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Travel Tools & Resources

International travel requires careful planning, even for seasoned travelers. Use our tools and resources to inform your pre-departure planning and ensure you have a safe and rewarding trip abroad.

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A Checklist Before You Leave

Review risk ratings and travel policies

Check to see whether your destination is included on the Harvard GSS Travel Risk Ratings list, and take the appropriate precautions.

Students, review the travel policy that correlates to your School and your destination’s risk rating.

Research your destination

Learn as much as you can about your destination so that you can feel comfortable in your new environment. The Harvard Travel Assist portal and our Resources section are good places to start.

Register your trip

Enter your itinerary in the Harvard Travel Registry so that we can locate you and provide assistance in an emergency. Also register with the embassy of your country of citizenship.

Learn about Harvard Travel Assist

Review the services and eligibility guidelines of our 24/7/365 global emergency response program.

During a medical or security incident abroad, you can call Harvard Travel Assist at +1-617-998-0000 for immediate support. If you can’t call, email travelassist@harvard.edu with “Urgent” at the start of your subject line if it’s an emergency. The phone line is answered immediately; an email response may take four hours for urgent requests and 24 hours for non-urgent requests.

To expedite assistance, it’s crucial that your itinerary is entered in the Harvard Travel Registry.

Check visa requirements

Visa and passport requirements vary by country, citizenship, length of stay, and purpose of travel. Carefully review your destination's requirements and plan well in advance. We've negotiated a reduced rate with a visa vendor that can provide guidance (free of charge) and application assistance (for a fee).

Verify your health insurance coverage

Call your health insurance provider to determine whether you’re covered in your destination and whether there are limitations to your plan and network of providers. The Harvard Travel Assist program is not a replacement for health insurance coverage.

Schedule a health consultation

See your health care provider or visit a travel clinic at least one month prior to departure to obtain any necessary vaccinations or medications based on your personal health and your destination’s health risks.

 

Reminders While Traveling

Keep your Travel Registry information up-to-date

Our ability to help you is dependent upon knowing where you are and how to contact you. Update your itinerary with local phone numbers, emergency contacts, and lodging or flight changes.

Stay informed of your destination's current events

Follow the local news and sign up to receive travel alerts from Harvard Travel Assist or the U.S. State Department to prepare for potential disruptions or hazards.

Contact Harvard Travel Assist for medical and security support

In an emergency, call the local equivalent of "911", if appropriate.

You can also call Harvard Travel Assist for additional help: +1-617-998-0000. If you can’t call, email travelassist@harvard.edu with “Urgent” at the start of your subject line if it’s an emergency.

The phone line is answered immediately; an email response may take four hours for urgent requests and 24 hours for non-urgent requests.

Report incidents

File an incident report with us if you experience or witness a serious medical or safety incident. Doing so ensures you receive the proper support and also enables us to track incidents and keep future travelers safe.