What Do Travel Restrictions Mean for Service Members?

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 lives during the global outbreak and to preserve force readiness.

Below, find answers to the most frequently asked questions about travel. For more information about the restrictions, see Understanding the State of Travel Restrictions. Check our Coronavirus Information for Our Military Community page for updates related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Frequently Asked Questions for Military Personnel

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: I'm a recruit waiting to go to basic training. What should I do? add
Q: Are service members allowed to go on leave? add
Q: I'm already on leave outside of my local area. What should I do? add
Q: I'm a service member and my partner 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: What are the exceptions to the travel restrictions? add
Q: Will any other exceptions be granted? add
Q: How will the travel restrictions affect my special or incentive pay? add

Travel restrictions outside the continental U.S.

Q: What countries are included in the travel restrictions? add
Q: How do the travel restrictions affect service members who are about to deploy, are deployed or are about to redeploy home? add
Q: I was preparing to PCS back to the continental U.S. Will my family and I be allowed to return home? add
Q: I'm on leave in CONUS from duty overseas. Can I return to my duty station? add
Q: I am on leave overseas. What should I do? add
Q: I'm a reservist on active duty overseas and due to return home soon. What should I expect? add
Q: Am I authorized allowance if my travel in a Level 3 country is interrupted due to COVID-19? 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: I left my vehicle at the Vehicle Processing Center. How can I get it back? add
Q: I already ended my lease and don't have a place to live. 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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