Your current duty station should immediately begin the process of overseas screening for you and your family, as soon as you have orders "in hand." This typically consists of medical examinations, inoculations, and an interview with a command representative. Your command's administrative department should have all the details on this process so contact them immediately. Any person with extensive or pre-existing medical problems who requires regular specialty care not available locally should not transfer to Sigonella. Overseas screening must be completed well before your transfer.
Any person with extensive or pre-existing medical problems or special educational needs who require regular specialty care not available locally should not transfer to Sigonella. Certain Exceptional Family Member (EFM) program categories do NOT allow for overseas assignment. Overseas screening must be completed in accordance with OPNAVINST 1300.14 (series) well before your potential transfer. Failure to properly complete the overseas screening and resolve all outstanding issues through effective communications may result in family separation and/or disciplinary action. Sponsors with family members that have long-term/chronic physical or mental conditions must seek enrollment in the EFM program prior to Overseas Screening. For more information you should contact the Overseas Screening/EFM Coordinator at your nearest medical facility. Normally, pregnant women are not allowed to fly beyond their 33rd week of pregnancy (seven weeks before their due date); active duty women are not permitted to transfer after the 28th week per OPNAVINST 6000.1 (series). Women expecting to deliver a child within three months of arriving at Sigonella should carry the following documents with them - not in their household goods - and have them available at the time of delivery in order to properly register the child with Italian authorities and the United States of America Consulate if the child is to be an American citizen:
- Birth certificates of both parents with raised state seals
- Marriage license with raised state seals
- Divorce decrees and marriage licenses from any previous marriage or any other legal documents showing name changes
- Any naturalization or citizenship documents, if not born in the United States
Personnel who wear contact lenses are strongly urged to bring at least one set of backup lenses and a current prescription pair of glasses due to possible irritation from Mount Etna's volcanic dust. The volcanic dust produced by Mount Etna often aggravates respiratory conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, or allergies to dusts, hay fever or chronic sinusitis. For more information about health services see the Facilities and Services chapter.