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CURRENT SITUATION

If you are experiencing COVID symptoms, you can visit the COVID test center in the 86th MDG parking lot (south side) between 0730 - 1100 or visit the Cold, Cough, and Allergy Walk-In Clinic between 0800 - 1000 for evaluation and/or medications (only for beneficiaries 16 – 65 years). All other beneficiaries should call the main appointment line (DSN: 479-2273 / Commercial: 06371-64-2273) to receive medical care.


Current Threat Levels

Current HPCON: Bravo
Current CDC Community Risk Level: Medium

Per DoD Force Health Protection requirements, and due to the decrease in the number of COVID-19 cases, Ramstein is no longer requiring/offering weekly COVID-19 tests members who are not fully vaccinated.

Current COVID-19 Cases

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.


Updated Mask Guidance Across Germany

As of  Saturday Oct. 1 across Germany, anyone visiting, receiving care or working in a host nation healthcare facility (hospital, nursing home, clinic, etc.) will be required to wear a FFP2 mask. The FFP2 (filtering face piece) mask, which is similar to the U.S. N95 mask, provides more protection than the standard and less-protective surgical mask that most people have been accustomed to.

Also, anyone visiting or entering a German healthcare/medical facility will be required to present a negative rapid test. *Test not required if fully vaccinated in Rhineland-Palatinate*

In addition, anyone over age 14 will have to wear an FFP2 face mask on long-distance trains in Germany. Children between ages six and 13 will also be required to wear a face mask on long-distance trains. However, it has been noted that they do not necessarily need to wear an FFP2 mask as a surgical mask is sufficient for this age group.

The requirement to wear a FFP2 mask, does not apply at U.S. military medical or dental treatment facilities within Germany. Common surgical masks, as used by the bulk of the population, are however, still a requirement when visiting any U.S. medical or dental facility in Germany.


Rheinland-Pfalz Guidance and Restrictions

The state of Rheinland-Pfalz amended the 33rd Corona Control Ordinance effective June 25, 2022. This ordinance remains in effect until July 23, 2022. This ordinance continues to put personal responsibility on citizens and eases most restrictions. Only basic protective measures such as mask requirements in hospitals and public transportation remain in place. 

Guidance for personnel who received the J&J COVID-19 vaccine

Germany no longer considers one dose of J&J as fully vaccinated. Individuals who do not meet full vaccination requirements are treated as non-vaccinated *off-base in Germany and are subject to German regulations. 

Individuals vaccinated with J&J must meet one of the following additional requirements in order to achieve fully vaccinated status in Germany:

  • Received an additional dose of either J&J or an mRNA vaccine
  • Received two additional doses, for a total of three shots, in order to become boosted
  • Individuals with proof of recovery which occurred after receiving one dose of J&J are considered fully vaccinated
  • Individuals with proof of recovery prior to receiving one dose of J&J are considered fully boosted

*Ramstein Air Base is a U.S. military installation and maintains the current U.S. recommendations for full vaccination on base. On base, individuals meet the definition of fully vaccinated with one J&J shot and boosted with a second dose of either J&J or an mRNA vaccine. U.S. guidelines do not count recovery from COVID-19 as any dose in a series of vaccinations.


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. The digital pass can also be used for cross-border travel (when required) as part of the EU-wide COVID health pass system.

For more information and step-by-step instructions, click here. If a booster is administered, you must update the information by getting a new QR code at a pharmacy.

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

Effective April 8, 2022: 

In accordance with the latest host nation ordinance, mask wear on Air Force installations in the KMC is now optional everywhere except the medical clinic and public transport. Masks are no longer required at the Exchange, Commissaries, and Shoppettes. 

Personnel exhibiting symptoms or close contacts of someone with COVID-19 should continue to wear masks, regardless of vaccination status. Additionally, unit commanders and establishments may continue to implement more restrictive policies based on mission and safety requirements. Mask requirements, if any, will be indicated by signage posted near entrances.

 

Guidance for US and Non-US Civilian Personnel

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



 

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.

