COVID FAQs

This page is currently under review and will soon be updated to reflect new measures announced on October 28, which are scheduled to take effect November 2.


COVID Reference Documents & Websites

  • General Order 1C: Applicable to all members of the Stuttgart Military Community
  • Your unit/organization’s travel policy: Your unit or organization may have a policy which is more restrictive than the garrison’s baseline policy
  • Stuttgart Army Health Clinic Quarantine and Testing Guidance: Applicable to all members of the Stuttgart Military Community
  • Re-open EU: A detailed, interactive guide provided by the European Union which details country-by-country entry requirements and information for travel.

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.

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All official and leisure travel is subject to DoD and Host Nation guidance and based upon unit travel and leave policies. Seek command guidance on any unit modifications to “Working Quarantine” guidelines detailed in USAG Stuttgart Quarantine and Testing Guidance.

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.

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.

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.

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

Testing is recommended after flying from a non-RKI-designated risk area within the European Union or Schengen Area, but quarantine will not be applied following a negative test result.

There are currently no requirements to quarantine if traveling by train or bus outside of high risk areas (check the RKI “High Risk” list).

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

There are currently no requirements to quarantine if traveling by vehicle to surrounding countries not designated high risk (check the RKI “High Risk” list).

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

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.

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USAG Stuttgart does not produce or maintain a list of “red” or “green” countries; official and leisure travel restrictions are set through your relevant chain of command. 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. Your organization may have more restrictive policies. If you have questions about where you are permitted to travel, please direct them to your supervisor. Non-essential travel from risk areas, including domestic, is currently discouraged by the German government.

COVID Intra-European travel

There are currently no requirements to quarantine if traveling by train or bus outside of high risk areas (check the RKI “High Risk” list).

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

There are currently no requirements to quarantine if traveling by vehicle to surrounding countries not designated high risk (check the RKI “High Risk” list).

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

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.

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COVID Testing & Quarantine

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

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

Testing is recommended after flying from a non-RKI-designated risk area within the European Union or Schengen Area, but quarantine will not be applied following a negative test result.

There are currently no requirements to quarantine if traveling by train or bus outside of high risk areas (check the RKI “High Risk” list).

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

There are currently no requirements to quarantine if traveling by vehicle to surrounding countries not designated high risk (check the RKI “High Risk” list).

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

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.

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 because you are displaying symptoms. This ROM is the physical separation of an individual or group for a minimum of 14 days in an isolation facility or residence following the onset of symptoms, until release is cleared medically through testing.
  • Quarantine: You may have been exposed to COVID. This ROM 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 14 days. If an individual in quarantine tests positive or displays symptoms, they go into isolation.
  • 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.

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

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