Student Travel

Students who need to travel, including during academic breaks, must submit a travel form through the Daily Check. This will turn off their surveillance testing requirements, if applicable, while they are away from campus. Travel forms should be submitted at least 48 hours in advance of anticipated travel and travel duration cannot be longer than three weeks.

Upon return, travelers are strongly encouraged to complete one supplemental COVID-19 test. Unvaccinated students should remain away from others until they receive a negative test result. Fully vaccinated travelers may resume on-campus, in-person activities upon return unless they are experiencing any symptoms consistent with COVID-19. See below for procedures involving travel during Thanksgiving break.

Please note: The university’s travel guidelines may change based on emerging public health data and guidance.

Student Travel Fully Vaccinated Students Unvaccinated Students
Supplemental test Strongly recommended Required
Self-quarantine Not required for asymptomatic individuals Not required for asymptomatic individuals

If your trip is longer than three weeks, please contact the COVID-19 Support Center for assistance.

Return from Thanksgiving Break

Cornell University is working closely with local, state, and federal experts to prevent, identify, and track the spread of the Omicron (B.1.1.529), a highly contagious COVID-19 variant.

As activities on campus resume following Thanksgiving break, we strongly urge the following precautions to keep you, and the extended community, healthy and safe.

Academic-Related International Travel

All 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. All travelers will be required to petition the International Travel Health and Safety office and the International Travel Advisory and Response Team (ITART) so that these teams can evaluate the health and safety aspects of the requested travel.