Welcome Aboard Okinawa


Marine Corps International Travel Handout 28 July 2021

COVID-19 USMC Leaders Reference Card

COVID 19 What You Need to Know Brochure PDF

COVID 19 Appointment QR Flyer PDF

COVID 19 Resources for Families PDF 

COVID 19 Verified Resources PDF

COVID 19 Post Vaccination Brochure PDF 

COVID 19 Adolescent Vaccination Information PDF

COVID 19 Vaccination FAQ's

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. 

MARADMIN 396-20 Provides reinforcing guidance regarding transportation, pets, housing, and ROM guidance for PCS moves to Japan. This guidance is effective 14 July 2020.



 MCCS COVID-19 updates 

Okinawa 2021 PCS Video

Okinawa 2021 PCS Video (QR Code)

Must Know Info for Marines & Sailors on PCS Orders to Okinawa October 2021

 Centers for Disease Control 

 National Governors Association (State Directives pertaining to COVID-19) 

211 Centers to Address Information & Referral Concerns for Marines/Families

Military OneSource 

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Welcome to Okinawa!

We want to extend a very warm welcome to everyone who is relocating to Okinawa in the future.  Additionally, The III MEF Commanding General extends a warm welcome to you and your family in his Welcome Aboard Letter. 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 (October 2021) and an Unaccompanied PCS Flowchart (October 2021) 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 (October 2021) and a Navy Unaccompanied PCS Flowchart (October 2021) 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?  Please download The 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 Kinser, Camp Foster, Camp Courtney, Camp Hansen, 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  3d Marine Logistics Group, 3d Marine Division, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, 3d 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.


Please read the Joint Reception Center (JRC) Welcome Aboard Letter for ALL E-5 and below unaccompanied Marines and Sailors assigned to Marine units arriving on Okinawa.

The 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. 

The Okinawa PCS “Must Know" Information (July 2021)   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" document.

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.  The 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 and Referral with Relocation Services webpage to sign up for our workshops, find out about our locations, and hours of operation. 

The 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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PCS Flowcharts, Checklist, & Resources


We have provided an Accompanied PCS Flowchart (October 2021) and an Unaccompanied PCS Flowchart (October 2021)  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 (October 2021) and a Navy Unaccompanied PCS Flowchart (October 2021) For Navy personnel and their families to assist in their PCS move to Okinawa. 

Relocation Checklist & Resources:

Household Goods:

Housing and Pets:

Childcare and Schools:


Driving and Transportation

The Marine Corps Installation Pacific (MCIPAC)/Marine Corps Base Camp Butler Installation Safety Office (ISO) Okinawa Driving web page has all of the information and resources on driving on Okinawa for SOFA Status personnel.

The Okinawa Driving Section on the Base Installation Safety Office (ISO) contains information on obtaining the Status of Forces Privately Owned Vehicle (POV) driver's license to include licensing section hours of operation, requirements on licensing, renewal and learner permits.

The Driver's Study Guide on Japanese Traffic Regulations for SOFA Licensed Drivers, which is the basis for the SOFA Drivers' Licensing Test.  It is highly recommended each individual study the information in this guide, along with the road signs, prior to taking the licensing exam. Please watch the "Drive Safe Okinawa" video which explains to newly arriving drivers the rules of the road in Okinawa and how they may differ from driving in the United States.

The Japanese Traffic Regulations for SOFA Licensed Drivers drivers study guide covers the common elements of Japanese traffic regulations for Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) sponsored personnel.

Understanding Japanese Road Signs is an important part of driving in Japan and is testable as part of the SOFA Driver’s License written exam.  Please take the time to become familiar with them.

The Green Line web page contains information and policies on The Green Line, along with the timetables and schedules on Camp to Camp Express Service and the internal camp shuttles.  

The Bus Map Okinawa web page contains detailed information on all Okinawa and outer island bus terminals and companies, current bus routes and timetables, how to take the bus and fare information.  It also provides information on the Okinawa Monorail system. 

The "What To Do If You Are In a Traffic Accident" brochure contains useful phone numbers, instructions on what to do if you are involved in an accident or injured, reporting accidents and much more.

The Traffic "Safety Guidelines (TSG)" brochure contains precaution information when sharing the road with Pedestrians and Cyclists. 

Active duty personnel receive special assistance with renewing their stateside driver's license while overseas. Check your state for specific information on how to renew your Stateside Drivers' License via DMV.org.

