If you need help while abroad on a Harvard-related trip:
- In a life-threatening emergency, first call local police, fire, or medical authorities
- Call Harvard Travel Assist at +1 617 998 0000 (worldwide, 24/7) for additional help, including non-emergency help
For tips and guidance when traveling abroad visit the Travel Tools website.
Harvard Travel Assist
Harvard Travel Assist provides 24-hour, worldwide medical care and security assistance and evacuation services to eligible Harvard students and employees while on Harvard-related travel abroad. For more information click here.
Passport and Visa Services
Visa and passport processing firms are often able to obtain travel documents more quickly than individual travelers and are especially beneficial for rush orders. Harvard has partnered with A. Briggs, a Passport and Visa Services vendor who can assist Harvard travelers with passport and visa services for international travel at discounted pricing. They can answer questions about visa requirements free of charge either via their website or by phone.
For more information click here.
Travelers' Health Information
Harvard University Health Services provides helpful health Information tips on preparing for your trip. To visit their site, click here.
Cellular Global Roaming Information
Cell phone/Smartphone use when traveling abroad can become cost prohibitive if you are not equipped with the correct plans and tips for minimizing cost. HUIT Telecom Operations has developed mobility guides with essential step by step instructions to ensure that you minimize cell phone costs for both voice and data while traveling abroad.
Click here for more information and a Cell Phone Travel Checklist to make sure you are ready to take your cell phone/Smartphone abroad.
If you do not have a cell phone and are traveling on Harvard business; HUIT Telecom offers voice-only domestic and voice-only international cellular phones for short-term rental. To reserve a Short-Term rental cell phone, call 5-4900 or fill out the request form and email it to email@example.com.
Foreign Per Diems
Foreign per Diem rates change on a monthly basis due to foreign currency fluctuations. When using foreign per diems, select the country and then the month in which the person was traveling. The M&IE rates represent the daily meal per diem.
Note: Any location not listed under a country takes the "Other" per diem rate we administer and publish for that country. An unlisted suburb of a listed location takes the "Other" rate, not that of the location of which it is a suburb.
Foreign Currency Converter
When submitting foreign receipts for reimbursement you must translate those receipts into US Currency. To do so, you can either use the US dollar equivalent that appears on your credit statement or use the Oanda Currency converter.
Fly America Act and Open Skies Agreement
The State Department provides country-specific information on visa requirements, safety and other travel advice. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provide travel health information. Please pay particular attention to Travel Warnings or Alerts from these agencies.
To visit the University’s Travel Risk Rating site, click here.
To visit the State Department site, click here.
To visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, click here.
Vice Provost for International Affairs
Policies and resources are available online here.
Harvard's Travel Safety Policies and Practices
Questions about Harvard's travel safety policies and practices should be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org