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Effective 13 March 2020, Total Force Military Airmen and their families traveling to, from, or through Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Travel Health Notices Level 3 (COVID-19) designated locations as depicted at Attachment 1 will Stop Movement through 11 May 2020:

This includes all forms of official travel, including PCS, TDY, and government-funded leave. For military Airmen, this also includes personal leave and other non-official travel. Authorized Departures are delayed until appropriate transportation and reception procedures are in place for their intended route of travel as prescribed in Secretary of Defense 11 March 2020 memorandum (Attachment 2) and Deputy Secretary of Defense 13 March 2020 memorandum (Attachment 5).

Effective 16 March 2020, Total Force Military Airmen and their families assigned to DoD installations, facilities, and surrounding areas in the United States and its territories on government-funded travel will  Stop Movement through 11 May 2020 As detailed in this message:

Until the travel restrictions prescribed above are lifted, military Airmen are only authorized local leave. TDY and leave exceptions and guidance are outlined in paragraph 6 below. DoD family members, whose transportation is government-funded, will also Stop Movement.

(UPDATED 18 March 2020) Exceptions to 16 March guidance: Individuals who have already initiated CONUS-to-CONUS (to include AK, HI and U.S. territories) travel (including intermediate stops) are authorized to continue to their final destination.

Individuals who have already initiated OCONUS-to-CONUS (to include AK, HI and U.S. territories) travel (including intermediate stops) are authorized to continue to their final CONUS (to include AK, HI and U.S. territories) destination but must not transit Level 3 (COVID-19) locations. Those whose TDY ends while this memorandum is in effect are authorized to return to their CONUS (to include AK, HI and U.S. territories) or OCONUS Level 2 (COVID-19) home station but must not transit Level 3 (COVID-19) locations.

This does not apply to individuals who are currently in or returning to Level 3 (COVID-19) designated locations.

(UPDATED 18 March 2020) OCONUS Level 2 (COVID-19) Guidance: PCS Travel from CONUS (to include AK, HI and U.S. territories) to OCONUS Level 2 (COVID-19) and from OCONUS Level 2 (COVID-19) to CONUS is authorized and must be in accordance with travel screening protocol in Attachment 3. Concurrent Travel to OCONUS Level 2(COVID-19) is not approved (see Part II for Concurrent Travel guidance). Airmen PCSing from an OCONUS Level 2 (COVID-19) to CONUS (to include AK, HI and U.S. territories) are authorized return with dependents. Additionally, Airmen assigned to an OCONUS Level 2 (COVID-19) locations who are currently in a TDY or leave status in CONUS (to include AK, HI and U.S. territories) are permitted to return to home station in accordance with travel screening protocols in Attachment 3..

 

- Airmen currently assigned to a CONUS (to include AK, HI and U.S. territories) location with a projected PCS to a Level 3 (COVID-19) designated location who have not outprocessed or outprocessed but have not departed the local area, will remain in place until further guidance is provided. For leave enroute guidance, refer to question 4. 

- Airmen currently assigned to an OCONUS location with a projected PCS to a Level 3 (COVID-19) designated location who have not outprocessed or outprocessed but have not departed the local area, will remain in place until further guidance is provided. Airmen electing to proceed on their scheduled leave enroute to leave locations not impacted by Stop Movement must comply with the guidance outlined in question 4.

- Airmen that departed their last duty location and are enroute to a Level 3 COVID-19 designated location must be immediately contacted by their chain of command or their losing FSS/MPF by whatever means available. Airmen will not proceed until further guidance is provided. Enroute Airmen will receive further guidance from AFPC following initial contact with their losing MPF. FSS/MPFs may use this message as authority to place Airmen in this category on TDY hold IAW AFI 36-2110, paragraph 3.13. Instructions to amend an Airman’s PCS orders will be provided to the MPF after Stop Movement is terminated. Airmen placed on TDY hold are not entitled to a rental vehicle, but are authorized TDY per diem.

- UPDATED 18 March 2020) Leave: Until the prescribed domestic travel restrictions are lifted, military Airmen stationed in CONUS (to include AK, HI and U.S. territories) are only authorized local leave in accordance with AFI 36-3003, and local leave policies (see Attachment 9). This also applies to Regular and Special Pass (i.e. weekends) situations. Exceptions to this are outlined in paragraph 6 below.

