Normal, Extended and Saturday Hours

  • Normal Hours: Monday – Friday 8:15 am – 5:00 pm

  • Extended Hours: Open until 6:00 pm (EST) on September 5 and September 17, 2019

  • Saturday Hours: Open 9:00 am – 1:00 pm (EST) on September 7 and September 21, 2019

Access Guidelines

Any person enrolled in training at the Foreign Service Institute will receive an access badge.  Individuals without a Department of State or FSI access badge will be admitted to FSI’s Overseas Briefing Center with a photo ID during regular weekday hours (8:15 am – 5:00 pm). To visit the Overseas Briefing Center (OBC), foreign affairs personnel without an access badge 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.

After Hours Access to the Overseas Briefing Center

Anyone not holding a Department of State badge must pre-register for entry after 5:00 pm on weekdays and Saturdays.

Directions to the Foreign Service Institute

U.S. Department of State

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