Travel Guidance

Travel increases the risks of exposure to the coronavirus for you and your community. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a global level 3 warning – Avoid Nonessential Travel, and continues to discourage domestic travel. Additionally, the United States has placed entry restrictions on individuals arriving from China, Brazil, Iran, the European Union, and the United Kingdom. Governments worldwide have issued similar warnings and entry restrictions, which can change without advance notice.

Review the current international, domestic, and Massachusetts-specific travel restrictions below. We will continue to monitor the public health situation and government travel advisories, and adjust our guidance accordingly.

University Travel Restrictions

All University-related travel, both international and domestic, is prohibited until further notice and should not be planned or scheduled at this time. This applies to all community members—students, faculty, staff, postdoctoral fellows, and other academics. We encourage you to explore creative options for alternative study, research, work, and collaboration.

We also strongly discourage personal travel, both international and domestic.

Massachusetts Travel Order

As of July 1, all travelers arriving in Massachusetts are instructed to self-quarantine for 14 days, except those traveling from Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, or Vermont. Review the current Massachusetts travel information related to COVID-19.

Effective August 1, all visitors and returning residents entering Massachusetts must follow new travel orders. Review the new travel order, exemptions, and protocols.

Precautions If You Must Travel

Travel increases your chances of getting and spreading COVID-19. If you must travel, make sure you are aware of and adhere to restrictions for your destination and place of return. Within the United States, check the state and territorial health department websites for the latest information.

During travel, take the appropriate precautions to protect yourself and others:

  • Wash your hands often with warm soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If you can’t wash your hands, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Remain at least six feet from others.
  • Wear a cloth face covering.

If you develop symptoms during or after travel, notify your Primary Care Provider.

Travel Reimbursement

We understand these travel policies have financial implications. If you had travel reservations for University business, the Harvard Travel Policy allows for reimbursement of cancellation or change fees with a valid reason. The COVID-19 pandemic meets this requirement. Harvard Financial Administration has provided a guide to frequently asked questions and other information.