More detailed information about German entry requirements are available in English via the Foreign Federal Office

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 (Travel)

The installation follows the host nation's quarantine requirements with some exemptions for members quarantining on base:

  • Individuals who traveled to Germany with orders on official business are exempted from quarantine requirements while conducting official business, as long as they have not been in a virus variant area in the 10 days prior to their arrival, as defined by the RKI. However, shopping and other leisure activities are not permitted while completing quarantine.  
  • Personnel may depart their quarters for individual outdoor fitness up to one hour per day and to care for pets.
  • Personnel may depart their quarters to retrieve to-go food items or curbside pickup from on-base establishments.  

COVID-19 Exposure Flowchart

The COVID-19 exposure flowchart contains guidance the KMC will follow when exposed to a confirmed COVID case or close contact. The flowchart illustrates steps when an individual is confirmed to have COVID or identified as a Close Contact by Public Health. Close Contacts are further broken out by those who are vaccinated and those who are not vaccinated for additional clarity. 

Ramstein Testing Center Information

Per DoD Force Health Protection requirements, and due to the decrease in the number of COVID-19 cases, Ramstein is no longer requiring/offering weekly COVID-19 tests members who are not fully vaccinated.

PCR Testing:

  • Testing site: Ramstein Medical Group outside swab window, Bldg 2114
  • Hours: Monday - Friday/Family days 7:30 to 11 a.m.; closed on weekends and holidays
  • Walk-up testing, no appointment necessary
  • Negative results self-retrieved by member through Tricare Online (TOL)

Antigen “Rapid” Testing:
For Official Travel with copy of orders and ID card and Asymptomatic testing. Exceptions made for Emergency Leave and other extenuating circumstances.

*If anyone is experiencing COVID symptoms, they need to utilize PCR testing.

  • Testing site: Ramstein Medical Group outside swab window, Bldg 2114
  • Hours: Monday-Friday/Family days 7:30 to 11 a.m.; closed on weekends and holidays
  • Rapid testing is walk-in only
  • Members must have CAC Card /DOD ID card  
  • Results are processed in 15-20 minutes, and signed/stamped memorandum of result is provided on-site

If a medical emergency situation arises outside of regular screening clinic hours, members can be screened at LRMC's Emergency Department.

PCR Testing Landstuhl Regional Medical Center:
Where: LRMC COVID Screening Clinic (CSC)
Hours: Sunday – Thursday 7:30 a.m. –  4:30 p.m.

Off-Base Testing Information

  • Rheinland-Pfalz has antigen testing for free in the local area. Individuals, including US service members and their families, can 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, and a summary of testing locations is available in English 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. 
  • For individuals who initially received the J&J vaccine, it is important to know that Germany defines fully vaccinated as 14-days after a second shot. A single dose of J&J is no longer sufficient to be considered fully vaccinated off base. Individuals with only one dose may experience problems using off-base hotels, restaurants and other establishments that require 2G (fully vaccinated or recovered) or 2G+ (a negative test in addition to being fully vaccinated or recovered). Those who have proof of three inoculations are considered “boosted.” 
  • 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

In general more travel is now available throughout Europe. Germany lifted most travel restrictions June 11, 2022, however, there are some stipulations for people arriving from a virus variant area. More information can be found on the German Entry Restrictions page.

In certain scenarios, commanders or supervisors should conduct a risk assessment for 86 AW personnel requesting leisure travel. The latest DoD guidance can be found at DoD Force Health Protection guidance. 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.

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 to/from the United States

The CDC no longer requires air passengers traveling to the United States to show a negative COVID-19 viral test or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding. All travelers are highly encouraged to continue to check U.S. entry requirements and with their airline prior to travel. More information released by the CDC is available here.

AMC Passenger terminals, to include the Ramstein PAX Terminal, no longer require a negative PCR or Antigen Covid-19 test for travel to the United States.


 

 

 

 


Frequently Asked Questions

 

Q) How do I sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine appointment?
A)  Please see our COVID Vaccine page for the latest guidance.

Q) If someone is PCS-ing to Ramstein in the next couple of months will host nation restrictions prevent them from coming to Germany?
A) No.

Q) How do you do contact tracing?
A) If an individual tests positive then they should follow the COVID-19 exposure flowchart, which contains guidance the KMC will follow when exposed to a confirmed COVID case or close contact. The flowchart illustrates steps when an individual is confirmed to have COVID or identified as a Close Contact. Positive member must fill out contact trace form for tracking purposes.

Q) What would it take for the base to go HPCON Charlie?
A) This would be a decision made in cooperation with public health and medical experts and leadership.