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Authorized Areas Map (Updated Nov. 28, 2020)
Visiting bars, tattoo parlors, taverns, massage parlors, karaoke clubs, night clubs, disco clubs, hostels, snacks, lounges, pachinko parlors, public bath houses (onsens), and establishments that restrict entry to adults only.
MCAS Iwakuni personnel are authorized to travel within Japan, as long as you do not travel to areas designated as high risk or within “Red Zones.”
If traveling in the prefecture of another military installation, you must ALSO adhere to their travel and liberty policies. Example: If installations in the prefecture you are visiting do not allow dine-in eating, YOU are not allowed to dine-in while visiting that prefecture.
You may travel by POV, taxi, bus, train, Shinkansen, bicycle, unicycle, ferries, rental car, and commercial air travel.
You may not visit off-base bars, tattoo parlors, taverns, massage parlors, karaoke clubs, night clubs, disco clubs, hostels, snacks, lounges, pachinko parlors, public bath houses (onsens), and establishments that restrict entry to adults only.
Spectator sporting events that include large crowds are off-limits when social distancing cannot be maintained.
The high-risk areas you cannot visit are the following Prefectures: Fukuoka, Hyogo, Kobe City, Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Aichi, Nagano City, Saitama, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Chiba, Ibaraki, Miyagi, Hokkaido, and Okinawa. These are all “Red Zones” and are off limits. These off-limit areas can be found and seen on a map at https://www.mcasiwakuni.marines.mil/COVID-19-Orders_FAQ/
You may travel through high-risk areas or “Red Zones” as long as you do not stay in that area. When traveling through high-risk areas, you are only permitted to do what is necessary to get to your final destination by the most direct route possible. For example:
1. If you travel by Shinkansen from Iwakuni through Tokyo, you are allowed to change trains at Tokyo Station, even though Tokyo is a “Red Zone.” The idea is to continue your travel out of a “Red Zone” as quickly as possible.
2. If you travel by POV from Iwakuni to Kumamoto (“Green Zone”), you may drive through Fukuoka (“Red Zone”). Just don’t make any unnecessary stops in Fukuoka. Stopping to get fuel or get some to eat on the road is okay, just don’t sit down in a restaurant and hangout. Keep on trucking.
Overnight liberty is authorized within the “Green Zone.” Occupancy in an authorized facility is limited to a single family, or no more than two unrelated individuals. You cannot stay within any high-risk areas or “Red Zones.”
The “Red Zone” is the high risk area defined as anywhere outside of the “Green Zone.” Travel to or through the “Red Zone” requires an approved exception to policy letter. If traveling through the “Red Zone” to another installation, commands at both installations must be aware of the travel.
High-risk behaviors are as follows: use of public transportation (other than taxis, buses, local trains, ferries, commercial air travel, and Shinkansen in the “Green Zone”), travel to or through the “Red Zone”, and participation in off-limits activities. Individuals who have engaged in high-risk behaviors within the last 14-days will not be permitted on the Air Station.
Engaging in high risk behaviors or coming into contact with anyone engaging in high risk behaviors necessitates ROM or no base access for 14 days.
There is no limit to the number of people who may travel in a POV together, as long as everyone is properly seated with a seatbelt and are wearing face coverings when social distancing cannot be maintained.
Face coverings are required when entering any room or building, other than your own domicile/room. If you are eating at a restaurant, remove your face covering to eat, then put your face covering back on at the conclusion of eating.
Face coverings are required when you are around other people, outside of your immediate family. Meaning, if you are walking down the street with one or more people, every person in that group will have a face covering. This also applies when riding in a car with other people, outside of your immediate family.
When in public off-base, face coverings are required at all times, inside or outside, unless conducting individual style physical fitness activities (running, biking, swimming, etc). Contact sports are not authorized at this time.
Face coverings are required for anyone age 3 and above.
Neck gaiters and face coverings with valves are not approved forms of face coverings.
Ensure the face covering covers both your nose and mouth.
Wear your face covering in the gym. You will not like the consequences if you don’t.
Visitors from the “Green Zone” are authorized to come aboard the Air Station. Visitors from the “Red Zone” are not authorized to come aboard the base.
Visitors from the “Green Zone” who have engaged in high-risk activities will not be permitted to access the Air Station until 14 days after their last high-risk activity occurred.
Coming into close contact (less than 6 feet for 15 or more minutes) with anyone from the “Red Zone” will place you into a ROM status for 14 days if you are a SOFA-member. If you are not a SOFA-member, you will not be able to come aboard the base for 14 days after coming into close contact with anyone from the “Red Zone.”
ROM means not leaving your domicile for 14 days and not coming into contact with anyone from outside your domicile.
