Before travel guide
- Getting Started
- PCS Orders
- Total Army Sponsorship
- Command Sponsorship
- Civilian Sponsorship
- EFMP Screening Process
- Passports, SOFA Stamp & A-3 Visa
- Government Travel Card (GTCC)
- Booking Lodging Reservation
- Planning Travel
- Traveling with Pets
- Parent Outreach Services at CYS
- Planning Household Goods
- Ship your Vehicle
- Driving Overseas
- Mail, Packages & P.O. Box
- DoDEA Pacific West School District Preparation
- Legal Services
- Service members Civil Relief Act (SCRA)
- Cell Phones, Keeping in Touch & Dialing Instruction
- Chip Credit Cards, Banks & Exchange Rates
- PCS Resources
Medical, Dental & Eye Care
To ensure your Soldier and family are enrolled in TRICARE to receive healthcare in South Korea:
- Your Soldier will need a copy of PCS Orders to complete TRICARE Enrollment forms during in-processing.
- Submit all medical and dental records during in-processing.
TIP: Soldiers and dependents can receive a copy of their medical file once per year from Medical Records.
- Medical Briefing during in-processing.
Self-Care at On-Post Pharmacy
Need an over-the-counter medicne for a minor issue? Grab a number at the installation Clinic’s pharmacy and a pharmacist will help take care of you. No appointment needed!
www.korea.amedd.army.mil/WEBAPP/RXREFILL/DEFAULT.HTML (need CAC card to access)
www.korea.amedd.army.mil/default.html (need CAC card to access)
Emergency Room Services & Off-Post Medical Care
Korean Hospitals serve as the emergency medical facilities for the U.S. military communities. Nearly all hospitals have English speaking patient liaisons to assist during any hospital visits. Soldiers and families are provided a local map and contacts in the event of an emergency during in-processing.
- Keep Dependent Dental Insurance
All dependent (adult and pediatric) dental care at the Army Dental Clinic is on a space-available basis. As such, many dependents see local dentists. So, keep or enroll your family in TRICARE Dental insurance to ensure your family has access to care when they need it.
- Dependent Dental Care
- On-post: Call the Dental Clinic for availability.
- Off-post: No referral is needed to use TRICARE insurance for dental treatment (except orthodontics). Ask the dental Clinic or search on Find A Dentist-OCONUS.
- Dental Sick Call & Emergencies
- Emergent Dental Need: Dental Clinic during Sick Call hours (e.g. severe tooth pain, chipped tooth, etc.)
- True Dental Emergency: Dental Clinic (immediate care) (e.g. permanent tooth loss, oral bleeding, mouth swelling)
- Dental + Medical Emergency: ER or call 911 (e.g. head injury, trouble breathing, nausea/vomiting)
- Orthodontic treatment
Orthodontic treatment at the Dental Clinic is only available on a Space-A basis for Active Duty Soldiers and dependent children. Soldiers and children arriving in South Korea with orthodontic appliances or braces are not guaranteed on-post treatment. (Active Duty Soldiers treated by another military orthodontist are usually approved for on-post care.) Most patients receive off-post referrals to start or continue care at their expense.
TIP: Learn about your ortho benefits OCONUS (50%) vs. CONUS (25%) in the TRICARE Dental Benefit Booklet.
- Army Optometry Clinic
The Optometry Clinic at Army Health Clinics provides routine eye exams for dependents. However, TRICARE does cover eye exams from qualified overseas optometrists with a primary care referral. If you require additional optometry services aside from those listed below, you may be referred.
Bring the following to an eye exam:
- Current prescription glasses
- Contact lenses and box (or current prescription)
- Optometry Services
*TRICARE covers glasses/contacts for certain conditions.
Optometry Services Active Duty Dependents Routine Eye Exams Yes Yes Provide Glasses Yes No* Provide Contacts No No*
- Contact Lenses
To receive a new prescription for contact lenses, you must first schedule an eye exam at the Optometry Clinic where the optometrist will provide you with a set of trial contact lenses. You must return to the Clinic for a follow up appointment to receive your final prescription.
Soldiers, Be Green On MEDPROS!
To ensure your Soldier is medically fit for trainings and deployments, he or she must be “green” (up-to-date) on “MEDPROS” (Medical Protection System). This means your Soldier has the necessary medical equipment (eyewear, etc.) to fulfill his or her job responsibilities.
During in-processing, your Soldier needs to visit the Health Clinic, including Optometry, to receive any necessary medpros.
Scheduling a COVID-19 Vaccine
USFK-affiliated personnel, not including service members, can schedule an appointment to receive the COVID-19 vaccine by visiting the Defense Health Agency website. Soldiers assigned to Eighth Army should schedule their appointment through their assigned unit’s medical section. All other U.S. service members not assigned to Eighth Army must inquire about COVID-19 vaccine through their assigned unit. You can also scan the QR code to reach the booking site.
Coping with COVID
COVID-19 significantly alters work schedules, daily routines, like going to the gym or commissary, and social events with others. The disruptions to our lives, such as a requirement to quarantine or isolate, can understandably increase one’s feelings of stress. Numerous studies have shown the adverse mental health and physical impacts of loneliness, including the potential to trigger symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Whether you are quarantined alone or together due to suspected exposure or you are staying home or in your barracks because of restrictions or social distancing guidelines, there are many mobile apps that can help you manage stress.