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COVID-19 Update: Recent U.S. actions and what they mean

The U.S issued a proclamation on March 11 to suspend entry for 30 days for most non-U.S. citizens who have been in or traveled through the 26 countries in the E.U.’s “Schengen Area” in the past 14 days. On March 14, the U.S. announced it would extend the restrictions to the U.K. and Ireland.

  • The proclamation does not apply to U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents, to the immediate family members of U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents (with some conditions), to air or sea crew members, or to aliens who fall into certain limited categories, set forth in the proclamation. 
  • The March 11 proclamation is effective at 11:59 eastern daylight time on March 13, 2020, but does not apply to persons aboard a flight schedule to arrive in the U.S. that departed prior to 11:59 eastern daylight time on March 13, 2020.
  • The March 14 announcement is effective at 11:59 eastern daylight time on March 16, 2020.


Guidance for Schools and students regarding the CDC Level 3 travel warning for COVID-19 across Europe and the U.K.

  • Students whose home is a location with a CDC Level 3 warning for COVID-19 may choose to return home. 
    • Students will need to confirm all flights with their airlines as the situation is extremely fluid. 
  • At this time of uncertainty, students may prefer to be home with their families. 
  • Harvard will consider requests from students currently on campus who are from locations with CDC Level 3 warnings for COVID-19 to remain here. 
    • Requests for exceptions must be made to the School in which the student is enrolled. 
    • Students who are permitted to remain on campus for extenuating circumstances must understand that they will receive instruction remotely and must prepare for severely limited on-campus activities and interactions. 
  • As a reminder, the COVID-19 pandemic is changing rapidly, and all international and domestic travel may be disrupted without notice.
  • We encourage all students to work with their Schools for more specific guidance and support. 
  • Our goal remains the same: we seek to lower the on-campus population to slow the potential transmission of the virus and protect vulnerable populations from exposure while sustaining the University’s central operations in support of our teaching and research mission. 

This guidance was originally issued on March 12. It was revised on March 14 to include additional countries that the U.S. government announced would be included in the travel restrictions.