Open Hours

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

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

2017 Extended Weekday Hours (Open until 6:00 p.m. US Eastern Time)

January 12
January 25 (until 7:00 pm)
Jaunary 26 (until 7:00 pm)
March 9
March 23
July 26 (until 7:00 pm) (tentative - contact OBC to confirm)
July 27 (until 7:00 pm) (tentative - contact OBC to confirm)
September 7
September 21

2017 Saturday Hours (Open 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. US Eastern Time)

January 14
March 11
March 25
September 9
September 23