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Overseas Briefing Center
Located at the George P. Shultz National Foreign Affairs Training Center (NFATC) in Arlington, VA. View directions, facility details, and parking information before your visit.

Open Monday–Friday, 8:15 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET (except holidays). The OBC also operates extended hours on select Thursday evenings and Saturdays throughout the year.

Access to the Overseas Briefing Center
Any person enrolled in training at NFATC will receive a Foreign Service Institute (FSI) access badge.

Individuals without a Department of State or FSI access badge (such as family members) will be admitted to FSI's Overseas Briefing Center with a photo ID during regular weekday hours (8:15 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.). To be admitted, individuals without a Department of State or Shultz Center badge who wish to visit OBC should call the preceding day before noon to have their name(s) placed on the visitor list. Persons who consider same-day visits to the Overseas Briefing Center must call ahead to determine if there will be a staff member to clear them upon arrival, as availability of staff is not guaranteed. To have your name placed on the list, contact OBC at 703-302-7276/7 or email FSIOBCINFOCENTER@state.gov.

After Hours Access to the OBC
Anyone not holding a Department of State badge must pre-register for entry after 5:00 p.m. on weekdays and Saturdays. Call 703-302-7277 or e-mail FSIOBCInfoCenter@state.gov.

2014-2015 Extended Weekday Hours (Open until 6:00 p.m. US Eastern Time)
2014
August 28
September 10

2015
January 15
January 29
March 12
March 26
May 7
July 15
September 10
September 24

2014-2015 Saturday Hours (Open 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. US Eastern Time)
2014
August 30
September 13

2015
January 17
January 31
March 14
March 28
May 9
July 18
September 12
September 26


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