does not have an MIT ID and Kerberos account, using the Tim Tickets feature in the MIT Atlas mobile application (available for iOS 13+ and Android 7+) or via the Tim Tickets visitor administration website.
Unescorted access to MIT facilities via Tim Tickets is not allowed for visitors under the age of 18.
3. Covid Pass
Visitors in the following categories will be entered into Covid Pass and must comply with MIT’s vaccination requirements and testing protocols:
- MIT visiting student/scholar/scientist and research affiliate appointments
- Exchange or cross-registered students (OVC-facilitated)
- Contractors and service providers whose work requires planned access to campus buildings
See additional guidance for:
K-12 programs and visitors: Programs hosting K-12 visitors/minors should review MIT’s K-12 students and programs policy. Note that children who are not yet eligible for vaccination (under 12 years of age) must either be accompanied by a parent or guardian or be participating in a registered MIT K-12 program. As noted above, unescorted access to MIT facilities via Tim Tickets is not allowed for visitors under the age of 18.
Prospective undergraduate students: We know that many prospective students and families are eager to visit the campus, and we expect to resume in-person tours later this fall.
If you are interested in learning more about MIT and our campus, we are hosting online information sessions, and there are plenty of resources on the Admissions website to help answer your questions and allow you to explore MIT. We hope to see you at an info session sometime soon.
Other tour groups: Unescorted public group tours are not allowed inside campus buildings at this time. However, visitors are welcome to explore outside spaces on campus with our self-guided walking tour. Learn more about visiting the MIT campus.
Research visitors: The following policies for research visitors are in effect:
- Visiting scholars and research affiliates: MIT will permit visiting scholar/scientist/engineer/professor appointments starting on or after September 1, 2021.
- Visiting students: We will welcome applications to the Visiting Students Program starting in September; however, enrollments will not begin until January 2022.
Vendors, suppliers, and contractors: If you are a vendor, supplier, or contractor from outside the MIT community seeking to access campus buildings to provide support for research, educational, or operational activities, your MIT contact will need to seek approval from the authorized access approver for their school, department, lab, or center (DLC). You will receive instructions for using Covid Pass to comply with campus access requirements, or you will be directed to be escorted inside campus buildings by an authorized Covid Pass user. Please note that usage will be monitored, and misuse of Covid Pass (e.g., testing when vendors aren’t supposed to test) may result in revocation of a user’s account.