- TDY or Leave to or from Level 3 (COVID-19) Designated Locations: Military Airmen with a projected TDY or Leave to or from a Level 3 (COVID-19) designated location will not proceed. Airmen currently assigned to a Level 3 (COVID-19) location and are at or enroute to or from their TDY or leave cannot return to their Level 3 (COVID-19) location until further guidance is available. Upon member returning to home station, leave dates and duty status codes will be adjusted accordingly to ensure Airmen are not inappropriately charged additional leave.

- Authorized travelers will adhere to the Force Health Protection guidelines in Attachment 3 and later guidance, if any.

- Exceptions to this guidance is outlined in question 6 below.

 

At this time, leave enroute is not authorized for any category of move. Requests for exception should follow guidance in paragraph 6.H. below. For Airmen desiring local leave, commanders are encouraged to allow Airmen to utilize local leave prior to out- processing or after arrival at gaining location.

Any DEROS and RNLTD extensions for the months of March, April and May 2020 required based off of this guidance, will be made by AFPC. Extensions will be for 60 days from current dates.

- CONUS-CONUS (to include AK, HI and U.S. territories) Travel for the Purpose of Medical Treatment: Travel by patients and medical providers for the purpose of medical treatment for DoD personnel and their family members is authorized.

- PCS, TDY, or Leave within CONUS (to include AK, HI and U.S. territories): Effective 16 March 2020, Military Airmen who have already initiated CONUS-to- CONUS (to include AK, HI and U.S. territories) travel (including intermediate stops within the CONUS) are authorized to continue to their final destination.

- (UPDATED 18 March 2020) Retirements and Separations: Military Airmen retiring or separating are exempt. Travel will be subject to applicable travel screening protocols in Attachment 3.

- Travel Screening: Individuals traveling from a Level 3 (COVID-19) designated location under an exception or exemption, including those traveling as part of a Department of State-issued Authorized Departure, are subject to travel screening protocols provided in Attachment 3.

- Contingency deployments: All currently scheduled contingency deployments (Global Force Management GFM) activities) are defined as mission essential. This includes pre-planned missions in support of the Combatant Commanders enduring operations and all pre-deployment activities (processing, training, etc.). *Any other missions require a SecAF-issued ETP in the absence of additional direction being issued.

- (UPDATED 18 March 2020) Accessions, Basic Military Training and Technical Training Student/Graduate Travel: Travel in accordance with these guidelines is authorized for Airmen (officer and enlisted) being accessed into the Regular Air Force. IAW 2 AF/CC NOTAM 20-003 (Attachment 6), Basic Military Training students and technical training students must move to their next duty stations upon completion of training. All technical training graduates will continue to out-process and travel to their first duty station. Losing organizations will coordinate with gaining units on any specific mitigation requirements. Graduates who have assignments to OCONUS Level 2 (COVID-19) designated locations may be diverted as this situation evolves. Graduates who have assignments to Level 3 (COVID-19) designated locations will be diverted.

- (ADDED 18 March 2020) AETC will continue to recruit and access Airmen; train candidates and enlistees in Officer Training School, ROTC and Basic Military Training; develop Airmen in Technical and Flying Training; and deliver advanced academic education such as the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Air Command and Staff College and Air War College. AETC/CC has determined that this AETC training is mission essential. Therefore, Airmen (officer and enlisted) assigned to these AETC training courses are mission essential and must travel to/from this training. Upon graduation from this training, Airmen must move to their next duty station or follow-on training pursuant to travel guidelines. Airmen do not require an exception to policy to attend the aforementioned training. Please see Attachment 10.

Additional exceptions may be granted in writing to the guidance contained herein for compelling cases where the travel is: (1) determined to be mission essential; (2) necessary for humanitarian reasons; (3) warranted due to extreme hardship. Mission-essential travel refers to work that must be performed to ensure the continued operations of mission-essential functions, as determined by the DoD Component. These exceptions are to be done on a case by case basis, shall be limited in number, and shall be coordinated between the gaining and losing organizations. Per the 13 March 2020 Deputy Secretary of Defense memorandum, approval authority for these exceptions belongs to the Combatant Commander if the individual is assigned to a combatant command; the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff if the individual is assigned to the Joint Staff; the Secretary of the Military Department concerned for personnel under his or her jurisdictions; or the Chief Management Officer for the Office of the Secretary for Defense, Defense Field Activities and Field Agencies. This authority has been delegated by the Secretary of the Air Force (Attachment 7) to the first general, flag officer, or member of the Senior Executive Service in the traveler's chain of command or supervision.

