Faculty & Staff Travel
Non-essential business travel is prohibited, a restriction that has been extended through at least May 15, 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 is strongly 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.
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).
Employee Travel Guidelines
All travelers returning from noncontiguous states (states other than NY, PA, NJ, VT, CT or MA) or any international location must quarantine for 10 days from the last day in a non-border state or another country, unless the traveler meets certain criteria as outlined below. This option does not eliminate the need for travelers to quarantine, but rather may reduce the amount of required time in quarantine.
Faculty and staff arriving from noncontiguous states (states other than NY, PA, NJ, VT, CT or MA) or any international location who wish to “test out” of the full 10-day quarantine must:
- Obtain a COVID-19 test no more than three days before you arrive in New York. Ask for a receipt showing you've taken a test. You do not need the result before you travel.
- Complete the New York State Traveler Health Form upon arrival, per New York state law.
- Cornell Recommendation: Complete a supplemental COVID-19 teste upon arrival in New York.
- Quarantine for three days upon arrival in New York.
- On day four, obtain a supplemental COVID-19 test. Once you receive a negative (undetected) test result for both required COVID tests, you can end your travel related quarantine.
Note: Before boarding an international flight to the United States, all air travelers, including U.S. citizens, are required to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test within three days of departure. Alternately, travelers may provide proof of recovery from COVID-19 (a recent positive COVID-19 test and letter from a healthcare provider or health official approving travel).
Faculty and staff arriving from contiguous states
(PA, NJ, VT, CT or MA)
Travelers arriving directly from a contiguous state are excluded from New York state guidelines. However, any faculty or staff member returning from a contiguous state, or from another region within New York state, may choose to have a supplemental test.
- Employees, including those working fully remotely, who receive a positive test result are required to notify their local HR representative.
- 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).
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.
For guidance and policy on when essential international travel may resume, for whom, and the process to seek approval, please visit the International Travel Guidelines, Policy, and Recommendations page. For questions or support regarding international travel, contact International Travel Health and Safety.