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Information on Coronavirus

(updated 6/01/20) This webpage will be updated as additional information becomes available or changes.

A novel (new) coronavirus disease, designated as COVID-19, is causing an outbreak of respiratory illness.  The first cases of COVID-19 were reported in China in December 2019.  On January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization determined the rapidly spreading outbreak constituted a Public Health Emergency of International Concern and declared it a global pandemic.

Many cases of COVID-19 were first associated with travel to or from mainland China or close contact with a travel-related case, but sustained community spread has occurred elsewhere around the globe. For this reason, the Department of State and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have issued travel advisories for affected locations.

DoD Restricts Foreign and Domestic Travel

On May 26, 2020, the Secretary of Defense issued memorandum, “Transition to Conditions-based Phased Approach to Coronavirus Disease 2019 Personnel Movement and Travel Restrictions,” which shifts to a conditions-based phased approach for personnel movement and travel restrictions. DoD has issued an accompanying fact sheet. This replaces the previously issued DoD memoranda:

The Joint Travel Regulations have been modified to outline per diem allowances in related travel situations. 

In response, the Joint Travel Regulations was modified to outline per diem allowances in related travel situations. 

See JTR Policy Change:  UTD 12-20 – “Per Diem Allowance during Isolation, Awaiting Transportation, and Government-Funded Leave”

See COVID-19 JTR Travel and Transportation Allowance Questions and Answers (updated)

Additional information on these travel restrictions, as well as, up-to-the-minute news related to the Department of Defense’s response to COVID-19, is available at:

See Defense.Gov: COVID 19- FAQs on Travel Restrictions

See Defense.Gov: Coronavirus: DoD’s Response

See Military OneSource: Coronavirus Information for Our Military Community

DoD Official Departure Memos

Department of State Travel Advisories

How to Make Travel Itinerary/Reservation Changes

Impact to Air Travel

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