Visiting the Vatican

The Vatican receives millions of visitors annually. Tourists come from all over the world to see the Vatican Museums, St. Peter’s Basilica, and other Vatican highlights. This section contains useful information for make visiting the Vatican easier and has been updated with Covid-19 health measures put in place by the Holy See for visiting places in Vatican City.  Please refer to official Vatican websites when possible for the most current information.

Papal Events:

Due to health concerns regarding Covid-19, participation of the general public in Masses celebrated by Pope Francis have been temporarily suspended. They will be live-streamed on

Pope Francis’s General Audience on Wednesdays is also currently not open to the public due to ongoing concerns about the coronavirus. The audiences are livestreamed from the Apostolic Library starting at 9:15 A.M. (CET) with English translation on

The Sunday Angelus, held at noon on St. Peter’s Square and presided over by Pope Francis, is open to the public. It is also live-streamed from the Apostolic Library starting at 12 P.M. (CET) with English translation on

*Please note that private audiences with the Pope are reserved for heads of state and other high-ranking officials.

Appropriate Dress:

No shorts, short skirts or sleeveless shirts when entering St. Peter’s Basilica or when attending a Papal event on St. Peter’s Square

Museums and Tourism:

The Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica are open to the public. Health measures are in place to ensure the safety of the public. Please expect to wear a protective face mask, practice social distancing and to have your temperature taken.

For general information on the Vatican Museums and the health measures in place for the Covid-19 pandemic, visit their website.

For ticket information on the Scavi visit the Excavation Office’s website.

Journalist Accreditation:

Journalists coming from the United States who wish to cover Vatican events will need to be accredited to the Holy See Press Office. Full details and application may be found on the Media Accreditation page.