COVID FAQs

Colors shown on the Re-open EU website DO NOT reflect areas of risk or travel restriction for USAG Stuttgart community members. The colors reflect various informational filters that can be selected by the user.

  • Robert Koch Institute list of “High Risk” areas: This link provides the most current listing of “High Risk” areas, as defined by the German government’s disease control and prevention institute. An English version can be found toward the bottom of the page, under “English Archive”
  • CDC Guidance on Returning to the US (for travel to CONUS): Current guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for travelers destined for the USA. The state of your final destination may also have its own requirements.

COVID Policies

A process known as the “Red/White/Blue” schedule was implemented in April 2020 during the first COVID wave and lasted until June 1, 2020. The entire Stuttgart Military Community was either assigned or choose one of three groups (red, white, or blue group) to belong to, and limited their patronage to on-post services to the times designated for their group. The cycle operated in such a way that contact between community members was reduced (theoretically by 1/3) and it also allowed for services to be closed periodically for deep cleaning.

Currently no services are operating under the “Red, White & Blue” cycle. However, the plan will remain a part of garrison policy until further notice, should it need to be reestablished due to a resurgence of coronavirus within the community.

Click here for a video with a full explanation of the concept by Col. Condrey (Facebook video link; no account required to watch)
Face masks are required on post in all service facilities, as well as areas where 6 feet of physical distance cannot be guaranteed between non-members of the same household. This includes Commissaries, the Main Exchange (PX), and Community Mail Rooms (CMRs).

Under this guidance, cloth masks are not strictly required in the following circumstances or areas:

  • While outdoors, unless it is impossible to socially distance. (Unable to maintain a distance of at least six feet between individuals not of the same household, including unit or individual physical fitness training)
  • For brief periods while eating or drinking at USAG Stuttgart service facilities (applicable to food courts and dining rooms once indoor dining has resumed)
  • When mission requirements necessitate, for the performance of official duties
  • By those individuals with health problems which prevent the wear of face masks
  • By children under the age of 5 years old
  • When, consistent with Centers For Disease Control (CDC) and Host Nation safety standards, the risk of infection can be mitigated through other means such as, ventilation, physical barriers (e.g. Plexiglas shields), or other technical methods
  • In fitness centers when exercising on individual equipment and maintaining at least 6 feet of distance between individuals from different households.

Resources (PDF): COVID-19 Prevention & Use of Face Coverings


Official and leisure travel restrictions are set through your relevant chain of command. If you have questions about where you are permitted to travel, please direct them to your supervisor.

COVID Travel

Yes. Although U.S. citizens without European residency are not currently being allowed into the European Union for tourism or other non-essential purposes, DoD personnel undertaking PCS moves are not subject to this restriction.

All official and leisure travel is subject to DoD and Host Nation guidance and based upon unit travel and leave policies. Personnel should follow their unit travel and leave policies.

Seek command guidance on any unit modifications to “Working Quarantine” guidelines detailed in USAG Stuttgart Quarantine and Testing Guidance.[/box]

This page was last reviewed on November 20, 2020.

In most cases, not at this time.

The European Union is not currently permitting U.S. citizens without European residency to enter for “non-essential” purposes, including tourist travel. Germany’s current COVID situation is dynamic, with updates and changes to the Nov 2nd Corona Ordinance ongoing. The German federal and state governments have asked for citizens to avoid unnecessary travel to and from areas with high numbers of infections, including domestic travel.

Germany’s Digital Registration on Entry www.einreiseanmeldung.de.
If you’re entering Germany from another country and have visited a high-risk area in the last 10 days, then you’re required to stay in quarantine for 10 days after entry. There is a 14-day quarantine protocol for those accessing or living within the U.S. Military Garrison community.

You need to complete the Digital Registration on Entry so that the local health authority can check whether you’re staying in quarantine. Your travel and contact details will be passed on to the local health authority at the place where you’ll be staying so you can be contacted there.

For those with special exceptions (Death/funeral, birth, wedding or extreme illness within the family), they should be prepared to travel with the following supporting documentation and others according to the situation:

-passport
-military orders (active duty) / proof of SOFA status (family members)
-marriage license (as needed)
-military ids
-proof of accommodation during 10/14-day quarantine

Source: Further information on current requirements for entry to Germany during the COVID-19 pandemic and who is not required to stay in quarantine is available on the website of the Federal Ministry of Health.

Check the CDC’s guidelines on returning from international travel. The state into which you arrive may have its own requirements.

