Faculty & Staff Travel

To ensure the health and safety of Cornell’s campus and our surrounding community, faculty and staff must abide by the university’s travel and visitor policy (PDF).

  • Non-essential business travel is prohibited, a restriction that is in place through May 31, 2021. Essential business travel requires approval by the appropriate college dean, vice president or vice provost, and plans must follow existing university policies governing travel.
  • Personal travel that presents increased risk of virus transmission remains discouraged. If you choose to travel, you are expected to comply with all state, federal and international travel guidelines. Employees who travel internationally for personal reasons will be expected to follow CDC guidance upon their return.
  • Faculty and staff arriving from outside New York state or any international location must complete the New York State Traveler Health Form upon arrival, per New York state law. Cornell also recommends travelers complete a supplemental COVID-19 test upon arrival in New York.

Upon your return, please note:

  • Even if not subject to state quarantine requirements, travelers returning from high risk travel should make every effort to work remotely until it is clear that no infection has occurred.
  • Should you develop any symptoms related to COVID-19 or if you become aware that you have come into contact with someone with COVID-19 you are prohibited from obtaining a test at a Cornell surveillance site. Instead, contact your doctor and seek testing at the Ithaca Mall site (or a designated testing site in your county).
  • Employees, including those working fully remotely, who receive a positive test result are required to notify their local HR representative.

Submit time away from work

If you are currently approved to work on campus and will not be able to adhere to your regularly scheduled surveillance testing frequency due to your travel and/or resulting NYS quarantine, it is important that you submit a Faculty Staff Time Away from Work form. This will remove you from surveillance testing notifications and alerts for the duration of your absence.

International travel

Beginning June 1, faculty, staff and students — graduate, professional and undergraduate — may petition to travel internationally on essential or non-essential Cornell-related business and research, provided that the financial expenditure has been approved. For more information , please visit the International Travel Guidelines, Policy, and Recommendations page. For questions or support regarding international travel, contact International Travel Health and Safety.

Asymptomatic travelers entering New York from another country, U.S. state, or territory are no longer required to test or quarantine as of April 10, 2021. Quarantine, consistent with the CDC recommendations, is still recommended for all travelers who are not fully vaccinated or have not recovered from laboratory confirmed COVID-19 during the previous 3 months. Symptomatic travelers must immediately self-isolate and contact the local health department or their healthcare providers to determine if they should seek COVID-19 testing. All travelers must complete the Traveler Health Form unless the traveler had left New York for less than 24 hours or is coming to New York from a contiguous state. Contiguous states to New York are Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont.

International travelers arriving in New York must comply with all CDC requirements, which currently include proof of negative test or recent COVID recovery in order to board airplanes headed to the US. All travelers must complete the NYS traveler health form.

New York follows the CDC recommendations with the following exceptions:

  • Fully vaccinated individuals who have not recovered from COVID-19 in the past 3 months are recommended to get tested 3-5 days after arrival in New York from international travel.
  • All unvaccinated international travelers who have not recovered from COVID-19 in the past 3 months are recommended to get tested 3-5 days after arrival in New York, consider non-mandated self-quarantine (7 days if tested on day 3-5, otherwise 10 days), and avoid contact with people at higher risk for severe disease for 14 days, regardless of test result.