2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

 Travel during COVID-19

Last Updated: May 05, 2021

The following summary of Army travel guidance resources is provided to aid in determining if travel is an option for a particular official mission, and if so, the regulations and processes to be followed. This is provided for general information, local processes and policies may supersede those referenced here.

At this time, the Department of Defense is assessing travel requirements for fully vaccinated personnel.


General Guidance and Resources

  • All personnel who are 14 days post completion of receiving an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine are exempt from pre or post-travel ROM.  Other host nation requirements can override this exemption, however.


International Travel

  • All personnel conducting international travel to or from the U.S. require a negative test during the 3 days prior to departure. Follow destination instructions if they are more specific. The test can be completed as part of a 7 day ROM and meet pre-travel ROM if done 1-3 days before departure.
  • All personnel who are 14 days post completion of receiving an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine or have fully recovered from a laboratory-confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 in the last 90 days are not required to undergo viral testing prior to travel from the U.S. to a foreign country. Host nation requirements may override this exemption.

 

Traveling from the U.S.

  • All personnel conducting international travel require a negative COVID-19 test from a specimen collected within 1-3 days of departure, unless they are fully recovered from COVID-19 infection in the last 90 days or if they are 14 days post receiving an FDA-authorized vaccine.
  • Upon arrival in the foreign country, Service members will ROM for 14 days. If, after an appropriate risk assessment, ROM may be decreased to 10 days without testing, or 7 days with testing. All other DOD affiliates are encouraged to follow the same protocol.

 

Travelers returning to the U.S.

  • All personnel must have a negative COVID-19 test from a specimen collected within 1-3 days of departure, unless they are fully recovered from COVID-19 infection in the last 90 days.
  • All personnel (including those fully vaccinated) will submit to viral testing 3-5 days after return.
  • If traveling from, or having traveled through, a foreign country, Service members will ROM for 14 days. If, after an appropriate risk assessment, ROM may be decreased to 10 days without testing, or 7 days with testing. All other DOD affiliates are encouraged to follow the same protocol.

 

Domestic Travel

  • Follow military installation, State, and local government travel restrictions. 

Safety Resources for Approved Travelers