Stars and Stripes stripes.com 08 Jan, 2021 09:45 am

Defense Department requires coronavirus test before all overseas travel from US

Defense Department requires coronavirus test before all overseas travel from US
The DOD mandate requires service members, civilian employees, contractors and family members to have proof of a negative test result for COVID-19 within 72 hours of departing for their destination.

military travelers heading overseas on orders must test negative for the coronavirus no more than three days before departing the United States, according to a Navy administrative message Thursday.The Defense Department mandate requires service members, Defense Department civilian employees, contractors and family members to have proof of a negative test result for COVID-19 within 72 hours of departing for their destination.“Many countries now require negative test results before arrival,” Chief of Navy Personnel Adm.Proof of a negative test provides a measure of insurance against being refused travel outside the U.

, to provide proof of a negative test.The Army in August began requiring all soldiers and their families to test negative and quarantine two weeks before leaving the U.

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