People with SOFA status are allowed back into the country. Remember to carry a copy of orders with you in addition to your SOFA-containing passport and military ID card. You will be subject to the military community’s testing and quarantine requirements upon your return.

Last reviewed on December 11, 2020

The German federal and state governments have asked for citizens to avoid unnecessary travel to and from areas with high numbers of infections, including domestic travel. Please note – Germany’s current COVID situation is dynamic, with updates and changes to policy 0ngoing. Rely on official sources to ensure compliance.

Returning to Stuttgart from an area designated as high risk requires testing and quarantine per German and garrison requirements.

The European Union is not currently permitting U.S. citizens without European residency or SOFA status to enter for “non-essential” purposes, including tourist travel.

If you’re entering Germany from another country and have visited a high-risk area in the last 10 days, you are required to enter a 10-day quarantine.

You need to complete the Digital Registration on Entry so that the local health authority can check whether you’re staying in quarantine. Your travel and contact details will be passed on to the local health authority at the place where you’ll be staying so you can be contacted there. Germany’s Digital Registration on Entry www.einreiseanmeldung.de.

Authorized or special exception travelers should travel with the following supporting documentation and others according to the situation:

-military orders (active duty) / proof of SOFA status (family members)
-marriage license (as needed)
-SOFA-containing passport
-military ID card
-proof of accommodation during 10-day quarantine

If a test is done at the arrival airport, it can be considered the first test and that individual can immediately quarantine. If testing at the Health Clinic on Patch Barracks, the first test should take place within 24 hrs of arrival. Test 7-8 days later. Following second test, continue with 10-day quarantine.

Quarantine starts on the day of exposure or the day a person returns from travel. Do not wait to start quarantine until after being tested, if for some reason a same-day test is not possible. Release from quarantine is on day 11.

Source: COVID-19 Guidelines for the Stuttgart Military Community, effective December 9, 2020

Further information on current requirements for entry to Germany during the COVID-19 pandemic

Carry your passport with SOFA card/stamp, military IDs, and (if possible) PCS orders. Everyone traveling with you should be listed on the orders. Remember that you must always take your passport when crossing borders, even in the Schengen Area, where passports may not be checked.

If you are driving, you must have an International Driving Permit, as your USAREUR license is only valid in Germany. The first step to getting the IDP is with an appointment at the Driver Testing/Licensing office.

Source: https://home.army.mil/stuttgart/index.php/my-garrison/all-services/drivers-testing/driving-germany

Yes. As of Nov. 8, 2020 travelers seeking entry into Germany who have been in a risk area (which includes the US) in the last 10 days are required to complete Germany’s Digital Registration on Entry and provide proof of registration when entering the country. Visit the Federal Ministry of Health’s FAQ site for more details in English.

Source: https://www.europeafrica.army.mil/coronavirus/



Garrison testing and quarantine requirements are based on (and exceed) host nation guidance and relate to returning from an area declared as high risk by the Robert Koch Institute.

COVID Testing & Quarantine

Check the CDC’s guidelines on returning from international travel. The state into which you arrive may have its own requirements.

Last reviewed on December 11, 2020

The German federal and state governments have asked for citizens to avoid unnecessary travel to and from areas with high numbers of infections, including domestic travel. Please note – Germany’s current COVID situation is dynamic, with updates and changes to policy 0ngoing. Rely on official sources to ensure compliance.

Returning to Stuttgart from an area designated as high risk requires testing and quarantine per German and garrison requirements.

The European Union is not currently permitting U.S. citizens without European residency or SOFA status to enter for “non-essential” purposes, including tourist travel.

If you’re entering Germany from another country and have visited a high-risk area in the last 10 days, you are required to enter a 10-day quarantine.

You need to complete the Digital Registration on Entry so that the local health authority can check whether you’re staying in quarantine. Your travel and contact details will be passed on to the local health authority at the place where you’ll be staying so you can be contacted there. Germany’s Digital Registration on Entry www.einreiseanmeldung.de.

Authorized or special exception travelers should travel with the following supporting documentation and others according to the situation:

-military orders (active duty) / proof of SOFA status (family members)
-marriage license (as needed)
-SOFA-containing passport
-military ID card
-proof of accommodation during 10-day quarantine

If a test is done at the arrival airport, it can be considered the first test and that individual can immediately quarantine. If testing at the Health Clinic on Patch Barracks, the first test should take place within 24 hrs of arrival. Test 7-8 days later. Following second test, continue with 10-day quarantine.

