Announcement regarding the Ebola outbreak in West Africa

In order to protect the health and safety of our community members at home and abroad, and in accordance with recent guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the University has asked all Harvard students, faculty and staff to avoid non-essential travel to Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia.

If you need safety or security advice prior to travel, please contact

If you need safety or medical assistance while on a Harvard trip abroad, please call Harvard Travel Assist at +1 617-998-0000 (24/7/365). All University-related travel should be entered in the Harvard Travel Registry to facilitate our ability to provide emergency assistance.

For further information about the University’s response to Ebola and what to do if you have recently returned from the impacted region, see the UHS Announcement.


Welcome to Global Support Services (GSS) at Harvard University. Our office provides tools and guidance to Harvard schools, departments, and travelers to help the University go abroad. GSS is a hub for addressing global issues including safety and security, finance, human resources, and other operational matters. We combine internal expertise, best-practice standards, and high-quality customer service to help the Harvard community meet their international goals. Whether you are a faculty member who needs guidance establishing an international program, an administrator troubleshooting international hiring, or a student preparing to travel internationally, we have the tools and expertise to help you be successful.

For questions, comments or more information please contact us.



  • Some pages on our site have moved. Links previously found in the International Health & Safety section are now in Travel Tools.