Covid Pass

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

What is Covid Pass?

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

Who will use Covid Pass?

Individuals with an MIT ID and Kerberos account (MIT username) may use Covid Pass. Community members with an MIT account type of "affiliate" – neither staff nor student – require approval by an authorized access approver in order to use Covid Pass.

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: Once your family documentation is processed by Housing & Residential Services, you will receive an email with instructions to register your MIT Kerberos account and obtain your MIT ID card. Once you have those, you will be able to use Covid Pass to maintain your access to campus.

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

  • Covid Pass will guide you through all requirements for accessing campus. Get the app, do what it says, and you'll maintain your campus access.
  • You must complete all 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, meeting MIT's vaccination requirement, submitting a daily health attestation, and regular COVID-19 testing.
  • You do not need to wait for your COVID-19 test result in order to access campus. You may test on the day you need to be on campus.
  • Complete your 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.
  • The application will send you notifications about your testing status. These messages (email and mobile push) remind you when you need to be retested.
  • Conditions may change. Covid Pass will indicate if you need to complete any new requirements.
  • Enter buildings using your MIT ID card via access points shown on this map. All usual building exits remain available. Community Access Points, marked on the map with a black dot, may be accessed by any Covid Pass user with their MIT ID card, subject to each building's access schedule. Occupant Access Points, marked with a blue dot, may be accessed only by authorized building occupants.

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.

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 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.

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

Page updated 1/3/2022