The offices of the National Weather Service receive many different types of international visitors, including heads of foreign Meteorological Services and their staff and associates, delegations from foreign governments in related disciplines, members of regional and international organizations, individual scientific and technical collaborators, foreign students and trainees, and members of foreign academic communities.
Policy guidance for foreign national visitors to all Department of Commerce facilities are prescribed in the "U.S. Department of Commerce Manual of Security Policies and Procedures."
The policies contained in the Security Manual apply to all departmental facilities, activities, and operations. The NWS follows this guidance and coordinates with the Office of NOAA Security to ensure coordination with all of its visitors.
The NWS IAO is the focal point for both short-term and long-term international visitors to NWS facilities.