Here’s How Coronavirus Travel Restrictions Will Affect U.S. Air Force Airmen

Here's How Coronavirus Travel Restrictions Will Affect U.S. Air Force Airmen
WASHINGTON (March 13, 2020) Graphic illustration to support communication efforts to defend against the Coronavirus, COVID-19. (U.S. Navy graphic by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Paul Archer/Released)

The Pentagon announced Friday that members of the armed services, Defense Department civilian employees and their family members who are living on or serving at military properties can no longer travel domestically starting Monday, to curtail the spread of the coronavirus.

According to air force times, the Air Force Personnel Center detailed how the Defense Department’s 60-day stop movement order to areas facing serious coronavirus outbreaks will affect airmen.

The movement restrictions cover all types of official travel, including permanent changes of station, temporary duty, and government-funded leave for uniformed and civilian personnel, and include personal leave and other non-official travel for uniformed personnel, AFPC said.

The restrictions cover locations that have a Level 3 travel health notice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including most of Europe, South Korea, China and Iran, AFPC said. The CDC’s list of travel advisories can be found here.

For airmen facing a PCS move to or from Level 3 countries:

  • Airmen currently assigned to a base in the continental United States with a projected PCS to a Level 3 country, who have out processed, but have NOT left the area for a Level 3 country will remain in place until the stop movement order is ended.
  • Airmen currently assigned to an overseas base in a Level 3 country, with a projected PCS and a Date Estimated Return from Overseas, or DEROS, in March 2020, who have NOT departed, will remain in place until the stop movement order is ended.
  • Airmen who are PCSing to or from an installation in a Level 3 country, and have departed their last duty installation and are en route to their next base, must contact the chain of command and military personnel flight/force support squadron from the base they just left by any means possible. These airmen WILL NOT proceed until they receive further guidance from AFPC, coordinated through their military personnel flight.

For airmen on TDY or leave to or from Level 3 countries:

  • Airmen who are projected to TDY to one of those countries will NOT proceed. Airmen who are en route, or currently at, a location in one of those countries must remain there until receiving further guidance, or until the stop movement order is ended.

place until the stop movement order is ended.

  • Airmen who are PCSing to or from an installation in a Level 3 country, and have departed their last duty installation and are en route to their next base, must contact the chain of command and military personnel flight/force support squadron from the base they just left by any means possible. These airmen WILL NOT proceed until they receive further guidance from AFPC, coordinated through their military personnel flight.
  • Airmen who are currently on leave in an affected area will stay there until they receive further guidance from their chain of command and military personnel flight. When they return to their home station, their leave dates and duty status code will be adjusted to make sure they are not inappropriately charged for additional leave.

Other situations:

  • Airmen who are affected by this guidance, with a projected PCS from a Level 3 country, will have their DEROS extended 60 days.
  • Airmen who are affected by this guidance and require a “report not later than date” extension will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
  • AFPC said that it will release additional travel guidance as it becomes available, and airmen with further questions should contact their chain of command or local military personnel flight.

The Total Force Service Center will be handling calls around the clock at 800-525-0102.

 

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