CURRENT SITUATION

 If you are experiencing any type of sick or acute illness symptoms, do not go to work or walk-in to the clinic. You should stay home and call the Medical Appointment line at DSN 479-2273 or commercial 06371-46-2273.


Current COVID-19 Cases

For the latest COVID-19 cases within the Kaiserslautern City and County Districts, click here.

For the latest COVID-19 cases within Rheinland-Pfalz (aka Rhineland-Palatinate), check the Robert Koch Institute website.

For a current heat map of risk areas within Germany, click here.


Rheinland-Pfalz Guidance and Restrictions

The 28th Rheinland-Pfalz host nation ordinance is in effect and applies throughout Rheinland-Pfalz. A summary of key changes are below:

1) Replacement of previous warning level system: The previous warning level system based on the three leading indicators "7-day incidence", "7-day hospitalization incidence"(related to a service area) and "share of intensive care beds" (percentage share of intensive care beds occupied with COVID-19 patients in RP) will not be continued. Instead, only the state-wide "7-day hospitalization incidence" (=number of newly admitted hospitalization cases with COVID-19 diseases per 100,000 inhabitants) is now the benchmark for the respective protective measures.

2) Mask obligation for employees of facilities: The previous possibility for employees of facilities to waive the wearing of a mask with a daily updated test is restricted: The obligation to wear a mask will only be waived for the above-mentioned employees if they have been vaccinated or have recovered (without having to present a daily test).

3) Changes in the obligation to test: The obligation to test, stipulated at various sections in the ordinance can now only be fulfilled by carrying out a (professional) rapid test by trained personnel (and no longer a self-test carried out under supervision) or by a PCR test.

Exceptions (self-tests under supervision possible for):
-Testing of children and adolescents up to and including 17 years of age
-Testing of employees and employers

4) Introduction of 2G rule: Access to many areas of social life is now only permitted for persons who have recovered or have been vaccinated. Exceptions to this exist, on the one hand, for persons who cannot be vaccinated against COVID-19 for medical reasons (a qualified medical certificate must be presented) and, in general, for children and adolescents up to and including the age of 11. Unvaccinated children 12-17 will need to provide a negative test.

To view a listing of how warning levels impact daily life for unvaccinated, click here.
An area's current numbers can be found at https://lua.rlp.de/.


Exceptions for Vaccinated Members

The state of Rheinland-Pfalz has authorized some exceptions to COVID-19 regulations for those who are not experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 and are fully immunized (14 days past their final inoculation) -or- who are symptomless and have a certificate of recovery. Detailed information can be found in the COVID-19 Exemption from Protective Measures Ordinance. The following is a summary of the exemptions:

  • Do not have to provide a negative COVID-19 test when visiting a restaurant or hairdresser/barber shops. Documentation of immunization must be provided upon entry of these shops/locations. 
  • Do not have to quarantine after having direct contact with a person who has contracted COVID-19.
  • Do not have to quarantine after returning from a COVID-19 risk area or high incidence area. People who return from a virus variant area will still require a 14-day quarantine even if they are immunized.
  • Note: Federal guidelines still require a negative COVID test, proof of vaccination or recovery for all travelers (ages 12+) arriving via airplane into commercial airports.

ATTN: The State of Rheinland-Pfalz and local military commanders agreed in writing to allow the U.S. Centers for Disease Control vaccination card to suffice as proof of vaccination in all businesses within the state. It is recommended that personnel keep a copy of the agreement with them.

EU Digital Certificate for Vaccinated Members

The digital vaccination record is an additional option for documenting COVID vaccinations. Vaccinated people within the EU, including Americans, can store information such as the date of their shots and the type of vaccine they received on their smartphones. Starting in July, the digital pass can also be used for cross-border travel as part of the EU-wide COVID health pass system.

For more information and step-by-step instructions, click here

We recommend bringing a copy of this agreement with you when you visit a participating pharmacy to get your QR code.

