What Do Travel Restrictions Mean for Military Families?

Current as of March 16, 2020


The Department of Defense restricted all domestic and overseas travel to limit the spread of coronavirus disease 2019. The department has taken this action to protect your health and well-being and to keep the military force effective and ready.

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Travel restrictions outside the continental U.S.

Effective March 25, the Department of Defense issued a 60-day stop movement order for all official overseas travel. This order applies to foreign travel, permanent change of station moves, temporary duty and personal leave. It will also impact exercises, deployments, redeployments and other global force management activities.

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Q: My reservist is on active duty overseas and due to return home soon. What should we expect? add
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Travel restrictions and your PCS logistics

Q: I just learned that my PCS has been put on hold. But my household goods have already been picked up for transport. What should I do? add
Q: I left my vehicle at the Vehicle Processing Center. How can I get it back? add
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Understanding of COVID-19 is rapidly changing. For updates and information specific to your location, visit your installation’s official website.

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