Military Travel Restrictions Update

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Current as of April 21, 2021


The Department of Defense continually assesses conditions at each installation to determine personnel movement and travel as the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic continues. While military travel restrictions remain in place in areas where warranted by local conditions, the DOD has issued updated exemptions to these travel restrictions.

Exceptions to the travel restrictions

Check with your supervisor before traveling. Currently military travel restrictions are lifted for:

  • Service members involved with recruiting and accessions activities, including accessions, basic training, advanced military individual training and follow-on travel to the first duty station.
  • Patients receiving medical care and their authorized escorts, and travel by medical providers to provide medical treatment for DOD personnel and their families.
  • Global Force Management scheduled deployments and redeployments.
  • Authorized travelers who have initiated travel, who are at intermediate stops in their travel, who are awaiting transportation from or are returning to a permanent duty station after temporary duty travel has ended can continue travel on approved orders.
  • Personnel authorized by the commander, U.S. Transportation Command. This includes aircrews, vessel crews and mission-essential personnel on prepare-to-deploy order alert status, air refueling, global patient movement, mortuary affairs support, inland surface, sea and air sustainment missions, support to other federal departments and agencies and moves of personnel and equipment that support USTRANSCOM.
  • Retiring or separating service members on transition leave.
  • Travelers on ordered departure or on return from safe havens after an ordered or authorized departure has expired.
  • Service members traveling to or from professional military education programs.
  • Service members on leave outside the local area. This must be approved at a level no lower than the unit commander or equivalent.

Civilian travel restrictions are lifted for:

  • Travel associated with formal, entry-level civilian accession programs, such as Government-funded internships and fellowships.
  • Travel by civilian employees complying with overseas tour rotation agreement requirements.

Travel waivers

Waivers from military travel restrictions may be granted in writing in cases where travel is:

  • Determined to be mission-essential
  • Necessary for humanitarian reasons
  • Warranted due to extreme hardship

Factors considered for unrestricted travel

Four factors will determine when military travel restrictions will be lifted in a given area:

  • Removal of local travel restrictions
  • Availability of essential services, such as schools, child care and moving services
  • Quality control/assurance capability for household goods packing and moving
  • Favorable health protection conditions (below HPCON C)

Stay up to date on all the latest information on COVID-19. For Department of Defense updates for the military community regarding the virus that causes COVID-19, view the following sites:

About Morale, Welfare and Recreation: Fun for Your Service Member and Family

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Chances are you have heard of Morale, Welfare and Recreation, which provides quality-of-life programming for the military community. But you may not be aware of the breadth and depth of its offerings. From fitness and sports to tickets and travel, MWR has something to engage your service member during their free time.

What is Morale, Welfare and Recreation

Being mission-ready requires having downtime to relax, recharge and have fun. That’s why the U.S. military has long offered services to lift morale among service members. In the 1800s, installations housed retail and social outlets known as “Canteen Associations.” Over time, offerings grew to include restaurants, libraries, gymnasiums and more.

Today MWR offers nearly 5,000 leisure and support programs for service members, their families and other eligible personnel. These free or low-cost recreational opportunities include sports, recreation programs, youth activities, golf courses, bowling centers and more.

Your service member has access to MWR offerings whether they are stationed on an installation or off. Look up the MWR program at your service member’s installation for an overview of offerings.

Who can use MWR services and programs?

The following people have full access to MWR services and programs:

  • Active-duty service members
  • Members of the National Guard and reserves
  • Service academy and Merchant Marine cadets
  • Retired service members and their families
  • Honorably-discharged veterans with a 100% service-connected disability
  • Medal of Honor recipients
  • Unmarried surviving spouses and orphans of personnel who died on active duty or in retired status, or who were married to the service member for 20 years while they were on active duty
  • Department of Defense and Coast Guard civilians stationed outside the United States

MWR recreational programs

Depending on where your service member is stationed, services and activities may include:

  • Bowling alleys, golf courses, boating, horseback riding, scuba diving, flying
  • Classes in auto repair, woodworking, painting, photography, music and more
  • Equipment rental for camping, canoeing, fishing, hunting, skiing and more
  • Special programming for single service members ages 18 to 25, including trips, concerts and tours
  • Fitness, aquatics and sports programs – and if your service member isn’t near an installation, more than 3,000 YMCAs and private fitness facilities offer military memberships.