 


Wear of Face Coverings on Base

For the latest Force Health Protection guidance regarding face coverings on DoD installations, click here.

All personnel regardless of vaccination status will continue to wear KN95/N95/FFP2/medical-style surgical masks in public places where those types of masks are currently required (KMCC Base Exchange, Ramstein and Vogelweh Commissaries, Ramstein Shoppette, places of worship, post offices, Ramstein Law Center, Ramstein Clinic and public transportation), in accordance with host nation requirements.  Individuals, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask in public areas such as the gym (when not actively working out and in-between workout stations), at the swimming pool, and in restaurants (when not seated at your table). 

Fully vaccinated personnel no longer have to wear face coverings at other locations on the installation such as their work center. However, members working in customer service areas or who are in contact with visitors will continue to wear face coverings.

Personnel who are not fully vaccinated will continue to wear face coverings on the installation in accordance with DoD and host nation requirements. 

When a mask is required, a medical face mask (surgical mask) or a mask of the standards KN95/N95 or FFP2 or a comparable standard shall be worn.

Children age 6 and under do not have to wear face coverings on or off base.

DoDEA mask policies on mask types and wear still apply in all schools.

Guidance for Base Events

DoD and EUCOM have released new guidance enacting travel restrictions and limiting the size of DoD sponsored meetings, events, and conferences. Units conducting events in 86th Airlift Wing facilities on Kaiserslautern Military Community (KMC) installations should be conducted safely and in conjunction with COVID-19 mitigation measures. Events should be held in a virtual environment to the maximum extent possible. Additionally, USAFE-AFAF recently published recommendations for events and gatherings.


Guidance for US and Non-US Civilian Personnel

For the latest guidance concerning our US and Non-US civilian workforce, click here.


Virtual Town Halls

Upcoming Town Halls
TBD

Archived Virtual Town Halls
View previous town halls here.



 

General Order #2, quarantine and covid testing

Host Nation & Local Guidance
The German government has implemented two categories of COVID-19 infection areas: high risk areas and virus variant areas. For a current list of countries and their associated category based on the latest data, click here. An English version is at the top of the page. Knowing each area's category is important as it determines different requirements when entering Germany.

All travelers aged 12 or over must possess a negative test result or proof of vaccination or recovery when entering Germany. [*All travelers 6+ traveling to Germany on the Patriot Express require a negative test]. Please review this German Federal Government website for a complete explanation of requirements. Also, view this graphic for a quick summary of digital registration, COVID testing and quarantine requirements. 

This chart is also helpful summary of the entry requirements.

For travelers entering from a high risk area or virus variant area, be sure to digitally register here prior to entry into Germany, regardless of the mode of transportation.

Note: Please see the installation guidance below for information on quarantine and testing options for U.S. members assigned to Air Force installations in the KMC.


Installation Guidance

The installation follows the host nation's quarantine requirements. To read the installation policy and exemptions, view the updated General Order #2 here. The order applies to all official and nonofficial travel and failure to comply can result in disciplinary action. 

Ramstein Testing Center Information

For symptomless travelers requiring a test prior to TDY/deployment:

  • Personnel with an appointment can drive-in or walk-up to Ramstein's testing center Mon-Fri between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The testing center is located at the medical clinic's parking lot. Although the lot is closed to normal traffic, those requiring a test are authorized to drive up and remain in their vehicle for the test. Members may also walk up to the testing area if they don't have access to a vehicle.
    • Members unable to test within the 86 Medical Group hours can utilize Landstuhl Regional Medical Center's after-hours testing capability.
  • Forms will be completed at the testing location, and no paperwork is required prior to arrival.

Testing for close contacts or symptomatic travelers:

  • Testing for close contacts or those experiencing symptoms can visit the testing tent between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on regular duty days. Close contacts should follow directions received from Public Health. If a medical emergency situation arises outside of regular screening clinic hours, members can be screened at LRMC's Emergency Department.

