Updated 03/08/2021 7:39 PM

Northeastern is actively working to welcome our students to campus. Our number one priority remains the health and well-being of our community.  Plans for each of Northeastern’s locations will be accelerated or decelerated based on real-time COVID-19 data, and in accordance with guidance from public health and government authorities.

We are working to support your safe travel to Northeastern. The information on this website is intended to help you make necessary arrangements. Please carefully read the below information and check this page regularly to inform your  planning. As always, we are available to answer your questions and to provide comprehensive advice and information on resources that may be helpful to you.

If you have questions, please email us at:

[email protected] – for travel advice and itinerary registration assistance.

[email protected] – for any assistance with your travel document.

If you need immediate assistance while traveling, call +1.857.214.5332 (for international assistance) or +1.617.373.2121 (if you need the assistance at a U.S. Port of Entry).


The university understands that international travel during this time may be challenging due to restrictions and guidelines issued by individual countries.

Please be advised that requirements to enter any country, including the United States, are subject to change without notice. The university cannot confirm that you will be admitted into any specific country as entry into any country is at the sole discretion of the immigration/government authorities of that country, and the requirements may vary from country to country.

The following guidance is solely for informational purposes. It is your decision whether you chose to travel to campus.  You should adhere to the health and travel guidance issued by your home country, and the countries that you intend to depart from, transit through (if applicable), and arrive to.

Any mention of a transit country or airline does not constitute an endorsement of the country or airline.

Where possible, we have provided the direct link to public resources and government issued guidance. If the link is broken (this may happen frequently as information is changing on a regular basis), please notify [email protected].

Travel Update:COVID-19 Testing requirements for entry to the US and UK.

US authorities have announced effective 26 January 2021, all persons traveling by air to the US must present a negative coronavirus disease (COVID-19) polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or antigen test taken no more than 72 hours before departure from their destination. Please review the following links for more information and an attestation document:




In addition effective 18 January 2021, authorities in the United Kingdom announced all international travelers arriving in England and Scotland, from outside the UK, Ireland, the Isle of Man, and the Channel Islands, must present proof of having tested negative for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) obtained no more than 72 hours before boarding.  Border control officials will enforce this policy from 0400hrs on 18 January 2021.  Please review the following links for additional information, to include any exemptions:


UK Passenger Locator Form

List of Exempt Professions

Department of Transport

Test parameters and traveler exemptions for UK arrivals

Quarantine Exempted Countries List England

Quarantine Exempted Countries List Northern Ireland

Quarantine Exempted Countries List Scotland

Quarantine Exempted Countries List Wales


Effective 4 February 2021, Canadian authorities provide the following update to the country-wide COVID-19 guidance. For the purpose of these requirements, travelers from Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon, France, are considered domestic arrivals.

ESSENTIAL TRAVEL: At this time, non-essential travel to Canada is prohibited. A list of essential travel purposes is available via the Government of Canada.

ARRIVING VIA AIR: The Government of Canada has designated 4 airports to handle all international traffic:

  1. Montréal – Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL)
  2. Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ)
  3. Calgary International Airport (YYC)
  4. Vancouver International Airport (YVR)

If you are traveling to Canada through another airport or are traveling from an affected region, please contact your flight provider for more information.

TESTING PRIOR TO DEPARTURE: All travelers to Canada must provide a negative COVID-19 test issued no more than 72 hours prior to departure. Failure to do so may result in the traveler being denied boarding.

TESTING UPON ARRIVAL: Upon arrival, all travelers to Canada will be required to submit for COVID-19 molecular testing.

QUARANTINE REQUIREMENTS: All travelers to Canada must quarantine for a period of at least 14 days upon arrival.

After submitting to testing, travelers will be transported to government-designated hotels where they will remain for a minimum of 3 days, at their own expense. Once a negative result is confirmed, travelers must prove to government officials that they have a proper Quarantine Plan. If travelers fail to provide a plan or test positive for COVID-19, they will be required to remain at the government-designated hotel until the end of their quarantine period. While costs will vary, travelers should expect to pay at least 2,000 CAD for the first 3 days of their stay.

