TRAVEL TO TURKEY
ALL arrivals to Incirlik Air Base to include PCS, TDY and leave return, STILL require negative PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) COVID-19 test within 72 hours of arriving.
The best option is for PCS travelers to test at their losing base (or nearby base) prior to travel. Testing in the BWI area is NOT a primary source for PCS travelers to receive a PCR COVID-19 test.
COVID-19 Mask Policy Guidance Update:
COVID-19 has become endemic in the population. On base COVID-19 cases have significantly dropped, regional cases have stabilized, and IAB Airmen are nearly 100% vaccinated for COVID-19. Based on this information and recent CDC guidance, masks are no longer mandatory unless outlined below.
GENERAL TRAVEL GUIDANCE
Check the Foreign Clearance Guide for the latest travel restrictions and guidance before planning any international travel for PCS, TDY or leave. For the latest travel restrictions in Turkey click here.
ALL arrivals to Incirlik Air Base to include PCS, TDY and leave return, require negative PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) COVID-19 test within 72 hours of arriving.
TRAVEL TO US
In accordance with Statement Department requirements, all base personnel, regardless of vaccination status, traveling to the U.S. via commercial airlines require a negative PCR test to enter the country within one day of departure or documentation of COVID-19 recovery within 90 days of departure. For more information, click here.
All base personnel traveling on Patriot Express to the U.S. require a negative PCR test within 72 hours of departure to enter the country. For more information, click here.
TRAVEL WITHIN TURKEY
Effective September 6, per the Government of Turkey, only people who meet one of the following conditions will be able to attend large events, such as concerts, film screenings or theater shows in Turkey. The same rule applies to public transportation, to include planes, buses or trains, throughout Turkey:
Leave is authorized per the DoD, however other host nation and local restrictions may apply. Leave must be approved by the squadron commander. 39 ABW Leave Policy (Incirlik Policy Read Book #23).
QUARANTINE AND CONTACT TRACING POLICY
In accordance with the latest CDC guidance, members of the 39th ABW who test positive for COVID-19 will be isolated for at least five days from the onset of symptoms and only released by their Primary Care Manager (PCM) team.
A close contact is defined as being within six feet of the positive case for a total of 15 minutes over a 24-hour period.
Close contacts who have completed their primary vaccination series in the last six months or have received a booster shot should wear a mask for 10 days and self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms. If they develop symptoms, they should isolate themselves from others and report to the 39th Medical Group for testing.
Close contacts who are either unvaccinated or who have completed their primary series more than six months ago should quarantine for five days and then wear a mask for five days when around other people. If the close contact does not have any symptoms and the unit commander determines the member is mission essential, the commander can allow the member to return to work wearing a mask for ten days.
Close contacts who develop symptoms should isolate from others and call the 39 MDG at 676-6666 or report to sick call on the main floor of the 39th MDG at 7:45 a.m. Monday through Friday, except for U.S. Federal Holidays and wing down days.
Exemptions: Service members may apply for medical exemption or religious accommodation. Please contact the 39th Medical Group at 676-6666 for more information about medical exemption or the base chaplain’s office at 676-6441 for questions about religious accommodation. Members seeking exemptions are encouraged to do so as soon as possible.
Vaccination non-compliance: Without a pending religious accommodation request or authorized medical exemption, any refusal to receive the COVID-19 vaccine may result in administrative and/or punitive action under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ).
COVID-19 VACCINE AVAILABILITY
At this time, the 39th MDG is currently offering the vaccine and booster shot to all eligible TRICARE beneficiaries. Please contact the 39th MDG at 0322 316 6666 or 676-6666 for the latest information on vaccine availability. If you are a TRICARE beneficiary residing within the country of Turkey, please contact the TRICARE office at 0322 316 3373 or DSN 676-3373.
The following procedures have been implemented for Incirlik Air Base in accordance with HPCON B Plus measures:
- Maintain physical separation from others by a minimum of six feet when possible.
- Practice enhanced hygiene and sanitation, including frequent cleaning of common-use items and regular handwashing.
- Telework when effective.
- Use alternative communication methods as a substitute for in-person meetings when possible.
All members that are placed on quarters MUST be reported to public health.
Continue to practice the following guidelines to help mitigate the possible spread of the virus.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick - report quarters to public health.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.
IF you have a fever and one of the symptoms of respiratory illness (e.g. cough or shortness of breath)
AND meet ONE of the following criteria:
· Travelled to an affected region in the last 14 days
· Been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days
THEN - please stay home and call the DoD Nurse Advice Line at:
· From a DSN line: 676-6666, option 1
· From a Turkish cell phone: 0322-316-6666, option 1
· From a US cell phone: 1-800-TRICARE (874-2273), option 1, then option 2
You can also reach out to your healthcare provider through TRICARE Online Secure Messaging:
DO NOT walk into the medical group seeking an appointment if feeling symptoms. Call the DoD Nurse Advice Line FIRST.
Secretary of Defense Use of Cloth Face Covering Memorandum - 05 April 2020
Deputy Secretary of Defense Stop Movement Memorandum - 13 Mar 2020
Secretary of Defense Travel Restriction Memorandum - 11 Mar 2020
Government Resources COVID-19:
Air Force COVID-19
39 ABW helping agencies remain committed to providing assistance to airmen and their families throughout the COVID-19 response. While the helping agencies will temporarily limit workplace visits, they will remain open to provide support and assistance. If you or a fellow Airman needs assistance, please contact any of the helping agencies using the following means:
Official helping agencies site
** WhatsApp capable
Emergencies (24 hours):
T-Mobile / Turkcell: 0322-316-0112
Sprint / AT&T / Verizon: 011-90-322-316-0112
Area Defense Council
24-Hr Response: +90-549-821-4036 **
Equal Opportunity (EO):
24-Hr Response: +90-549-821-4359/4357 **
Inspector General (IG):
24-Hr Response: +90-549-821-4043 / 4053 / 4081 **
DSN: 676-6452 (7 days a week 0800-1300)
Airman & Family Readiness Center):
Nurse Advice Line (24 hours):
DSN: 676-6666 Option 3
1-800-TRICARE9874-2274) option 1, then option 2
TRICARE Secure Messaging (use Google Chrome)
Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC):
24-Hr Response Commercial: +90-549-821-4599 **
Facebook Messenger: "Incirlik SAPR"
Zoom Walk-ins: https://centene.zoom.us/j/2169002606