Quarantine starts on the day of exposure or the day a person returns from travel. Do not wait to start quarantine until after being tested, if for some reason a same-day test is not possible. Release from quarantine is on day 11.

Source: COVID-19 Guidelines for the Stuttgart Military Community, effective December 9, 2020

Further information on current requirements for entry to Germany during the COVID-19 pandemic

The fastest way is through Tricare Online – ALL Active Duty, Family Members, GS Civilians and Contractors can register for a Tricare Online Account even if you do not have Tricare insurance

  • Go to www.tricareonline.com
  • Click Log in in the upper right corner to get to the portal.
  • Select: Need an account? * Select: I am one of the following….
  • Fill in required information. WAHC Stuttgart will be your MTF
  • Complete token authentication
  • Once you have an account, select Log- in
  • Once logged in, click on Health Record
  • Select the Laboratory Results Tab from the column on the left side of the page.

Last reviewed on Dec 11, 2020

ROM is an umbrella term for any Restriction of Movement of an individual or group to prevent or diminish the transmission of a communicable disease. The following are categories of ROM:

  • Isolation: You have COVID, or are reasonably suspected of having COVID, because you are displaying symptoms. Isolation is the physical separation of an individual or group for a minimum of 10 days in an isolation facility or residence following the onset of symptoms.
  • Quarantine: You may have been exposed to COVID. Quarantine is the precautionary separation of those who may have been exposed to COVID-19, but may not be ill. This includes newly arrived PCS personnel or those returning from designated ‘High Risk’ areas. These personnel are not allowed to leave their quarantine location until the completion of 10 days. One cannot test out of quarantine.
    If an individual in quarantine tests positive or displays symptoms, they go into isolation for 10 (more) days.
  • Unit-Directed: These are temporary restrictions on non-essential errands for a period of time, as specified by a unit commander. Unit-directed ROM is used to limit movements to enable contact tracing and results of random testing within a formation, or to preserve combat power ahead of a deployment or exercise.
  • Social distancing: You have cold or flu-like symptoms. You tested negative for COVID. You have not been exposed to a COVID case. You do not need quarantine or isolation. However, during the COVID pandemic, you should not go to work or school while sick with a cold or the flu. Once better, no additional testing is required, and you can return to work/school.

COVID-19 Guidelines for the Stuttgart Military Community, effective December 9, 2020

Source: https://rhce.amedd.army.mil/stuttgart/

A contact event is generally described as:

1) being within six feet of a COVID-19 positive individual for 15 minutes or more cumulatively over a 24 hour period;

2) being in an enclosed area or workspace (ie: office) with a COVID-19 positive individual for 15 minutes or more;

3) contact with respiratory or bodily fluid (ie: coughed or sneezed on, touched infected surface, etc.) by a COVID-19 positive individual.

These are only guidelines. Trace teams receive additional training and guidance on which interactions constitute a close contact.

Source: https://rhce.amedd.army.mil/COVID19info.html

No two situations are the same, and changing conditions, understanding, and guidelines have helped fuel that confusion, especially as people compare their situations to friends, co-workers and neighbors.

The U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart is a joint service military community, home to two combatant commands and multiple subcommands. These organization may implement more restrictive policies than those of the Garrison. The Garrison will always be either in step or more restrictive than the Host Nation. School populations have special quarantine requirements. There is potential for extended quarantine requirements within households if family members are exposed at different times.

In an attempt to address these questions and confusion and align testing and isolation/quarantine and return to work/school guidance, the Stuttgart Army Health Clinic has developed a set of written guidelines and instructions which people will receive at the drive-thru testing facility.

Clinic guidelines are the result of collaboration between command surgeon cells, Stuttgart clinic, Garrison, our schools and child care facilities.

Stuttgart Army Medical Clinic (Patch) COVID-19 screening and clinical services

COVID-19 Guidelines for the Stuttgart Military Community, effective December 9, 2020

The USAG Stuttgart tracing is coordinated with units and headquarters on the installation and the schools and child care centers.  Where tracing can identify the source of infection we are able to minimize closures and impacts to work spaces.

We will continue to test any member of our community and prioritize the use of our local rapid testing capability on those that have symptoms or are deemed a close contact of a known positive.

Last Reviewed Dec 11, 2020

Yes. USAG-Stuttgart is currently observing a two-test, 10-day quarantine protocol.

If a test is done at the arrival airport, it can be considered the first test and that individual can immediately quarantine. If testing at the Health Clinic on Patch Barracks, the first test should take place within 24 hrs of arrival. Test 7-8 days later. Following second test, continue with 10-day quarantine.

