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UPDATE: Change in Processing at Andrews Air Force Base, effective July 16, 2012.

Passengers traveling to Guantanamo Bay through Andrews Air Force Base are advised that the Air Force may require you to remove any liquids exceeding 3.4 ounces from your luggage, such as shampoo, lotion, deodorant, etc. If those liquids will be carried to Guantanamo in checked baggage, it is recommended that travelers place those containers in a bag labeled with their name, and place them in a location where they can be easily removed to go through the security checkpoint and X-ray machine. Air Force personnel will then take temporary custody of the liquids and will return them to the traveler at the check-in window if the traveler places them in checked baggage. Under no circumstances may travelers carry liquids in excess of the TSA 3.4-ounce rule in carry-on bags.

Requirements if you are a:

Witness

For personnel traveling to U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to participate in a military commission proceeding as a witness, the party calling the witness should coordinate travel arrangements from the witness’s home to Guantanamo Bay. If approved as a witness, travel expenses may be reimbursed by the Department of Defense (DoD) up to the limits authorized for the locations and dates of travel. Questions regarding authorized government rates for accommodations and meals should be directed to the OMC Travel and Transportation Section. Upon completion of travel, witnesses must file a DoD Travel Voucher requesting reimbursement. The OMC Victim/Witness Assistance section can provide help completing this form. It takes approximately two weeks to receive reimbursement after the voucher has been filed.

Expert witnesses and consultants must receive approval from the Convening Authority prior to providing any expert services to DoD. The party requesting the expert should include a specific request for funding if travel is required. Authorized travel is arranged as stated above for all other witnesses.

Clearance Requirements
All DoD or DoD-sponsored travelers to Guantanamo Bay require the following clearances, obtained through coordination with the OMC Office sponsoring your travel:
1) Country Clearance
2) Theater Clearance
3) Special Area Clearance

Mandatory Pre-Travel Training
All DoD and DoD-sponsored travelers must complete the following web-based training prior to obtaining clearance for travel to Guantanamo Bay:
1) Anti-terrorism /Force Protection Training (AT/FP)
2) Personnel Recovery Training and appropriate documentation
3) DoD personnel must complete and submit an electronic version of DD Form 1833, Isolated Personnel Report (ISOPREP)
4) Human Rights Training

For assistance in completing required training, contact the OMC Office sponsoring your travel.

Required Documentation

Active Military Personnel
1) Valid active duty Military ID
2) DoD-issued Travel Orders
Obtained from the OMC Office sponsoring the travel
3) Copy of country clearance
Obtained from the OMC Office sponsoring the travel

Civilians
1) Current passport
U.S. citizens may travel on a U.S. passport; non-U.S. citizens may travel on their home country passport to Cuba after they obtain entrance into the United States at a port of entry.
2) DoD-issued Travel Orders
Obtained from the OMC Office sponsoring the travel
3) Copy of country clearance
Obtained from the OMC Office sponsoring the travel

Questions regarding travel should be addressed to the Travel and Transportation Section

Lodging options can be found in the Lodging section.

Victims/Family Members

Victims and family members traveling to U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay to be witnesses in a military commission proceeding will be considered witnesses for purposes of arranging travel. Guidance for witness travel may be found here.

The Department of Defense (DoD) has instituted a program which allows a limited number of victims and family members to travel to Guantanamo Bay to observe military commissions proceedings. For more information or to apply to participate in this program, visit Victim/Witness Assistance.

OMC Employee

All OMC-assigned personnel must use the Defense Travel System (DTS) to prepare their orders and obtain travel authorizations. Each traveler must coordinate travel through the OMC Office to which he/she is assigned. Lodging is requested using the Commissions Support Group Request form prepared by the traveler’s staff section; lodging is assigned depending on availability and in accordance with the OMC Housing Policy.

Pro bono civilian defense counsel
Pro bono civilian defense counsel must coordinate travel through the Office of the Chief Defense Counsel and the Office of Military Commissions Travel and Transportation Office.

Clearance Requirements
All DoD or DoD-sponsored travelers to Guantanamo Bay require the following clearances, obtained through coordination with the OMC Office sponsoring your travel:
1) Country Clearance
2) Theater Clearance
3) Special Area Clearance

Mandatory Pre-Travel Training
All DoD and DoD-sponsored travelers must complete the following web-based training prior to obtaining clearance to travel to Guantanamo Bay:
1) Anti-terrorism /Force Protection Training (AT/FP)
2) Personnel Recovery Training and appropriate documentation
3) DoD personnel must complete and submit an electronic version of DD Form 1833, Isolated Personnel Report (ISOPREP)
4) Human Rights Training

For assistance in completing required training, contact the OMC Office sponsoring your travel.

Required Documentation

Active Military Personnel
1) Valid active duty Military ID
2) DoD-issued Travel Orders
Obtained from the OMC Office sponsoring the travel
3) Copy of country clearance
Obtained from the OMC Office sponsoring the travel

Civilians
1) Current passport
U.S. citizens may travel on a U.S. passport; non-U.S. citizens may travel on their home country passport to Cuba after they obtain entrance into the United States at a port of entry.
2) DoD-issued Travel Orders
Obtained from the OMC Office sponsoring the travel
3) Copy of country clearance
Obtained from the OMC Office sponsoring the travel
Questions regarding travel should be addressed to the Travel and Transportation Section.