MWR outings and vacations

Your service member’s military ID is the pass to a range of free and low-cost adventures.

  • Information, Tickets and Travel. This office helps with vacation planning, offers discounted vacation packages and provides low-price tickets to sporting events, concerts and attractions.
  • Military lodging. This program is available to help your service member save money on vacation.
  • America the Beautiful Pass. Active-duty, National Guard and reservists are eligible for a free annual pass to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites, including national parks.
  • Blue Star Museums. Admission to museums across the country is free for service members and their families between Armed Forces Day in May and Labor Day in September.

The MWR Digital Library

Your service member will find a treasure trove of free resources through the MWR Digital Library. In addition to eBooks, audiobooks and magazines, your service member will find the following and much more:

  • Ancestry Library unlocks the story of your family through billions of U.S. and international records.
  • Kanopy offers a streaming service with more than 30,000 award-winning films and documentaries.
  • Mango Languages provides a language-learning program for more than 70 different foreign languages.
  • Universal Class offers lifelong learning courses across more than 30 subject areas.
  • Artistworks Music Lessons provides access to hundreds of video lessons for a range of musical instruments.

The MWR Digital Library is packed full of offerings for children and teenagers as well, including:

  • Tutor.com, which gives kids free access to online tutoring and homework help from live, expert tutors across more than 100 subjects.
  • ScienceFlix, which offers more than 50 complete units of study with hands-on science projects, videos and interactive features.
  • National Geographic offers issues dating back to 1888. National Geographic Kids and National Geographic: People, Animals, World offers text books, videos, maps and images.

Encourage your service member to visit the MWR Digital Library and browse its extensive offerings.

Your service member works hard. With access to MWR and its many programs and services, relaxing and having fun while off duty is convenient and affordable.

Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 as Travel Restrictions Loosen

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Current as of Feb 23, 2021


Testing and Surveillance for COVID-19

Learn about the DOD’s expanded testing for coronavirus disease 2019 and other measures to detect the disease early and stop its spread.

 

Conditions are beginning to improve with regard to the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. In response, the Department of Defense is changing its approach to personnel movement and travel.

Officials signed a memo May 26 to transition to a conditions-based phased approach to the restrictions. Until further notice, the DOD will base decisions on conditions in specific areas. This replaces the broad travel restrictions in place before.

The memo cancels previous travel restrictions and reissues guidance that will remain in effect until further notice.

With restrictions gradually easing, it’s even more important to take every precaution to protect yourself and others when you do travel. And the DOD will continue to work with you to keep you and our community healthy and safe.

Wearing cloth face coverings

Military personnel, families and supporting civilian members serve as role models during extremely challenging times. One way you can do this now is to take steps to protect yourself and others whenever you need to go out. This includes following Department of Defense and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance for wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where social distancing may be hard to maintain. This can slow the spread of the virus and help people who may unknowingly have it from transmitting it to others.

  • Create your own cloth face coverings using common household items such as T-shirts, scarves and bandanas. Making and using these coverings helps protect public health while reserving critical supplies such as surgical masks and N-95 respirators for medical first responders, as current CDC guidance recommends.
  • Do not place cloth face coverings on children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without help.
  • Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth when removing your face covering. Wash your hands as soon as you finish.
  • Wear your face covering whenever you are on Department of Defense property, installations (except personal residences) and facilities when six feet of social distance isn’t possible in public areas or work centers.
  • All individuals performing DOD duties, whether on military installations or at other locations (indoor and outdoor) must wear masks, including in common areas, shared workspaces and outdoor shared spaces. Masks must cover the face and nose in compliance with guidance from the CDC. Masks may be removed if an individual:
    • Is working from their home
    • Is alone in an office with floor to ceiling walls and a closed door
    • Is eating or drinking while social distancing (may remove for brief periods of time)
    • Needs to lower the mask for identification or security purposes
    • Needs to lower or remove the mask to reasonably accommodate an individuals with a disability

Additional exceptions, categorical or case-by-case, may be granted in writing by DOD Component heads for service members and their families. If granted, exceptions should include appropriate alternative safeguards whenever feasible, such as additional physical distancing measures or additional testing consistent with DOD testing protocols. The authority to grant exceptions for all DOD Components located on the Pentagon Reservation is the interim director of Administration and Management. For all other situations outside of office settings when temporary unmasking is necessary for mission requirements, the authority to grant exceptions may be delegated in writing to officials at a level no lower than a general/flag officer in the grade of 0-7, senior executive service member (or equivalent) or for installations that do not have officials at these levels, 0-6 installation commanders.

