DoD Bans Military & Civilian Employee Travel to Paris

It’s been a year of terror attacks, and now tourism to Paris takes a major blow:

Unofficial travel to Paris is prohibited — including leave, liberty and special pass — and includes a 50-kilometer radius around the city. The travel restriction, implemented in the aftermath of Friday’s deadly attacks in Paris, applies to all Defense Department personnel, according to a statement from U.S. European Command.

Personnel on official travel or emergency leave to Paris or elsewhere in France will need approval from a general officer, according to EUCOM.

In addition, DoD personnel who wish to go on unofficial travel elsewhere in France will also need approval from a general officer, according to EUCOM.

The US European Command press release adds that “at this time, these travel restrictions are indefinite” and that they apply to “military personnel, DoD civilian employees, contractors and command-sponsored dependents and family members.”

Near as I’ve been able to find, this is an unprecedented restriction on travel to a Western country. I haven’t had a chance to check with her yet, but I believe the travel ban includes even my wife, who works for a major contractor, but not on any Europe-based projects.

(H/T, Will Collier.)