May 11, 2020
Dear Members of the Harvard Community,
Given the prolonged public health uncertainty across the United States and around the world, we are writing with updated domestic and international travel guidance.
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.
Travel increases the risks of exposure to the coronavirus for you and your community. Harvard bases its travel guidance on a variety of factors, including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Global Level 3 Warning — Avoid Non-Essential Travel, the U.S. State Department’s Global Level 4 Health Advisory — Do Not Travel, and the CDC’s recommendation against domestic travel. Governments worldwide have issued similar warnings and entry restrictions, which can change without advance notice.
We understand that states and localities within the United States and around the world have issued varying levels of travel restrictions and that many are revising travel guidance in real time. We will continue to monitor the public health situation and government travel advisories both domestically and internationally and adjust the University’s travel guidance accordingly. We will update you as the situation evolves.
Note that this guidance for personal travel does not affect individuals who remained in on-campus housing after Spring Recess and who will be traveling home any time between now and the end of the spring semester.
If you choose to travel for personal reasons, please make sure that you understand your destination’s travel restrictions (e.g., 14-day quarantine) and that you take appropriate precautions to protect yourself and others during your trip (e.g., wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer if you cannot wash them; avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; remain at least six feet from others; and wear a cloth face covering). If you are coming back to Massachusetts from elsewhere, please remember that the Commonwealth requires a 14-day quarantine.
As always, the health and safety of our community on and off campus is the driving factor in our decision making. We look forward to the day when these travel restrictions are relaxed. In the meantime, we thank you for your patience, understanding, and adherence to these guidelines.
Alan M. Garber AB '77, PhD '82, MD
Executive Vice President
Giang T. Nguyen MD, MPH, MSCE, FAAFP
Executive Director, Harvard University Health Services