Congratulations on your assignment to Osan! Since the beginning of the COVID-19 Global Pandemic, Osan Air Base has centralized numerous functions related to the reception, transportation, and quarantine of personnel. As vaccination has allowed for the introduction of Health Monitoring to enable working quarantine, it is time to shift back to a decentralized method of delivering these services, enabling units to care for their own members and bringing them into their teams more quickly. Use the links below for more information on what to expect during your first 14 days in the Republic of Korea.
Section 1: COVID Support Procedures
These procedures outline how newly arrived members will be supported during their first 14 days at Osan AB. Responsibilities of members, sponsors, and Unit Command Teams are spelled out in checklist format to ensure all parties understand how to comply with COVID mitigation procedures. These procedures apply to newly assigned inbound members, leave/TDY returnees, sponsors, and Command Teams.
Section 2: Osan Air Base Newcomer Information
This information packet is for inbound personnel to help prepare for a PCS or TDY to Osan AB. For additional questions or concerns please contact Unit Command Teams and sponsors.
Effective 1 October 2021, official travel must be conducted with a Special Issuance Passport (SIP). This requirement applies to command sponsored dependents and DoD civilian employees on government funded travel to Korea, Japan, and Germany. A No-Fee Regular Passport is a type of SIP and is what will apply to the majority of dependents and civilians arriving to and departing from the Republic of Korea on official travel.
As a temporary measure, a memorandum from a DoD Passport Agent stating that a SIP application was submitted prior to departure from the point of origin can be accepted along with a Regular Passport (Tourist). The memorandum must identify each applicant, date of submission, country of travel for PCS, TDY or TAD, and DoD VPAS ID. Official travel conducted with a Regular Passport (Tourist) with memorandum (in lieu of a SIP), will expire on 30 September 2021.
Korea Electronic Travel Authorization
Effective 1 September 2021, all dependents, DoD Civilians, and DoD Contractors must comply with Korean Electronic Authorization (K-ETA) requirements. Personnel requiring a K-ETA certificate must register and create an account at https://www.k-eta.go.kr/ A Korean address is required in the registration process. Personnel on official travel to Osan Air Base should use this address; Zip 17759, 55 Sinjang Ro, Pyeongtaek.
Personnel traveling to Korea for military duty DO NOT need to register for K-ETA. All that is required is your Common Access Card and military orders.
K-ETA (Korean Electronic Travel Authorization step-by-step
COVID-19 Testing Requirements
All personnel in-bound to the Republic of Korea, including PCS travel, Leave and TDY, flying on Commercial Air or the Patriot Express require a negative COVID-19 PCR test result certificate dated within 72 hours prior to takeoff from the international departure point. Outbound personnel also require negative COVID-19 test results prior to travel. Effective 15 July 2021 COVID-19 testing will no longer be provided at Seattle Tacoma Airport to personnel traveling on the Patriot Express. Accepted tests vary depending on type of travel and type of flight. The Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Test is the only test accepted by the Republic of Korea Government. Approved COVID-19 PCR tests include; Biofire/Cepheid, Abbott ID NOW, LAMP test PCR (DNA test), Nucleic Acid PCR, Real Time PCR (RT-PCR), Quantitative (real time) PCR, Real time fluorescent PCR, Amplified probe technique PCR, Rapid PCR, Isothermal PCR, and NAAT by PCR. All Antigen/Antibody Tests are not approved for entry by the ROKG.
In-bound to the Republic of Korea:
Making an Informed Choice 7 AF Non Command Sponsored Guide 26 Feb 2021
Command Sponsored vs. Non-Command Sponsored
Information For Command and Non-Command Sponsored Dependents
Air Force Application for Command Sponsorship in Korea
Command Sponsorship FAQ
Contact a Command Sponsorship Manager
USFK Regulation on Command Sponsorship
Command Sponsorship Policy
Osan Air Base School Registration
Osan Air Base is home to Osan American Elementary School and Osan Middle High School. If you are PCSing to Osan and bringing your family, make sure to register your child for school before you arrive.
Osan American Elementary School
Osan American Middle High School
Find more information about schools, registration, virtual learning, and off-base school options here:
Child and Youth Education Services
Ready Mustang Brief
Upon your arrival to Osan Air Base, you will need to attend mandatory in-processing at the Mustang Center (Bldg 1313) within 24 hours of arrival. You will need to be registered for your in-processing appointment with your unit CSS prior to attending.
Any questions or concerns should be routed through your sponsor.
Individual Protective Equipment
IPE has to be picked up and checked out when in-processing into Osan AB as well as dropped back off when out-processing. Make sure to schedule your appointment ahead of time through the instructions linked below:
51st LRS IPE Processing
Emergencies in Transit
In the event of an emergency enroute, contact your sponsor or the military personnel office at the nearest military installation for help in notifying your gaining organization. If you do not know the extension number, you can contact your unit through the Osan base operator, DSN 315-784-1110 or by calling commercially to 011-82-31-661-1110. If you cannot reach your unit, please contact the base Military Personnel Flight's (MPF) Customer Service Section at DSN 315-784-1845. If upon your arrival, your sponsor fails to meet you, also call that number for assistance. If you arrive after duty hours, report to the billeting office, Bldg 771, DSN 315-784-1844. The billeting office is designated as the 24-hr arrival point and may assist you in contacting your sponsor.
If luggage is lost, you will need to file a claim before leaving airport. The airline will deliver it to the respective base. However, they will only deliver it to the gate. Member will have to ensure they have a contact phone number for the airlines to arrange an approximate time to meet at the gate for the exchange.
Advance Postal Address
Many people find it convenient to have a post office receptacle box assigned to them prior to their arrival at Osan. You may request an advance receptacle box 90 days prior to your arrival. To do this, send a copy of your orders to your sponsor or email to 51FSS.FSVP.OsanPostOffice@us.af.mil. The Post Office will either assign a receptacle box number to you via your sponsor’s formal request or respond to your emailed request. The combination to that box, however, will be given only to you upon your arrival.
If you do not receive a post office box prior to arrival, you may want to forward your mail to general delivery. This is the address you would use:
PSC 3, GENERAL DELIVERY
APO AP 96266
Base Bus Schedule
Shuttle Bus Routes and Times
USFK Driver's License
All USFK personnel are required to complete training in order to obtain a USFK driver's license.
Effective 23 July 2021: New Service Animal and Emotional Support Animal (ESA) Guidance (DoDI 4515.13, Air Transportation Eligbility): “ESAs are now considered ‘pets’”. For more information, access the following:
AMC Pet Brochure August 2021
OUSD Transportation of Service Animals on DoD Aircraft, 23 July 2021
DoDI 4515.13, Air Transportation Eligibility, defines ESAs as “pets”. This change limits each family to two (2) pets, regardless of each pet’s ESA status.
Pets are dogs and cats only. Other animals, such as horses, fish, birds, and rodents, ferrets, spiders, and other reptiles are excluded as pets under this authority because of their size, exotic nature, shipping restrictions, host nation restrictions, and special handling difficulties which pose unavoidable safety or public health concerns.
Service Animals will require a Statement of Assurance, and must be provided to the AMC Passenger Terminal no later than 48 hours prior to aircraft departure. You can access a template below:
Statement of Assurance Template
For more information in regards to AMC Travel, please visit https://www.amc.af.mil/Home/AMC-Travel-Site/