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Travel Guidelines

Students, faculty and staff planning Northwestern-affiliated travel should review the Travel Guidelines for the latest guidelines on domestic and international travel.

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Supporting the health, safety and security of students, faculty and staff who travel abroad.

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See below for more information on specific travel policies.

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All students on university-related travel abroad must register their trip with Northwestern's International Travel Registry so the Office of Global Safety and Security has information about your trip and can respond to a health or safety emergency. Complete the travel registry at least two weeks before your departure. Registration confirmation may be needed to obtain funding. One exception: Undergraduate study abroad students do not need to complete the travel registry; instead go to Application Steps to apply for a credit-bearing study abroad program.
Northwestern works with GeoBlue to provide access to routine and emergency health care worldwide. In a medical emergency, you should go immediately to the nearest physician or hospital and then call the Medical Assistance phone number for 24/7 care located on the back of your ID card. For more information on how to access GeoBlue, plan benefits and exclusions, go to GeoBlue for Students or GeoBlue for Employees.  For a quick summary of COVID-19 benefits and exclusions when traveling abroad, review either the Student COVID-19 flyer or the Employee COVID-19 flyer.
COVID VACCINE UPDATE: In alignment with university policy, all members of the Northwestern community (students, faculty and staff) are expected to follow University guidance on vaccinations, which are required for all community members with limited exceptions, prior to commencing any university-affiliated travel.

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Health, Safety and Security Abroad

Use this pre-departure health & safety checklist to prepare for your Northwestern-affiliated trip abroad or view the Travel Health, Safety and Security webpages for more comprehensive information.