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CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

facemask.pngFace masks are required on post in areas where 6 feet of physical distance cannot be guaranteed. This includes Commissaries, the Main Exchange (PX), and Community Mail Rooms (CMRs). Only ID card holders are permitted to access service facilities. 
Face coverings are mandatory off-post for shopping or riding public transit.

UPDATE FOR STATE OF BADEN-WüRTTEMBERG:

As of September 28, 2020 

Germany has 286,338 confirmed cases and is reporting 9,534 deaths. 
Baden-Württemberg has 48,458 confirmed cases and is reporting 1,877 deaths.
Positive cases reported by Stuttgart: 2,696; by Esslingen: 2,626; and by Boeblingen: 2,090.
Source:  Worldometer Collecting Corona Statistics)

Local news translated: Sept. 28 (links to the StuttgartCitizen)

Top Headlines:
▪️ Cinema industry leaders appeal for new rules
▪️ Merkel expresses grave concerns over rising infection rates
▪️ Infection spreads in Baden-Württemberg schools

Local news translated: Sept. 25 (links to the StuttgartCitizen)

Top Headlines:
▪️ Germany launches online portal for travelers on 15 October
▪️ Archaeologists find Roman armor in Lower Saxony
▪️ It’s the season for the domestic house spider

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 COVID-19 Travel Guidance & FAQs

USAG Stuttgart TESTING & Quarantine Guidance
All official and leisure travel is subject to DoD and Host Nation guidance and based upon unit travel and leave policies. As USAREUR, EUCOM, and AFRICOM all publish testing and quarantine guidance it is recommended that all personnel seek command guidance in addition to garrison guidance.

USAREUR Procedures for Unofficial Travel during COVID-19

Reference Documents and Websites for Travel

  • General Order 1C: Applicable to all members of the Stuttgart Military Community
  • Stuttgart Army Health Clinic Quarantine and Testing Guidance: Applicable to all members of the Stuttgart Military Community.(Guidelines currently being updated)
  • Re-open EU: A detailed, interactive guide provided by the European Union which details country-by-country requirements and information for travel
  • 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.

Are PCS moves still taking place?

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.

What kind of documentation do I need in order to PCS?

At a minimum, orders and a military ID card. Passports are highly recommended. Dependents traveling with you should be listed on your orders by name.

What is the screening process for new arrivals?

  1. Arrive in Germany
  2. Depending upon arrival time, go to Stuttgart Army Health Clinic (Patch Barracks) for initial testing (day 1/2) (click here for drive-thru clinic hours). The organizational sponsor signs newcomers in at the gate, sponsor and newcomers will need to get out of vehicles, wearing masks, and provide photo ID and have their picture taken for access.
  3. Return to lodging and remain on strict quarantine until negative test results are returned. The Clinic will contact anyone with a positive test directly. Based upon the volume of tests, the Clinic will not attempt to contact those with negative results.
  4. Obtain a Physician Certification of Exemption by visiting the clinic at 1500 hrs/3:00 p.m. on a day the clinic is open. Depending upon testing time of the service member, civilian or contracted worker, the certificate may be available the same afternoon. Unit sponsors may not receive test results, nor can they be emailed due to HIPAA requirements. During testing, the newcomer can authorize the sponsor to pick up a Physician Certification of Exemption. Family member tests will be processed at another location and their Physician Certification of Exemption may take an additional day to get results. This certificate allows at least the sponsor to move into a “working quarantine” to provide care and feeding for their family.
  5. Go into a “working quarantine” (defined below and in the memorandum)
  6. Between the fifth and seventh (5th-7th) day after arrival, return to the Patch Clinic drive-thru for a second screening.
  7. Remain in a “working quarantine” status through the entire 14-day period after arrival.
  8. After 14 days have elapsed (without contact from the clinic indicating a positive test), the “working quarantine” expires and normal interaction with the community may resume. You do not need to return to the clinic unless you become symptomatic.

Note: Due to the volume of screening, the clinic will only actively contact those returning a positive COVID-19 test result. Those who would like confirmation of a negative test result may call or go to the Health Clinic.

What if a family member elects not to test?

If a family member elects not to be screened/tested, they must remain in full quarantine for the entire 14-day period. To safeguard the community, the Preventive Health Nurse recommends the entire household remain in full quarantine. Even with a family of four, if only three are screened, then the entire household stays in quarantine until the last family member tests or the 14-day period expires.

What is a “working quarantine?”

With the first negative test, an individual will move into a “working” quarantine category. They may leave their lodging/residence for essential activities and for outdoor activities where close contact with others can be avoided (such as running, biking, hiking, or climbing). They should limit full interaction with the community for 14 days from date of arrival. Avoid crowds, religious services, gyms, bars, visiting friends/relatives, going to cookouts, public transit, restaurants, swimming pools, in-processing rooms, face to face meetings, classrooms, sports, sporting events, “tourist-like” travel to city centers, festival events, etc. They should wear a cloth mask in public at all times and wash hands frequently. Avoid travel and return to crowded/high density work areas. Telework is recommended, if possible. If they must go in, then test every 3 days in accordance with CDC critical worker guidelines.

If I leave Germany for travel to the U.S., will I be allowed back into Germany?

Yes. People with SOFA status are allowed back into the country. It’s a good idea to carry 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.

Are there any quarantine requirements once I get to the U.S.?

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

Can family come visit us in Germany?

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.

Where can I travel for leisure?

According to General Order 1C, travel is permitted to locations not forbidden by DoD or declared a high risk area by the German government. Your specific organization may have more restrictive rules.

Your mode of transport to your leave location will determine if there are quarantine requirements (i.e., per the testing and quarantine guidelines, no quarantine required for travel in personal automobiles, but quarantine is required after commercial air travel).

Can I stay overnight?

Yes, provided the travel is in line with DoD and host nation rules. General Order 1C removed earlier language prohibiting overnight stays.

Which documents should I have with me when crossing borders?

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.

What are the quarantine requirements for driving?

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

What are the quarantine requirements for taking the train or intercity bus?

There are currently no requirements to quarantine if traveling by train or bus.

What are the quarantine requirements for flying?

Effective July 18, and in accordance with host nation guidance, if traveling within the EU or Schengen Zone, testing upon return is recommended, but not required.

Traveling by air, regardless of the risk level of the destination, subjects the traveler to a requirement to process through the clinic for COVID testing and observe the 14-day working quarantine.

(Reference: Host Nation (RKI) “High Risk” country list)

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 COVID-19 Guidance & Prevention Tips

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