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International Travel

As of June 12, 2022, proof of a negative COVID-19 viral test is NO LONGER required in order to board any aircraft to the U.S. See the CDC's website.

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Office of Global Safety and Security

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

COVID-19 Travel Considerations

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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 in the 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. 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.
  • If you're thinking about a group trip abroad during the pandemic, see the new COVID group trip planning guide . The new staff and faculty checklist will guide trip organizers through the planning process.
  • In accordance with University guidance, Northwestern students, faculty and staff are required to be vaccinated (with limited exceptions) prior to university-affiliated international travel.
  • Defer travel to Belarus, Russia and Ukraine until further notice. See the Emergency Messages for more information. 

International Travel

Health, Safety and Security Abroad