Reporting aboard U.S. Naval Hospital Rota can be a smooth process: advance planning and preparation is the key!
1 - Request a sponsor, especially if you are coming from school. Visit our Welcome Letter page to know how.
2 - Complete your overseas suitability screening, as well as those for any dependents relocating with you.
3 - Make a list of key telephone numbers at your next duty station.
4 - Schedule shipment of personal property.
5 - Shipping a vehicle? Locate the nearest VPC to ship your vehicle with American Auto Logistics: https://www.whereismypov.com.
6 - Notify your landlord, rental agent, or Housing Office of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders. Give written notice if there is a military clause in your lease.
7 - Begin a calendar for your move. Set timelines to help organize yourself. Include items to remember:
8 - Budget your move. Call your Finance Office or Personnel Service Detachment (PSD) to discuss your travel pay options.
9 - Arrange travel. Think about your pets. The country of Spain has certain restrictions on dangerous pets and size limits. Depending on the temperature during the summer months please bear in mind that your pets may not be able to fly with you. Call PSD and let them know the size of your pet. Your pet has to be included in your orders
Documents to Bring
• Copies of orders
• Overseas Suitability Screening for you and any dependents relocating with you
• Military ID
• Health records (including immunizations)
• Dental record
• Service record
• Birth certificate(s)
• Marriage certificate/ Divorce Decree
• Power of attorney
• Personal will
• Citizenship/Naturalization papers
• Bank books
• Insurance cards
• Car registration and title
• Social security cards
• Credit card records
• Voter registration
• Emergency data information
• School records/transcripts/IEP
• Leave and earning statement
• Transportation, shipping, & storage documents
• State and federal records
• Travel Passport - Active Duty + No Fee Passports - Dependents
• Pets health certificate must be current (within 10 days) before your flight
• Currently renewed Driver's License
• Professional Licensure and certifications
• Life support cards (BLS, ACLS, PALS, TNCC, Conscious Sedation)
You can travel either by CAT-B (military flights) from Norfolk, VA to Rota Spain or by commercial flights (final destination Jerez, Spain; Airport code XRY).
Jerez airport is about 30 minutes away from the base.
Make sure your sponsor is aware of your arrival date. Commercial taxi can be expensive (day time hours: 36 euros; night time hours: 44 euros). Save all your receipts.
Bringing your pets with you to Rota
The veterinary certificate may be filled out by any veterinarian accredited by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA/APHIS, under the National Veterinary Accreditation Program, NVAP. However, once filled out, the certificate must be endorsed by an Official Veterinary employed by the Veterinary Services, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (VS/APHIS) of the Department of Agriculture. All military vets are VS/APHIS accredited.
Spain doesn't recognize the 2-year rabies vaccine, so if you plan on getting your pet a passport once you get here, the animal will have to be re-vaccinated.
The Veternary Clinic phone number is:
Links to rules and infomation that apply to the non-commercial importation into Spain of pet animals exclusively from the United States or Canada. Information provided by the Spanish Government's Office of Environment and Rural and Marine Affairs (Gobierno de España, Ministerio de Medio Ambiente y Medio Rural y Marino):
Navy Lodge (Bldg 1674) check-in is at 1500, so if you arrive early in the morning, your room may not be ready. Make sure you have a reservation at the Navy Lodge the day before your arrival date. Rates are about $75.00/day.
BOQ check-in after 1300. Rates vary by rank from $35.00 (O1-O-4) $56.00 (VIP Suites - O-5) $70.00 (O-6 and above)
Temporary housing may also be available prior to your arrival. You sponsor needs to make that arrangement for you.