Northeastern Policies & Procedures

Travel Documents

  • Valid Passport expiration date should be at least 6 months after your scheduled return. However, requirements can vary, so it is best to check with the embassy of the destination country.
  • Review any visa requirements for entry to the destination country and/or secure any necessary transit visas. See the State Department Travel Warning List for international travelers.
  • Ensure that you have your insurance identification card with policy number, and 24 hour contact information.
  • Have photocopies of your passport, visa, credit cards, I-20 (if you have one), and contact information for lost credit cards, emergency contact information for your program, and family.

Destination Preparation

  • Register for SmartTraveler, sponsored by the U.S. State Department Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) for U.S. citizens. International travelers should check with their home consular offices.
  • Review Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Travel Warning Notices.
  • Consult a doctor to receive any necessary vaccinations and to discuss other behavioral and physical health needs specific to your location.
  • Contact your health insurance company to verify coverage while you are away and to secure information regarding procedures for obtaining and paying for medical care.
  • Plan for any prescription medications that you might require while traveling. Some may not be permitted in large quantities at your destination and may need additional documentation.
  • Visit the Northeastern WorldAware travel advice site, powered by iJet, to learn about the risks and culture of your intended destination(s).
  • Download the WorldCue Mobile app onto your mobile device.
  • Investigate your options for phone service and have an emergency communication plan with family in the event you lose your phone.
  • Notify all bank and credit card companies of your travel plans.