Personal and University Travel Quarantine Guidance

Travel during the pandemic poses additional risk for exposure. We expect members of the NIU community to follow local, state and federal guidelines related to travel and staying healthy.

Travel Within the U.S.

All employees and students who are fully vaccinated are not required to quarantine after domestic travel. A fully vaccinated individual is defined is defined as someone who is now past the two (2) weeks following their second injection (Pfizer or Moderna) or single injection (Johnson & Johnson).

All employees or students who have traveled outside of Illinois within the U.S. and who are not fully vaccinated are strongly encouraged to self-quarantine for 14 days prior to coming to campus.

International Travel

All employees and students who are fully vaccinated are not required to quarantine after international travel. A fully vaccinated individual is defined as someone who is now past the two (2) weeks following their second injection (Pfizer or Moderna) or one (1) Johnson & Johnson injection. All employees and students who have traveled internationally and who are not fully vaccinated are required to self-quarantine for 10 days prior to coming to campus.

If traveling internationally, employees and students must pay close attention to the situation at the international destination. According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, travelers:

  • Do NOT need to get tested before leaving the United States unless the destination(s) require it.
  • Still need to show negative test results or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding flights to the United States.
  • Should still get tested 3-5 days after international travel.

University-sponsored Travel

University-sponsored domestic and international travel for faculty, staff and students is permitted and approval should follow the pre-COVID process. Electronic approvals and travel voucher submission are still acceptable as detailed on the Accounts Payable Services website.    

Any student who is travelling internationally for university-sponsored travel must be fully vaccinated. is defined as someone who is now past the two (2) weeks following their second injection (Pfizer or Moderna) or one (1) Johnson & Johnson injection. It is strongly encouraged that any employee traveling internationally for university-sponsored travel be fully vaccinated.    

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