COVID-19 Protocol

Travel Requirements during the COVID-19 Pandemic (High-Risk Travel)

is In light of the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Northeastern University acknowledges that university travel still has an element of risk. 

University travel refers to academic, business, extra- or co-curricular travel that is part of a university program or project, authorized by, at the request of, funded, coordinated or administered by Northeastern University. Such travel may include but is not limited to teaching, study, research, consulting, conference attendance, co-op, service, administrative work, field studies, volunteer work, performances, athletic contests, and trips in connection with a university recognized student organization, academic or administrative unit, such as Advancement events, and Admissions outreach.

The following locations are considered lower to moderate risk based upon the university’s Policy on Travel to High-Risk and Sanctioned Destinations.*

If you are a student participating on a program in a country appearing on this list, you will only need to complete an “Acknowledgment of Risk for Students Participating on a University Program during COVID-19 Pandemic”.  

If you are a faculty or staff member planning university travel to a country appearing on this list, you will only need to obtain approval from your next level supervisor.

  • Anguilla
  • Bhutan
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Brunei
  • Canada – Please note: COVID-19 risks remain elevated in some Canadian provinces/territories. Travelers may be subject to vaccination requirements and movement restrictions.
  • Fiji
  • Grenada
  • Japan
  • Montserrat
  • New Zealand
  • Palau
  • South Korea
  • United States of America – Please note: COVID-19 risks remain elevated in many US states. Some states continue to have entry requirements.
  • Taiwan
*Please note:

 1) Some countries rated as lower to moderate risk have or may put in place restrictions that may prevent university travelers from obtaining visas or entering.  Therefore, we ask that all travelers purchase refundable hotel and transportation options.

2) There is a possibility that countries or some parts of a country (states or provinces) that are rated as lower to moderate risk might become high risk on little to no notice.  Travelers must register their travel, stay up-to-date on the local public health risks, and must have the ability to communicate with the university and the travel support network during the entirety of the trip.

3) This list is frequently updated as the pandemic situation evolves.

If the destination of travel does not appear on the list above, travelers are required to complete an acknowledgment of risk form or to submit a petition, as follows:

Student Travelers

Students who wish to travel on a university program to a destination NOT LISTED ABOVE must complete a petition or acknowledgment of risk:

Petitions must be approved by the Global Safety and Security Assessment Committee (GSSAC) prior to the student’s departure. Opportunities that are entirely remote do not need to complete this process.

Before beginning your petition, please review GSSAC guidance for preparing a petition. 

All Student groups must consult with ISO before making any plans to travel.  Email begin the consultation process.   

Faculty, Staff and Administrators

Faculty, Staff and Administrators who wish to travel on a university program to a destination NOT LISTED ABOVE must:

NU Cohort Programs

Programs (such as NUi.n., SemesterIN, Three Seas, etc.) are required to develop a COVID travel plan directly with the International Safety Office.  Participants on these programs are not required to submit an individual petition.

Travelers should also review this page prior to traveling to the US

Contact or your program advisor for more information.