Quarantine starts on the day of exposure or the day a person returns from travel. Do not wait to start quarantine until after being tested, if for some reason a same-day test is not possible.

Incoming passengers who have spent time in a risk area in the last 10 days prior to entering Germany are now required to complete digital registration on entry. The registration can be completed through desktop, tablet or smartphone on the website: www.einreiseanmeldung.de

The Federal Ministry of Health frequently asked questions for persons returning from risk areas English version is available at: https://www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de/coronavirus-infos-reisende/faq-tests-einreisende-englisch/

Source: COVID-19 Guidelines for the Stuttgart Military Community

Last Reviewed Dec 11, 2020

If the household can separate from the person who has been exposed, then the family does not have to quarantine as well.

For example, if the family member can quarantine or isolate themselves separate from the rest of the family for 10 days, then the rest of the family can continue to go to school and work.

If the exposed person cannot separate from other members of the household, then the entire household will need to quarantine along with the exposed individual.

The problem with letting family members go to school and work while freely interacting with someone in quarantine or isolation is the potential of 2-3 days of exposing their workplace/school if they then become positive.

Quarantine starts on the day of exposure or the day a person returns from travel. Do not wait to start quarantine until after being tested, if for some reason a same-day test is not possible. Quarantine ends on the 11th day.

Source: COVID-19 Guidelines for the Stuttgart Military Community, effective December 9, 2020

The Medical Clinic determines if an individual should be tested, isolate, and/or quarantine and what behavior those situations require from individuals and their households. Schools, workplaces, and organizations can establish their own policies concerning personnel who have been instructed by the clinic to test, isolate, and/or quarantine.

Source: USAG Stuttgart TownHall Q&A, October 29, 2020.

Reservation priority at the Panzer Hotel is for PCS and TDY travel. However, if space is available, reservations for other situations are accepted, to include individuals who want to quarantine or isolate away from their family. Such as stay would be at the individual’s own expense.

Source: USAG Stuttgart TownHall Q&A, October 29, 2020.

How it works

If an individual or family cannot shop for themselves at the Commissary due to COVID-19 conditions (such as quarantine or high risk status), they can request a volunteer shopper. The shopper can shop for them and deliver items to their hotel room (on or off-post) if in quarantine, or to their car at the Commissaries. Payment is made by phone to a Commissary cashier using a credit card.

Click here to see instructions on using the program.

Typical symptoms for COVID-19 can include, but are not limited to: a temperature at or above 100°Fahrenheit, night sweats or chills, a persistent cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell, and/or sore throat.

If you are experiencing these symptoms, please visit the Stuttgart Army Health Clinic’s website for information on who to contact about testing. https://rhce.amedd.army.mil/stuttgart/stuttgart_status.html

Do not go to work or send your child to school/daycare.

Please contact your health care provider before visiting a medical treatment facility. TRICARE beneficiaries should call the toll-free Nurse Advice Line at 0800-071-3516.

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

Non-TRICARE beneficiaries should contact their primary care provider or Insurance Provider for advice.

As always, if you are experiencing respiratory distress, or believe you have a life threatening condition, please call emergency services or report to the closest emergency room.

Source: https://www.europeafrica.army.mil/coronavirus/

The guidance is the same for all Army Medical Treatment Facilities here in Europe. Patients are screened in accordance with Department of Defense and The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. Initial entry screening will consist of a questionnaire to determine if you have symptoms related to COVID.

Testing is based on four priorities:
1) A person who exhibits symptoms that include, but are not limited to as temperature of 100° F or higher, night sweats or chills, persistent cough and shortness of breath
2) A person that has been identified by a tracer team as having been in close contact with a person that is COVID-19 positive
3) A person who is in an identified “high risk” work area as defined by having two or more COVID-19 positive cases within the same workspace or workgroup
4) Other people identified by the Senior Responsible Officer as being at risk.

These protocols will help your healthcare provider determine whether or not you need to be tested for COVID-19.
One important thing to remember is that our frontline healthcare providers don’t treat COVID-19. They treat its symptoms. So whether or not you have a positive test will not change the treatment you receive; it just allows us to track where and how the virus is spreading, and isolate people who have been infected. Our providers are taking all appropriate action to ensure the safety of our beneficiaries.

For more information visit the Regional Health Command Europe’s website https://rhce.amedd.army.mil/COVID19info.html

Source: https://www.europeafrica.army.mil/coronavirus/