Testing Requirements for Travel
Northwestern’s testing program is focused on identifying cases within the Northwestern community and limiting the spread and transmission of the virus on campus. Northwestern generally does not provide testing for the purposes of personal travel, but will support students who need to access certain testing to return home or travel for University-related purposes. The information below outlines travel-related travel processes.
Your weekly Color test is a LAMP test and satisfies most travel-related testing requirements.
If a LAMP test is sufficient for your travel needs, you can visit the Jacobs Center or one of our federated sites and complete your test within the necessary time frame. You do not need to make an appointment.
Our Testing Schedule
Jacobs Center 2001 Sheridan Rd (On-Site testing; Pick up/Drop-Off): M-F 9am-4pm
1800 Sherman Ave (Pick up/Drop-Off only): M-F 9am-12pm and 12:30pm-3:30pm
Technological Institute (Pick up/Drop-Off only): M-F 9am-12pm and 12:30pm-3:30pm
Mudd Library (Pick up/Drop-Off only): M-F 9am-12pm and 12:30pm-3:30pm
345 E. Superior (On-Site testing; Pick up/Drop-Off): M-F 9am-4pm
PCR or IgM Testing
If you are a student and need a PCR or IgM test or if you have other specific requirements outside of LAMP or antigen testing, please schedule your appointment using MyNM MyChart. Instructions on how to schedule can be found on the testing website.
- When scheduling, please select the “Student – Symptomatic or Contact Tracing tab.” We recognize that this is counter intuitive. This does not mean that you are symptomatic, nor does it identify you as such. It is just what the schedule is called and is how we can get you on the schedule for travel testing.
- When asked ‘what is the most important thing you want addressed during this visit?’ please write PCR (or IgM) Travel Testing.
- Please note that if you need an IgM antibody or need a certification to fly, please set up an appointment with a provider.
- NUHS may not be able to fully satisfy all requirements for travel outside of providing a fit to fly letter, PCR and/or IgM antibody testing. Costs associated with IgM antibody or PCR testing may also apply.
- If you have tested positive within the last 90 days, you will NOT be able to obtain a PCR test from NUHS.
For Faculty & Staff
If you are a faculty or staff member and need a PCR or IgM test or if you have other specific requirements outside of LAMP or antigen testing, please consult your healthcare provider or another testing facility that meets your specific requirements. A list of testing sites available in Illinois can be found on the IDPH website.