Masks recommended by the CDC include:

  • non-medical disposable masks
  • masks made with breathable fabric or tightly woven fabric
  • masks with two or three layers
  • masks with inner filter pockets.

Unauthorized masks include:

  • novelty or non-protective masks
  • masks with ventilation valves
  • face shields

Preventing the spread of COVID-19 during travel

The Department of Defense is taking steps to protect travelers and others from COVID-19 by:

  • Prescreening service members before travel: Only those who are healthy and least at risk of severe illness from COVID-19 will be allowed to travel
  • Using military and contracted planes for travel to or from overseas locations, when possible
  • Screening all passengers on military flights for signs of illness before they board the plane
  • Screening all service members, family and civilian military employees when they arrive at their duty station after traveling commercially

The screening includes a questionnaire to help determine whether you may have been exposed to COVID-19. Someone will take your temperature and visually check you for signs of illness. There may be additional screenings depending on where you traveled and other risk factors.

Overseas travel

Travelers returning from any overseas location will be quarantined for 14 days. If you live in open quarters or have a shared kitchen or bathroom, you will be moved to separate lodging for quarantine.

During those 14 days:

  • Take your temperature twice a day.
  • Keep at least 6 feet away from others.
  • Call your doctor if you have a fever, cough, shortness of breath or other symptoms of COVID-19.

What you can do

Everyone has a role in stopping the spread of COVID-19. When you are traveling, keep your command updated on your itinerary. If you feel sick, stay home. Notify your leadership and call your doctor.

Even if you haven’t traveled and you feel fine, practice social distancing and wear your cloth face covering. Keep at least six feet away from others. Avoid crowds and wash your hands often. Social distancing combined with mask wearing, avoiding touching your face and frequent hand washing will assist in defending the force against COVID-19 while protecting the nation. COVID-19 is one of the deadliest threats our nation has ever faced. As we have done throughout our history, the military will rise to this challenge. It is imperative that we do all we can to ensure the health and safety of our force, our families and our communities so we can prevail in this fight.

Understanding of COVID-19 continues to change, so continue to check our Coronavirus Updates for Our Military Community page for updates.

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.

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:

Travel Planning – The Essentials

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You joined the armed forces because you love an adventure, but getting from point A to point B doesn’t happen automatically. Military OneSource is here to point you to resources that can assist you with your travel planning and help you make the most of your excursions, whether you book a cruise in the Caribbean or venture a few miles outside of your neighborhood.

Get started with these ideas:

Consider Space-A travel.

Service members and their families can use Space-Available flights to travel. Though sometimes unpredictable, military flights are perfect for families with flexible plans and limited travel budgets. You can sign up for a Space-A flight through a military terminal up to 60 days in advance.

Note: Effective March 21, 2020, Air Mobility Command temporarily suspended most Space-A travel due to COVID-19.

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Take advantage of TSA Precheck®

Service members and their families can take advantage of TSA Precheck to expedite waiting time at the airport when flying commercial. Simply use your Department of Defense ID as your known traveler number. You’ll bypass long security lines without removing your shoes or jacket or having to take your laptop out of your bag.

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Get military discounts through American Forces Travel℠.

Eligible members of the military community can use American Forces Travel℠ to book leisure travel online. The one-stop travel booking site is a joint service initiative that offers discounts on airfare, rental cars, flights, cruises and more. You can use the website to book your next trip, while helping to fund other current and future morale, welfare and recreation programs.

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Save money with a staycation.

A staycation is a vacation where you discover your local area while avoiding the time, hassle and expense of travel. Consider these benefits: sleeping in your own bed, not needing to pack and spending your money on fun activities in your own community. Your MWR program can help you find the best local activities.

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Travel benefits for college students.

Military family members enrolled in colleges away from an active-duty parent’s OCONUS duty station are eligible for travel benefits. The government will pay for one round trip each fiscal year for college students if they meet certain requirements. This travel benefit must be authorized through the service member’s command and be completed through the military travel office.

