What Do Travel Restrictions Mean for Service Members?

Current as of March 30, 2020


The Department of Defense has restricted 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.

Domestic restrictions are in place through May 11, 2020, and overseas restrictions are in place for 60 days beginning March 25. Below, find answers to the most frequently asked questions about travel. However, because the understanding of COVID-19 is rapidly changing, continue to check our Coronavirus Information for Our Military Community page for updates.

Frequently Asked Questions for Military Personnel

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: Are there exceptions to the travel restrictions? add
Q: Will any other exceptions be granted? add

Travel restrictions outside the continental U.S.

Q: What countries are included in the travel restrictions? 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.

Understanding of COVID-19 is rapidly changing. For updates and information specific to your location, visit your installation's official website. You can also follow your installation's Facebook, Twitter or Instagram platforms. For Department of Defense updates for the military community, visit Defense.gov, follow Military OneSource's Facebook, Twitter and Instagram platforms, and continue to check the Coronavirus Information for Our Military Community page for updates.