Please review the following for information about the government-designated hotels:

To book government authorized accommodations for arrival in Canada, please call the following numbers:

  • 1-800-294-8253 (toll-free within North America)
  • 1-613-830-2992 (collect outside of North America)

Regular hours of operation : 8 am to 11 pm ET, 7 days a week. Calls received after hours will be limited to emergencies.

Individuals that are permitted to quarantine at home are expected to download the ArriveCAN application, and comply with all federal, provincial, and municipal requirements.

ARRIVING VIA LAND CROSSING: All travelers to Canada entering via land crossing will be required to provide a negative COVID-19 molecular test issued no more than 72 hours prior to arrival. Travelers are also required to provide an adequate Quarantine Plan. Be advised that failure to provide such information may make the traveler inadmissible to Canada.

Guidance For All Travelers:

Step-by-step to-do list:

2 Have your travel documents printed and signed, if necessary. If you need assistance with travel documents, please email [email protected] You will need the following travel documents:

  • Valid entry visa to the US
  • I-20 / DS-2019 / Other visa supporting documents

3 Make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months after your intended entry into the U.S.

4 Request and receive a Northeastern University Visa and Travel Support Letter

5 Make travel arrangements. We encourage you, if possible, to make Boston the port of entry into the U.S, so that we are able to provide you with additional support.

6 Notify the university of your travel by entering your itinerary information in the university’s Travel Registry (found on the myNortheastern Portal by searching for “My Travel Plans”). This will enable us to provide you specific assistance in the case of an emergency.

7 Determine what is needed for you to comply with relevant regulations to depart, transit/make connections, and enter the U.S., according to your citizenship(s) and immigration documentation for each transit point.

  • You should be aware of the specific exit requirements from your point of origin and the entry requirements at any transit points as well as at the port of entry in the U.S. (which may be different depending on the local requirements of the state in the U.S.) Your ability to depart and enter will depend on your meeting these requirements.  If in doubt, you should contact the relevant immigration or government authority.  Special attention should be paid to:
    • Any required quarantine periods at each point of travel.
    • Any testing requirements or the need for a proof of a negative COVID-19 test prior to departing from the first leg of your itinerary (this may or may not be needed, and the time frame of the test may vary by the destination).
  • Adhere to airline requirements for face covering and social distancing.

8 Follow the local entry/travel requirements and public health guidance issued by the state in the U.S. where your Northeastern campus is located:

Specific Information for Select Countries:


You can find more helpful information here:


As always, we are here to support you. Please contact us at: [email protected] – for any assistance with your travel document.

[email protected] – for travel advice and itinerary registration assistance.

If you need assistance while traveling, call +1.857.214.5332 (for international assistance) or +1.617.373.2121 (if you need the assistance at a U.S. Port of Entry).

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: I heard some countries have added restrictions for travel to/from the United Kingdom as of December 21, 2020. What should I do if my itinerary includes the United Kingdom?

If you are planning to travel over the winter break, we ask you to pay close attention to your travel itineraries, especially if you have any plans to travel to or transit through the United Kingdom. The COVID-19 situation has been changing rapidly in the UK over the last few days, and while transit through London may still be possible depending on your origin/destination, this is subject to change at any time. Some countries have introduced new restrictions or have canceled flights to/from the United Kingdom.

Even if you are not transiting through the United Kingdom, we ask you to be mindful of changing travel restrictions, which may impact your ability to enter your destination country and any transit countries. The university cannot assist with individual travel bookings. Therefore, we recommend you contact your airline or travel agent for assistance. The airline will have the most up-to-date information and is best able to work with you if any travel restrictions will impact your itinerary.

Q: My international flight connects in another U.S. city before arriving in the location of my US-Based home campus (e.g. Newark, NJ), do I go through Immigration in the location of my US-based home campus (such as Boston) or in Newark (my first point of entry into the US)?

When travelling to the United States, you must go through Customs and Immigration at your first point of entry. In this case, Newark is your first port of entry.  and  you will go through Customs and Immigration in Newark .

Q: If my flight has a layover in the one of the countries impacted by U.S. “travel bans”, will that be a problem?