The Joint Services Vehicle Registration Office web page provides information on vehicle registration, inspection, and safety standards in accordance with Japanese laws, U.S. Forces Japan Instructions, and Marine Corps Installations Pacific Orders.

Sleeping it off is not enough - NOT ONE DROP
Sleeping it off is not enough - NOT ONE DROP

NEW JAPAN LAW - Sep 2021 - 10 Types of Road Rage

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Frequently Asked Questions
For further information on ROM procedures please see the most up to date MCIPAC-MCBBBUL 1610 G-3 18 MAY 2021   

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. 

Who needs to go into Quarantine? 
People who have traveled need to check-in with their command for reporting to public health authorities. Then, they must complete a 14-day ROM, starting with their last travel date. 
This includes active duty, civilians, contractors, MLCs/lHAs, family members, and guests staying in the homes of SOFA- sponsored personnel. You may also need quarantine if you are in close physical contact with someone on quarantine due to travel. Lastly, anyone who has been in close contact with a known, or suspected, case of COVID-19 will be placed under quarantine. 

How long does Quarantine last? 
Quarantine will last 14 days. 


Do I need to "report in" to anybody?
You will need to talk with your sponsor twice daily. If you begin to exhibit symptoms (fever, coughing, loss of smell and taste) contact the US Naval Hospital, Okinawa (USNHO) COVID-19 Response Cell: DSN: 646-1976 or calling from Japanese Cellphone Listing: 098-971-1976 regarding your symptoms.

What about pets?

If possible, one family member should be designated to care for any pets and should wash their hands before and after interacting with the pet. Your pet will also need to complete 14 days of ROM as well.  You are not permitted to walk your dog. If you have a house or apartment with a private yard, and there is no possibility of coming in contact with any other person(s), then you may let the dog out in your yard.

May I go to the gym? For a run? To the beach?

This will depend on you vaccination status. Please see the most up to date MCIPAC-MCBBBul 1610 Okinawa COVID-19 In-Stride Guidance for further guidance. 

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:

  • Masks/face coverings - cloth or disposable.
  • Bedding (double & twin size sheets, blankets, pillows and pillow casings) and linens.
  • * Select baby items (if applicable).
  • Towels and washcloths: enough for yourself or each family member.
  • Medication, contact lenses or glasses, and other hygiene items; enough to last while in ROM.
  • * Children's entertainment and comfort items (i.e. toys and personal belongings).
  • Electronic devices such as tablets and laptops to complete virtual check-in requirements while in ROM.
  • * Pet Food (enough for 14 days) and other pet supplies (if applicable). 
  •  Cleaning supplies and any other essential items you will need during the 14-day ROM period.

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 Loan Locker, download the Loan Locker Agreement. Please coordinate with your sponsor to secure a kitchen kit prior to your arrival.

How do I get groceries/food?

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 sick?***
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.

Important Numbers:
Military OneSource: 1-800-342-9647
Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 645-8255 / 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Navy/USMC SAPR: 646-HOPE (4673) / 098-970-4673
USAF SARC: 634-7272 / 098-961-7272

Enjoying Okinawa after your 14-day ROM: 

For any comments or concerns please submit your email to: mcbb_reloassist@usmc.mil


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. 
The  Military Installations application allows you to research important information on DoD installation military installations.
The 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.
Move.mil is the official Defense Personal Property System web page used by Service Members to manage their household goods movements. Additionally the Household Goods Inconvenience Claims - Informational Brochure provides information on how to file a claim if your shipment is delayed.

Major Commands:

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 , 3d Marine Logistics Group (3d MLG) , 3d Marine Division (3d MARDIV) , 1st Marine Air Wing (1 MAW) 3d 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 Exchange and Commissary web pages for more information regarding on-base shopping on Okinawa. While in 14-day ROM, newcomers can utilize the UShop Camp Foster Local Service Program to purchase items from the local commissary.

Pay Information:

The 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.

MCCS Publications:

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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IMPORTANT NOTE:  All accompanied Marines are now required to check into the MCIPAC Regional Housing Office, located at Camp Foster Building 361, after the completion of their 14-day ROM and checking into the Kadena Military Family Housing Office for in-processing and TLA certification paperwork.  (25 January 2018) 

MCIPAC Policy Letter 12-14 covers the assignment of dual service couples (military member married to another military member) to Military Family Housing.

The 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 14-day ROM. The Port-to-Home Flowchart is 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 14-day ROM upon arrival. Once you have completed your 14-day 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 (11 June 2019)  directs a mandatory assignment to Bachelor Housing for unaccompanied Marines and attached Navy personnel in Japan for E-7 and below, W-1 through W-3 and O-1 through O-3 personnel. 


