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Logistical Details for Media Planning - Credential Pickup, Media Access, Airport and Work Space

April 5, 2010

The White House and the U.S. State Department announced the following updated logistical details for media planning to cover the Nuclear Security Summit. The following information is for media logistical planning purposes only. It is not for broadcast or publication.

Credentials Pickup

Media approved for credentials for The Nuclear Security Summit can pick them up at the Foreign Press Center in downtown Washington, DC on the following days and times. If you are picking up a batch of multiple credentials, please schedule an appointment in advance to expedite the processing of your batch.

Foreign Press Center
National Press Building
14th & F Streets NW, 8th Floor

Thursday, April 8 8:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Friday, April 9 8:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Saturday, April 10 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday, April 11 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Monday, April 12 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday, April 13 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

A photo ID is required to pick up your credential.

If you have a designated pick-up individual or organization, you must confirm you’re designated pick-up no later than April 7th by following the steps below:

1. Access the credential status page by clicking here.
2. Provide the email address used when applying for the credential
3. Provide the designated pick-up individual or organization in the column provided
4. Click Save to save your changes

If you have any questions please contact

Media Access

All media entering the Walter E. Washington Convention Center during the summit must pass through a security screening checkpoint located at 10th & L Streets NW. Taxis, limos and other private vehicles can drop off people and equipment at that location by proceeding south on 10th Street NW from M Street NW.

Media must present their U.S. Secret Service issued Nuclear Security Summit credential for access to the checkpoint at 10th & L Sts NW. After passing through the checkpoint, press will walk one block to the Convention Center. The checkpoint will open at 8:00 AM on Monday, April 12. The checkpoint will close at 6:00 PM on Tuesday, April 13. Press access to the Convention Center prior to Monday morning will be via the doors located on the north side of L Street between 7th & 9th Streets NW.

Items on the following list will not be permitted past the screening checkpoint:

Plastic replica of weapons
Knives (regardless of size)
Toy guns
Poles and Sticks
Laser Lights and Laser Pointers
Containers of any type-bottles /cans/spray containers

Mace/ pepper spray
Sharp and/or pointed objects, razor blades, scissors, knitting needles etc.
Leatherman or similar tools
Banners, signs, or placards
No un-opened envelopes or packages will be permitted inside the Nuclear Security Summit perimeter
All items must be opened and available for inspection/ screening

Access to the media center will be according to the following schedule:

Sun., April 11: 8:00 AM Access for editorial use/broadcast begins
(Enter from L Street)
6:00 PM Media Center closes for security sweep

Mon., April 12: 8:00 AM Media Center reopens
(Enter at 10th & L Streets NW)
The media center will remain open 24 hours a day between 8:00 AM Monday and 8:30 PM Tuesday. The press checkpoint will remain open 24 hours a day between 8:00 AM Thursday and 6:00 PM Tuesday.

Tue., April 13: 8:30 PM FINAL BROADCAST


Arrivals of foreign dignitaries are expected throughout the day on Sunday April 11 and Monday April 12. Press covering the airport arrival must be placed on the access list by their home country and possess a summit media credential. Report times for media covering airport arrivals will be released at a later date.

Press coverage of arriving delegation aircraft at the airport will be limited to the designated press pool.

Please note that press may depart the arrivals area, but will not be permitted to return.


The U.S. Government will provide 900 media workstations in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center at no charge to journalists covering The Nuclear Security Summit. Each workstation will include access to wireless internet and a power outlet. These workstations are unassigned and are available on a first come first served basis. They are located in the International Media Center in Hall E of the Convention Center.

The following rules apply within the media zone:

1. Media credentials and appropriate underlays must be displayed at all times.

2. Small, discrete signage is permitted for the purpose of identifying assigned space only. Larger signs or displays are not permitted.

3. Bulk distribution of unofficial publications is not permitted.

4. Posting of any materials on walls is not permitted.

The attached information on the DC Metro area has been provided by Destination DC for your reference.