Theater entry requirements are determined by the Combatant Commander (COCOM) and listed in the DoD Foreign Clearance Manual/Foreign Clearance Guide (FCG)
US Africa Command theater entry requirements pertain to all DoD military, civilian, and contractor personnel travelling in any capacity into and within the US Africa Command Area of Responsibility.
Combatant Commander's Theater Entry Training/Requirements
APPLIES TO BOTH OFFICIAL TRAVEL AND LEAVE TRAVEL
AFRICOM Theater Entry Summary Guide - (Downloadable Adobe PDF) - (Training links, AT/FP, PR and Force Health Protection, Contact info and APACS help)
Sequential Theater Clearance Steps for those starting from zero
Personnel-Request Tab-by-Tab entry guide - Downloadable Adobe PDF
Requesting an APACS account - Downloadable Adobe PDF
AFRICOM Travel Map- Downloadable PDF
General Health Couseling - Downloadable PDF
EMERGENCY LEAVE Clearance Guidance: Emergency Leave PDF
AFRICOM Reporting Instructions: AFRICOM Reporting Instructions
Personnel Clearance Forms and Formats
Traveler Health Form (Adobe PDF)
Personnel Recovery - Example PR Plan - Fillable Adobe PDF with 2d page example
Force Protection Plan Info (Adobe PDF - copy and paste into a document so you can edit with information)
NOTE: Personnel under CDR AFRICOM FP Responsibility exercised by the Commander of one of the Component Commands of Africa Command should follow FP Plan instructions from the Component. This includes all active duty LEAVE travelers (see FCG@ Section III.A.5. for Africa Component Command instructions and contact information). Plans are not forwarded to AFRICOM or attached to the APACS, they are maintained at the unit or submitted to the Service Component Command for Africa. Your statements within the Theater Required Info box on the APACS itinerary tab are what Theater Clearance approvers review.
DOD Foreign Clearance Guide (FCG) SIPR FCG: http://www.fcg.pentagon.smil.mil
APACS https://apacs.dtic.mil or SIPR APACS: https://apacs.dtic.smil.mil
General Order Number 1 (view on www.fcg.penatgon.mil)
US AFRICOM Theater Clearance Contact Information
Phone: DSN: (314) 421-2866 / 9926 / 3789
COM from CONUS: 011-49-711- 729-2866 / 9926 / 3789
HQ U.S. Africa Command
ATTN: J353 Special Programs Branch
APO, AE 09751
Email - email@example.com
Non-duty hours/weekend/holidays/emergency requests (NOT for routine inquiries):
US Africa Command Command Watch
Phone: DSN: 314-421-4050
COM: +49 711 729-4050/4051
NOTE FOR DOD CIVILIAN TRAVELERS: MEDICAL EVACUATION: Federal civilian employees (including retired military) on official travel within the US Africa Command (USAFRICOM) area of responsibility (AOR) are not systemically covered by any form of guaranteed medical evacuation plan in the event of a medical emergency. USAFRICOM is currently working with USTRANSCOM to establish systematic medical evacuation coverage for federal civilian employees, but until a standing AOR-wide contract is in place there are risks for civilian personnel traveling without personal medical evacuation coverage. Even in the event of an emergency, commercial medical evacuation providers may require a guarantee of payment up front before moving medical evacuation assets. Without medical evacuation coverage, employees could incur significant (potentially $80,000+) initial out of pocket expenses without a readily available mechanism for DoD to guarantee the expense.
(1) There is no formal USAFRICOM policy requiring federal civilian employees to obtain medical evacuation insurance coverage while traveling on official business within the AOR, and reimbursement is not an authorized expense should they purchase coverage on their own.
(2) If a DoD civilian employee does not have personal medical evacuation coverage for countries of their official travel, they should consider personally purchasing a temporary medical evacuation policy at their own expense. Current guidance from DFAS is that travel insurance expense is not reimbursable.
(3) Other federal government civilian employees and contractors should check with their respective agency/employer with regard to policies on medical evacuation coverage and reimbursement.
(4) Unless the underlying cause of the injury was due to willful misconduct, DoD civilian employees on official orders that incur an illness or injury requiring medical evacuation are entitled to DoD assistance for a medical evacuation, including reimbursement for out of pocket expenses in most cases (after the initial expense for the medical evacuation).
(5) This information will be updated as it becomes available
These resources are designed for U.S. Africa Command staff. Please report any outdated information or broken links to U.S. AFRICOM Public Affairs.