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USCENTCOM continues to assess COVID-19 risks and impacts in our current environment and area of responsibility. For operational contract support related theater entry issues, the Foreign Clearance Guide (FCG) must be reviewed for updated DOD theater and country policy changes at  https://www.fcg.pentagon.mil/fcg.cfm Host nation travel limitations and advisories can be located at https://travel.state.gov.
⦁    DOD sponsored contractors shall review the FCG and address issues with their Contracting Officer Representative (COR) and/or Contracting Officer.
⦁    CORs and Contracting Officers will coordinate with their associated Service Component for specified instructions and resolution.

NOTICE: Current Contracts with Performance in the U.S. Central Command AOR:
Contractors are reminded of their ability to request equitable adjustments related to unexpected paid leave associated with COVID-19. Section 3610 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) is still in effect with respect to allowable relief to reimburse for costs associated with paid leave or sick leave related to the current public health emergency. The attached memorandum from the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition and Sustainment) applies.

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USCENTCOM AOR URGENT (11 FEB 21):  IAW USCENTCOM Execution Order (EXORD) for Coronavirus (COVID-19) Environment Operations:
Deploying contractors will abide by:
⦁    Installation Policies and Procedures
⦁    Theater Entrance Requirements
⦁    Component Memorandums of Instruction
⦁    Host Nation/Partner Nation Procedures
This compliance also applies for contractors returning duty due to Medical, Emergency, R&R Leave, and TDY.

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KUWAIT URGENT (17 FEB 21): The Government of Kuwait has granted a 90-day extension for 862 Mission Critical Contractors currently performing work in Kuwait under Tourist Visa (Visa-14) extensions set to expire FEB – MAR 2021.  Individual employees need to immediately coordinate with their employer, Kuwaiti sponsor company, USG contracting authorities and/or supported units to determine eligibility and to facilitate processing through the office of Immigration of Mubarak Al Kabeer. 

Note: There is a 3KD fee per individual extension. 

KUWAIT URGENT: All contracted personnel currently performing work in or preparing to deploy to Kuwait should be in compliance with the information identified below: 

"COMPONENTS AND JOINT TASK FORCES SHALL ENSURE DEPARTEMENT OF DEFENSE CONTRACTORS PERFORMING WORK IN OR DEPLOYING TO KUWAIT COMPLY WITH KUWAIT IMMIGRATION LAWS AND REQUIREMENTS.

IN ACCORDANCE WITH KUWAIT IMMIGRATION LAW, CONTRACTORS CURRENTLY IN KUWAIT AND PERFORMING WORK ON UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT (USG) CONTRACTS UNDER A TEMPORARY RESIDENCE VISA (VISA 14) SHOULD IMMEDIATELY INITIATE TRANSFER TO THE REQUIRED WORK VISA (VISA 18) THROUGH THEIR PARENT KUWAIT SPONSOR COMPANY.

CONTRACTORS DEPLOYING TO KUWAIT TO PERFORM WORK ON USG CONTRACTS MUST HAVE A VISA 18 TO LEGALLY ENTER KUWAIT. CONTRACTORS ARE NOT AUTHORIZED TO ENTER KUWAIT TO PERFORM ON USG CONTRACTS UNDER A VISA 14 PER PARA A.3.B.(2) OF THE KUWAIT COUNTRY TAB OF THE FOREIGN CLEARANCE GUIDE (HTTPS://WWW.FCG.PENTAGON.MIL/FCG.CFM).

PER DFARS 252.225-7995, CONTRACTOR PERSONNEL PERFORMING IN THE USCENTCOM AOR, CONTRACTORS ARE SUBJECT TO HOST NATION LAWS. ANY CONTRACTOR FOUND TO BE IN VIOLATION OF KUWAITI LAW IS SUBJECT TO PENALTIES AND FINES AS DESCRIBED UNDER KUWAIT IMMIGRATION LAW.

SERVICE COMPONENTS AND JOINT TASK FORCES SHALL ENSURE THEIR CONTRACTING ORGANIZATIONS/AGENCIES DISSEMINATE THIS GUIDANCE TO ALL AFFECTED CONTRACTOR PERSONNEL, AND TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION TO FACILITATE COMPLIANCE."
 

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URGENT AFGHANISTAN (17 FEB 21): U.S. Embassy and Resolute Support (RS) contractor personal 90-day visa extensions/penalty exemption following the reopening of relevant camps for Afghanistan have been granted by His Excellency Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan's President on 26 February 2021.

URGENT AFGHANISTAN: Due to COVID-19 health protection measures and to align with Headquarters Resolute Support (RS) FRAGO 316-04, ALL DoD-Sponsored Contractors entering Afghanistan (Initial or Returning) require a Call Forward Memo signed by the Receiving Base Commander and approved by the United States Forces-Afghanistan (USFOR-A) Chief of Staff. Call Forward Memos can be obtained by following the Senior Contracting Official (SCO) Note (See SCO Note #2020-05) for further guidance.
 

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OPERATIONAL CONTRACT SUPPORT

Operational Contract Support is the process of planning for and obtaining supplies, services, and construction from commercial sources in support of joint operations and includes the associated functions of contracting support, contract support integration, and contractor management.

U.S. CENTRAL COMMAND OCS

In accordance with DoDI 3020.41, this site provides information on U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) OCS points of contract and theater business clearance requirements. Contracting activities, requiring activities, and contractors will find information here that will facilitate entry into, and operation requirements within, the USCENTCOM theater of operations.

USCENTCOM Operational Contract Support Integration Cell (OCSIC), CCJ4

For clarification or additional information not outlined in the Foreign Clearance Guide please contact the OCSIC for additional assistance:

Contact E-Mail: centcom.macdill.centcom-hq.mbx.ccj4-j44-ocsic@mail.mil

Resources

Class Deviation Memo for Contractor Personnel Performing in the United States Central Command Area of Responsibility, dated Sept 15, 2017

DoD Business Rules for the Synchronized Predeployment and Operational Tracker (SPOT)

DoD Theater and Country Policy Changes

Host Nation limitations and advisories

DoD Instruction 3020.41 Operational Contract Support

Defense Federal Acquisition Regulations

Federal Acquisition Regulations

Kuwait Ministry of Interior Announcement 09102020