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STAY UP-TO-DATE WITH THE LATEST DoD COVID-19 TRAVEL GUIDANCE
MARADMIN 204/22 Supplemental Guidance for Marines Regarding Transportation And Quarantine-Level - Restriction of Movement (ROM) Associated with Permanent Change of Station Moves and Temporary Additional Duty to Japan (4/20/2022)
MARADMIN 108/22 2022 Peak Moving Season Preparations (3/10/2022)
MARADMIN 417/21 Change 1 to Reinforcing guidance for Marines regarding transportation, pets, housing, and quarantine-level-restriction of movement associated with PCS Moves to Japan (8/11/2021)
MARADMIN 396-20 Reinforcing guidance regarding transportation, pets, housing, and ROM guidance for PCS moves to Japan (7/14/2020)
USMC International Travel Handout 28 July 2021
COVID-19 USMC Leaders Reference Card
FOR ANY OTHER UPDATES AND RESOURCES RELATED TO COVID-19, PLEASE VISIT
THE FOLLOWING WEBSITES AND LINKS BELOW
Click here to visit the MCCS COVID-19 updates webpage.
Additionally, please find the following documents by clicking on the link or copying and pasting it into your browser:
COVID-19 What You Need to Know Brochure COVID-19 Appointment QR Flyer COVID-19 Resources for Families
COVID-19 Verified Resources COVID-19 Post Vaccination Brochure COVID-19 Adolescent Vaccination Information
COVID 19 Vaccination FAQ's Okinawa 2021 PCS Video
Centers for Disease Control Travel Page
National Governors Association (COVID-19 State Directives) 211 Centers to Address Information & Referral Concerns for Marines & Families
* Military OneSource is available 24/7/365 to help you handle stress and challenges related to COVID-19 as well as provide non-medical counseling and support. Call 800-342-9647 or connect through live chat. OCONUS? Click here for calling options.
We want to extend a very warm welcome to everyone who is relocating to Okinawa! Okinawa is a fabulous place to be assigned to and we want to ensure your tour starts off right by providing every possible resource to ensure your relocation to Okinawa is as easy as possible.
We have provided an Accompanied PCS Flowchart (August 2022) and an Unaccompanied PCS Flowchart (August 2022) for Marines and their families as "one-stop shopping" with step-by-step diagrams for the major PCS processes needed to successfully relocate to Okinawa. We also have a Navy Accompanied PCS Flowchart (August 2022) and a Navy Unaccompanied PCS Flowchart (August 2022) for Navy personnel and their families to assist in their PCS move to Okinawa.
Learn more about where to shop, eat and play on Okinawa? Looking for transportation schedules for the Green Line and the off-base bus system? Download MCCS Okinawa Liberty App as it provide this and much, much more on what is available on Okinawa.
Okinawa is located approximately 400 miles south of mainland Japan. Okinawa is home to III Marine Expeditionary Force and
Marine Corps Installation Pacific (MCIPAC).
Marine Corps Base Camp Smedley D. Butler (MCB Camp Butler), which falls under MCIPAC, includes
Camp Schwab, and Camp Gonsalves. Okinawa is also home to
Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. Major subordinate commands falling under the III Marine Expeditionary Force include
3rd Marine Logistics Group,
3rd Marine Division,
1st Marine Aircraft Wing,
3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, and
31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. Navy presence on Okinawa includes
Commander Fleet Activities Okinawa with its tenant commands and the
U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa on Camp Foster. Naval facilities are physically located throughout Okinawa (on Kadena Air Base, Camp Shields, and White Beach Naval Facility). There is also a significant Air Force and Army presence on Okinawa located at Kadena Air Base and Torii Station. Among what is available on Okinawa, please know that there are Off-Limits Establishments and Areas that are outlined in the IIIMEF/MCIPAC-MCBBBul 5800.
ALL E-5 and below unaccompanied Marines and Sailors assigned to Marine units arriving on Okinawa, please read the
Joint Reception Center (JRC) Welcome Aboard Letter.
Military Installations application provides a way to find out important information on DoD military installations around the world. To access and view information on Okinawa, ensure "Military Installation" is listed in the first box and then type Camp S. D. Butler in the Search Box and click on Camp S. D. Butler from the list menu.
In addition you can access the Plan My Move application by clicking on the "Plan My Move" Menu on the top of the Military Installations application page. Then type the name of your current installation and then the name of your new installation. Please, ensure you click on either the "Service Member" or "Family Member" buttons.
