COVID-19 reminders, air travel requirements

Jan. 19, 2023

Dear Cornell Community,

As we prepare for the start of another semester, health experts warn of the triple threat of respiratory infections from COVID-19, the flu and RSV. We encourage everyone to be diligent with health and safety protocols.

COVID-19 testing
Free antigen test kits continue to be available to all students, faculty and staff. For students and others who are traveling to Ithaca, Geneva or New York City from another location, it is strongly recommended to test before resuming on-campus activities, and then again after three to five days.

  • Ithaca campus: A full list of on-campus antigen test and mask pickup locations are available on the COVID-19 website. Ithaca-based individuals who test positive for COVID-19 after taking an antigen test should report their results through the Daily Check portal. Log in and select the “Self-Reported Positive” heading. Doing so will prompt appropriate communication and instructions based on your circumstances.
  • Cornell Tech: Antigen tests and masks are available at the Bloomberg Center security desk. Individuals who test positive should email

While not currently required locally outside of healthcare facilities, masks are a proven means to slow the spread of illness, whether COVID-19, flu, or other respiratory illnesses. Individuals who are concerned about the risk of infection are encouraged to continue to wear a mask, especially indoors or when feeling ill, and we ask that all members of our community support and respect one another’s masking choices.

Air travel guidelines
International travel guidance varies, including requirements for proof of COVID-19 testing. If traveling, check the latest requirements from the CDC. Notably, the CDC has released new travel and testing guidelines that may impact return from China, Hong Kong or Macau in particular. Individuals travelling by air from these locations are required to show results of a negative COVID-19 test or proof of recovery before boarding a flight to the U.S. Airlines must refuse boarding to anyone who does not present proof of a negative test or documentation of recovery. Please contact the International Services Office of Global Learning with questions or concerns regarding international travel.


Mike Kotlikoff

Ryan Lombardi
Vice President for Student and Campus Life

Christine Lovely
Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer