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Harvard University reimburses for necessary and reasonable travel expenses incurred while conducting University business. Individuals should not benefit financially, or incur financial losses, as a result of traveling on behalf of the University. For full policy read the University Travel & Reimbursement Policy Manual.
Booking Your Travel
The preferred and most convenient way to book your travel is through one of Harvard's preferred travel agencies. By using one of these agencies you will be able to take advantage of University discounts negotiated with preferred travel partners. These agencies are familiar with Harvard's travel policies and have dedicated agents available to assist Harvard travelers. Harvard has six preferred agencies to meet our diversified needs. For more information or to make reservations visit the Harvard Travel Portal.
For tips and guidance when traveling abroad visit the Travel Tools website.
Harvard Global Support Services
International SOS 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
Harvard has partnered with Travisa and A. Briggs, two Passport and Visa Services vendors who can assist Harvard travelers with passport and visa services for international travel. These vendors can answer questions about visa requirements free of charge either via their websites or by phone. For a fee they will assist travelers with the application process (especially beneficial for rush orders) by reviewing and submitting the traveler’s application, passport, and any other required information/documents. Visa processing firms are often able to obtain visas more quickly than individual travelers. For more information click here.
Rental Car Reservations
- You can make rental car reservations with the Harvard Travel Services to take advantage of the University-negotiated rates.
- Harvard’s preferred car rental partners are now Hertz and Enterprise/National
- When making reservations directly with Hertz, Enterprise or National, use Harvard's Corporate ID numbers (31570 with Hertz and NA10A14 with Enterprise) to receive the negotiated rate and included insurance coverage.
- Travelers who use any other car rental vendor (other than Hertz, Enterprise or National) after May 1, 2015, must also purchase a minimum of $250K in supplemental liability insurance (SLI)– even if they use Harvard’s Avis corporate ID number or their Avis Preferred membership. The additional cost for this insurance is eligible for reimbursement.
- You will be responsible for daily rental costs in excess of the approved car class unless justified in the Business Purpose.
- Car Rental Guidelines
- This Eureka course provides a general overview of Harvard's Travel policy Travel Policy Overview.
- This document provides instructions on how to create a direct billing Travel Authorization.
- Harvard Travel Portal
- Overview of University Reimbursement Policy
- Reimbursement Policies at a Glance
- Reimbursement FAQs
- Substantiation of Business Travel
Sponsored Travel Resources:
- Fly America Act & Open Skies Decision Tree
- Fly America Act & Open Skies Agreements
- Sponsored Travel Cost Guidelines
- US Flag Air Carriers Detailed