Individuals traveling under an exception or exemption listed under this paragraph, including those traveling as part of a Department of State-issued Authorized Departure, are subject to travel screening protocols as provided in Attachment 3.

MPFs supporting RegAF Airmen will identify and report to AFPC all the Airmen placed on TDY hold.

Note: Airmen cannot be placed on TDY hold at their permanent duty station and Airmen must be in enroute (away from losing location) to PCS location to be placed on TDY hold. MPFs will also report the status of Airmen impacted by Stop Movement and report TDY hold information to afpc.dp3am.workflow@us.af.mil. Additionally, impacted Airmen will receive a direct message from myPers to provide the necessary information to AFPC/DP3AM. Further reporting information will be forthcoming via separate guidance.

In cases where the Airman has already been issued PCS orders, AF Form 899, an Amendment, AF Form 973, will be required to reflect Stop Movement information. Instructions to amend an Airman’s PCS orders will be provided after Stop Movement is terminated.

concurrent travel guidance

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Concurrent official travel for family members of Total Force Military is denied to CDC Travel Health Notices OCONUS Level 2 (COVID-19) designated locations as depicted at Attachment 1. This concurrent travel guidance restricts family members from traveling concurrently with the military or civilian sponsor. (UPDATED 18 March 2020) Effective 13 March 2020 and for the 60 days thereafter.

- Family member travel delayed for ‘Less than 20 Weeks’: For Airmen currently at a CONUS location, MPFs will adjust the Airman’s PCS orders, AF Form 899, the following: Check Item 13c to depict dependent travel is restricted for Less than 20 weeks and cite the Secretary of Defense memo dated 11 March 2020. Additionally, in item 22, Remarks, add the statement, “Dependent travel to (list OCONUS Level 2 O/S country) at government expense is not authorized until travel restrictions are lifted.” Once dependent travel restrictions are lifted, amendments will be issued authorizing dependent travel. Airmen currently assigned overseas must seek guidance for PCS options according to the applicable guidance for the country assigned.

- Hardship Requests: If Airmen have a hardship based on the concurrent travel policy and desire to request a RNLTD, DEROS or assignment diversion, MPFs will assist the Airmen with submitting the request. The Airman’s commander must endorse the request. MPFs will submit the member’s request with justification and commander’s endorsement to afpc.dp3am.workflow@us.af.mil.

- Exceptions to this Guidance: Requests for exception should follow guidance in Part I, paragraph 6.H. above.

Individuals traveling under an exception or exemption, including those traveling as part of a Department of State-issued Authorized Departure, are subject to travel screening protocols as provided in Attachment 3.

In cases where the Airman has already been issued PCS orders, AF Form 899, an Amendment, AF Form 973, will be required to reflect concurrent travel restriction. Instructions to amend an Airman’s PCS orders will be provided after Stop Movement is terminated.

TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

Effective Mar. 23, new restrictions are in effect across the U.K. These restrictions include:

All people must stay at home, except for very limited purposes. You should only leave the house for one of four reasons:

  • Shopping for basic necessities (food & medicine) as infrequently as possible. Only send one member per household where possible. 
  • One form of outdoor exercise a day (run, walk, cycle) alone or with members of your household.  
  • Any medical need or to provide care or assistance to a vulnerable person
  • Traveling to/from work and only when you cannot work from home.  

When out of your home for any of these reasons continue to practice social distancing, hand hygiene, and avoid touching your face.  

If you or someone in your household has symptoms of a new cough OR fever (>100.4F/38C) the entire household must self-isolate immediately and not leave the home.

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Effective midnight Mar. 22, new restrictions are in effect nationwide in Germany.  These restrictions include:

  • No groups of more than two people (families and members of the same household are exempt)
  • Outdoor exercise is still allowed for individuals, families, or with one other non-family member
  • In public, people must maintain a minimum distance of at least 1.5 meters (about 5 feet) between each other
  • All restaurants and cafes will remain closed for inside and outside service, limited to pick-up and delivery only
  • Other non-essential services and places like libraries, barber shops, beauty salons are closed
  • Grocery stories, banks, gas stations, drug stores and pharmacies will remain open

For complete information, click here.

