All Domestic Travel Banned For Personnel of Department of Defense of the United States

A ban on domestic travel in the United States is now in effect as of today, Monday, March 16, 2020 for all personnel of the Department of Defense of the United States and their relatives through Tuesday, May 11, 2020 in response to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus — which is also known as COVID-19 or 2019-nCoV.

All Domestic Travel Banned For Personnel of Department of Defense of the United States

A memorandum was signed by David L. Norquist — who is the deputy secretary of defense of the United States — which is to include permanent changes of station and temporary duty travel.

“There are 10 service members who have tested positive for COVID-19. One DOD civilian and two DOD contractors have the virus, as do eight family members, officials said. There are 13 DOD laboratories that can test samples for the virus”, according to this article written by Jim Garamon for the Department of Defense of the United States. “The Pentagon reservation is also taking actions and raised the health protection condition in the building and associated properties to Bravo. This means all tours of the building are cancelled. Starting March 16, offices in the building will go on minimum manning, with vast numbers of employees teleworking.”

Additionally, access to the Pentagon is being restricted to international visitors — as well as officials of the Pentagon who have been to the following 32 countries:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • China
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Iran
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • San Marino
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Vatican City


Is it only a matter of time until official restrictions on domestic travel in the United States is expanded to include civilian passengers — especially as commercial airlines have been substantially paring down their route networks?

This article is the latest in a series pertaining to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus in an effort to get the facts out with information derived from reliable sources.

Other articles at The Gate which pertain to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus include:

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6 thoughts on “All Domestic Travel Banned For Personnel of Department of Defense of the United States”

  1. Your daddy says:

    Is this personal travel on their off days or official travel and base locations? Bigvdifferenve between the 2. I don’t think they can tell someone what to do when not on the clock.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      Based on this paragraph from the article to which I linked, Your daddy

      “There are exceptions for hardship, mission essential and humanitarian travel, but those exceptions must be approved. Domestic travel for medical treatment is excluded from the ban.”

      …I would say both.

  2. Sean says:

    I’m a navy spouse and we live on base. It looks like per a notice from the navy that all domestic travel over 50 miles is banned. Luckily I work 20 miles away.. but can’t speak for how much longer I’ll even have a job

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      My thoughts are with you and your spouse, Sean.

      I hope that you do not become the latest collateral damage as a result of the hysteria surrounding this pandemic…

  3. Matty Tailwinds says:

    It’s only for DoD funded travel. Personal travel is unaffected. The SECDEF memo from this past Friday makes that clear.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      Thank you for the clarification, Matty Tailwinds. I appreciate it.

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