Unit HomePCS during COVID-19Civilian employees and family
My Sponsor

Your sponsor is responsible for helping you PCS and keeping you and your family members supplied with food during your 14 days of restriction of movement (ROM). This should NOT be a financial burden for your sponsor. All expenses taken care of by your sponsor should be repaid. If you have orders to Okinawa and your sponsor has not contacted you, contact your gaining command to ensure they are tracking your arrival.

Lodging upon arrival

You will stay in temporary lodging upon arrival, where you will conduct 14 days of ROM.

Once ROM is complete, you will be authorized to begin the process of occupying permanent housing, though you should have already applied for permanent housing before PCS (reference the checklist).


Restriction of Movement

Upon arrival at Okinawa, you will immediately be ushered into ROM for 14-days. This is a long period of time to spend indoors and necessitates you to complete your checklist promptly and to coordinate with your sponsor well ahead of time to ensure your ROM period is as comfortable as possible.

ROM entails not leaving your ROM location for 14 days and not having any guests enter your temporary lodging. All meals will be delivered to you by your sponsor via grocery drop-offs at your door.

New to the Okinawa community? Just send a message to Task Force PCS and they will help you out with any questions you may have and can keep up to date on any changes to ROM and PCS’ing.


Being in ROM can be a time of rest, but you can also start getting ready for your time in Okinawa. The MCCS Okinawa Welcome Aboard page is a great place to start. You can even sign up for the mandatory Newcomer’s Welcome Aboard (NOWA) brief to conduct it virtually for a quick transition to life in Okinawa after ROM! Please contact the MCIPAC Installation Safety Office at 645-3183/2862 to inquire about taking the SOFA POV Licensing exam after the completion of your 14-day ROM and NOWA. Orders, approved Area Clearance message (for dependents), and a valid stateside driver's license are required to obtain a SOFA POV Driver's License. Civilian personnel will need their SOFA Letter and are recommended to contact the MCIPAC Installation Safety Office for any other specific requirements.

There are a ton of online resources as well, from various Facebook pages, Okinawa Hai, Okinawa Bookoo (resale), and others. Welcome to Okinawa, and thank you for your continued discipline, diligence, and understanding during the ROM process.

If you are arriving to Okinawa via a commercial airline

You need to inform your sponsor or the agency you will be working for in Okinawa as soon as possible. Special coordination for receiving you aboard the base will need to occur – do not just show up at the front gate.

If possible, you are strongly encouraged to book a seat aboard the Patriot Express.

Upon arrival into Japan, if not coming aboard the Patriot Express, you can expect to be stopped at your point of entry by the Japanese government and conduct 14 days of quarantine at a nearby Japanese hotel. You will likely need to pay for the hotel expense out of pocket. Upon arrival at Okinawa, you will be required to conduct another 14 days of ROM at the on-base temporary lodging facilities.


Housing for pets is limited on and off-base. Many landlords off-base will not rent to families with pets. Travel with pets to and from Okinawa may also require special arrangements and fees.

If you do decide to PCS with your pet, you MUST take initiative ahead of time to ensure you complete all necessary steps for PCS’ing with your pet.

You can access information for PCS’ing to Okinawa with your pet here, as well as within the checklist.

Video by Lance Cpl. Brennan Beauton, Lance Cpl. Isaac Munce, Lance Cpl. Ryan Pulliam, Cpl. Terry Wong
Okinawa 2020 PCS Video
Marine Corps Installations Pacific
July 17, 2020 | 5:03
For inbound personnel joining the III MEF and MCIPAC family under the current conditions, please take a few minutes to learn about the process of transitioning to Okinawa. Our top priorities are to preserve the force ,protect our families and the local community. The efforts that we take together to prevent further spread of COVID-19 will help us arrest the spread. (U.S. Marine Corps video by Marine Corps Installations Pacific)

For more information please contact your sponsor or visit Marine Corps Community Services at https://www.mccsokinawa.com/welcomeaboard/