***As with the earlier restriction that limited groups, this restriction will also apply on base when outside of the workplace. These social distancing measures are a crucial step in preventing the spread of infection and protecting the health of the community. Therefore, it is important for base personnel to conform to these same group limits on and off base when outside of the workplace.***

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As of March 4, 2020, the CDC has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Alert for Italy, recommending travelers avoid all non-essential travel. To view the travel warning, click here

From the State Department: Reconsider travel to Italy due to a recent outbreak of COVID-19 Level 4 - Do Not Travel to: Lombardy and  Veneto due to the level of community transmission of the virus and imposition of local quarantine procedures. Country-Specific Information: Italy has confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders.

U.S. European Command, in close coordination with Italian officials and U.S. Embassy Rome, has directed that all non-essential travel to the Italian administrative region of Lombardy and surrounding towns of Bertonico, Castelgerundo, Casalpusterlengo, Castiglione d'Adda, Codogno, Fombio, Maleo, San Fiorano, Somaglia, and Terranova dei Passerini, and the Veneto region is unauthorized. 

Only mission essential official travel by USEUCOM personnel to and within the Italian administrative region of Veneta is authorized. Travel by dependents of USEUCOM personnel to the regions identified by the Italian government as affected by the COVID-19 outbreak is discouraged.

The decision is part of an ongoing effort to minimize potential risks to USEUCOM personnel and their families, and implement preventative measures for any potential impact of COVID-19 on USEUCOM's operations. The force health protection of our military members is a top priority, and we will continue to keep everyone informed as information becomes available.

When travelling, enroll in the U.S. State Department Smart Traveler Enrollment Program to ensure you get travel advisories and alerts. 

For more information, click here.

U.S. Embassy & Consulates in Italy COVID-19 webpage click here.

U.S. State Department Italy Travel Advisory webpage click here.

For consolidated entry/exit procedures for each country click here and view Table 2. (Note: website requires CAC access)

For risk assessments and perspective regarding travel, click here and view Table 1. (Note: website requires CAC access)

fitness assessment guidance

Effective 17 March 2020, all Official Fitness Assessment Testing is cancelled until June 2020.

  • Members who are due for their Official Fitness Assessment in March will test in 6 months, September 2020
  • Members who are due for their Official Fitness Assessment in April will test in 6 months, October 2020
  • Members who are due for their Official Fitness Assessment in May will test in 6 months, November 2020

FACs must ensure that AFMMS II is updated to reflect a Commander Composite Exemption on each member who is due for their Official Fitness Assessment in March, April and May. FACs must also ensure the expiration dates reflect the same due dates indicated above to prevent members going into a non-current status.

Fitness Testing will resume on 1 June 2020 unless further guidance is published. For more information, click here.

DoDEA UPDATES and FAQS

- DoDEA Europe East District closed 16 March (CAO 13 March)
- Aviano/Vicenza schools are closed through 6 April. (CAO 18 March)

Click here for the official DoDEA COVID-19 website.

Q1. Are DoDEA schools closing?
A1. As a precautionary measure, some DoDEA schools are closing. This includes any scheduled programs/events during this time. We will continue to update you as more information becomes available. Please continue to check for these updates prior to making any decisions regarding future schedules. 

Q2. Will there be distance learning?
A2. Digital learning will be offered per the school's guidance. The expectation is that there will be at least two online live contacts with the teacher and students per class per week. Continuous learning programs will continue through the closure with ongoing feedback and grades on learning assignments. 

Q3. How long will schools be closed?
A3. At this time we don’t know how long the schools will be closed, we will continue to update you as more information becomes available. We are working closely with our military and host nation partners to closely monitor the situation. All decisions will be made with the health of our students, staff and community in mind.

Frequently ASked Question information

These FAQs are related to military and civilian personnel actions for Airmen traveling to or from countries designated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with Level 2 or 3 Travel Health Notices, based on the health risks associated with the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Military and civilian members should work all situations through their chains of command and respective Military Personnel Flight or Civilian Personnel Office.

The Total Force Service Center is also available to assist; the TFSC telephone number is 1 (800) 525-0102.

