Covid Pass

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What is Covid Pass?
Who will use Covid Pass?
Getting started
What you need to know
Tips and recommendations
Finding and reserving Touchdown Spaces on campus for students

What is Covid Pass?

Covid Pass is the application MIT community members will use to complete requirements for entering the campus buildings they have been approved to access. A mobile version of Covid Pass (MIT Atlas) is available for iOS 13+ and Android 7+.

Who will use Covid Pass?

Individuals approved to work on campus are added into the Covid Pass system by an authorized access approver. When you are approved to access campus, your area's access approver enters your information into the system, and you will receive an email with instructions about what to do next.

Only those students who are living on campus and graduate students granted access as part of their research or teaching assistantships or to take in-person classes will have access to MIT facilities (with certain access restrictions) and in-person instruction.

Student access to buildings hosting in-person classes is enabled based on enrollment and teaching assignments. Access to buildings for research is managed by the Principal Investigator (PI) and access approver.

Student access to residences is managed by the Division of Student Life. If you are living on campus and you or a family member needs to be added to the Covid Pass system, contact the Division of Student Life:

Note for Resident Spouses/Partners/Dependents: To receive access to Covid Pass, you will need to obtain an MIT ID and Kerberos account. Once these are obtained, notify the appropriate email address listed above to have your family information updated in the Housing & Residential Services database, and be granted access to Covid Pass.

Getting started

  • Visit Acknowledge and agree to the conditions for campus access, and complete required training. Use a laptop or desktop computer; the training course is not mobile-friendly.
  • Get the MIT Atlas mobile app for iOS 13+ or Android 7+. The Covid Pass feature within the MIT Atlas mobile app is the easiest way to complete your daily attestation, receive updates about testing requirements and results, and check in to the MIT Medical testing location.

Note: If you don't have a device that supports the MIT Atlas mobile app, you can complete all of your Covid Pass requirements on the Covid Pass website at

What you need to know

  • You must complete specified requirements to get and maintain access to campus buildings, including your residence if you live on campus. This includes acknowledging and agreeing to conditions, completing training, a daily health attestation, and regular COVID-19 testing. If you do not meet ALL requirements, you will not have access to campus buildings.
  • Complete a daily health attestation each day you will be on campus, at least 30 minutes before you plan to access an MIT building, or at least 30 minutes before your current attestation expires. Whether you use the web application or the mobile app, it can take a half hour before your MIT ID card will allow you access to an MIT building. Your daily pass expires after 24 hours. Campus residents: Complete your attestation every day you are present on campus, whether or not you access a building other than your residence.
  • You’ll get email confirmations for each step you complete in the requirements process.
  • The application will send you daily notifications about your testing status. These messages (email and mobile push) tell you how long your latest test will remain valid and when you need to be retested.
  • Conditions may change. Covid Pass will indicate if you need to complete any new requirements.
  • You can only access buildings or clusters of building through specific access points with card readers tied to the Covid Pass system. All normal building exits will remain functional and usable.
  • Your designated building(s) and access points are listed in the Covid Pass application. As indicated on this map, the MIT campus has been divided into “Access Clusters.” If you’ve been given access to any building within an access cluster, your MIT ID card will work at any access point within that cluster. You will not be able to use your ID card at access points in other clusters.

Tips and recommendations

  • Add a recurring meeting to your calendar to remind you to attest daily.
  • If you must test twice weekly:
    • Look at your weekly schedule and choose between a Monday/Thursday or Tuesday/Friday testing cadence.
    • Once you have decided which schedule works best, add that to your calendar, with a pointer to which shows the latest testing hours and locations.
  • If you must test once weekly or only occasionally, Wednesday is best, although you may choose any day that suits you.

For information and answers to frequently asked questions about Covid Pass medical testing, see COVID-19 testing procedures and requirements.

Finding and reserving Touchdown Spaces on campus for students

Touchdown spaces are available to students who live on campus or use Covid Pass to access campus buildings for in-person classes or research. These quiet spaces may be used for individual study, or for informal study sessions or discussions among student groups. Use the Spaces feature in the MIT Atlas mobile app (for iOS 13+ or Android 7+) or visit to view available spaces, reserve a space, and manage your reservations. Visit the MIT Now site to learn more about touchdown spaces.

Q: How can I access the Spaces application?
A: In the MIT Atlas mobile application, select the Spaces link, or visit

Q: I cannot access the Spaces application. How can I reserve a space?
A: Touchdown spaces and the Spaces reservation system are available only to students who live on campus or use Covid Pass to access campus buildings for in-person classes or research. If you are experiencing technical issues with the Spaces application, email

Q: Do I have to reserve a space, or can I use touchdown spaces without a reservation?
A: Using the reservation system will ensure you can get into the space when you need it, will help MIT adhere to the capacity limits, and will assist other students find available space as they navigate the campus. Space reservations take effect immediately, so you may reserve an available space any time prior to entry.

Q: Is there a maximum amount of time I can reserve a space?
A: Yes. You can reserve a space for up to one hour at a time.

Q: What are the guidelines and requirements for using touchdown spaces?
A: Visit the MIT Now site for details.

If you are experiencing technical issues with Covid Pass or the Covid Access system, email

Page updated 3/5/2021