Okinawa PCS "Must Know" Information document contains important relocation information needed by Service Members and their families to assist them during their relocation to Okinawa. We have now added the Accompanied and Unaccompanied PCS Flowcharts, which provides step-by-step diagrams of each of the major relocation processes, to the Okinawa PCS "Must Know Information" Guide.
In the event of an emergency conditions on Okinawa caused by a natural disaster or crisis, all non-essential personnel may be evacuated off-island.
III MEF Family Emergency Evacuation Webpage contains a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section and all of the forms need to compile an Emergency Evacuation Package (EEP) for Marines and their families to use to prepare for this situation. You can also stay informed through the AtHoc Notification Messaging System. Your Sponsor can help you register you and your family upon arrival. Have little ones in your family? Visit Ready Kids to help them learn about disaster preparedness in a fun and interactive way. The Air Force also provides a site that offers all sorts of puzzles and activities to help kids learn about disaster preparedness; visit Be Ready Kids to download your activity sheets for kids ages 4-12.
Visit our Information, Referral and Relocation Services webpage to sign up for our workshops, find out about our locations, and hours of operation.
Military OneSource webpage is a central hub and go-to-place for the military community. Find out more about benefits and prepare for the big stuff – deployments, reintegration, moves, parenthood, retirement, managing finances and much more.
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We have provided an Accompanied PCS Flowchart (August 2022) and an Unaccompanied PCS Flowchart (August 2022) for Marines and their families as "one-stop shopping" with step-by-step diagrams for the major PCS processes needed to successfully relocate to Okinawa during the COVID-19 environment.
We also have a Navy Accompanied PCS Flowchart (August 2022) and a Navy Unaccompanied PCS Flowchart (August 2022) for Navy personnel and their families to assist in their PCS move to Okinawa.
For further information on ROM procedures please see the most up to date MCIPAC-MCBBBUL 1610 26 August 2022
What is Restriction of Movement (ROM)?
ROM is the process of protecting the
whole population from an infectious disease. ROM may include isolation (for sick people) or quarantine (for healthy people).
Quarantine is for “healthy” people
who may become sick, to prevent spread of disease when
you could be infectious but do not feel ill. Quarantine takes place in a designated location, most often in one's own home.
What items will I need while in ROM?
Please plan to bring the following items with you or coordinate with your sponsor to secure the items upon arrival:
Temporary kitchen kits are available for personnel to borrow through the Marine & Family Programs-Resource Centers. Please note, the Loan Locker does not carry the following items: microwaves, play pens, or linens. For a list of the items available to at the Lending Locker, download the Lending Locker Agreement. Please coordinate with your sponsor to secure a kitchen kit prior to your arrival.
How do I get
You will need to rely on
the support of your
sponsor. Quarantine is important to protect others;
we fully expect the community to help support YOU
and your family during this time. MCCS restaurants offer food delivery services to all bases. Menus and orders can be
found on the MCCS website under the "Dining &
Lodging" tab. Delivery and payment instructions are on the website as well. You can also use the UShop
Camp Foster Local Service program for Commissary items and
the Curbside Pickup program
from the Exchange for essential items. Your sponsor can help you pick up these
items and deliver them to your home or designated TLF.
***What do I do
if I start to feel
Contact the 24/7 COVID Care
Line at 098-971-9691 or DSN: 646-1976
Depending on the type and
severity of your symptoms, the U.S.
Hospital, Okinawa will either arrange for you to be clinically evaluated (in either the ER, a clinic, or your home) in a way that protects other patients -- or continue your care in the outpatient setting with monitoring. You may or may not be tested. Please know that even if you are tested and get
a negative result, you must finish your entire quarantine period.
Is it okay to stay with my
roommate or family if I start
to feel sick?
People who are suspect patients of COVID-19 - that is, those getting tested - and those who have the disease must move into isolation. Isolation may
be achievable in your own home and Preventive Medicine will determine if that is feasible. If not, then your unit and the camp will work to find a responsible solution. Additionally, if you are tested for COVID-19, your family members will need to restart quarantine until it is confirmed that you do not have COVID-19.
Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 645-8255
/ 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Navy/USMC SAPR: 646-HOPE (4673) / 098-970-4673
USAF SARC: 634-7272 /
Enjoying Okinawa after your Restriction of Movement (ROM):
For any comments or concerns please submit your email to: email@example.com
IMPORTANT LOCAL LINKS
The Okinawa Base Information link provides information on other MCCS/USMC Installations, Okinawa Military Services, how to direct dial on-base phones from a cell or off-base phone, information on The Green Line and off base buses, USMC on Okinawa along with other military links.