Please Note: pets will need to complete a 14-day ROM upon arrival with their owners. 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 (July 2020) provides a guide to the  process to import pets into Japan from all non-designated regions.  

The Government of Japan Import Guide for Pets - Designated Regions (Iceland, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji Islands, Hawaii, and Guam) (July 2020) 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.

The U.S Department of Agriculture web page provides information on traveling with pets to include basic information on exporting and importing pets.

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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, Loan Lockers, Sponsorship Training, Newcomer's Orientation, and Smooth Move Workshops.
Email: MCBB_ReloAssist@usmc.mil
Commercial Phone: 011-81-98-970-8395
DSN: 645-8395  
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

Sign-up for Newcomers' Orientation:

We have moved the Newcomers' Orientation Welcome Aboard (NOWA) brief online through Qualtrics.com. Newcomers needing to fulfill the requirement can sign-up for an online session at our MCCS Relocation Services website: www.mccsokinawa.com/relocation. Upon registration, an email confirmation will be sent out to you. Once we have confirmed that the Newcomer(s) have arrived, a separate email with the link and the access codes will be sent out; this is needed to complete your online orientation. Please note that you have to have landed in the country of Japan and be en route to Okinawa to complete the online NOWA brief. Please register for the next distribution date available after your arrival.

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). 

Virtual Smooth Move and Virtual NOWA Helpful Hints

For the best virtual experience, please follow these tips and best practices.

- Do not use your cell phone.

- Do not use a .mil computer.

- Do not open any other tabs or applications on your computer.

- Do not minimize the screen or open any other screens. 

- Do not try to pause, rewind, or fast-forward any of the videos.

- Only use Google Chrome to go through the course.

- Once a video has finished, continue to the next video in less than 120 seconds.

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 III MEF/MCIPAC 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 after the completion of your 14-day ROM and NOWA. 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.


Sponsorship Forms and Information   

Are you coming to Okinawa and need a sponsor?  Fill out a Sponsorship Request Form (NAVMC 11799 - July 2017) and send it to the MCCS Relocation Services email address: mcbb_reloassist@usmc.mil.  Our Information & Referral Specialists will be happy to forward your request to your unit's Sponsorship Coordinator (SC) for assignment and processing. 

Are you sponsoring a family or incoming Service Member? Sign up for the next Sponsorship Training to get the latest information and checkout the Sponsor's Toolkit to help you with your Sponsorship Assignment.

The Okinawa PCS “Must Know" Information (October 2021) 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" document. 

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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:


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.

New FRAGO USFJ ROM restrictions update.

In order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the Department of Defense will be requiring a negative COVID-19 test result before boarding for passengers departing BWI and SEATAC aboard Patriot Express flights. For more information download the FAQs PDF here.

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:

  • Cloth face masks - for each traveler
  • Hand sanitizer/disinfecting wipes
  • laptop/tablet

PLEASE NOTE: all incoming personnel are required to complete a 14-day 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:

  • Face masks.
  • Hand sanitizer/disinfecting wipes.
  • Bedding & linens.
  • Baby items (if applicable).
  • Children's entertainment or comfort items.
  • Towels and washcloths.
  • Medication, contact lenses or glasses, and other hygiene items.
  • Wi-Fi enabled electronic devices such as tablets or laptops to complete any check-in requirements available virtually during your 14-day ROM.
  • Cleaning supplies.
  • Set of dishes, kitchenware, and cutlery: temporary kitchen kits are available through the MCCS Marine & Family Programs-Resource Centers. Coordinate with your sponsor to secure a kit prior to your arrival.

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 14-day ROM will determine your move of transportation to the location:

Final Residence / Contingency Housing / Designated Temporary Lodging Facility (TLF)- Accompanied Personnel:

  • Your sponsor will transport you from the AMC Terminal to your final residence.

E-5 and Below USMC Unaccompanied Personnel:

  • Board the JRC bus upon arrival to the AMC Terminal. The JRC bus will transport you to your unit's designated ROM location.

E-6 and Above USMC Personnel: 

  • Your unit's designated transportation vehicle or designated representative will transport you to your quarters.

USNH Active Duty Personnel:

  • Your unit's designated transportation vehicle or designated representative will transport you to your ROM location.

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 14-day ROM. Coordinate with your sponsor if you need to secure lodging prior to arrival.

The 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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