The following HPCON measures are effective as of Saturday, 21 Nov at 1800.
For the next 30 days, the following off-installation activities are off limits for all USFK-affiliated personnel: Saunas, Public Bathhouses, Gyms, Fitness Centers, Internet Cafes. For the next 14 days, Seoul/Area II is off limits, with the exception of official duty, mission essential travel, and essential life/health/safety activities.
Based on the current COVID-19 numbers in South Korea, U.S. Forces Korea has adjusted its current health protection condition, or HPCON, to “Bravo” peninsula-wide effective Monday, Oct. 19 at 4 p.m.
MASK-WEAR: Mask-wear is required at the commissary, shoppette, post office, bank, Wolf Pack Lodge, finance, medical facilities, or whenever a meter or 3 feet of separation cannot be maintained. These locations require mask-wear due to the confined space, high foot traffic, and per Defense Commissary Agency guidance. Always carry a mask with you and be prepared to wear it when appropriate separation cannot be maintained. Mask-wear is mandatory off-installation unless seated at a restaurant or exercising - for example, hiking. All members of the Wolf Pack must adhere to local mask regulations and demonstrate respect for our Host Nation.
***UPDATE*** Mask-wear off base is mandatory – and only certain types of masks are authorized! According to the Republic of Korea Public Health standards, the following masks are NOT authorized and could result in the same fine ($87) incurred for not wearing a mask at all: balaclavas, neck gaiters, mesh masks, valve masks, clothing items or scarves. Reusable cloth masks or valveless surgical/medical masks are authorized. Upon arrival at Kunsan, you should have been issued at least one reusable cloth mask that is in compliance with ROK standards. If you have lost that mask, the 8th Logistics Readiness Squadron (SMSgt Kirk Niles) will distribute replacement masks to your squadron’s COVID rep or First Sergeant this afternoon, 23 Oct. Please contact your First Sergeant or your COVID rep if you need a replacement cloth mask or if you have any questions.
ON-PENINSULA TRAVEL: Travel within the Republic of Korea, including Jeju Island, is authorized. Although public transportation is authorized, members are encouraged to use extreme caution and should wear their masks at all times. Members are permitted to stay at accommodations on or off base - for example, hotels, family or friends' homes, campsites, etc.
OFF-PENINSULA TRAVEL: Travel outside of the Republic of Korea is authorized in accordance with the 8th Fighter Wing leave policy.
BASE VISITORS: Escorting a visitor on base requires coordination with the 8th Security Forces Squadron.
AUTHORIZED: All off-base services and activities are authorized, with the exception of bars, clubs, and establishments that restrict entrance to adults only.
Barber Shops & Salons
Grocery Stores and Open Air Markets
Korean Government Offices
Public Transportation (Bubble-to-Bubble Travel)
NOT AUTHORIZED OFF INSTALLATION
Area II (Seoul)
For more information, check the FAQs below and the following links:
USFK COVID-19 Information
Kunsan Facebook Page
Kunsan Twitter Page
8th Fighter Wing Sharepoint
A: If the establishment's primary revenue is alcohol sales or if there is an age restriction, then the establishment is off limits. You may not visit bars or clubs off base, but the Loring Club is authorized on base.
A: Yes. Please visit "Kunsan FSS" on Facebook for a schedule of their fitness group classes. For the month of October, classes include boxing, rock-climbing, Zumba, spin, yoga, Taekwondo, and TangSooDo.
A: Now that all USFK-affiliated individuals can freely travel within South Korea without restriction, an exception-to-policy is not required for travel to Seoul/Area II.
A: You can stay in hotels, both on and off installation.
A: Public transportation is authorized, but not recommended, due to the proximity of people and exposure risk. Please wear a mask at all times and frequently sanitize your hands if you use public transportation.
A: Yes, but remember to 'mind the meter.'
A: The Commissary is owned by DeCA, and their policy is that all DeCA establishments will enforce mask wear.
The Post Office enforces masks due to their confined spacing.
The Medical Group enforces masks due to cold/flu season.
A: All training events will be taken into consideration on a case-by-case basis. Training that does continue forward will maintain social distancing at all times.
A: Yes. All USFK-affiliated individuals can freely travel within South Korea without restriction.
A: Airmen can take leave both on and off the peninsula right now. Squadron commanders are the approval authority.
A: A visitor's request for base access must be routed through the 8th Security Forces Squadron.
A: All activities on and off installation are now authorized, with the exception of bars, clubs, and karaoke. Always carry a mask with you. Wear your mask at all times off base, unless you're eating or exercising.
A: For all U.S. military commands, installations, family members, Department of Defense and Korean National civilian employees, DOD retirees, contractors and any other persons with access to USFK installations in the Republic of Korea.
A: DoD Civilians and Korean National Employees must adhere to “sick leave” policies and coordinate with their supervisors.
In accordance with U.S. Forces Korea, the 8th Fighter Wing will remain in a Public Health Emergency status for COVID-19 until further notice. The Kunsan Air Base population will adhere to all USFK-directed actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect the community. This includes military personnel, family members, Department of Defense and Korean National civilian employees, Department of Defense retirees, contractors and any other persons with access to Kunsan Air Base.
Any service member who refuses to obey or otherwise violates an order during this declared PHE may be detained and may be subject to punishment under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. All other personnel with access to USFK installations who refuse to obey or otherwise violates this declaration or any other order during the PHE may be denied installation access or be barred from the installation for a period of two years.
On Jan. 30, 2020, the World Health Organization declared a public health emergency of international concern for the 2019 novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. On Jan. 31, 2020, the secretary of Health and Human Services declared a public health emergency in the United States and announced new measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. On March 11, 2020 the World Health Organization characterized COVID-19 as a pandemic. While supporting other government agencies’ response to the COVID-19 threat, the Department of the Air Force is responding appropriately to protect the health of the force and maintain operational readiness.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
U.S. Air Force
U.S. Department of Defense
DOD Force Health Protection Guidance
U.S. Forces Korea
Kunsan Air Base
For emergency services: Dial 911 (on base phones) or 063-470-0911 (Korean cellphone) to receive URGENT care for any symptoms associated with COVID-19.
For non-urgent notification of suspected COVID-19 contact: Contact 8th Medical Group Public Health at 782-4510/4509 or at 010-5464-3928 if you believe you have had close contact with individuals carrying COVID-19.