Beginning January 25, guests ages 12 and older must show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 in order to enter the Aquarium.
We're the same National Aquarium you know and love, with the following essential changes to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all:
Before Your Visit
Proof of Vaccination Required for Guests Ages 12 and Older
Beginning January 25, guests ages 12 and older are required to show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 before entering the Aquarium.* Any vaccine that has been approved by the World Health Organization will be accepted under this policy, including Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson and Johnson. Full vaccination means guests have received a full dosage of an approved vaccine at least 14 days prior to the date of scheduled visitation to the Aquarium.
The Aquarium will accept the original, a copy or a digital photo of the CDC vaccination card or similar document from another state, local, or foreign government. Additionally, one of the following forms of digital vaccine card will be accepted:
- Clear App – A free app that provides users with a digital vaccine card including verification using a government-issued ID
- MyIR Mobile – Maryland residents can view and print their official vaccination records through this free state portal. This app also supports residents of the following areas and allows you to print a copy of your vaccination card or transfer the data to your mobile wallet as a QR Code: Arizona, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Dakota, Washington, West Virginia and Puerto Rico
- Excelsior Pass – Similar to MyIR for NY residents
- Mobile Phone Wallet – A variety of apps including the options listed above allow for storage of vaccine records in phone wallets
Guests ages 18 and older will also be asked to provide a photo ID alongside their vaccine record.
Since October 2021, a vaccine policy for Aquarium staff and volunteers has also been in place. While the Aquarium is not required to implement these safety policies, we are committed to following the latest science and acting responsibly to protect the health and safety of our guests, staff and volunteers.
* For guests who have either a medical or religious exemption, a negative COVID test taken within 48 hours will be accepted. Accepted tests can be either lab-run polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or rapid antigen tests. At-home tests will NOT be accepted.
At-Home Health Checks
We ask that guests monitor their health and not visit the Aquarium if they are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms and/or have a temperature above 100.4 F.
In response to COVID-19, the National Aquarium requires that everyone over the age of two (2) years old wear a face covering at all times while inside the Aquarium.
Exception: children ages two (2) to five (5) where the wearing of a face covering is not feasible.
Face coverings must cover the nose and mouth, be secured with ties or ear loops and fit snugly against the face. Acceptable examples include surgical masks and cloth face masks (either purchased or handmade).
A supply of complimentary surgical masks are on hand for those who arrive without a proper face covering.
Guests who fail to comply with these safety measures will be promptly removed from the Aquarium.
Staff & Cleaning Protocols
In addition to guest protocols, extra precautions are being taken to ensure the safety of all staff and volunteers. Staff are required to monitor their health and not report to work if they are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms and/or have a temperature above 100.4 F.
High-traffic areas are frequently cleaned throughout the day to help safeguard against contamination.
We have taken enhanced health and safety measures to protect our employees and our guests from communicable diseases, including COVID-19, based on governmental recommendations. You must follow these safety measures during your visit to the Aquarium. Guests who fail to comply with our safety procedures will be promptly removed from our property.
An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in every public place where people are present. COVID-19 is a contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and guests with underlying medical conditions are particularly vulnerable.
By visiting the National Aquarium, you voluntarily assume all risks of exposure to COVID-19.
Help keep yourself and others healthy and safe by practicing safe behaviors.
In consideration of being permitted to enter and to utilize the facilities, services and programs of the Aquarium, Ticketholder voluntarily agrees (1) to assume all risks and to accept sole responsibility for any injury to himself/herself, for any loss or damage, and (2) to release the Aquarium and its employees for any claim or demands on account of any loss or injury, whether caused by the negligence of the Aquarium or its employees, while Ticketholder is in, upon, or about the Aquarium's premises or any facilities or equipment therein or participating in any program affiliated with the Aquarium. Ticketholder further agrees to hold harmless the Aquarium and its employees from any claims based on any actions, omissions, or negligence of the Aquarium in connection with Ticketholder's activities as described, including any claims relating to any communicable diseases, including COVID-19, as to which risks the Ticketholder acknowledges and voluntarily assumes.