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Plan Your Trip With Space-A Travel

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Note: Effective March 21, 2020, Air Mobility Command temporarily suspended most Space-A travel due to COVID-19.

Service members and their families can use Space-Available flights – formally known as Military Airlift Command or MAC flights – to travel around the country and world at little to no cost. Though sometimes unpredictable, military flights are perfect for families with flexible plans and limited travel budgets. With the right planning and documentation, Space-A travel can be the best way to take a trip with your family.

Space-A Tips and Tricks

Learn how to take Space-A flights like a seasoned pro with these seven tips.

Space-A travel basics

These flights are not commercial, but rather military flights with a mission. That means there are certain restrictions to travel, including:

  • Only service members, retirees and their families are eligible. Only with certain qualifications are reservists, National Guardsmen and family members without an accompanying active-duty sponsor permitted.
  • Flights are typically free of charge, but you should contact your closest Air Mobility Command, or AMC, passenger terminal or the terminal at the location you intend to depart from for specific information.
  • Most terminals have a Facebook page where they post flight information, including their 72-hour flight schedule.

Space-Available travel eligibility

Once you sign up for a Space-A journey, you’ll be put into a category that determines your priority for a flight. A complete listing of eligible passengers by category is contained in DoD Instruction 4515.13. For the most recent instruction, search the DoD Directives Division website for “Air Transportation Eligibility.” Categories include:

  • Category I: Emergency Leave Unfunded Travel.
  • Category II: Accompanied Environmental and Morale Leave, or EML.
  • Category III: Ordinary Leave, Relatives, House Hunting Permissive Temporary Duty, Medal of Honor Holders and Foreign Military.
  • Category IV: Unaccompanied EML.
  • Category V: Permissive Temporary Duty (Non-House Hunting), Students, Dependents, Post Deployment/Mobilization Respite Absence and Others.
  • Category VI: Retired, Dependents, Reserve, Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, Nuclear Propulsion Officer Candidate Program and Civil Engineer Corps members.

Prepare for your Space-A flight

AMC has a travel page that includes the following important information about Space-A travel. You should review this travel page for up-to-date information, including what type of identification is required for you and your family, baggage allowance for checked and hand carried baggage, and prohibited items.

  • Travel instructions: travel eligibility; locations; required travel documents; registration, flight schedule and checking-in information.
  • AMC Form 140, Space Available Travel Request (fill out a form online and email it to your desired AMC passenger terminal)
  • Listing of Facebook pages for stateside and overseas locations.
  • AMC passenger terminal contact information.
  • Various travel information links.
  • Legal information for Space-A travel.
  • Operations security for social media and travelers.

Fly commercial with TSA Precheck

If Space-A travel isn’t right for your plans, take advantage of TSA Precheck to expedite your time at the airport when flying commercial. Use your Department of Defense ID as your known traveler number.

You’ll bypass long security lines without removing your shoes or jacket or taking your laptop from your bag. Family members under the age of 12 can pass through expedited screening with you.

7 Space-A Tips and Tricks for Experienced Military Travelers

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Note: Effective March 21, 2020, Air Mobility Command temporarily suspended most Space-A travel due to COVID-19.

The space available travel program, or Space-A, is a great transportation option for service members and immediate family that allows them to fly free or at a reduced cost across the country or world. Even if you’ve taken advantage of this benefit before, here are seven tips – gleaned from the experiences of other military travelers – to help you make the most of the Space-A travel program.

A quick review of the basic Space-A travel process

Before diving into specific tips, here’s a quick recap of the Space-A process, formally known as Military Airlift Command or MAC. If it’s been more than a few months since you last flew Space-A, the basics can help you plan for future trips.

Ready to Book Your Space-A flight?

Now that you have learned all the tips and tricks, it’s time to start planning.

  • Sign up: Air Mobility Command maintains a list of terminal contact information you can use for Space-A travel planning. Sign up for Space-A flights at all potential terminals – arrival and departure – as soon as 60 days out from your expected date of travel. Most retirees and dependents try to sign up 50-55 days before their planned travel date, as those who are on the list for longer will board before others in the same category.
  • Double check: Closer to the date of travel, call the terminal to double check your status on the list. Give them the day and time you signed up, while taking notes of your conversation to create a paper trail to avoid potential miscommunication later.
  • Mark yourself present: On your intended departure date, check in at the terminal – luggage in hand, paperwork signed, car parked and all dependents corralled – at least an hour before your desired flight’s roll call for passengers. Check your terminal’s online schedule frequently, as flight schedules and roll call can change without notice.
  • Wait: Space-A passengers will board according to their travel category, not rank. If there’s still space on your requested Space-A flight, terminal staff will help you board and prepare for takeoff. If you’re bumped from this flight, you’ll still have “sign-up” time seniority – though your category remains the same – for future Space-A flights. Ask the terminal attendant to be considered for all flights going to your desired destination.