Those in ROM will be tested for COVID-19 no earlier than Day 10 of their ROM period. Personnel in ROM may not exit ROM until negative test results are received AND at least 14 full days have been spent in ROM. Once you receive your test result, whether positive or negative, notify your chain of command/organization. A negative test for COVID-19 does not mean you may leave ROM early; you must complete 14-days ROM. Those who test positive for COVID-19 will transition into an isolation status, where they will remain for a minimum of 14 full days, from the test date, unless they develop symptoms which will require additional isolation time.
Household goods may not be delivered to those in ROM under any circumstance.
ROM is to be strictly adhered to. Failure to take ROM seriously compromises every Air Station effort up to this point to keep our community safe. Those who violate ROM procedures may face administrative or disciplinary action.
If you are presently outside of Japan, or a person within your chain of command/organization is presently outside of Japan, the return to Japan plan is available on the Air Station website. The Air Station must have awareness of every single person that is returning to Japan before the return occurs, therefore, ensure your chain of command/organization is aware of, and has approved, all travel.
If PCS’ing from another base on mainland Japan to MCAS Iwakuni: your gaining command in Iwakuni must approve of your travel plan before you come here. You must make the entire trip in one day, and may only stop in rural areas for food, fuel, the restroom, etc. ROM is not required upon arrival if appropriate risk mitigation measures are taken and your travel plan is approved by your gaining command in Iwakuni.
If arriving via the Patriot Express:
You will be greeted by a sponsorship coordinator and undergo a brief medical screening at the AMC terminal. From there you, and any family members you have with you, will be shuttled by your unit to either the barracks, BOQ, temporary lodging, or family housing to conduct 14 days of restriction of movement (ROM).
If arriving via commercial air, train, taxi, or bus:
Do not simply come aboard the base yourself. If you have a sponsor and have contacted your gaining command or work center, transportation from outside the base to inside the base should have been pre-coordinated. Once you arrive aboard the base, you will be taken to either the barracks, BOQ, temporary lodging, or family housing to conduct 14 days of ROM.
If that transportation was not pre-coordinated or you do not have a sponsor appointed to you, contact your oncoming chain of command immediately. They should be arranging transportation for you from the airport/train station/bus depot/front gate drop off point to where you will be staying.
If all else fails, upon arriving at the front gate of MCAS Iwakuni, contact the Command Duty Officer (CDO) at 0827-79-4001 to ensure receiving you aboard the base is done with precautions in mind.
If you are feeling ill with flu-like symptoms, immediately notify your chain of command, stay at home as a precaution, do your best to avoid contact with others, and contact the BHC at 0827-94-8100 to report your symptoms. Do not go to the BHC without calling first.
Upon notification to the BHC that you are feeling sick, they may simply advise you to remain home and monitor your symptoms. Keep both the BHC and your chain of command apprised of your status and ensure your chain of command, friends, or family are providing you with necessities while you continue to avoid contact with others.
ROM is restriction of movement in order to mitigate risk of possible exposure to COVID-19 down to a more manageable level.
Those undergoing ROM are not suspected of having COVID-19, they are undergoing ROM as a precautionary measure to mitigate risk and in an abundance of precaution for the health of everyone.
While on ROM you are restricted to your quarters, you cannot go anywhere outside of your ROM location, typically for 14-days.
If you are on ROM, do not leave your quarters until your ROM period ends, under any circumstance, unless you have a medical emergency. If you have a medical emergency contact the Branch Health Clinic at 0827-94-8100.
Any SOFA-member aboard MCASI who arrived to the air station from anywhere in the world, on or after 13 March, will conduct 14-days of ROM upon arrival, without exception.
If you had close physical contact with someone on ROM, you may also be subject to ROM and should contact your chain of command for guidance.
If you have a sponsor, your sponsor is your primary point of contact for receiving food and any other items while on ROM.
If you are unaccompanied, your unit, or sponsor appointed by your unit, is your primary point of contact for receiving food and any other items while on ROM.
For anyone on ROM who needs anything, our local community has come together to create Iwakuni ROM Runners. ROM Runners will pick up groceries and other necessities and deliver them to you at your ROM location. They can be reached at https://www.facebook.com/IwakuniROMrunners/.
For emergencies, call 119 from any phone and identify yourself as a ROM residence.
For medical non-emergencies, call the Branch Health Clinic at 0827-94-8100.
The best way to prepare is to maintain contact with your sponsor or unit and complete the checklist that applies to your status (unaccompanied, accompanied, civilian) on the PCS page of this website.
The Patriot Express should be the only way you are PCS’ing to MCAS Iwakuni for the foreseeable future. If you are offered the opportunity to fly commercial, it is highly recommended you do not accept that opportunity and instead make arrangements for the Patriot Express.