For U.S. members flying on official travel orders and emergency leave to the U.S.:

  • The 86 MDG is providing rapid COVID testing (antigen) at the E-Club, Mon.-Fri. 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
  • Rapid testing is walk-in only
  • Personnel will have their test results back on the same day, however, more testing will be required if results come back positive
  • All members age 2 and above will require a test (anterior nasal swab) if departing from a commercial airport
  • Members must bring proof of travel such as DTS orders or leave web orders showing official travel

For U.S. members departing for unofficial/leave travel to the U.S.:

  • The 86 MDG does not have capacity to test individuals prior to unofficial travel
  • Asymptomatic military personnel and their dependents can utilize local antigen testing centers off-base. More information is available under the Off-Base Testing Information section below
  • All testing costs will be the responsibility of the member

Off-Base Testing Information

  • Due to riding COVID-19 cases within Germany, Rheinland-Pfalz has reopened antigen testing for free in the local area. Individuals, including US service members and their families, can now receive 1 free antigen test per week at local test sites. You may need to provide proof of residence like a housing contract or bill. If a test comes back positive, members will need to quarantine and obtain a PCR test. View a translated version of the test certificate here. For more information about testing, visit this site.
  • More information about off-base testing and a dashboard of test centers is available here.

Additional Information

  • Inbound/outbound PCS personnel are highly encouraged to reserve lodging on-base as early as possible. No need to wait for orders!  If there is not availability on-base, personnel can reserve off-base lodging, but could be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test/or proof of vaccination before accessing an accommodation. 
  • Incoming PCS personnel who must quarantine should go directly to their lodging upon arrival to Ramstein to quarantine before shopping or in-processing. Shopping and in-processing are not authorized until quarantine is complete.
  • Members should coordinate with their sponsors and unit commanders accordingly to receive support.


 

CONTACT INFORMATION

For COVID-related care, call the Appointment Line: 

  • Medical Appointments:
    06371-46-2273
    314-479-2273

Other Numbers:

  • International SOS:
    +(44) 20-8762-8384 (option 1)
  • International SOS Toll Free (from Germany):
    800-589-1599
  • TRICARE Nurse Advice Line:
    1-800-TRICARE; or
    0800-071-3516
    (from a European Line)

Social Media:

Post your comments, questions, or concerns on the Ramstein AB Facebook page.

Recommended Apps:

  • Air Force Connect App: Provides updated news and directory for base services
  • EvePass: Used for checking in/contact tracing when visiting Ramstein establishments
  • Luca App: Used for checking in/contact tracing when visiting off-base establishments
  • International SOS: TRICARE translation services
  • 112: GPS capability/provides emergency patient locations to call center agents

TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

Installation Guidance

Air Force facilities in the KMC are currently in HPCON Bravo.

Ramstein has met all required conditions for unrestricted travel to/from the installation. Personnel no longer need an exception to policy memo or commander-to-commander coordination for official travel to/from the installation.


Off-duty travel/leave

Leisure travel opportunities are expanding within Europe for people who are fully vaccinated.

86 AW personnel must request approval to travel outside the local area from their squadron commander or equivalent. Prior to approval, the commander must make a risk assessment in accordance with current DoD Force Health Protection direction. To conduct a risk assessment of areas outside of Germany, reference the Robert Koch Institute’s list of designated risk areas here. To learn more about each EU country's public health measures, entry requirements, border status, and facility reopenings, visit https:/reopen.europa.eu/en.

See the Travel within Germany section below for conducting risk assessments within Germany.
See the guidance above about Germany's requirements for testing, quarantine and digital registration, if leaving and returning to Germany.

Remember--travel of any kind increases your exposure to others. Do your research, stay informed, take precautions, and follow all host nation and local restrictions.


