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USAG Bavaria Security Office


GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Spring is here, and summer is approaching; that means sunny days, school breaks and for many of us, travel.


If you’re one of the many Americans who will be traveling around to explore this season, there are some things to keep in mind.


Things to know

  • All civilian employees, military personnel, and their dependents, traveling to or within Europe are required to register with the State Department’s Smart Travel Enrollment Plan (STEP), according to a European Command tasking order dated June 16, 2016. Visit to register.


  • All personnel with a security clearance must report all travel outside of Germany to their Security Manager in advance. 


  • Travelers going to countries with an elevated risk/threat profile may be required to obtain pre-approval and a tailored country briefing prior to travel. Ensure to visit the Electronic Foreign Clearance Guide at prior to travel for specific travel restrictions. 


Travel Tip

  • Know the rules of the countries that you are traveling to. Pay close attention to duty requirements, currency laws, bans on importation, customs declarations, etc.


  • Do not carry any letters/packages on behalf of any third party. Carry only essential items of identification. Avoid any compromising or illegal situations which would provide a foreign entity with the means to exert coercion or blackmail. 


The USAG Bavaria Force Protection & Antiterrorism webpage has helpful information on current threats, warnings, and links to get assistance while traveling. Visit for these resources.




Editor’s Note: This article has been vetted for accuracy by the security manager on May 11, 2022.