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Travel Guidance

The University is committed to facilitating travel, which is critical to many of our academic and professional pursuits, under safe conditions.

Although health conditions have improved in the US and in many locations around the world, travel still poses risks, and individuals should take appropriate precautions before deciding to travel domestically or internationally.

If you’re planning Harvard-related travel, do your research to determine your requirements, have contingency plans, and be prepared for the possibility of disruptions. Increased transmission, the emergence of new variants, and implementation of border restrictions on short notice may continue to affect your travels.

Review the COVID-19 travel requirements and resources below.

Note: The guidance on this page applies to Harvard-related travel. It does not apply to personal travel or to affiliates traveling inbound to the Cambridge/Boston area for approved work or for moving into or out of on-campus housing.

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Pre-Travel Test Requirements

If your destination requires proof of a negative COVID-19 test, check whether it specifies whether an antigen test or a PCR test and formal report is required. For antigen tests, travelers can use a test received through their insurance. If a formal report of a negative PCR test is required, travelers should visit their healthcare provider or find a local testing center. Harvard and HUHS cannot provide a monitored antigen or PCR test. Travelers should always assess the required timeline and plan accordingly.

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International Travel Advice

Review Harvard Global Support Services’ advice and considerations for developing a safe travel plan during the COVID-19 pandemic. Remember, all Harvard affiliates—students, faculty, staff, and researchers—must now register their Harvard-related international travel with International SOS.

GSS travel advice

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CDC International Travel Requirements

Make sure you are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines before you travel internationally. Vaccination requirements to enter the United States vary by immigration status. Consider getting tested with a viral test as close to the time of departure as possible before travel. Wearing a mask over your nose and mouth is recommended in indoor areas of public transportation (including airplanes) and indoors in U.S. transportation hubs (including airports).

CDC international travel requirements and guidance

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CDC Domestic Travel Guidance

The CDC advises you to be up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines before travel. Consider getting tested with a viral test as close to the time of departure as possible before travel. Wearing a mask over your nose and mouth is recommended in indoor areas of public transportation (including airplanes) and indoors in U.S. transportation hubs (including airports).

CDC domestic travel guidance

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Travel Booking, Cancellation, & Reimbursement

If your travel is paid for by Harvard, consider using one of Harvard’s preferred travel agencies to book your trip. If you had travel reservations for University business, the Harvard Travel Policy allows for reimbursement of cancellation or change fees due to a valid business reason. The policy also allows the purchase of refundable tickets when there is a high likelihood that the itinerary may change and when budget and policy allow.

Harvard Travel Services website

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Post-travel guidance

When returning from either a domestic or international trip, be sure to review arrival guidance from the CDC, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and any other local jurisdictions you may be returning to.

If filing reimbursement requests for Harvard-related travel, Submit the required documentation.