Travel Protocols

Travel and Off-Campus Programming Requirements

Please review the following information to determine what forms you are required to complete before traveling or participating in off-campus programming, as well as how to obtain approval to travel to a destination on the High-Risk Country List. Contact MYTRAVELPLANS@northeastern.edu with any questions.

Students (High-Risk Destinations) 

Students traveling to a country appearing on the High-Risk Country List must complete and submit an Individual Petition for Student International Travel and obtain approval from the Global Safety & Security Assessment Committee (GSSAC), unless one of the following exceptions applies: 

  • The destination is the student’s home country 
  • The program is an approved group* or cohort program (examples include Dialogues of Civilization, N.U.in, Semester In, Three Seas, Alternative Spring Break, club/sport travel)

If one of the above exceptions applies, the student must complete an Acknowledgment of Risk for Students instead.

Note: Some travelers will complete their Acknowledgment of Risk as part of a GEO study abroad application or co-op placement.

*Most group trips to high-risk countries require GSSAC approval. Please contact mytravelplans@northeastern.edu for more information if you are leading a group abroad to a high-risk destination.

Students (Non-High-Risk Destinations)

Students participating in travel or off-campus programming in a destination not deemed high-risk must complete an Acknowledgment of Risk for Students. (Be advised that entry may not be possible to all non-high-risk countries, and travel feasibility will vary based on program type, traveler nationality, and other factors.)

Note: Some travelers will complete their Acknowledgment of Risk as part of a GEO study abroad application or co-op placement. 

Faculty & Staff Travelers

All faculty and staff members conducting university travel must complete an Acknowledgment of Risk for Faculty and Staff Travel, regardless of destination. If the trip itinerary includes a destination on the High-Risk Country List, the employee’s direct supervisor must approve the travel in advance.  

International Students & Scholars

International students and scholars traveling to their home Northeastern campus should review the relevant information from the Office of Global Services (OGS):