Military members/families FAQS

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A1. The directive stops movement for 60 days, effective 13 March 2020, for all forms of official travel for uniformed personnel, civilian personnel and family members traveling to, from, or through Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Travel Health Notices Level 3 (COVID-19) locations. This includes all forms of official travel including PCS, TDY, and government funded leave. For DoD uniformed members, this also includes personal leave and other non-official travel. Airmen traveling should carefully plan travel to ensure their scheduled flights do not transit through or originated in Level 3 designated locations.

A2. Airmen who have out-processed but not departed the local area will remain in place until Stop Movement is terminated. Airmen electing to proceed on their scheduled leave enroute to leave locations not impacted by Stop Movement may proceed with the understanding if Stop Movement is not terminated by the time their projected leave is over, the MPF Relocations Section, after consulting with AFPC, will provide additional guidance on a case-by-case basis. 

A3. Airmen who departed their last duty base and are enroute to their gaining base must immediately contact their chain of command and their losing MPF by whatever means available.  Airmen will not proceed until Stop Movement is lifted.  Airmen who do not desire to take leave enroute will receive further guidance from AFPC through their losing MPF.  At that time, Airmen will be placed in a TDY hold status. Airmen placed on TDY hold are not entitled to a rental vehicle, but are authorized TDY per diem. Airmen electing to proceed on their scheduled leave enroute to locations not impacted by Stop Movement may proceed with the understanding if Stop Movement is not terminated by the time their projected leave is over, the MPF Relocations Section, after consulting with AFPC, will provide additional guidance on a case-by-case basis, and to ensure Airmen are not inappropriately charged additional leave.

A4. Airmen projected TDY to a Stop Movement location will not proceed on TDY.  Airmen enroute or currently at a TDY location impacted by Stop Movement will remain in-place until further guidance or Stop Movement is terminated. 

A5. Airmen currently on leave in an impacted Stop Movement country will remain in-place and immediately notify their chain of command for further travel guidance.  Upon member returning to home station leave dates will be adjusted accordingly to ensure Airmen are not inappropriately charged additional leave.  

A6. Airmen at a Level 3 location will have their DEROS extended 60 days.  Airman requiring a RNLTD extension will be worked on a case by case basis.

A7. No. Effective 13 March 2020 and for the 60 days thereafter, concurrent official travel for family members of Military and Civilian Airmen is denied to or from or through CDC Countries with Travel Health Notices of Level 2 (COVID-19). This concurrent travel       guidance restricts family members from traveling concurrently with the Military or Civilian sponsor. 

A8. If Airmen have a hardship and desire to request a RNLTD or assignment diversion, they need to contact their respective MPF. The MPF will assist the Airman with the request, which requires commander endorsement.

A9. No. Airmen projected TDY to a Stop Movement location will not proceed on TDY.  Airmen enroute or currently at a TDY location impacted by Stop Movement will remain in-place until further guidance or Stop Movement is terminated. 

A10. Yes.  STOP MOVEMENT for PCS does not delay an Airman’s approved date of retirement or separation.  You should, however, talk to your commander to request permissive TDY and/or terminal leave to establish your actual departure date. 

A11. Military Airmen with a projected TDY or Leave to or from a Stop Movement location will not proceed. Airmen currently at a TDY location or on leave in an area impacted by Stop Movement will remain in-place until they receive further guidance or Stop Movement is terminated. Airmen currently assigned to a Level 3 (COVID-19) location and enroute to or from their TDY or leave cannot return to their Level 3 location until further guidance is available. Upon member returning to home station leave dates and duty status code will be adjusted accordingly to ensure Airmen are not inappropriately charged additional leave. 

civilian members/families faqs

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A1. If you have already traveled to your new permanent duty station, or PDS, then you should in-process with the Civilian Personnel Office. However, if you have not started travelling, please contact your servicing Civilian Personnel Office and HR Staffer who provided you with your orders for assistance. 

A2. PCS movements will not be canceled, however, start dates/reporting to the locations will be delayed for 60 days. Individuals will be contacted by AFPC to discuss their situation. Guidance will also be sent to the Civilian Personnel Offices. If you are a current AF employee you may contact the local Civilian Personnel Office or AFPC HR Staffer. For all other applicants, please contact the HR Staffer who provided you with your orders for assistance.

