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 Threat Levels

Current HPCON: Bravo
Current CDC Community Risk Level: Medium

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.


Rheinland-Pfalz Guidance and Restrictions

The state of Rheinland-Pfalz amended the 33rd Corona Control Ordinance effective Sunday, May 1, 2022. This ordinance remains in effect until May 28, 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. This means individuals with only one dose of J&J will likely experience problems attempting to use 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).

Additionally, individuals traveling to Germany with only one dose of J&J must comply with German Entry Restrictions and the Foreign Clearance Guide to include a negative COVID test, digital registration, and quarantine requirements when entering from a high risk or virus variant area.

  • Military personnel, DOD civilians, and DOD contractors who are traveling 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 Robert Koch Institute.

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.


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 a second inoculation) -or- who are symptomless and have a certificate of recovery. Germany requires proof of three inoculations to be considered "boosted." 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 quarantine after having direct contact with a person who has contracted COVID-19 (unless infection is from a virus variant).
  • Do not have to quarantine after returning from a COVID-19 high risk 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 6+) 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. 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. 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. The 3G requirements (vaccinated, recovered or tested) in the workplace and at other locations on base have also been removed.

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 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.



 

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

PCR Testing:

  • Testing site: Ramstein Medical Group parking lot walk-up trailer (between Bldg 2114 & 2123)
  • Hours: 7:30 to 10:00 a.m., Monday- Friday
  • Negative results self-retrieved by member through Tricare Online (TOL)
  • Closed on holidays, family days and weekends
     

Antigen “Rapid” Testing: For U.S. members flying on official travel orders. (Exceptions for emergency leave and other extenuating circumstances.)
If anyone is experiencing COVID symptoms, they need to utilize PCR testing.

  • Testing site located: Enlisted Club (downstairs WiFi lounge)
  • Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday-Friday, 8 to 10 a.m. on weekends, family days and holidays
  • Rapid testing is walk-in only
  • Members must have CAC Card /DOD ID card and Official Orders 
  • 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. – noon / 1 – 4:30 p.m.

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 also 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 rising 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, 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.” 
  • 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

In general more travel is now available throughout Europe.

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.

See the Travel within Germany section below for conducting risk assessments within 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 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. Starting Dec. 6, all air passengers, regardless of vaccination status, must show an attestation form and a negative COVID-19 viral/antigen test taken no more than 1 day before travel to the United States. A flow chart of the new CDC requirements are available here.

Military passengers flying on military flights are exempt from the one-day COVID-19 testing window.

All AMC Passenger terminals, to include the Ramstein PAX Terminal, will enforce the 3-day testing requirement with the following exceptions:

  • Individuals fully recovered from COVID-19 with a clearance letter from a healthcare provider or public health official
  • Children under 2 years of age
  • ​Individuals with a humanitarian or emergency exemption by an official U.S. Government letter

All travelers are highly encouraged to check requirements with their airline prior to travel. 


 

 

 

 


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) If transited through a risk area via car or plane do I have to quarantine?
A) No. Recent Rheinland-Pfalz guidance states that just transiting through a high-risk area does not trigger a quarantine.

Q) What are the testing hours in the tents on Ramstein?
A) There are three main periods of time for COVID-19 testing at Ramstein Air Base depending on your specific circumstance.

Mon. - Fri.
0730-1000 -Testing out of travel quarantine, testing prior to TDY/deployment

1000-1100 -Testing for close contacts (as directed by Public Health)

1100-1400 -Testing for anyone who is symptomatic. No appointment required.

U.S. members flying on official travel orders and emergency leave to the U.S. can take a rapid test at the 86 MDG's testing site at the E-Club. Testing is walk-in only Mon. - Fri. from 0730 - 1000.

Q) How do you do contact tracing?
A) If an individual tests positive, Public Health will contact that individual to find out who they’ve been around for a cumulative 15 minutes during the previous 48-hours from either the positive test or the onset of symptoms. Using that information we compile a list of close contacts who may be at risk.

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.