We recommend checking with the U.S. Embassy in the country you will be transiting through to make sure that you will still meet entry requirements to the U.S. J-1 visa holders, in particular, should pay attention to this step, as they may need to apply for a waiver with the embassy prior to departure for the U.S.

Q: If my international flight connects in a US Airport before continuing on to my final destination, do I need to collect my bags?

Yes. Once you arrive in the United States, you are required to collect your bags for inspection. If you are continuing to another destination inside the US, you may return to airline’s counter and recheck your bags. Check your airline’s terms and conditions for more information about baggage allowances and possible fees.

Q: Which documents should I carry with me during my travel?

When traveling to the United States, you should always carry the following documents:

  • Passport (valid for at least six months from the date you return to the US). Note that due to COVID the US may accept expired passports from some countries. Students are responsible for knowing details. Example: Venezuela
  • U.S. F-1 or J-1 Visa (Or visa acceptance letter if you haven’t received your visa yet)
  • Support letter from Northeastern University
  • Proof of sufficient funds (as reflected on your I-20 or DS-2019)
  • Your Address while living in the United States
  • Your most recent form I-20 or DS-2019 with a valid travel signature

Q: Does the University coordinate pickup from the airport?

Depends on which campus you attend.

Canadian Campuses have a few options for pick up as required by each provincial authority.  Please coordinate with your campus representative to learn about the various options.

The U.S. and London campuses do NOT pick students up from the airports. Students are required to organize their own transportation to and from the airport; however, if you arrive in Boston, there are several existing services at Logan Airport to bring you to Campus.

  • Please determine which option works best for you and contact your admissions representative for more information:
    • Rideshare services (Uber, Lyft, etc.)
    • Taxi
    • Public Transportation (MBTA)

Q: Should I register my travel itinerary with the university?

While you are not required to submit your travel itinerary to the university Travel Registry, it is always a good idea. Using GardaWorld, you can use your Northeastern email to register your travel with the International Safety Office. To register your travel, click here! Visit this page for more information about the travel registry, as well as a user guide.

Q: Does Massachusetts have any travel restrictions or requirements in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic?

Yes. All travelers to Massachusetts are required to complete a mandatory Massachusetts Travel Form and, upon arrival, either provide a negative PCR test issued within 72 hours of departure or quarantine for a period of 14 days. Travelers who opt to quarantine may break quarantine should they receive a negative PCR test while in Massachusetts.

Be advised that Northeastern University has additional requirements in place to ensure the safety of the NU Community. Please review the university’s COVID-19 testing FAQs.

It is also recommended that all international travelers obtain a test prior to their departure from their home country.

Q: Do I need to get a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of arriving in the United States?

While it is strongly encouraged that travelers to Massachusetts procure a negative PCR test within 72 hours of arrival, they may also opt for a 14-day quarantine period upon arrival.

Additionally, Northeastern University requires that community members receive 3 negative tests in order to partake in in-person activities on campus. Note that the first negative test result from Northeastern testing can be used to test you out of the state of Massachusetts’ mandated quarantine.

Note: If you are taking a connecting flight through a third country (example: connecting through Dubai on your way to the United States), you must respect that country’s entry requirements as well. Many countries are requiring that travelers provide a negative PCR test issued within 72 hours of departure. Check with your airline or the airport you will be transiting through for additional information.

Q:. Do I need to get tested as soon as I arrive in Boston?  

If you are moving into on-campus housing, you will need to receive a negative test before you  are allowed to move into the housing. If you arrive after testing hours, you will need to make alternate accommodations for the evening. You should also check with them to schedule a move-in time. More information may be released closer to the beginning of the semester.

If you are not living in University-provided housing, you do not need to test on arrival; however, you will need to complete the University’s requirements prior to participating in in-person activities. You will also need to follow state quarantine rules. Obtaining a negative test result as close to arrival as you can will allow you to test out of the state’s quarantine requirements sooner.

During this time, you can start taking your scheduled classes at the university via Hybrid NUFlex.

Q: How do I schedule a COVID-19 test at the Boston Campus?

You can use Northeastern  University’s Wellness Hub to schedule your COVID-19 tests at the Boston campus, complete your Daily Wellness Checks, as well as see your test results.