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What Is a Country Clearance Request?

A country clearance request (sometimes referred to as a CCR or just a "country clearance") is a mandatory memorandum which requests formal approval to enter a foreign country in order to conduct official US government business. International travel cannot take place without an approved country clearance.

How Does This Apply to Travelers?

An ISG POC (Point of Contact) will send a list of personalized travel requirements via email based on the traveler’s nationality (US or foreign national) and destination country. This email includes information on completion of forms and online trainings, and submission of personal/travel details. This page provides instruction on how to complete the necessary travel requirements. Travelers must finish these requirements no later than 30 days in advance of travel. If a 30 day lead time is unable to be met, please complete the training requirements immediately.

Required Online Trainings

Creating a Joint Knowledge Online (JKO) Account

Start here: Joint Knowledge Online (JKO) account creation

Time elapsed: 30 minutes

A JKO account must be created to access other necessary trainings

Antiterrorism Force Protection (AT/FP) Training

Time Elapsed: 2 hours

The purpose of this training is to increase awareness of terrorism and to improve ability to apply personal protective measures

High Threat Security Overseas Seminar (HTSOS) Training

Time Elapsed: 5 hours

Required for all government personnel traveling to all Combat and Commands (COCOMs). Required for all SME’s traveling to Lebanon and other High-Threat Regions.

Human Rights Awareness & Education Training

Time Elapsed: 1.5 hours

The focus is to ensure that travelers respect human rights and positively influence host nation personnel's respect for human rights

Isolated Personnel Report (ISOPREP)

Time Elapsed: 20 minutes (if renewal only)

Required for all travelers in order to prepare for a situation when a traveler needs to be authenticated after they have become isolated, captured, missing, or detained.

Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)

Time Elapsed: 20 minutes

The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service to allow U.S. citizens and nationals traveling and living abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) 100.2 Training

Time Elapsed: 3 hours

Instructs travelers on procedures for survival and evasion, support to recovery, captivity resistance, and captivity resolution through escape or rescue

Required Forms

  1. Read the GO #1
  2. Sign and date the final page
  3. Return signed page to ISG POC
  1. Complete all fields
  2. Sign and date the Traveler's Signature Block in the Middle of the form
  3. Return completed form to ISG POC
  1. Read the GO #1
  2. Sign and date the final page
  3. Return completed form to ISG POC
  1. Complete all fields
  2. Sign and date the form
  3. Return completed form to ISG POC

Renewal Tables

Table 1: U.S. Citizens - Country Clearance Requirements (CCRs)
CCR Items Renewal Schedule by Combatant Command (COCOM)
AFRICOM CENTCOM EUCOM PACOM SOUTHCOM
1. Isolated Personnel Report (ISOPREP) 6 or 12 mo. 6 or 12 mo. 12 mo. 12 mo. 6 mo.
2. Antiterrorism/Force Protection (AT/FP) Certificate 12 mo. 12 mo. 12 mo. 12 mo. 12 mo.
3. Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) Certificate 36 mo.* 36 mo.* 36 mo. 36 mo. 36 mo.
4. Human Rights Training - - - - 12 mo.
5. General Order #1 1x per Trip - - - 1x per Trip
6. Travel Health Form/Medical Checklist 30 days - - - -
7. High Threat Security Overseas Seminar (HT-SOS) Certificate varies/country varies/country varies/country varies/country varies/country
8. Itinerary (flights and lodging) every trip every trip every trip every trip every trip
9. Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) recommended recommended every trip recommended recommended
*Some countries within this AOR require SERE certificate to be valid within 12-24 months.
Please send completed training certificates to your ISG travel POC.
Table 1: U.S. Citizens - Country Clearance Requirements (CCRs)
1. Isolated Personnel Report (ISOPREP)
AFRICOM: 6 or 12 mo.
CENTCOM: 6 or 12 mo.
EUCOM: 12 mo.
PACOM: 12 mo.
SOUTHCOM: 6 mo.
2. Antiterrorism/Force Protection (AT/FP) Certificate
AFRICOM: 12 mo.
CENTCOM: 12 mo.
EUCOM: 12 mo.
PACOM: 12 mo.
SOUTHCOM: 12 mo.
3. Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) Certificate
AFRICOM: 36 mo.*
CENTCOM: 36 mo.*
EUCOM: 36 mo.
PACOM: 36 mo.
SOUTHCOM: 36 mo.
4. Human Rights Training
SOUTHCOM: 12 mo.
5. General Order #1
AFRICOM: 1x per Trip
SOUTHCOM: 1x per Trip
6. Travel Health Form/Medical Checklist
AFRICOM: 30 days
7. High Threat Security Overseas Seminar (HT-SOS) Certificate
AFRICOM: varies/country
CENTCOM: varies/country
EUCOM: varies/country
PACOM: varies/country
SOUTHCOM: varies/country
8. Itinerary (flights and lodging)
AFRICOM: every trip
CENTCOM: every trip
EUCOM: every trip
PACOM: every trip
SOUTHCOM: every trip
9. Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)
AFRICOM: recommended
CENTCOM: recommended
EUCOM: every trip
PACOM: recommended
SOUTHCOM: recommended
*Some countries within this AOR require SERE certificate to be valid within 12-24 months.
Please send completed training certificates to your ISG travel POC.
Table 2: Foreign Nationals - Country Clearance Requirements (CCRs)
CCR Items Renewal Schedule by Combatant Command (COCOM)
AFRICOM CENTCOM EUCOM PACOM SOUTHCOM
1. Isolated Personnel Report (ISOPREP) 6 or 12 mo. 6 or 12 mo. 12 mo. - 6 mo.
2. Antiterrorism/Force Protection (AT/FP) Certificate 12 mo. 12 mo. 12 mo. 12 mo. 12 mo.
3. Human Rights Training - - - - 12 mo.
4. General Order #1 1x per Trip - - - 1x per Trip
5. Travel Health Form/Medical Checklist 30 days - - - -
6. High Threat Security Overseas Seminar (HT-SOS) Certificate varies/country varies/country varies/country varies/country varies/country
7. Itinerary (flights and lodging) every trip every trip every trip every trip every trip
Please send completed training certificates to your ISG travel POC.
Table 2: Foreign Nationals - Country Clearance Requirements (CCRs)
1. Isolated Personnel Report (ISOPREP)
AFRICOM: 6 or 12 mo.
CENTCOM: 6 or 12 mo.
EUCOM: 12 mo.
SOUTHCOM: 6 mo.
2. Antiterrorism/Force Protection (AT/FP) Certificate
AFRICOM: 12 mo.
CENTCOM: 12 mo.
EUCOM: 12 mo.
PACOM: 12 mo.
SOUTHCOM: 12 mo.
3. Human Rights Training
SOUTHCOM: 12 mo.
4. General Order #1
AFRICOM: 1x per Trip
SOUTHCOM: 1x per Trip
5. Travel Health Form/Medical Checklist
AFRICOM: 30 days
6. High Threat Security Overseas Seminar (HT-SOS) Certificate
AFRICOM: varies/country
CENTCOM: varies/country
EUCOM: varies/country
PACOM: varies/country
SOUTHCOM: varies/country
7. Itinerary (flights and lodging)
AFRICOM: every trip
CENTCOM: every trip
EUCOM: every trip
PACOM: every trip
SOUTHCOM: every trip
Please send completed training certificates to your ISG travel POC.

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