After two years of Space-A travel being on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic it is finally back!
Defense officials issued a memo to the services and to U.S. Transportation Command on Friday, April 22, 2022, lifting all restrictions. This reopening allows Space-A travel on military and DoD-contracted aircraft for uniformed service members, retirees, dependents and reservists to travel within the continental U.S. and outside the continental U.S.
Travel and COVID-19 requirements change frequently and depend on the country of travel. Medical screening protocols may still apply for travelers going overseas. Those traveling to a foreign country should check for any testing requirements within the Electronic Foreign Clearance Guide.
Although a federal judge has struck down the mask mandate for airplane travel, TRANSCOM has directed that the mask requirement will continue, until a policy change is received from defense officials, according to the Air Mobility Command website.
AMC-operated air terminals, units and passenger terminals were to start accepting eligible Space-A travelers effective immediately, and units should continue to train and take other actions to build capability, according to a memo from Air Mobility Command officials.
Units and passenger terminals are directed to take necessary actions based on assessment of capabilities, to restore full servicing by May 13.
Travelers always should be flexible, as there is no guarantee a seat will be available going to or from a destination. DoD regulations set the requirements for which passengers have priority.