Press Release - The White House Lifts Camera and Photo Ban on Public Tours
Today, the White House is lifting its longstanding camera and photo ban on public tours. This ban has been in place for over 40 years. To announce the change in policy, the First Lady posted THIS video on her Instagram account. Effective today, guests are now welcome to take photos throughout the White House tour route and keep those memories for a lifetime. Visitors are also encouraged to share their experience using the hashtag #WhiteHouseTour.
Permitted Items: Phones and compact still cameras with a lens no longer than 3 inches are allowed inside the White House. Photography is permitted but may not interfere with the enjoyment of other guests on the tour.
Prohibited Items: Video cameras, including any action camcorders, cameras with detachable lenses, tablets, tripods, monopods, and camera sticks are not permitted on White House Tours. Flash photography and livestreaming are not permitted while on the tour.
Michelle Obama, Press Release - The White House Lifts Camera and Photo Ban on Public Tours Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/332365