As a globally-engaged institution, Cornell encourages its students, faculty and staff to pursue academic opportunities around the world. While there is inherent risk associated with all travel, certain regions of the world call for heightened caution and additional preparation to ensure the health, safety, and security of the Cornell community.
Travel to elevated- or high-risk countries is permitted but discouraged, especially if alternate venues for projects and research are available.
Faculty and staff members
- Faculty traveling without students are strongly encouraged, but not required to register their university-related travel.
- Faculty traveling with students or leading an international program are required to register their university-related travel.
- Staff members are required to register university-related travel.
All students (undergraduates and graduate students) who have plans to travel to any of these high risk destinations are required to submit their travel plans for review to the ITART committee 6-8 weeks prior to intended travel. The ITART application is accessible via Cornell's Travel Registry.
- Regardless of destination, all undergraduate and graduate students must register their trip with Cornell's Travel Registry.
Students, staff and faculty: Register your trip on Cornell's Travel Registry
Cornell's International Travel Advisory and Response Team - ITART
Cornell's International Travel Advisory and Response Team (ITART) reviews the security situation in all elevated-risk destinations as designated by various intelligence sources including International SOS, the U.S. State Department, and experts in the Cornell community. For a list of those destinations Cornell community members (as defined by Policy 8.5) must seek ITART approval via Cornell's Travel Registry (the application is built into the Registry process).
ITART has two main functions:
- to advise travelers and consider requests for exceptions to the International Travel Policy prior to international travel; and
- to respond, in conjunction with International SOS, to international emergency situations.