Foreign Travel

Foreign travel is defined as travel to political entities outside of the United States, whether "overseas" or not.  Such travel may be for official or personal reasons.  The conditions and requirements for DoD civilian employees and Service members to travel to and enter a foreign country are published in the DoD Foreign Clearance Guide (FCG).

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DoD Foreign Clearance Guide

The Aircraft and Personnel Automated Clearance System (APACS) is a web-based tool designed to aid U.S. Government aircraft mission planners and operators and DoD travelers on official government and unofficial (i.e., leave) travel, in meeting the clearance requirements outlined in the DoD Foreign Clearance Guide (FCG).
(Requires CAC login)

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DoS Travel Advisories

DoS publishes detailed country information pages and Travel Advisories that could affect travelers.  Topics include entry and exit requirements, local laws and customs, health conditions, and other details to improve your trip or decide whether travel is right. 

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DoS Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)

The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service to allow U.S. citizens and nationals traveling and living abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

Enrollment in STEP is quickly becoming a normal requirement in country clearance requests for both official and leave travel. 

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NPS Security Manager's Office

The Security Manager’s Office maintains general information about foreign travel on its Intranet page, including links to anti-terrorism training.  Upon notification of impending travel, the Security Manager’s Office will provide the traveler country specific briefings and Anti-Terrorism Plan (ATP) templates, see enclosure (1) and manages/submits country clearance requests into APACS (Aircraft and Personnel Automated Clearance System).

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Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection Training

All travel, Official and Unofficial, by active duty military and DoD civilians requires current Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection (AT/FP) Training. This is also required for contractors on Official Travel. This training is good for one year. If your return date is after the training one-year period, you will have to renew it before submitting your travel request.

To access the training, search for and enroll in course JS-US007 "Level 1 Antiterrorism Awareness Training" on the Joint Knowledge Online (JKO) web site Upon completion of the training, the program will allow you to print out a certificate. If you have adobe acrobat you can save the file as a PDF and then e-mail it to Alternately, print out the file and drop it off at the Security Manager's Office or fax it to our office at (831) 656-2350. The certificate must be provided to our office so we can update our security records. If leave travel, family members, such as spouses and older teens are welcome to conduct the training; the more eyes watching out for the family, the better.

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This is a form, not a training course. Submission of a Personnel Recovery Isolated Personnel Report (ISOPREP) DD Form 1833 is mandatory for official travel to all countries in the AFRICOM, EUCOM, PACOM and SOUTHCOM Areas of Responsibility (AOR). This form may also be required for leave travel to certain high risk destinations.

Completion of the form requires knowledge of your blood type. If you do not know your blood type, you will need to find out as soon as possible. Your Country Clearance Request message cannot be sent until the ISOPREP form is on file!

Once you notify the Security Manager’s Office of your planned travel, you will receive detailed instructions to complete this.

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