Don’t know where the swimming pool is located on Camp Foster? Please feel free to print or download Map Group #1 or Map Group #2 to find out locations for many of facilities involved in the Relocation process.
Okinawa is surrounded by world-class beaches and dive spots and is considered a "hot bed" for a variety of recreational water activities. With the pristine beaches and the wide variety of recreational water activities, there also exists an element of danger. Water conditions can change in minutes and riptides are widely present throughout the coastline due to unique coral formations.
It is essential all personnel engaging in water activities on Okinawa be acutely aware of the dangers involved in recreational water activities on Okinawa. A great place to start becoming more knowledgeable is through the Marine Corps Base Butler Base Installation Safety Office's Water Safety Web Page. Please become familiar with this important information as it may save your life!
Essential Relocation Web Sites:
Essential relocation websites have extensive information on relocation.
Military Installations application allows you to research important information on DoD installation military installations.
Military OneSource web page is a central hub and go-to-place for the military community. Find out more about benefits and helpful steps to take when preparing for the big stuff – deployments, reintegration, moves, parenthood, retirement, managing finances, and much more.
The Department of Defense (DoD) has launched the new PCS & Military Moves
landing page on the Military OneSource website as a replacement for its previous information
hub, Move.mil. Military OneSource will now serve as a single online access point for DoD
members and their families to plan the full spectrum of their move. The new PCS & Military Moves landing page can be accessed under the
Moving & Housing section of the Military OneSource website.
Customers may use the website to schedule a move and find resources related to moving their
personal property as well as other aspects of their move. Additionally the Household Goods Inconvenience Claims - Informational Brochure provides information on how to file a claim if your shipment is delayed.
There are several major commands on Okinawa to include
III Marine Expeditionary Force (III MEF), Marine Corps Installations Pacific,
Marine Corps Base Camp Smedley D. Butler ,
3rd Marine Logistics Group (3d MLG) ,
3rd Marine Division (3d MARDIV) ,
1st Marine Air Wing (1 MAW),
3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade,
31st Marine Expeditionary Unit,
Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Futenma,
U.S. Navy Fleet Activities Okinawa (CFAO), and the
U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa.
Please visit the
Commissary web pages for more information regarding on-base shopping on Okinawa. While in ROM, newcomers can request Sponsor's assistance with ordering groceries through Commissary CLICK2GO online ordering program.
Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) provides payment services and support for the DoD to include the MyPay website and paying all DoD military and civilian personnel, retirees and annuitants, as well as DoD contractors and vendors.
Newspapers and Current Events:
Pacific Stars and Stripes and the
Japan Update are newspapers that provide a look into on and off-base life on Japan and on Okinawa.
The MCIPAC Public Affairs Office provides news and current events involving Marines on Okinawa.
The Okinawa Living Magazine has articles that cover a wide spectrum of topics, including life on Okinawa, indoor and outdoor recreation, tours and exotic destinations, special events, children’s activities and sporting events.
The Okinawa Guide is a comprehensive annual publication with essential information about both on and off-base programs, services, and activities including helpful tips on driving, phone use, local customs, dining, shopping, recreation, and more.
The Calendar of Events is a monthly publication with a schedule of programs and services offered through MCCS Marine and Family Programs. Click on the link for your FREE copy of these publications. You can also find a hard copy of the Okinawa Living Magazine and the Okinawa Guide inside your Newcomers' Orientation Welcome Aboard (NOWA) package. Your NOWA package will be waiting for you in your designated TLF room or your sponsor can pick one up for you at the Camp Foster Marine & Family Programs-Resource Center, Bldg. 445.
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MCIPAC Policy Letter 12-14 covers the assignment of dual service couples (military member married to another military member) to Military Family Housing.
Kadena Air Force Website links two web pages to its page:
Okinawa Military Family Housing Office and
The Kadena Family Housing web pages, both of which have current information on Military Family Housing, Housing Management Office hours of operations and, locations, Housing Assignment Application forms, policies and pictures of military family housing on Okinawa. Starting in 2017, on-base Military Housing is conducting a five-year Military Housing renovation project that will impact the number of available units for inbound Service Members.
