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All National Zoo timed passes will be available to the public on Friday as it prepares to open on May 21. 

All National Zoo timed passes will be available to the public on Friday as it prepares to open May 21.

Visitors must reserve either a free timed-entry pass for each person in their party if arriving on foot or a paid parking pass if driving and parking at the zoo.

A parking pass serves as admission for everyone coming to the zoo in a single vehicle.

Entry passes will be available online starting Friday at 12:25 p.m.

Face coverings will be required for all visitors ages 2 and up.

The zoo also announced that it will have enhanced cleaning protocols, social distancing markers and hand-sanitizing stations.

In addition to a free timed-entry or paid parking pass, those who wish to see giant pandas Tian Tian, Mei Xiang and Xiao Qi Ji must get a free timed Asia Trail/Panda Pass for each person in their party.

The giant panda exhibit will be limited to 620 guests per day, with each visitor asked to limit their viewing time to 15 minutes.

Visitors can reserve the passes on site at eight giant panda statue kiosks located throughout the zoo using a smartphone to download passes via a QR code. The day’s first Panda Passes are available when the Zoo opens at 8 a.m.

Additional Panda Passes are released every hour starting at 8:30 a.m. for 15-minute intervals in the following hour. The last available time slot is 3:30 p.m. Those without a smartphone can get a Asia Trail/Panda Pass at the Visitor Center.

Smithsonian National Zoo Members can reserve Asia Trail/Panda Passes via members-only advance registration on the zoo’s website or in person after arriving onsite at the zoo.

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