A3. The GTCC cannot be used to prepay the costs of emergency healthcare. However, the DoD Component does have the flexibility to prepay the cost of emergency healthcare if the situation warrants it. Please reach out to your respective budget offices, as they will be able to properly advise you on how to apply DoD Component funds to prepay any medical needs. Furthermore, a federal employee who contracts the Coronavirus Disease – 2019, known as COVID-19, while in performance of their job duties would have full Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA) coverage for related medical treatment and for wage loss or disability related to that condition or associated complications. However, under 20 C.F.R. § 10.303, exposure to COVID-19 alone does not constitute a work-related injury entitling an employee to medical treatment under the FECA. The employee must actually be diagnosed with COVID-19 to potentially be afforded coverage.

A4. Yes, an agency could authorize Weather and Safety leave to non-telework program participants whose office or base is closed. Telework program participants would be expected to continue working and may not receive weather and safety leave.

A5. To mitigate community transmission and protect vulnerable populations, DoD Components may be advised to implement social distancing strategies. Such strategies include the use of telework, teleconferences, and flexible work schedules (e.g., schedules that provide for flexible work days and/or work hours).

A6. Employees in these circumstances are not eligible for weather and safety leave. Employees under these circumstances must still account for work and non-work hours during his or her tour of duty and take appropriate leave (paid or unpaid) to account for time spent away from normal work-related duties (e.g., to care for a child or dependent). Employees who are not telework program participants may use annual leave or other paid time off, such as accrued compensatory time or credit hours. In locations where such programs have been approved for use, supervisors may authorize alternative work schedules (compressed or flexible work schedules) that provide for flexible work days and/or work hours.

A7. No. Sick leave would be used to cover such a period of sickness, as provided in 5 CFR 630.401(a)(2). Sick leave must be granted when an illness, such as COVID-19, prevents an employee from performing work.

A8. Yes. However, while sick leave may be advanced at an agency’s discretion, it is not an employee entitlement. The sick leave regulations allow an employee to be advanced sick leave for exposure to a quarantinable communicable disease, subject to the limitations below:
- 240 hours (30 days) may be advanced if the employee would jeopardize the health of others by his or her presence on the job because of exposure to a quarantinable communicable disease;
- 104 hours (13 days) may be advanced if the employee is providing care for a family member who would jeopardize the health of others by his or her presence in the community because of exposure to a quarantinable communicable disease.

A9. An employee, covered by a telework agreement, may request to telework with the permission of the supervisor. Supervisors may authorize telework to telework eligible employees to provide additional flexibility for employees. For employees who are not currently covered by a telework agreement, supervisors may also consider whether an employee has some portable duties (e.g., reading reports; analyzing documents and studies; preparing written letters, memorandums, reports and other correspondence; setting up conference calls, or other tasks that do not require the employee to be physically present), that would allow him/her to work on a situational basis. An ad-hoc telework agreement should be signed to cover the period the employee is permitted to work from the approved alternate location (e.g., home).

An employee may also request to take annual leave, advanced annual leave, other paid time off (e.g., earned compensatory time off, earned credit hours), or leave without pay. Weather and safety leave is not authorized in this scenario. The use of sick leave would be limited to circumstances where an employee has become symptomatic (ill) due to a quarantinable communicable disease, such as COVID-19.

A10. Federal employees that have spent time in certain countries or specific regions within countries that have been designated by the U.S. Department of State as Level 4 (Do Not Travel) due to COVID-19 are advised to stay at home and monitor their health for 14 days after returning to the U.S. Federal employees should seek medical advice if they get sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing.

SYMPTOMS

Symptoms:
Given the current Coronavirus situation, Public Health recommends that any individual with flu like symptoms (listed below) stay home and not attend school/work if possible to help prevent the spread of any sickness. Additionally, please ensure proper precautions are used such as social distancing, hand washing, and proper cough etiquette. It is recommended that common surfaces/objects be sanitized twice a day with Clorox or bleach solution. 

Symptoms include:
- Fever
- Cough
- Shortness of breath

The CDC believes at this time that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure.

If you are a Tricare beneficiary, you can sign up for email updates on TRICARE-specific #COVID19 here

MEDICAL ASSISTANCE

WHEN TO CONTACT MEDICAL:
Category 1 countries/areas

If you have returned from:
- Wuhan City/Hubei Province (China)

OR

If, since 19 Feb 2020, you have returned from:
- Iran
- Daegu or Cheongdo (Republic of Korea)
- Any of the following SPECIFIC north Italy towns, which are under containment measures: Bertonico, Casalpusterlengo, Castelgerundo, Castiglione D’Adda, Codogno, Fombio, Maleo, Somaglia, Terranova dei Passerini (all in the Lombardy region)
- Vo (in the Veneto region)

OR

If you’ve been in contact (within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more) with a confirmed COVID-19-infected person… Contact Public Health and self-quarantine for 14 days from departure from the affected area.