If having issues with your on or off base housing, the following flyers provide a 3-Step Resolution Process for Off-Base and On-Base Housing! (February 2019)
Per MARADMIN 396/20, immediately upon receipt of PCS Orders, accompanied Marines are directed to apply for family type housing by submitting their DD Form 1746 to the Kadena Family Housing Office. It is highly recommended for families with pets to secure Military Family Housing as pet-friendly rooms are limited in the designated TLFs for incoming families needing to conduct their ROM. The Port-to-Final Residence Flowchart and the Housing Sponsor Checklist are provided to assist Service Members and their Sponsors with this process. If you are not eligible for the Port-to-Final Residence Program, your sponsor can assist you with securing a room at the designated TLFs to conduct your ROM upon arrival (if required). Once you have completed your ROM the following Family Housing Assignment Flow Charts - On & Off Base can assist you with the housing assignment process for on and off-base housing.
MCIPAC/MCB Butler Bulletin 11101 (12 MAY 2022) - Permanent party unaccompanied E6 and above may decline
assignment to BH at any time and elect to reside off-base (with command
Provided below is some important information on how to get your pet ready for travel.
Japan Pet Importation Requirements
is a link to the Government of Japan website containing Japanese laws and regulations, quarantine requirements and procedures for importing pets from designated and other regions.
The Government of Japan Import Guide for Pets - Non Designated Regions (November 2021) provides a guide to the process to import pets into Japan from all non-designated regions.
AQS Pet Importation Guide Designated Regions Nov 2021 (November 2021) provides a guide on the process to import pets from the designated regions of Iceland, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji Islands, Hawaii and Guam.
III MEF/MCIPAC Order 10570.1 provides policy and direction on the proper care and control of domestic pets, registration and de-registration policies and requirements on pets for all SOFA status personnel living on and off-base and the prohibitions on certain dog breeds on Okinawa.
The U.S. Army, Japan Veterinary Service on Kadena Air Base provides command and control of all veterinary elements in support of U.S. Forces on Okinawa. Their web page provides information on location of clinic, hours of operation, installation policies and traveling with pets.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides pet shipment checklists, airline pet polices, certification requirements and much more.
U.S Department of Agriculture web page provides information on traveling with pets to include basic information on exporting and importing pets.
Marine and Family Programs - Resources
Marine and Family Programs - Resources provides a wide range of services designed to assist you in maintaining a high state of personal and professional readiness. Our goal is to ensure that you are prepared and help you maintain your quality of life while on Okinawa. Marine and Family Programs-Resource Centers are NOT just for families! We serve single Marine/Sailors, military retirees, DoD civilians, widows and widowers. Marine and Family Programs-Resource Centers provide:
Information and Referral and Relocation Services web pages which provide access to the INFORMATION & REFERRAL DATABASE, help for foreign born spouses, retirees, widows and widowers, relocation assistance,
Military OneSource, base and community information, Lending Lockers, Sponsorship Training, Newcomer's Orientation, and Smooth Move Workshops.
Email: MCBB_ReloAssist@usmc.milCommercial Phone: 011-81-98-970-8395
Personal Financial Management: this web page contains a wide variety of resources and information to include dates, times and location and how to sign-up for upcoming personal financial management workshops, financial calculators, consumer awareness, financial planning, and much more.
Cultural Awareness and Adaptation: learn all that Japan has to offer by learning Japanese Language and its culture. This web page contains a variety of information to include a list of workshops and classes to help you learn more about Japanese culture.
Transition Readiness Program and the Family Member Employment Assistance: Job listings, referrals for all family members, resume assistance, interviewing, employment workshops, transition assistance, and the pre-retirement workshop.
Marine and Family Programs - Resources
MCCS, MCB Camp Butler Unit 35026
FPO AP 96373-5026
Welcome to Okinawa! For inbound personnel joining III MEF and MCIPAC, please take a few minutes to learn about the process of transitioning to Okinawa.
The Joint Reception Center welcomes new arriving unaccompanied Service Members in ranks E5 and below for an orientation to the island of Okinawa.
Okinawa 2021 PCS Video.
NEWCOMERS' ORIENTATION WELCOME ABOARD
Start your tour off right! Okinawa is a wonderful duty station and great place live for the entire family. Learn about this beautiful island and all the opportunities you can take advantage of during your tour. Meet and listen to representatives from a multitude of service organizations and learn about the customs and culture of Okinawa and about your responsibilities as a member of the military community.
Newcomers' Orientation Welcome Aboard (NOWA) is mandatory for all accompanied (all ranks) USMC and USN Service Members, civilian employees, family members (military and civilian) age 10 and up, and all unaccompanied USMC and USN (E-6 and above) and civilian (all grades). E-5 and below (unaccompanied) will attend the Joint Reception Center (JRC) brief. Please call 645-5395 for more information regarding JRC.
