Faculty & Staff Travel

Essential and non-essential travel for Cornell-related business and research travel is permitted, provided that all faculty and staff follow the necessary public health guidance (including the process for petitioning and receiving approval for international travel prior to departure) and ensure that all financial expenditures have been approved prior to travel.

We encourage all employees to continue to be mindful of the risks of COVID-19 infection, although reduced, in certain locations or venues, and advise employees to take appropriate cautions in accordance with all public health guidelines. The CDC and New York state recommend delaying international travel until the traveler is fully vaccinated.

Domestic and international travelers:

  • New York state requires domestic and international travelers to complete the NYS Traveler Health Form. All travelers should self-isolate and contact the local health department or their healthcare provider, if any symptoms develop. For additional information on New York state requirements and recommendations, visit the NYS COVID-19 Travel Advisory website.
  • Unvaccinated faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to seek a supplemental test upon their return from travel and prior to the resumption of surveillance testing. For asymptomatic individuals, Cornell COVID-19 Surveillance Testing facilities are available for these tests. Appointments are required. Vaccinated employees are also able to access supplemental testing upon return from travel.

For more information for faculty and staff requirements, visit the Working at Cornell website.