Travel within Germany

86 AW personnel in the KMC and personnel on temporary duty at an 86 AW facility must request approval to travel outside the local area from their squadron commander or equivalent. Commanders can use this heat map to conduct a risk assessment for travel within Germany.  Upon return to the local area, the commander will make a risk assessment to determine if the member needs to quarantine and/or test in accordance with current host nation or installation requirements. If the commander determines that quarantine is not required, they will further assess the need for a full return to duties unrestricted or a need to place the member in a restricted posture.

Personnel travelling from within Germany to 86 AW facilities in the KMC for official business (TDY or PCS) are required to follow host nation testing and/or quarantine requirements as outlined in the current host nation ordinances. 

Travel to/from the United States

Personnel requesting to travel to the U.S. for leave purposes should refer to the applicable processes outlines in the above section about leave travel. Air Force dependents have no restrictions on leisure travel, except for any imposed by the host nation or state authorities. When traveling to the United States, air passengers ages two years and older are required to get a viral/antigen test (a test for current infection) within the 3 days before their departure flight to the U.S., and provide written documentation of their laboratory test result (paper or electronic copy) to the airline, or provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Effective Nov. 8, unvaccinated travelers must show proof of negative test within one day before their flight's departure. Those who are vaccinated still have a 3-day window. Passengers flying via Ramstein's Passenger Terminal have a 3-day window regardless of vaccination status. Travelers are highly encouraged to check requirements with their airline prior to travel. More information about this requirement can be found here.


  • Base Facility Hours/Operations

    Updated Nov. 17, 2021

    • As a precautionary measure, several facilities on base have adjusted hours and operations until further notice.
    • An updated list of force support operations can be found here.
    • Available food services can be found here.

    Public Affairs Studio

    Open by appointment only. To schedule an Official Photo for biography, application or award package, please click here.


    Ramstein Visitor Control Center

    Open 7 days a week from 6 a.m. – 6 p.m.

    Services include:

    • Contractor/Visitor Passes
    • CAC/IACS Registration
    • Forgotten ID
    • NATO Pre-Notification

    These services and/or hours of operation are subject to change at the direction of the 86 AW/CC. For questions, please call the VCC at DSN 480-5775 or commercial 06371-47-5775.


    TMO Personal Property

    Due to the current COVID 19 situation, the Personal Property Processing Office located in Bldg. 2106 RM 211 Ramstein AB offers walk-in service for a limited amount of customers Mon.-Fri. from 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. 

    In order to start the process to schedule household goods pick up, customers should follow the guidance in their virtual out-processing checklist or visit our HHG factsheet link:

    https://www.ramstein.af.mil/About/Fact-Sheets/Display/Article/774938/household-goods-outbound/

    After completing the self-counseling in www.move.mil, customers should e-mail DD1299 and orders to the PPPO org box: 86lrs.lgrdppo@us.af.mil. A counselor will contact them within 3-5 business days.

    In order to avoid any delays, customers should include a good phone contact (work or personal cell phone) and personal e-mail if possible -OR- visit the office during walk-in hours with a copy of your DD Form 1299 and orders.

    In case of any questions/concerns, our office can be contacted at DSN 480-2163/5509 or commercial: 06371-47-2163/5509 Mon. – Fri. from 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


    Ramstein Legal Office

    Mon. – Fri.: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Walk-in Services* Mon. – Fri.: 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    *Fewer than 3 notaries or Power of Attorney

     *4+ notaries, closing documents, and 4+ POAs require an appointment. All POAs require ticket numbers that can be attained from https://www.aflegalassistance.law.af.mil. Please call 480-5912/5911 or email  86aw.jac.legalassistance@us.af.mil to schedule an appointment with the legal office. In the event phone lines are busy, please leave a voicemail.


    Military Personnel Flight

    For detailed information on each Military Personnel Flight COVID-19 Functions, please click here.
    For further information pertaining to Passports and ID Cards, click here.

