To safeguard the health and well-being of our entire community, MIT requires anyone who routinely accesses campus buildings to be tested for COVID-19, complete safety training, and comply with MIT, state, and local policies and guidelines. MIT created the Covid Pass application to help community members comply with these requirements.

To get Covid Pass, visit or download the MIT Atlas mobile app for iOS 13+ or Android 7+.

Covid Pass will guide you through all requirements. Get the app, do what it says, and you'll maintain your access to campus.

Quick Guide to Returning to Campus

Whether you are going back to campus for the first time or you have been on campus regularly, everyone needs to follow simple guidelines to make navigating MIT easier and to protect the safety and wellbeing of the community. The following is a step-by-step approach outlining what you need to do to prepare.

Remember, all MIT faculty and staff must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 by July 30, 2021, in order to work on campus. Students must be fully vaccinated before the start of fall term; guidance is available for those who will be unable to do so. Exemptions to this requirement may be granted for medical or religious reasons, or for staff who are approved to work remotely full-time.



  • Get added to Covid Pass.
     All current MIT employees will be added to the system on August 2.
    Students: All students will be added to the system automatically on August 9.
    Affiliates: Affiliate access to Covid Pass is managed by each area's access approver.
  • Log In to Covid Pass. Visit or download the MIT Atlas mobile app for iOS 13+ or Android 7+.
  • Complete Training + Forms. Use Covid Pass to complete any required training and forms (if you haven’t done so already).
  • Use the MIT Atlas App to complete your other requirements:



  • Make Sure You Have Your MIT ID and Wear It Visibly!
  • Get Tested for COVID-19. As of now, all MIT students, faculty, and staff accessing campus, and resident spouses, partners, and dependents are required to be tested through MIT’s testing program..
    • Johnson Athletic Center (W34): Monday – Friday, 6 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    • MIT Medical trailer: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., located in the large trailer between buildings E23 and the Media Lab.
  • You can test on your first day back. You do not need to wait for a result to be returned. Complete your attestation after your test. Keep in mind, once you complete your attestation, it may take up to 30 minutes before building access is granted. Plan accordingly.


  • Once you have completed the Covid Pass requirements, including testing and attestation, you may access campus by using your ID to tap into exterior and interior doors.
  • You will have access to campus spaces through most doors you used the last time you were on campus. Keep in mind that the security systems in your office or lab might have been upgraded. Refer to your profile in the MIT Atlas App for your new PIN.
  • This map shows building access points. Doors marked as "community" access points (black dots) are available to all Covid Pass users. Note that some buildings have time-restricted access. Doors marked as "occupant" access points (blue dots) are available to those with clearance from the building's gatekeeper/management.


  • Complete an Attestation (If Required)
    • Your attestation may take 10-30 minutes to activate and is good for 24 hours. A general rule is to attest about 30 minutes before you need to access campus buildings.
    • You will begin testing on the same day each week if you access campus regularly or live on campus. If you don’t test for seven days, you will be required to test before being granted campus access.
  • Follow MIT Campus Policies
    • Use your MIT ID to access exterior and interior doors.
    • Be aware of mask policies (whatever your vaccination status).
    • Be smart, safe, and respectful.
  • Note: In August, MIT Medical will begin to pilot drop-off self-testing to make the process easier and more convenient, with the goal of scaling up self-testing in September. More details to come.

Tips before coming to campus

  • Pack your bag the night before, like it’s your first day of school.  Got your MIT ID, keys, cords and chargers, fully charged phone, extra face covering, sunglasses/hat, sweater/jacket, water bottle, snack? A+
  • Be sure to locate all the keys you may need to enter your work spaces and cabinets, as well as your MIT ID. If you need a lanyard, stop by Lobby 7 after you’ve tested.
  • Think about any cords, chargers, adapters, or equipment you may have brought home, and if you might need them to confirm what is – or isn’t – working at the office or lab.
  • Consider the weather: if you need to test on the day you are coming in, you may need to wait 10-30 minutes before you may tap into campus buildings. You may also prefer (and we highly recommend) taking snack breaks or meals outside, and campus has even more options for that now.
  • Coming to campus weekly? Once you are on your testing cadence, do your attestation at home as part of your routine after waking up, e.g., when you brush your teeth or drink your coffee. That extra habit means you’re all set to tap in when arrive to campus, because that 10-30 min post-attestation pause already passed before your arrival.
  • Wear your most comfortable shoes. Trust us, those nice work shoes in the closet will see campus again but your feet need time to adjust to campus walks indoors and outdoors.
  • Bring another layer to wear: some buildings may be running with more air exchanges or have fewer people in them than before, which may (or may not) make the space you are in feel colder than expected.
  • Pack hand sanitizer? If you like, but you’ll find hallway dispensers of hand sanitizer throughout campus and bathroom sinks well cleaned for hand washing, thanks to our colleagues in MIT EHS and Custodial Services.
  • Why pack a snack? Campus retail dining is closed through August, except for Dunkin in Stratton Student Center (W20) that is open now and ready for your take-away orders.
  • Leave yourself extra time to travel back and forth to campus the first couple of times you do it. If it’s been a while, not feeling rushed before that first meeting or last chat with a colleague goes a long way. Plus, you may want to explore a bit of our campus and Kendall Square neighborhood on a beautiful day!

Download these tips as a PDF.


Page updated 7/30/21