52nd Fighter Wing leadership has made it possible for travel decisions to be made at the unit level. Before you leave, make sure you're clear on your unit commander's policy.
Each country, state, and municipality has their own regulations regarding COVID-19. It will be your responsibility to look up any travel restrictions for both your departure point and your destination. Continue to monitor official sites, coronavirus is a rapidly changing situation and travel regulations can change overnight.
https://reopen.europa.eu/en and the Robert Koch Institut's Country List.
Are tools providing an overview of the health situation in countries, based on data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and RKI. The information is updated frequently and available in multiple languages.
These sites enable you to follow the evolution of the coronavirus situation in your country and beyond. Re-open EU also provides information on the various travel restrictions and requirements for travelers.
Once you've looked up applicable regulations, you'll need to gather any required documents. Some required documents for travel include, but are not limited to:
CDC recommends delaying travel until you are able to get fully vaccinated. If you are traveling with children who cannot get vaccinated at this time, follow recommendations for unvaccinated people and choose the safer travel options described below.
Check CDC’s Domestic Travel or International Travel pages for the latest recommendations for vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers.
When returning to Germany you'll need to register on the Federal Republic of Germany travel portal and follow both 52 Fighter Wing and German Quarantine protocols.
For more on quarantine check out our quarantine page.
Spangdahlem Air Base is currently in HPCON Bravo. Incoming personnel should make reservations for on-base lodging as early as possible after receiving an assignment to Spangdahlem AB and engage with their sponsor for current COVID-19 requirements.
Airmen PCSing who are currently assigned to USAFE-AFAFRICA units do not require an exception to policy memo, per guidance from the USAFE-AFAFRICA commander.
Leisure travel outside the local area should prioritize safety and adhere to public health guidance for both the departure area and destination.
To conduct a travel risk assessment for areas in Germany, please use this heat map to determine if the location is a risk area. Colors found on the map indicate a certain level of new cases per 100,000 people over the past 7 days. If an area has a rate of 50 new cases per 100,000 people in the last 7 days, it is a risk area. To conduct a risk assessment of areas outside of Germany, reference the Robert Koch Institute’s list of designated risk areas here. To learn more about each EU country's public health measures, entry requirements, border status, and facility re-openings, visit https:/reopen.europa.eu/en.
Travel within Germany
Spangdahlem Air Base (military members, civilians, contractor), personnel should request approval to travel outside the local area from their squadron commander or equivalent and follow all applicable public health guidance. (52 Fighter Wing, Rhineland-Pfalz, Germany, and destination guidance)
Note: Fully vaccinated means 14 days after a final dosage. For the Moderna vaccine, that means 14 days after the second shot.
Travel to/from the United States
Personnel requesting to travel to the United States for leave purposes should engage their chain of command and ensure requested leave is approved, before booking travel. Air Force dependents have no restrictions on leisure travel, except for any imposed by the host nation or state authorities.
When traveling to the United States, travelers are highly encouraged to check requirements with their airline prior to travel. More information about testing requirements can be found here.
Exemption: DoD personnel, including military personnel and civilian employees, dependents, contractors (including whole aircraft charter operators), and other U.S. government employees do not have to have a COVID-19 test prior to travel to the United States when traveling on DoD assets (military aircraft and commercially contracted aircraft such as the Patriot Express), if traveling on official government travel orders. Members on government travel orders who attempt to depart via commercial airports such as Frankfurt will have to complete a COVID test prior to departure. Government travel orders includes PCS, emergency leave, TDY, etc., but not ordinary leave.
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Secretary Esper signed a memo May 26th (view here) transitioning to a conditions-based phased approach to personnel movement and travel restrictions. The memo cancels previous travel restrictions (April 20, 2020) and reissues guidance for DoD components that will remain in effect until further notice.
A DoD article about this newest memo may be found here.
To view Travel Restrictions Installation Status Update, click here. These locations have met the conditions to lift travel restrictions, subject to the assessment of conditions at individual military installations within these areas. These criteria are: 1) removal of shelter-in-place orders or other travel restrictions 2) 14-day downward trajectory of flu-like and COVID-19-like symptoms; and 3) 14-day downward trajectory of new COVID-19 cases or positive tests.
Air Force dependents have no restrictions on leisure travel, except for any imposed by the host nation or state authorities. Commanders have the authority to impose additional restrictions.
To learn more about each EU country’s public health measures, border status, and facility reopenings, visit https://reopen.europa.eu/en.
Remember – stay informed, take precautions, and follow all host nation and local restrictions. Some nations still require quarantines, and even green countries have not eliminated the COVID-19 threat.
More information on the update to the travel restrictions can be found here.
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