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COVID-19 Travel Restrictions and Guidance

Dear Members of the Harvard Community,

On February 28, the CDC raised its coronavirus (COVID-19) travel warning for Italy and Iran to Level 3 – “Avoid Nonessential Travel.”

As a result, Harvard is updating its travel guidance:

  • University travel to Italy, Iran, South Korea and mainland China is restricted until further notice. If you have concerns about these restrictions, contact the Vice Provost for International Affairs at
  • Harvard will continue to restrict travel to any additional countries with CDC Level 3 Warning for COVID-19This may change as the public health situation evolves.
  • If considering outbound international travel for yourself or your program: Be aware that travel may be disrupted or quarantines imposed, especially – though not only – in locations with existing CDC Level 2 and Level 1 Warnings for COVID-19. Consult Harvard Global Support Services for travel advice.

For inbound travelers who return or arrive to campus from Italy or Iran since February 28, South Korea since February 24, or mainland China since February 3:

  • Please complete this confidential health form. If you already completed the form, you do not need to fill it out again.
  • Please self-isolate until you receive advice from HUHS.
  • Call HUHS 24/7 at 617-495-5711 if you have symptoms.

We know that COVID-19 is causing anxiety at Harvard and elsewhere. We are tracking this issue closely and are writing regularly in order to keep you informed. Evidence still suggests that basic precautions are the most essential measures to protect yourself, and that the risk in Massachusetts remains low. We appreciate all that our community is doing to help us stay healthy, safe, and productive. We will continue to send periodic updates and refresh the HUHS coronavirus webpage with information as it becomes available.


Alan M. Garber AB ’77, PhD ’82, MD

Giang T. Nguyen MD, MPH, MSCE, FAAFP
Executive Director, Harvard University Health Services