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fedweek.com: covid-19 dod travel restrictions Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar - April 2015: Senior Airman Clarissa Banks, a 340th Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, controls the movement of a KC-135 Stratotanker prior to takeoff. Al Udeid is a strategic coalition air base in Qatar that supports over 90 combat and support aircraft, then housing more than 5,000 military personnel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman James Richardson/Released)

The Defense Department has ordered a stop to all travel to, within or from 32 countries experiencing a CDC identified level-3 danger including Germany, France, Italy and South Korea.

The memo, which applies to all DoD military and civilian personnel and their families, is to extend 60 days through May 13 and applies to all forms of official travel including permanent change of station, temporary duty and government-funded leave.

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DoD said the restriction applies to personal leave and other non-official travel for military personnel, and emphasized that anyone traveling should make sure flights to not transit through or originate in Level 3 designated locations.

Current Level-3 countries:
Austria, Belgium, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Iran, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Vatican City.

Travel restrictions applying to Level 2 designated locations have also been put in place for 60 days.
Searchable CDC destination list: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list

All hiring actions for Level 2 and Level 3 locations have also been frozen – and that includes anyone already hired but not arrived at a duty station.

Exceptions are possible, but that’s up to combat commanders, service secretaries and chief management officers on a case-by-case basis (requiring a written exception, by no lower than the first general or flag officer or member of the Senior Executive Service in the traveler’s chain of command or supervision).

Individuals pending retirement or separation within the next 60 days are exempt, according to the memo: Travel Restriction for DOD Components in Response to Coronavirus Disease 2019.

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