Stars and Stripes stripes.com 18 Dec, 2020 08:45 am

Some US bases in Japan offer free coronavirus tests for troops heading home for holidays

Some US bases in Japan offer free coronavirus tests for troops heading home for holidays
Medical centers at Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Sasebo Naval Base, Yokota Air Base and Kadena Air Base are offering the tests, which some U.S. states require prior to entry.

Some US bases in Japan offer free coronavirus tests for troops heading home for holidays Medical centers at Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Sasebo Naval Base, Yokota Air Base and Kadena Air Base in Japan are offering free coronavirus screenings for troops heading home for the holidays.Medical centers at Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Sasebo Naval Base, Yokota Air Base and Kadena Air Base are offering the tests, which some U.military bases in Japan are providing coronavirus screenings for service members, their families and civilian employees heading home for the holidays, and beyond.While tests are free for active-duty service members, there may be fees for civilians, contractors and retirees based on each installation’s policy.

Yokosuka Naval Hospital is offering tests only for active-duty service members and their families, according to a spokesperson for the medical center.Negative coronavirus tests, even where required for travel, do not preclude service members, their families, contractors or civilian employees from mandatory quarantines when returning from overseas travel, he said.

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