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 (NYS) recommend delaying international travel until the traveler is fully vaccinated.

Cornell  strongly recommends that anyone returning to campus after international travel follow CDC guidance and get tested three to five days after their trip and before resuming surveillance testing. For asymptomatic individuals, Cornell COVID-19 testing facilities are available for these tests. Appointments are required.


Pausing Daily Check Notifications / Time Away and Return to Work

Cornell asks that all employees who will be out of work for more than three days complete the Submit or Change Time Away form. Completing this form will pause Daily Check notifications and surveillance testing requirements, if applicable, while away from campus. 

Employees who are not fully vaccinated and choose to follow the recommendation to quarantine are expected to work remotely, use their leave accruals or be placed on an unpaid leave if accruals aren’t available.