Information for Visitors

Campus visitors must abide by Cornell’s travel and visitor policy (PDF), which significantly restricts visits by individuals not part of the residential Cornell community, at least through May 31, 2021. With few exceptions, campus visitors are prohibited from entering any campus facility, including residence halls. Only approved current students, staff or faculty, essential vendors (such as food and delivery workers or construction and service providers), or individuals approved, in writing, by the provost or appropriate dean, vice president or their delegate, may access campus facilities.

The only people who may access on-campus facilities, including residence halls, are certain faculty, staff, residents and residents’ guests. Guests may be any member of the Cornell community, provided that they have participated in arrival and surveillance testing and continue to complete the Daily Check.

Visitors are members outside the Cornell community, and are individuals who are not participating in Daily Check and regular surveillance testing. Visitors, including a resident’s family members, are NOT allowed to access campus buildings and residence halls. Please see Housing & Dining for more information.

Students who are not participating in Daily Check and regular surveillance testing are NOT allowed to access campus buildings and residence halls.

Walking around Cornell’s campus, including the Botanic Gardens, is permitted. However, all employees, students and visitors are required to have a mask on their person when outdoors on campus and to put on their face covering or mask when it is NOT feasible to maintain physical distancing measures (i.e., at least six feet of separation between others).

Campus Tours

All campus tours and other in-person campus events are canceled until further notice. Visitor Relations offers virtual campus tours, led by current undergraduate students, that are open to all prospective students and families, faculty, staff, alumni, and Ithaca area explorers.


In order to minimize contact with those beyond our campus community, the university will not permit in-person concerts or lectures involving outside attendees at this time. However, many events will continue to be held virtually, and the university continues to examine creative, safe opportunities for converting other events and activities into online formats.

Athletic Events

On February 18, 2021, the Ivy League announced that its member institutions will not conduct intercollegiate athletics competitions in spring sports for the 2021 season. In addition, competitions for fall sports during the spring semester will not be held, and intercollegiate athletics competitions for winter sports will not be conducted.

Johnson Museum

Though the Museum is temporarily closed to visitors, you can learn more about museum exhibitions and find online resources at

Botanic Gardens

The grounds of the Cornell Botanic Gardens are open every day, dawn to dusk, but please remember to follow face covering guidelines, stay six feet away from others, and visit alone or in family groups. Groups must be of 10 or fewer people.

Campus Fitness Centers

Campus fitness centers and recreation spaces have reopened with modified hours. Cornell Fitness Centers continue to offer live, reoccurring CFC to Go virtual fitness classes with membership, and free pre-recorded group fitness classes. For additional information, please visit the Cornell Fitness Center FAQs.

Veterinary Services

You can find the current operating status of hospitals, centers and programs on their website.

Routines have been modified to adhere to COVID-19 safety precautions. Call ahead for instructions on bringing your animal in for veterinary care. Clients are not allowed to enter the hospitals.

Candidate Interviews

If necessary, final candidates who are being interviewed for positions at Cornell may visit campus and campus buildings with significant limitations if approved by the provost, dean, vice president, or a delegate from one of those individuals. Hiring managers should consult by the university’s travel and visitor policy (PDF) for information on arranging an on-campus interview in a manner that is compliant with Cornell’s public health requirements.