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Travel To Elevated-Risk Destinations

Based guidance from the CDC, effective Jan. 29, the university will not permit Cornell-related undergraduate, graduate or professional student travel to mainland China until such time as Cornell’s International Travel Advisory and Response Team (ITART) removes China from the elevated-risk destinations list. Any faculty or staff member who wishes to travel to China for Cornell-related scholarship or business must receive approval from ITART prior to travel. For more information, click here

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. 

To best serve the needs of our community and promote safer and responsible international travel, Cornell determines whether or not one’s travel itinerary is considered elevated-risk based on destination-specific risk ratings. 

For example:

  • If a student is traveling to a region designated “Low” or “Medium” risk, but the country is designated “High” or “Extreme” risk, the traveler must seek pre-travel approval.  
    • Traveling to Islas de la Bahia department [medium] in Honduras [high]=seek approval
  • If a faculty member, taking students abroad, is traveling to a country designated “Low” or “Medium” risk, but the destination within that country is designated “High” or “Extreme” risk, the traveler must seek pre-travel approval. 
    • Traveling to the eastern border regions [extreme] of Ukraine [medium]=seek approval
  • If a student is traveling to a country designated “Low” or “Medium” risk and the destination city is “Low” or “Medium” risk or, is not rated, the student does not need to seek pre-travel approval.
    • Traveling to Colón [medium], Panama [low]=do not seek approval

All travelers who are required to seek approval must do so 6-8 weeks prior to travel and before institutional support can be provided.   Petitions for travel to elevated-risk destinations are incorporated into and filed via the standard Travel Registry.

*note, if your destination is not considered elevated-risk, students, staff, and faculty traveling with students are still required to register international Cornell travel in the standard registry.