Travel Requirements during the COVID-19 Pandemic (High-Risk Travel)
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 Travel.*
- British Virgin Islands
- New Zealand
- South Korea
- St. Kitts and Nevis
- United States of America – Please note: COVID-19 risks remain elevated in some US states. Many states continue to have entry requirements.
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:
Students who wish to travel on a university program to a destination NOT LISTED ABOVE must complete a petition or acknowledgment of risk:
- If you plan to travel internationally, please complete the “Individual Petition for Student International Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic”
- If you plan to participate in an on-site/in-person program within the United States or your home country, you must complete the “Acknowledgment of Risk for Students Planning a US-Based or Home Country Program during COVID-19 Pandemic”.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
- Obtain approval from their next level supervisor, and
- Then complete and submit the Acknowledgment of Risk for Faculty and Staff Travel during COVID-19 Pandemic.
NU Cohort Program
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.
Contact email@example.com or your program advisor for more information.