Space-A travel tips

Once you have signed up, you can take advantage of these in-depth tips and tricks used by other military travelers to fully leverage the Space-A travel program.

  1. Plan to trade your time for the discounted ticket. The lower your category, the more likely it is that others in higher categories will take available seats on popular flights. Give yourself three-day buffers on each end of your travel plans to catch flights – and remember that more Space-A flights tend to be scheduled on weekdays, Mondays through Fridays.
  2. Avoid drill weekends and school breaks. Drill tends to fill military Space-A flights, and many families schedule vacations around school breaks. To avoid these, call the terminal’s base to ask if the local Guard or reserve unit will be drilling the weekend you intend to leave. Then, check the Department of Defense Education Activity, or DoDEA, school calendar for seasonal school breaks.
  3. Be willing to take Space-A flights that get you close – but not directly to – your final destination. If you’re traveling from the U.S. to a European destination, for example, consider grabbing a more open flight from a convenient local base to a country close to your destination, then take local civilian transportation.
  4. Plan for every climate. You might be on a flight initially scheduled to go to Hawaii, but have an emergency reroute to Alaska to fulfill the military Space-A flight’s primary mission. Don’t be caught with just flip-flops in your luggage.
  5. Be flexible. Make the delays and alternate routes an adventure, rather than an inconvenience. You may not have expected to go to Germany instead of France, but it’s an opportunity for spontaneous sightseeing.
  6. Don’t expect a traditional civilian flight unless it’s Patriot Express. Sometimes, the military contracts with a civilian airline for troop movement, making a Patriot Express flight available for Space-A. Other Space-A flights will be on large – and loud – military cargo planes, complete with five-point harnesses for passengers during lift-off and landing. Patriot Express flights also charge a $20-35 fee per passenger, so plan accordingly.
  7. Bring supplies for a comfortable flight. Consider taking a small sleeping bag, pillow, blankets and even a yoga mat if you think you’ll want to sleep during Space-A flights on large military planes. While some crews provide military-issue earplugs for the noise, you may want to bring your own or some noise-canceling headphones. Winter hats and gloves might help, too – some planes get very cold.

If you’re ever unsure of the Space-A travel program’s current processes or information, Air Mobility Command will have all the latest updates to make your next Space-A trip successful.

Staying Vigilant and Keeping Up With Current Guidance When Considering Travel During COVID-19

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Current as of April 5, 2021


The infection rate of coronavirus-19 disease remains high in parts of the country and the world. If you are thinking about traveling, it’s vital to stay up to date about travel restrictions and regulations.

The Department of Defense and other governmental agencies regularly release current, reliable information about COVID-19. Follow their guidance to keep yourself and others safe and healthy.

Before you travel

Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others. If you must travel, your leader and medical personnel will conduct a risk assessment of your health and travel itinerary. To be reimbursed for official travel, family members must also undergo a risk assessment.

The risk assessment will evaluate:

  • Whether you have signs of COVID-19 or have had contact with someone who tested positive or who had symptoms within the past 14 days.
  • Whether you are at increased risk of severe illness of COVID-19
  • That you know what actions to take if you develop symptoms of or test positive for COVID-19.

If you are considering travel within the U.S.

When considering whether to travel for non-official reasons, equip yourself with the right information to make smart decisions.

  • Check whether travel restrictions have been lifted at your installation. The DOD has lifted travel restrictions where warranted by local conditions. See the DOD’s COVID-19 Travel Restrictions Installation Status Update for the latest information.
  • Find out about infection rates. You may want to reconsider travel if the number of COVID-19 cases is high at home or at your destination. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention keeps an updated list of United States COVID-19 Cases and Deaths by State.
  • Learn about travel restrictions. Some states require travelers from high-risk states to test negative for COVID-19 or quarantine after arrival. If you travel to a state where the infection rate is high, you may have to quarantine or test negative when you return home as well. Find out about the requirements by looking up the health departments of your destination and home state at the CDC’s health department website.