    • CAC appointments are only for expired and expiring cards within 30 days, and Initial Issue CACs. To schedule your appointment visit https://booknow.appointment-plus.com/y7jgzct0/
    • Dependent ID Card renewals are requested on-line. Please click here for instructions.
    • We will continue to serve members with prior coordination who are picking up dependent ID cards, need a CAC unblock, or had a Lost/Stolen CAC.

    VAT Office

    The VAT Office is open by appointment only*. To schedule an appointment, customers should sign up via Appointment Plus. For questions call DSN 480-5309. The VAT office is currently unable to accept payments in the form of cash/check; they can only accept Visa, Mastercard, or American Express credit/debit cards.

    *Personnel new to Ramstein purchasing VAT forms for the first time do not require an appointment. These customers can walk-in Monday - Friday 9 - 11 a.m. and 1 - 3 p.m. to purchase their initial set of forms.


    German-American Community Office

    Available to assist personnel with questions via phone 0631-363-3010 or email info@gaco-kl.de. For in-person assistance, visitors should sign in at the side entrance.


    Ramstein & Vogelweh Libraries

    Click here for information about current library operations.


    Ramstein Chapel Services

    Days of Operation:  Mon. – Fri.
    Working Hours: 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    A duty chaplain is available for walk-ins during working hours and an on call chaplain for weekends.


    USAREUR Licensing Office

    The Ramstein USAREUR Licensing Office will operate as follows:

    • Support is available by appointment only.
    • To schedule an appointment please use the 86th Airlift Wing Appointment Scheduling Program (Appointment Plus)

    Vehicle Inspection at Kapaun AB
    Days of Operation: By Appointment only Monday – Friday from 7 - 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. (7 - 11:30 a.m. on the last duty day of the month)

    All safety service inspections, including inspections for new vehicle registrations, inspections for registration renewals, and re-inspections for previously failed vehicles require an appointment. Members without an appointment can be seen on a space available basis by using the standby line.

    Personnel must wear a mask while at the inspection station.

    For questions regarding inspections, please contact 86 Vehicle Readiness Squadron at DSN: 489-6400 or COMM: 0631-536-6400.


    Vehicle Registration at Kapaun AB

    Days of Operation: Monday – Friday (closed 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. for lunch)

    Walk-In Hours: 7 – 10 a.m.

    Appointment Hours: 12 – 3 p.m. (Booked via AppointmentPlus).

    Substation/Bldg #2807: Operations will not change. **WALK-IN ONLY** 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. (11 a.m. –12 p.m., closed for lunch)

    If you need to clear a suspense for a new vehicle purchased, please scan & send those documents (front and back) to our organization box.

    For questions regarding shipping appointments or picking up vehicles from International Auto Logistics (IAL), please contact IAL at DSN: 489-7750 or COMM: 0631-536-7750. Web Address: www.PCSmyPOV.com

    For questions on required documents that you will need in order to complete any transaction, our pamphlet is located here under “Checklist”.

     


    Ramstein Passenger Travel and SATO Office

    Passenger Travel and SATO office is temporarily teleworking and can be reached at the following temporary numbers until further notice: DSN 480-5338/3966

    For the most efficient service, please send your completed Port Call Request form and orders to 435lrs.lgrtp@us.af.mil   

    All commercial travel will be forward to the San Antonio call center.

    Germany: 800-826-8960
    USA: 866-576-4635

    For all Emergency Leave, please contact your First Sergeant for assistance.


    Postal Operations: Northside, Southside and Kapaun Post Offices

    For any questions or concerns please contact our Postal Customer Service Section at DSN: 480-7857 or by email at 786FSS.postal.service.1@us.af.mil.

    Those who are immune-compromised or live with a family member who is immune-compromised can set up private appointments through their Post Office’s Customer Service for mail pick-up once per week.

    Customer Service Org Boxes for special requirements:


    Civilian Personnel Office/NAF HR Office

    No walk-ins. Customers are requested to email or call. Appointments will be set when necessary.

