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What Do Travel Restrictions Mean for Military Families?

Current as of June 3, 2020

The Department of Defense will begin phasing out travel restrictions in areas where conditions allow. The DOD put the restrictions in place to limit the spread of coronavirus disease 2019, to protect your health and to keep the military force effective and ready.

Below, find answers to the most frequently asked questions about travel. For more information about the restrictions, see Understanding the State of Travel Restrictions.

Q: When will the travel restrictions be lifted?add

Q: What conditions must be met to resume unrestricted travel?add

Q: How will the decision be made to lift travel restrictions at my service member’s installation?add

Q: What are the travel restrictions? add

Q: Who do the travel restrictions affect? add

Q: What is government-funded travel?add

Q: My recruit is waiting to go to basic training. What should we expect?add

Q: Is my service member allowed to go on leave? add

Q If my service member is TDY in the United States can they come back home?add

Q: My service member is already on leave outside of their local area. What should they do?add

Q: My partner is a service member and I would like to visit relatives out of state. Is that allowed? add

Q: What about people who work at the Pentagon and travel on official business?add

Q: Are there exceptions to the travel restrictions? add

Q: Can my service member ETS and retire within the directive window?add

Q: Will any other exceptions be granted? add

Q: How will the travel restrictions affect my service member’s special or incentive pay? add

Travel restrictions outside the continental U.S.

Effective April 20, the Department of Defense has extended the 60-day stop movement order for all official overseas travel through June 30. 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.

Q: We were preparing to PCS back to the continental U.S. Will we be allowed to return home? add

Q: My service member is on leave in CONUS from duty overseas. Can they return to their duty station? add

Q: My service member is on leave overseas. What should they do? add

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

Q: Will my service member receive an allowance if ordered into quarantine while on TDY in a Level 3 country? add

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: What about my POV? I have an upcoming appointment to drop my car off at the Vehicle Processing Center (VPC). What should I do? add

Q: I left my vehicle at the Vehicle Processing Center. How can I get it back? add

Q: We already ended our lease and don’t have a place to live. add

Q: Will the military cover our temporary housing until we can travel? Can we put the charges on our government travel card? add

Q: What kind of help is out there for a service member and family delayed in his/her PCS? add

Want to find the phone number for your installation’s housing office or military and family support center? Find those and more on MilitaryINSTALLATIONS, an online information directory for military installations worldwide.

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