Yes. The standard in FHA’s Single Family Housing Policy Handbook 4000.1 (SF Handbook) states that the mortgagee must perform a visual exterior inspection. No physical contact with the borrower and/or occupants is required, including during the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information, please see SF Handbook, Section III.A.2.h.xi — Occupancy Inspection available at: Single Family Housing Policy Handbook 4000.1.
HQ Policy Determination – COVID-19 guidance