If you are considering travel outside of the U.S.

COVID-19 risk remains high in most countries and many have closed their borders to non-essential travelers. If you do travel abroad, you may have to quarantine when you return home. New directives at home or abroad may disrupt your travel plans as well.

  • Look up the COVID-19 risk level by country. You can find it on the CDC’s COVID-19 Travel Recommendations by Destination
  • Find out about travel restrictions in the country where you intend to travel. The Department of State offers information for each country on its COVID-19 Specific Information page.
  • Follow state guidance for your return. Your home state may require you to quarantine or test negative for COVID-19 when you return.

Ways to stay healthy if you travel

The CDC recommends travelers take the following precautions:

Stay up to date on all the latest information on COVID-19. For Department of Defense updates for the military community regarding the virus that causes COVID-19, view the following sites:

Staying Vigilant and Keeping Up With Current Guidance When Considering Travel During COVID-19

The infection rate of coronavirus-19 disease remains high in parts of the country and the world. If you are thinking about traveling, it’s vital to stay up to date about travel restrictions and regulations.

Information, Tickets and Travel: Your Key to Fun

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Whether you want to take in a socially distanced ball game, spend a day at local attractions or plan a vacation, your local Information, Tickets and Travel office is your key to great deals on recreation and travel. Keep in mind, with coronavirus disease 2019 safety guidelines in place around the world, your best bet is to check with your local ITT office for:

  • Updated safety measures you must follow
  • Cancellations that could affect your event
  • Important news before you purchase tickets or book a vacation

What you can get through ITT

Your military ID provides access to the following discounts and savings through ITT:

  • Tickets for local attractions like sporting events, concerts, zoos, museums, historical sites and movies
  • Destination tickets, including theme parks and national parks
  • Day trips and tours to nearby cities
  • Vacation packages, including cruises and resorts
  • Leisure travel services

Why you should use ITT

  • Military discounts
  • Exclusive offers for service members
  • No service fees
  • Trip-planning assistance

Many Information, Tickets and Travel personnel are certified travel agents. They can save you time and money by figuring out the details for your trip. Whether you’re destined for Las Vegas or Walt Disney World® Resort, our staff can get you there at the best rate. And be sure to ask about these special programs:

2021 Blue Star Museums

The 2021 Blue Star Museums program begins on Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 15, 2021, and ends Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 6, 2021.

  • Lodging on installations, through recreational facilities and at first-class resorts and nongovernment-owned hotels
  • America the Beautiful passes offer free access to national parks — go hike, climb, ski, surf, stargaze or relax
  • Blue Star Museums allow you to soak up history, science or culture across the country — for free

Who is eligible for ITT services

  • Active-duty, National Guard and reserve service members
  • Retired service members
  • Family of service members
  • Department of Defense civilians
  • Nonappropriated Fund personnel

Turn your bucket list adventures or relaxation into next weekend’s to-do list. Contact your Information, Tickets and Travel office for deals to make it happen.

Book online now through American Forces Travel℠

American Forces Travel℠ expands ITT services through an ecommerce website, making them available 24/7. Access travel and vacation discounts online through the service provider, Priceline Group Inc. Military discounts on concerts, theater, sporting events and more are also available.

Through AFT, you can:

  • Plan your trip, whether you are traveling in the United States or overseas.
  • Stay at hotels all over the world and book cruises and vacation packages, with deep discounts.
  • Secure tickets to major events, even if they are sold out, through the AFT Secondary Ticket Marketplace, with no extra fees tacked on.

By booking your next trip or event through AFT, you’ll save money and morale, welfare and recreation will receive a commission. You’ll be funding the programs you enjoy on your installation by taking a vacation or enjoying a concert!

Note the changes due to COVID-19

Due to COVID-19 circumstances, travel product inventory has been reduced. Refer to the following for the most current information on AFT products:

Cruises

Hotels, flights, rental cars and packages

Event tickets

Get Military Discounts on Local Entertainment With American Forces Travel℠

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Members of the military community already use American Forces Travel℠ to save money when booking leisure travel. But now you can also use the website to score discounts on great entertainment right in your own community.

Due to COVID-19:

Many events have been canceled or postponed. Please continue to check the Events page to learn the most up-to-date information on events of interest until further notice.