**NOWA is mandatory per MCO 1320.11G and IIIMEF/MCIPAC MCBBO Order 1754.1A.
**Completion of NOWA must be confirmed prior to MCIPAC Installation Safety Office issuing a SOFA Privately Owned Vehicle (POV) Driver's License in accordance with MCIPAC Order 5560.1.
**Completion of NOWA is also required before any Service Member is granted off-installation leave or liberty in Japan as per MCBJ/IIIMEFO 1050.7A.
Please contact the MCIPAC Installation Safety Office at 645-3183/2862 to inquire about taking the SOFA POV Licensing exam. Orders, approved Area Clearance message (for dependents), and a valid stateside driver's license are required to obtain a SOFA POV Driver's License. Civilian personnel will need their SOFA Letter and are recommended to contact the MCIPAC Installation Safety Office for any other specific requirements.
Are you PCS-ing to Okinawa and need a Sponsor? Fill out the Sponsorship Request Form NAVMC 11799 and send it to the MCCS Relocation Services email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Our Information, Referral & Relocation Specialists will be happy to forward your request to your Unit Sponsorship Coordinator (SC) for assignment and processing.
While you await a response from the Unit or the assigned Sponsor, check out the Okinawa PCS “Must Know" Information. This document contains important relocation information needed by Service Members and their families when relocating to Okinawa. We have now added the Accompanied and Unaccompanied PCS Flowcharts to the Okinawa PCS "Must Know Information" document, which provide step-by-step diagrams of each of the major relocation processes.
Are you sponsoring an incoming family or a Service Member?
Sign up for the next Sponsorship Training to get the latest information about your Sponsorship Assignment and learn about the Sponsor's Toolkit.
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Travel and Arrival Information
Getting Ready to travel to Japan? Click on the link below to watch the Marine Minute regarding PCSing to Japan during COVID-19:
For the latest III MEF and MARFORJ Command Information relating to the COVID-19 outbreak and current travel regulations, please visit the following link.
Due to public health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and the Department of State being under Critical Processing procedures, please visit https://passportmatters.army.mil/Default.aspx for up-to-date important notices for the Special Issuance, Official and No-Fee Passports.
MCIPAC-MCBBBul 1610 Okinawa COVID In-Stride Guidance - 26 August 2022
Traveler's Tips contains information on the TSA screening process, 3-1-1 for carry-on, permitted and prohibited items and much more.
It is important for you to stay safe while traveling during the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to your flight, begin to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms. Ensure you have the following items prior to your flight:
PLEASE NOTE: incoming personnel may be required to complete ROM upon arrival. Ensure you have the following items with you or coordinate with your sponsor to have these items available for you if you will be in Contingency Housing or Permanent Housing:
If arriving at the Naha Airport Domestic Terminal, please take a look the attached photos and information to familiarize yourself about Naha Airport. You can also go on the English web page of the Naha Domestic Passenger Terminal to find out more about ground transportation access from the Naha Domestic Terminal and domestic arrival routes in the Naha terminal.
During COVID-19, many Service Members and their families will arrive on Okinawa via the “Patriot Express” which arrives at the Air Mobility Command (AMC) Terminal at Kadena Air Base.
Where you will conduct your Restriction of Movement (ROM) will determine your move of transportation to the location:
Final Residence / Contingency Housing / Designated Temporary Lodging Facility (TLF)- Accompanied Personnel:
E-5 and Below USMC Unaccompanied Personnel:
E-6 and Above USMC Personnel:
USNH Active Duty Personnel:
III MEF/MCIPAC 7220.1A - TLA Order contains information on policies regarding Temporary Living Allowance (TLA) and family housing for Marine commands on Okinawa.
The TLA Brochure and TLA Information Sheet contains local area information on TLA to include Installation Personnel Administration Center (IPAC) contact numbers and governing policies on when TLA is authorized.
Specific temporary lodging aboard Okinawa has been designated for incoming personnel to conduct their Restriction of Movement (ROM). Coordinate with your sponsor if you need to secure lodging prior to arrival.
Westpac Lodging web page contains general information and amenities provided at the Westpac. There is also information on the other
MCCS lodges on Okinawa, along with hours of operations and other associated links.
Here are some
useful Japanese phrases to assist you upon your arrival in Japan.
Want to learn about Japanese Culture? Please visit the Air Force Culture and Language Center at: https://www.airuniversity.af.edu/AFCLC/expeditionary-readiness-training/Field-Guides/ to download the cultural handbook app on Japan on your smartphone or tablet device. It's also useful if you plan to visit other countries while living on Okinawa as it has a multitude of guides on other countries!
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