Covid-19 Info Center

Travelers and Visitors

Travel abroad

In accordance with advice from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, MIT has suspended all international travel on MIT business or with MIT programs, for all faculty, postdocs, and staff. This includes any travel associated with one’s scholarly activities as an MIT employee, even travel funded by a government grant, foundation, company, or other university.

Rare exceptions will be considered; those who feel they have a compelling need to travel internationally may apply in writing to the provost and the chancellor at Anyone currently abroad is strongly advised to return to their home and not MIT.

Student domestic and international travel

No MIT-sponsored domestic or international student travel is allowed between May 30 and August 31.

“MIT-sponsored” travel includes that which is funded entirely or in part by MIT sources; is organized primarily by MIT (e.g., MIT selects the participants) including ASA-recognized student organization activities and faculty-led or credit-bearing programs; and/or requires the use of MIT equipment, supplies, or personnel. These restrictions may not apply to students who are local to specific programs; these cases would need to be evaluated before MIT endorses participation.

The High-Risk Travel Committee can continue to review individual requests for “essential” domestic travel from graduate students (currently defined as travel necessary to advance essential or critical research in the national or global interest). No waivers or exceptions will be granted for undergraduate student travel.

Travel reimbursement guidelines

Get guidance on canceling and expensing travel (MIT certificate required)


The MIT campus is closed to the public until further notice.

  • K-12 student programs: MIT will not host or sponsor any in-person K-12 student programming during the summer of 2020. Remote programming is encouraged. This guidance does not apply to programs working exclusively with adults in the K-12 sector, such as teacher training.
  • Prospective and admitted students: All MIT Admissions spring and summer programming on campus has been cancelled. The Admissions staff is working on online alternatives and will provide updates as soon as possible. 
  • Visiting Student Program
    • Visiting students currently on campus should follow graduate student housing guidance.
    • All visiting students who have not started their Visiting Student Program should defer their program dates until at least June 1, 2020.
  • Commencement and Tech Reunions
    • Commencement will not take place on campus; instead, an online event will be held on May 29.
    • Tech Reunions will not be held this year. The Alumni Association is looking into other ways to bring the alumni community together.