European Joint Support Unit

European Joint Support Unit

To provide Firm Base support to Service Personnel, civilians and their families serving with NATO, the EU and elsewhere in Europe and Turkey, in order to facilitate success on operations

MY TRAVEL PLANNER

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The complexity of travel around Europe has significantly increased since the start of the COVID pandemic. Rapidly changing government restrictions have increased the burden on border officials who are often unaware of rules and exemptions affecting our personnel and dependents.

This page has been designed to assist you with your travel planning in an attempt ease the complexities and there is a handy travel planner that can be found HERE to help you collate and manage the information.

When planning your travel there are three major parts you need to consider (JTT).

Journey
Travellers
Testing

Journey

As well as knowing where you are going you will need to take note of any countries you will travel through to get there, this should include Country name, method of travel and the date of departure from each country including overnight stops in transit corridors. Each of the countries you need to travel through may have differing requirements for testing and different periods of required quarantine. To check for this information please check the EJSU.NET COVID19 Travel page which contains links to Host Nation restrictions and guidance.

Travellers

You will need to make note of each person that will be traveling with you, it is good practice to keep these details to hand for borders crossing and check points. Include details like Name, Passport Number (and expiry) as well as the individuals current vaccination status.

Testing

For any of the countries you travel through or your destination there may be a requirement for COVID19 testing. Please use the EJSU.NET COVID19 Travel page to check for these requirements.

Recommended Documentation

Travelling has become far more complicated for both travellers and border agents since the start of the COVID pandemic.

With rules changing on a regular basis, it is the individuals responsibility to ensure they have the correct documentation for their journey.

It is important to have a good understanding of the rules pertinent to each leg of your journey, as you may need to challenge border security in their interpretation of the rules. A good example being the incorrect stamping of Passports by French Border officials where a traveller may be transiting France to reach their country of residence.

Many of the forms such as Passenger Locator Forms (PLF) will be digital, however we recommend taking hard copies with signatures where possible/relevant.

This advice is for personnel across Europe and as such, every journey will be different.

Passport

In date passports with a minimum 6 months remaining on expiry.

IF you have an issue with your passport please contact your NSE below

DETAILS OF NSES

Proof of Negative PCR test

Please ensure you check country specific requirements i.e. UK is less than 72 hours, France is less than 48 hours prior.

Proof of 2 & 8 day test booking

Before entering the UK you must have booked and have evidence of booking a day 2 & 8 test. this will be needed for your passenger locator form.

NATO Travel Order

Some blurb about NATO travel Order

State of Forces Agreement (SOFA) Stamp/CARD

Some blurb about SOFA

Proof of residency in your Host Nation i.e. NIE for Spain, Protocol ID for Belgium.

Blurb about Host Nation ID

Journey booking details/forms

Carry with you at all times documentation for your journey and any specific forms that need to be completed for your journey. e.g. Eurotunnel requires traverlers to complete a separate forms for your Journey.

Declaration forms for outbound and return journeys

Blurb about decleration forms and where to get them

Passenger Locator Forms (PLF)

Blurb about PLF and where to get them

List of Duty phone numbers should you encounter any issues on your Journey.

European Duty Officer –

Other Numbers?

Vehicle documentation

When traveling by Car ensure you have your Vehicle documentation to hand i.e. V5, Insurance)

To assist you with planning your Journey EJSU has created a handy ‘MY Travel Planner’ tool that will help you collate the information you need.