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Students: Update on University Travel Policies and Travel Support Resources


*Published on May 12, 2021

Dear Northeastern University students,   

As opportunities for global travel expand in the coming months, Northeastern strives to provide the best safety guidance and comprehensive support to community members.    

To that end, the university has updated its policies for university travel—applicable to students who are planning to travel for research, co-op, service, field studies, volunteer work, performances, athletic competitions, and study abroad.    

University Travel Registry  

Under the new policy, all university travel—both domestic and international—must be entered into the university travel registry so that we can easily communicate with you and provide assistance if something happens to affect your safety or itinerary. You can find additional details in the Policy Requiring Registration of University Travel. Please email for assistance.  

University Travel to High-Risk Destinations  

Because most of the world remains high-risk due to COVID-19, the university is temporarily publishing a list of Lower and Moderate Risk locations. If your intended destination is not listed, it is considered by the university to be “high-risk.” To travel to a high-risk location, first obtain authorization from your program advisor or co-op coordinator. After receiving approval, complete one of the following:  

  • Submit an acknowledgement of risk form if you are participating in university programs in your home country or in the United States of America, OR 
  • Submit a petition to the Northeastern Global Safety and Security Assessment Committee (GSSAC) if you are traveling to an international location that is not your home country or in the United States of America.    


You can find additional details in the Policy on Travel to High-Risk & Sanctioned Destinations.   

Changes to the Lower and Moderate Risk travel list are communicated through the International Travel website 

COVID-19 Vaccination and Travel  

Please note that Northeastern’s COVID-19 vaccination requirement applies to students on all university programs, including global co-op and study abroad programs. Vaccinated travelers are not exempt from the requirements of the high-risk travel policy.  

Travel Support  

The university has also enhanced the travel support resources it offers to provide university travelers the information, tools, and assistance they may need. The Travel Support Network provides security, medical assistance, and travel support vendors that span the globe. These services are available to students, faculty, and staff on university travel by calling the 24/7 travel assistance hotline at +1 857 214 5332 or by using your myNortheastern credentials to log on to the GardaWorld travel security portal.    

 Please review the new policies and read the Travel FAQs published on the International Safety website for more information. The Office of International Safety is available to answer questions at or 617-373-2121.   



Madeleine Estabrook 
Senior Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs  

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