Why? Because if you fly commercially, you will be stopped at your point of entry into Japan by the Japanese government and required to conduct 14 days of quarantine at a nearby Japanese hotel. You will incur expenses for this 14-day stay and it is not guaranteed you will be reimbursed for that expense, at this time. Upon completing that 14-day quarantine, you will be authorized to make your way to MCAS Iwakuni where, upon arrival, you will be required to conduct another 14 days of ROM, for a total of 28 days in a quarantine/ROM status.
People are sponsors once appointed by their chain of command. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for a person or family PCS’ing into your unit, contact your chain of command.
Sponsors are responsible for helping their person or family PCS by ensuring each item on the sponsor checklist is completed. Sponsors are expected to reach out to the person or family they are sponsoring upon completion of sponsorship training.
Sponsors are not responsible financially and should work out electronic payment options to be reimbursed by the person they are sponsoring (Paypal, Venmo, Zelle, NavyFed, etc.). Sponsors should keep all receipts and log all expenses paid.
Call DSN 253-3542 or from a cell phone at 0827-79-3542.
Set up an electronic payment option with the person you are sponsoring well before you incur any expenses on their behalf.
In the event the person you are sponsoring is not reimbursing you, let your chain of command know and cease incurring expenses on their behalf.
If the sponsee provides their sponsor with a SPOA, the sponsor will have the ability to accept their personal property, but the sponsor then assumes liability for the shipment. This is why if the sponsor is accepting the sponsee’s home goods shipment, it is highly recommending that the sponsee is present via video chat, if possible, throughout the entire process to verify their own house hold goods.
Unaccompanied E-5 and below from Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron (H&HS), MAG-12 (and their squadrons), and CVW-5 (and their squadrons) will be transported to their ROM barracks via busses coordinated at the MAG and CVW level. Sponsors should meet their new arrivals outside of their assigned barracks and ensure they maintain proper distance from their sponsee.
Busses to the following four locations will be waiting outside of the terminal for arriving passengers: 1. Arrivals traveling immediately to family housing and unaccompanied E-6 and above. 2. Arrivals traveling to the Inns of the Corps or Kintai Inn. 3. Unaccompanied E-5 and below who belong to MAG-12 or a subordinate squadron. 4. Unaccompanied E5 and below who belong to CVW-5 or a subordinate squadron. Travelers who fall outside of these categories should work with their sponsor to coordinate transportation to their ROM location via government vehicle.
Individual commands are responsible for the sanitation of the vehicles they use to transport inbound personnel. Commands should wait 72 hours before cleaning and then reusing a vehicle which transported individuals in a ROM status.
The situation remains fluid and requirements imposed by the Government of Japan (GOJ) are subject to change. Presently all personnel who fly to Japan commercially will be stopped at their point of entry by GOJ and taken to a nearby hotel where they will conduct 14-days of quarantine. Following completion of quarantine, those travelers will be authorized to contine on to Iwakuni, where they will conduct an additional 14-days of ROM upon arrival. Please work with your gaining unit and sponsor to coordinate your travel plans. The preferred option for all travelers is the Patriot Express.
Travelers should not be transported from their port of entry to their ROM location via personal vehicles. Sponsors should utilize a government vehicle, wear personal protective equipment, and maintain social distancing if they are require to pick up a traveler from an airport.
The Patriot Express is able to carry 10 pets in the cabin and 10 pets in the cargo area on each flight. With all Distribution Agencies (Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Army) within the Pacific (i.e. Okinawa, Iwakuni, Yokota) having access to book passenger travel and pets on the PE, pet reservations are first come, first serve. Flight manifest are posted 90-120 days from the scheduled departure month, so it is important that you make reservations for your pet on the Patriot Express as soon as possible.
If the owner and pet just arrived to Iwakuni, the pet itself is under a quarantine of its own: rabies quarantine. The pet must do its initial quarantine exam at the VTF once the owner's ROM is over, but that rabies quarantine means the pet cannot come into contact with any other person or animal outside of its own family.
We highly recommend SPOAs for pets. If an emergency does happen, that SPOA will allow the sponsor to bring the pet to the VTF under emergency circumstances for life-saving care.
If families with pets are not occupying family housing upon arrival (where their pet can stay with them), the family must inquire if there is room at the Barking Lot for the pet as the first preferred alternative. If room at the Barking Lot is not available, the TLF is the second preferred option. Pets cannot come into contact with anyone outside the pet's family while the pet is undergoing rabies quarantine. That quarantine cannot be cleared until the pet goes to the VTF. ONLY if there is no room at the Barking Lot or TLF can the sponsor inquire about fostering an incoming pet- this is coordinated through the VTF, and the foster must not have any other pets.
Please refer to the latest version of MCASO 6220.1I for the latest regarding leave and liberty restrictions
The following link lists all MCCS hours and service updates for the entire base: https://www.mccsiwakuni.com/COVID-19/
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
World Health Organization (WHO)