Harvard bans all international travel related to the University and non-essential domestic air travel through at least 31 May, according to an email sent to Harvard affiliates from Alan M. Garber University Provost ’76, Executive Vice President Katherine N. Lapp, and Harvard Director of Health Services Giang T. Nguyen University.
The university also banned international trips organized by Harvard and funded by Harvard scheduled to take place between now and August 31, administrators said. They quote the Center for Disease Control and Prevention global Level 3 and Level 4 travel advisories, which means “avoid unnecessary travel” and “don’t travel”.
“Private international travel remains highly discouraged, and we still urge you to use extreme caution for private domestic travel,” they wrote. “This guide relates to all members of the community – students, lecturers, staff, and other doctorates / academics. Because governments around the world, including the United States, can modify travel restrictions at any time, in advance, the purchase of non-refundable trips is not recommended. “
Garber, Lapp, and Nguyen added they anticipated the trip “would continue to be disrupted for some time.” They write that the decision to ban travel is “difficult and disappointing,” but encourages students to explore alternative options for summer study, research, and work.
“It is not clear when the restrictions will be lifted,” read the e-mail. “We know that many of our students – undergraduate and graduate students and professional school students – rely on summer trips to continue their education, meet academic requirements, and explore new work environments.”
The administrator writes that they are monitoring the suspension of visa processing at US consular locations around the world and advising international students and scholars.
“We anticipate that many international students and scholars who have just been accepted and returned will face delays in obtaining or renewing visas,” they wrote. “The Harvard International Office (HIO) continues to issue the University documentation needed for F-1, J-1, and other visa applications, so that when consular processing continues, students and scholars will have the forms they need to schedule visa appointments. “
Garber, Lapp, and Nguyen concluded the e-mail by thanking frontline healthcare providers and Harvard researchers, faculty, students and staff.
“Thank you to frontline workers and researchers, teaching staff, students and our staff for your extraordinary efforts over the past few weeks,” they wrote. “We greatly appreciate your patience, empathy, creativity and resilience as we face these extraordinary challenges together.”
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