Concerts, theater, sporting events and more – the American Forces Travel℠ Secondary Ticket Marketplace offers military discounts on more than 200,000 bookable events across the country. These resale tickets are provided through reputable and established companies, so you can buy with confidence. You also get these perks:

  • No membership fees
  • No service charges
  • No shipping fees
  • Moneyback guarantee (restrictions apply)
  • Post-purchase support through the American Forces Travel℠ call center, open 7 a.m. to 1 a.m., EST

Plus, morale, welfare and recreation programs around the world receive a commission on everything you book through American Forces Travel℠. That funding helps pay for services you use, like outdoor recreation, pools, parks and workshops on your installation.

To use the Secondary Ticket Marketplace, click the “Event Tickets” tab on the American Forces Travel℠ website. First-time users will be asked to verify their eligibility with the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Report System database.

Anyone who can use MWR programs and services can also use American Forces Travel℠. For a full list of eligible patrons, click “Who Is Eligible” on the American Forces Travel℠ webpage.

Military discounts on travel, hotels, rental cars, flights and more

In addition to event tickets, American Forces Travel℠ lets service members and their families book their leisure travel and vacations online, and at a discount:

  • Flights inside and outside the U.S.
  • Hotels all around the world
  • Rental cars
  • Cruises and vacation packages

Military travelers booking through American Forces Travel℠ enjoy lower booking fees, have a best price guarantee, and get deals on prepaid car rental rates. American Forces Travel℠ is a joint service initiative, and provides leisure travel discounts through its service provider, Priceline Group Inc.

Military Discounts on Recreation and Entertainment

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If you’re looking for discounted travel, entertainment and recreation opportunities, consider taking advantage of your military discounts. Your military ID is your ticket to military resorts, discount flights, vacation packages, and more opportunities for fun and relaxation.

Access fun with Information, Tickets and Travel

Your installation’s Information, Tickets and Travel office, sometimes referred to as Morale, Welfare and Recreation, is where you’ll find discounted recreation for you and your family.

To take advantage of recreation and leisure travel, you’ll need to provide proof of Department of Defense affiliation—a military ID or a leave and earning statements. Once you’ve provided proof, you and your family can begin to receive military discounts on the following:

  • Local attraction tickets
  • Destination attraction tickets
  • Concerts and sporting events
  • Day trips and tours
  • Cruises
  • Rental cars
  • Flights
  • Lodging
  • Leisure travel services

You can also take advantage of exclusive offers available only to service members and avoid extra fees like tax or facility fees. Your installation’s website may also feature a price list that allows you to browse available attractions, events and destinations and compare prices.

Find military lodging and resorts around the world

Military families are eligible to use military lodging around the world, ranging from cottages on the beach to world-class resorts. These facilities provide a selection of affordable, safe and fun places to vacation, but keep in mind your status will usually determine when and how your reservation can be made. The type of facilities available are:

  • Installation lodging: Located mostly on military installations, these facilities are generally designed for service members traveling on official business or families with permanent change of station orders.
  • Recreation facilities: For families interested in short or long getaways, these facilities offer lodging, rental equipment, tours and other activities at an economical rate.
  • Resorts: Military resorts are located in popular vacation destinations such as Disney World® and Hawaii, and in areas with a large military presence, such as Japan, Korea and Germany.
    • You can usually make reservations, but you should plan ahead for travel during peak periods.
    • Rates will be based on rank and duty status, but are generally lower than comparable civilian lodging.
  • Nongovernment-owned hotels: Managed by private nonprofit organizations, hotels such as Marines’ Memorial Club in San Francisco or Soldiers’, Sailors’, Marines’, Coast Guard and Airmen’s Club in New York serve active-duty and former service members.

Planning your getaway

You should research military lodging in the area you want to visit, as well as the amenities and reservation policies. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Find the best time to go: If you plan on visiting a resort during peak vacation period, such as summer time, be sure to make your reservations as soon as possible. Keep in mind that some lodging facilities prioritize reservations by branch of service, duty station or status.
  • Use military lodging and service branch websites:
  • Take advantage of leisure services: Many facilities offer services such as restaurants, boat rentals, ski equipment rental, area tours and discount tickets to area attractions. Before making your reservations, be sure to inquire about available services and if they require advance reservations.

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