    • US CPO: 480-5850
    • LN CPO: 480-7153
    • NAF HRO: 480-2672

    86 CPTS (Finance)

    Comptroller Services Portal

    Finance is expanding service while adding transparency to the status of your question! Customer service inquiries for Military, Civilian, and Travel Pay can use the Air Force Comptroller Services Portal (CSP). Customers with questions going forward will be asked to input & submit through CSP.

    https://usaf.dps.mil/teams/SAFFMCSP/portal/SitePages/Home.aspx

    The site is secure and fully protects Personally Identifiable Information (PII). CSP does not require VPN access but does require a CAC reader when using a personal computer. Members will be prompted to create a user profile and make any necessary updates (2-3 minute process) before submitting their initial request. Customers can then submit, review, and track their requests anytime, anywhere.

    *MS Edge is the preferred browser, followed by Chrome 

    Appointments/Walk-ins

    Appointments for Retirements/Separations briefings must be scheduled via Appointment Plushttps://booknow.appointment-plus.com/9rm3mcns/. 

    Walk-ins will be honored for the following issues only:

    • Advance Rent/Security Deposit
    • Debt Repayment (0900-1200)
    • GSU Personnel for Military/Travel Pay Issues
    • OHA Underpayment over 30 Days
    • No Pay Status
    • Security Deposit Repayment

    Wednesdays are reserved for First Sergeants from 0900-1500.

    Org Boxes

    Org boxes are ONLY intended for GSUs and members without us.af.mil emails. Our primary means of electronic communication is through the Comptroller Services Portal (CSP), located at https://usaf.dps.mil/teams/SAFFMCSP/Portal/SitePages/Home.aspx.  The CSP allows transfer of PII, so a CAC login is required.  If you have not used the CSP before, you will need to create a profile, and instructions are available on the home page under Quick Links.

    Email Org Boxes:
    Civilian Pay Team:  86cpts.civ.pay@us.af.mil
    CED Orders/Authorizations:  86cpts.fmai@us.af.mil
    Travel Certification for Invitational, LN, Student Dep, and RAT:  86cpts.1610certification@us.af.mil
    Customer Service:  86cpts.cs@us.af.mil

    Finance PCS Update

    In order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the 86th Comptroller Squadron is transitioning to a virtual platform for PCS In-Processing. 

    Starting Mar. 1, all members will in-process with finance through e-Finance.  E-Finance is an Air Force tool available through the Air Force Portal. It allows members to submit travel vouchers directly to the Comptroller Squadron for review. 

    This shift to e-Finance will eliminate the need for appointments and reduce wait times by allowing members to file their travel vouchers at any time from any location, as long as they have a computer with a CAC reader.

    A comprehensive e-Finance user guide is available on the home page of the Comptroller Services Portal under "knowledge articles".  It is also available on the e-Finance website.  To access the user guide from the website, click “PCS” in the top right-hand corner of the website.  After you begin creating your voucher, the guide is available under the “Briefings” hyperlink.


    86 AW Retiree Activities Office (RAO)

    The RAO has moved to Bldg. 2118, ground floor, room 138. In-person visits/appointments are limited at this time. 
    Contact: 06371-47-5486 & 86aw.rao@us.af.mil 


    Dining Facilities (DFAC) *Take-Out Only*

    LBH (Kapaun)
    Open to All DOD ID card holders, to include dependents and members of foreign governments, are welcome to get food from the LBH. Only USD cash is accepted.

    Mon-Fri
    Breakfast: 6-8 a.m. (weekends & family/holidays 7-8:30 a.m.)
    Lunch: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
    Dinner: 4:30-6 p.m., weekend/holiday/family day
    Brunch: 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

    Jawbone Flight Kitchen (Ramstein):

    Boxed meals available 24/7; hot meals served
    Mon-Sun
    Breakfast: 6-8 a.m.
    Lunch: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
    Dinner: 5-7 p.m.
    Midnight meal: 11 p.m.-1 a.m..