As a globally-engaged institution, Cornell encourages its students, faculty, and staff to pursue academic opportunities around the world. While there is an 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.
3/5/2020: In response to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the New York State Department of Health, all Cornell-related student travel to any international destination is prohibited until further notice. Faculty and staff who wish to travel to CDC Level 3 areas, as well as Japan, for Cornell-related scholarship or business must receive approval from Cornell’s International Travel Advisory and Response Team (ITART) prior to travel. Faculty and staff who wish to travel to any international destination on Cornell-related research, scholarship or business must register their travel prior to departure. Read more about travel restrictions in response to the coronavirus.
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 and seek ITART approval as needed depending on the destination.
- Staff members are required to register university-related travel.
- Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 all faculty and staff must seek ITART approval before traveling to mainland China, Iran, Italy, Japan, and South Korea.
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 health, safety, and security situation in all elevated-risk destinations using various intelligence sources including International SOS, the U.S. State Department, the CDC, and experts in the Cornell community. Cornell community members required to petition ITART for approval to travel to an elevated-risk destination can do so 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.