Category 2 countries/areas

If you have returned from:
- Anywhere in mainland China besides Wuhan City/Hubei Province)
- Hong Kong
- Japan
- Macau
- Malaysia
- Anywhere in the Republic of Korea besides Daegu/Cheongdo
- Singapore
- Taiwan
- Thailand

OR

If, since 19 Feb 2020, you have returned from:

- Cambodia
- Laos
- Myanmar
- Vietnam
- Northern Italy (excluding the specific cities mentioned to the left)

Contact Public Health and you will not need to stay home and self-quarantine. 

OTHER REASONS TO SEEK MEDICAL ASSISTANCE:

1. If, within the last 14 days, you had close contact with a suspected or confirmed case of the coronavirus, OR you traveled to China, Iran, Italy and South Korea AND

2. You are experiencing a cough, AND

3. You have a fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius), STAY HOME -- DO NOT GO TO THE HOSPITAL. FOLLOW STEP 4 or STEP 5.

4. TRICARE beneficiaries should call the Nurse Advice Line at one of the following toll-free numbers based on your location:

- Belgium: 0800-81933
- Germany: 0800-071-3516
- Greece: 00-800-4414-1013
- Italy: 800-979721
- Spain: 900-82-2740
- Turkey: 00-800-44-882-5287
- UK: 0800-028-3263

*** To access the Nurse Advice Line from a cell phone in Europe you must first call your clinic appointment line and choose the option for the Nurse Advice Line.***

5. Non-TRICARE beneficiaries should contact their primary care provider for advice.

If you do NOT meet ALL THREE of the above criteria, but you have symptoms of upper respiratory infection, call your primary care provider for advice.

DOD personnel and their family members should monitor their command social media pages as well as the DOD, CDC and U.S. Embassy websites for the latest info.

PROTECT YOURSELF

CDC Recommends:
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including: 

- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
           *CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
            *Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to  others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
            *If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

CIVILIAN PERSONNEL INFORMATION

(Below is general information for Civilian Personnel, for specific information contact your local Civilian Personnel Office)

Appropriated Fund (APF) U.S. Civilian Employees: 

  • Weather and Safety Leave - May be authorized by organizational command, if an asymptomatic non-telework employee has been quarantined and isolated as a result of a federal, command, or public health official directive/advisory. Strongly recommend supervisors and timekeepers retain documentation (e.g. Public Health Official notice, organizational commander approval, etc.,) when utilizing admin leave for this reason. (ATAAPS: “LN” with subcode “PS”)
  • Sick Leave - Employees who are symptomatic and quarantined due to a federally identified communicable illness, such as 2019-nCoV, would use sick leave.

Nonappropriated Fund (NAF) U.S. Civilian Employees: 

  • While NAF employees must be treated the same as APF employees in emergencies such as exposure to communicable diseases/influenza, procedures and guidelines may differ. Please refer to the posted DCPAS guidance and refer questions to NAF human resources office.

APF and NAF Local National (LN) Employees: 

  • HQ USAFE-AFAFRICA intends to mitigate negative effects of a possible 2019-nCoV outbreak on LN employment as is consistent with applicable host nation laws and labor agreements.
  • Paid absence (IAW CTA II para 26) - May be authorized by organizational command, if an asymptomatic employee is not allowed in his/her workplace and no alternate place of work is provided. Strongly recommend supervisors and timekeepers have documentation when utilizing paid absence for this reason. CTA II, Art 26, Para 3.b. and 2.a. apply. (LNTAP: Pay code 004, reference code C263A)
  • Paid absence (IAW CTA II para 26) – In the case an asymptomatic employee is prohibited from working by order of a health authority, CTA II Art 26, para 3.a. applies. Retain all documentation from the health authority. (LNTAP: Pay code 004, reference code C263A)
  • Sick Absence - Employees who are symptomatic and identified as unfit for work with a communicable illness, such as 2019-nCoV, would follow the normal sick absence rules of engagement established in CTA II.