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EUCOM implements travel restrictions to France

STUTTGART, Germany (AFNS) -- United States European Command has implemented travel restrictions to France that apply to all Defense Department personnel. Specifically, unofficial travel (leave, liberty and special pass) to France is prohibited.

This EUCOM policy applies to U.S. military personnel, DOD civilian employees, contractors and command-sponsored dependents and family members.

Paris travel

This prohibition is for unofficial travel to Paris, and includes a 50-kilometer radius around the city. For those requesting official travel or emergency leave travel to Paris (or within a 50-kilometer radius of the city), approval from the first general/flag officer or SES in the chain of command is required.

Elsewhere in France

Official travel and emergency leave travel to France requires approval from the first general/flag officer or SES in the chain of command.

Again, this EUCOM policy applies to U.S. military personnel, DOD civilian employees, contractors and command-sponsored dependents and family members.

These restrictions also apply to cruise ship shore excursions but do not apply to military personnel assigned to diplomatic posts in France and individuals who have commercial airline connections in the country and will not leave the secure portions of airport terminals.

This is a precautionary measure to keep personnel and families safe in light of the recent attacks. This is also an effort to help minimize tourist traffic at the borders in France, and, particularly, in Paris as the French authorities continue their investigation.

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