Space-A travel restrictions due to COVID-19

UPDATEOn 22 April 2022, OUSD (A&S) issued the attached memorandum to the Services and
USTRANSCOM reinstating all Space-Available Travel Program Categories as defined in Department of
Defense Instruction 4515.13,“Air Transportation Eligibility,” Change 6.
Units and passenger terminals will start accepting eligible Space-A travelers effective immediately. Units
should continue to train, conduct mock processing events, and adjust seat releases as determined by
terminal leadership to build capability. Units and passenger terminals will take necessary actions based on
assessment of their capabilities to restore full servicing by 13 May 2022

Also, see AMC Mask Policy as of April 22 2022.

Previous Information and Policy below:

As of March 15th 2021, Space-Available travel aboard DoD and DoD-controlled aircraft remains restricted, except for certain Category I, IV, and VI travel. Details are available in this Table of Allowed Categories.

Regular Space-A (as we know it) for the most common Categories (Active Duty on leave, authorised unaccompanied dependents, retirees) is prohibited except for compelling cases (necessary for humanitarian purposes or due to extreme hardship).

Passebgers with compelling cases require an ETP (Exception to Policy) letter issued by the first O-6 or civilian equivalent in the traveler’s chain of command or supervision. For travelers not assigned to a command, the approval authority is the first O-6 or civilian equivalent with operational responsibility at the travel point of origin.

The temporary suspension remains in effect until further notice.

SOURCE:  DoD Memorandum, 15 Mar 2021