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Information on Coronavirus

(updated 3/27/20) 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 constitutes a Public Health Emergency of International Concern and has now declared it a global pandemic.

Many cases of COVID-19 have been associated with travel to or from mainland China or close contact with a travel-related case, but sustained community spread has been reported 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

The Department of Defense has issued two memorandums and one order restricting foreign and domestic travel for DoD Personnel. The memorandum, "Travel Restrictions for DoD Components in Response to Coronavirus Disease 2019” restricts travel for DoD personnel to countries with Center for Disease Control and Prevention – Travel Health Advisories at certain levels. Additionally, the Deputy Secretary of Defense memorandum, “Stop Movement for Domestic Travel for DoD Components in Response to Coronavirus Disease 2019” restricts domestic travel for DoD personnel through May 11, 2020. On March 24, the Secretary of Defense enacted a 60-day stop movement order that restricts OCONUS travel for exercises, deployments, redeployments, and other global force management activities.

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

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