Lodging options can be found in the Lodging section.

Observer

UPDATE: The Office of Military Commissions has updated the procedures for selecting non-media observers for travel to Guantanamo Bay to view commissions proceedings and for reserved seating at the closed circuit television (CCTV) site at Fort Meade, Md. The criteria are located here. All groups, organizations and individuals (if not affiliated with a group or organization) will be evaluated under these procedures.

We expect that the CCTV site will also be open to the general public on a first-come/first-served basis.

 

Any observer wishing to be approved for attendance at military commissions proceedings at Guantanamo Bay or Fort Meade, Md., should email his/her request to Observer Authorization Approval. Only those observers who have previously been approved for attendance at Guantanamo Bay may request travel to the OMC Travel and Transportation Section. Observers are required to travel at their own expense.

Clearance Requirements
All DoD or DoD-sponsored travelers to Guantanamo Bay require the following clearances, obtained through coordination with the OMC Office sponsoring your travel:
1) Country Clearance
2) Theater Clearance
3) Special Area Clearance

Mandatory Pre-Travel Training
All DoD and DoD-sponsored travelers must complete the following web-based training prior to obtaining clearance to travel to Guantanamo Bay:
1) Anti-terrorism /Force Protection Training (AT/FP)
2) Personnel Recovery Training and appropriate documentation
3) DoD personnel must complete and submit an electronic version of DD Form 1833, Isolated Personnel Report (ISOPREP)
4) Human Rights Training

For assistance in completing required training, contact the OMC Office sponsoring your travel.

Required Documentation

Active Military Personnel
1) Valid active duty Military ID
2) DoD-issued Travel Orders
Obtained from the OMC Office sponsoring the travel
3) Copy of country clearance
Obtained from the OMC Office sponsoring the travel

Civilians
1) Current passport
U.S. citizens may travel on a U.S. passport; non-U.S. citizens may travel on their home country passport to Cuba after they obtain entrance into the United States at a port of entry.
2) DoD-issued Travel Orders
Obtained from the OMC Office sponsoring the travel
3) Copy of country clearance
Obtained from the OMC Office sponsoring the travel

Questions regarding travel should be addressed to the Travel and Transportation Section.

Lodging options can be found in the Lodging section

Media Member

Members of the media who wish to travel to U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to observe military commissions must coordinate travel through the Department of Defense (DoD), Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs (OASD-PA). The Office of Military Commissions (OMC) does not coordinate either group or individual media travel to Guantanamo Bay.

Media members may occasionally travel to Guantanamo Bay on flights arranged by OMC. On those occasions, the media is escorted by personnel from OASD-PA; media members are also required to reimburse DoD for the cost of the flight.

Members of the media should check with OASD-PA if they have any questions regarding equipment they intend to bring to Guantanamo Bay. You may reach OASD-PA at +1 (703) 697-5131. As a general rule, there is sufficient cargo space to accommodate large pieces of equipment, but media members should inquire prior to travel.

Media members traveling to Guantanamo Bay during military commissions hearings are lodged in the tent city at Camp Justice, adjacent to the Media Center.

The Media Ground Rules for Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (GTMO), provide additional information.

Contractor

Contractors who travel in support of military commissions have their travel arranged through their employer or through the Office of Military Commissions Travel and Transportation Section. Even when travel is arranged through the employer, contractors must coordinate their travel through the Office of Military Commissions Travel and Transportation Section to ensure they have a valid passport, appropriate travel orders, country clearances and lodging arranged in advance. All Office of Military Commissions Contractors MUST be registered in the Synchronized Pre-Deployment Operational Tracker (SPOT) system, and Letters of Authorizations (LOAs) MUST be used as travel documentation.

Clearance Requirements
All DoD or DoD-sponsored travelers to Guantanamo Bay require the following clearances, obtained through coordination with the OMC Office sponsoring your travel:
1) Country Clearance
2) Theater Clearance
3) Special Area Clearance

Mandatory Pre-Travel Training
All DoD and DoD-sponsored travelers must complete the following web-based training prior to obtaining clearance to travel to Guantanamo Bay:
1) Anti-terrorism /Force Protection Training (AT/FP)
2) Personnel Recovery Training and appropriate documentation
3) DoD personnel must complete and submit an electronic version of DD Form 1833, Isolated Personnel Report (ISOPREP)
4) Human Rights Training

For assistance in completing required training, contact the OMC Office sponsoring your travel.

 

Required Documentation

Active Military Personnel
1) Valid active duty Military ID
2) DoD-issued Travel Orders
Obtained from the OMC Office sponsoring the travel
3) Copy of country clearance
Obtained from the OMC Office sponsoring the travel

Civilians
1) Current passport
U.S. citizens may travel on a U.S. passport; non-U.S. citizens may travel on their home country passport to Cuba after they obtain entrance into the United States at a port of entry.
2) DoD-issued Travel Orders
Obtained from the OMC Office sponsoring the travel
3) Copy of country clearance
Obtained from the OMC Office sponsoring the travel

Questions regarding travel should be addressed to the Travel and Transportation Section.

The type of lodging provided to contractor personnel depends on availability and any terms in the contract. Contractor personnel will not be issued government vehicles unless their employer has previously provided insurance and indemnification information to the Department of Defense.

Lodging options can be found in the Lodging section