20-010 | July 24, 2020
Yokota Air Base, Tokyo – To reduce the spread of COVID-19 cases among U.S. personnel following international travel, the Commander of U.S. Forces Japan yesterday directed all Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) personnel to undergo a COVID-19 exit test prior to release from the mandatory 14-day restriction of movement (ROM). The ROM policy applies to all SOFA-status personnel including military, civilians, families, and contractors, upon arrival in Japan.
SOFA members arriving at commercial entry points will continue to undergo tests at their point of entry, as provided by the Government of Japan. However, the USFJ will require a separate negative COVID-19 exit test for all members prior to the release from ROM.
This new requirement applies to all SOFA-status personnel entering ROM on or after July 24, 2020. Exit testing will occur between day 10 and 14 of ROM, and the individual must fulfill their full 14-day ROM as stipulated in earlier guidance, regardless of the test result. Members who test positive will move from ROM into isolation status.
U.S. Forces Japan component commanders have been directed to develop and implement localized procedures to safely conduct this testing. SOFA members should contact their local installations and/or supporting components for further guidance.
“Slowing the spread of COVID-19 is critical, and leaders at every level within USFJ take this effort very seriously,” said Col. Robert Firman, Director of Public Affairs for U.S. Forces Japan. “This policy update adds another layer of protection for U.S. forces and our Japanese neighbors, and we will continue to be as transparent as possible as we confront this challenge together.”