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Passport, VISA mandatory before overseas PCS

by Staff Sgt. Ian Hoachlander
Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs

"JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas" - The number of Airmen and families moving overseas without the proper passport or VISA is increasing, according to Air Force Personnel Center officials.

This costs Airmen time and money during a permanent change of station, and it's a waste of Air Force funds as well.

"Airmen and family members who PCS without the required passport or VISA are being stopped at immigration and are not allowed to enter a country or being deported shortly after arriving in country," said Master Sgt. Andrea Hall, operations support division superintendent.

To help amend this issue, military personnel sections must ensure Airmen and family members have the proper clearance documents in hand prior to final out-processing. Otherewise departure is not authorized.

"Military personnel sections, passport agents and service members must ensure   Passport and VISA requirements are initiated within 15 days after completing their initial assignment briefing," said Hall.

Airmen projected to PCS overseas who are unsure about their passport and VISA requirements must visit their local military personnel section's relocation technicians.

The relocation technicians reference the specific country entry requirements from the Foreign Clearance Guide.

"The automated guide allows easy access for members to locate passport and VISA requirements pertaining to their projected country," Hall said. "These guides change periodically and must be reviewed frequently for updates."