The entrance to The Strip is located in the southwest section of Freeside. The area in front of the gate is guarded by five PDQ-88b Securitron gatekeepers, which only grant access to those who are able to pass the credit check of 2,000 caps or passport owners. Note that you do not have to pay 2,000 caps, only have the 2,000 caps. The player also has the option to gain access by passing a Science check (80). Players can obtain a passport from Ralph, who will sell fake passports to the player after a speech check; it costs 500 caps, or 375 with a Barter check. A squatter also attempts to run past the Securitrons but is killed.
pcps3xbox360 A bug occurs where in after having the gate unlocked through a passport or chip-check, it will become relocked later with a key only lock. To fix this, enter The Strip via the monorail from Camp McCarran and then leave The Strip via the main gate. The gate will now be unlocked from the outside. If you don't have enough reputation with the NCR to enter the monorail, you may kill a Securitron guarding the entrance with a sniper rifle as shown below.[verified]
xbox360 An easy way to access the strip at lower levels is to go up to the Securitron gatekeeper who greets you, but before he can initiate conversation, run away. Once you've reached the other end of the street attack him. Members of the Kings will help. Take his key, then return to the Strip North Gate. The other gatekeepers will not be hostile. Simply run through to the gate and enter it. Once on the other side, you can go back at any time to the Strip North Gate and none of the securitrons will be hostile any more.[verified]
xbox360 After the Securitrons are upgraded from The House Always Wins I the gatekeepers might attack companions who were dismissed and on their way to the presidential suite and will likely result in your companion's permanent death even with Hardcore mode turned off. If this bug occurs you can either send your companion to the the suite from inside New Vegas or dismiss them away from the North Gate and let them instantly travel to the lucky 38.[verified]
xbox360 When leaving from The Strip the gate may show a "Requires a key" message but will open normally.[verified]