Travel Guidelines

Revisions to Travel Policy

Ithaca College has repealed its restriction on student, faculty and staff travel for the upcoming semester. We are reverting to the normal travel authorization and approval process. Faculty and staff members do not need to seek special permission from the Provost or a Vice President to travel. Although travel outside of the Tompkins County area is permissible, the college continues to ask that individuals use their best judgement and pay particular attention to good public health practice when traveling, which includes delaying travel until fully vaccinated and forgoing travel to areas affected by high incidents of community spread of COVID-19. With the exception of Intercollegiate Athletics, college-sponsored travel that involves students and overnight stays outside of Ithaca should submit the correct screening questionnaire form to the appropriate offices that correspond with the type of travel requested. Each request will be vetted for health & safety standards by the Office of Emergency Preparedness.

Student Travel - Domestic

Students should delay travel until fully vaccinated.

Even when fully vaccinated, many areas of the United States are experiencing a rapid rise in cases due to variants, so continuing to exercise caution while traveling and relying on public health practices such as wearing face coverings, maintaining physical distancing, and practicing good hand hygiene is recommended - particularly when indoors or in crowded areas where six feet of physical distance cannot be maintained. 

As of June 25, 2021, the New York State Travel Advisory is no longer in effect.  As such, travelers arriving in New York are no longer required to submit traveler health forms. All domestic travelers should follow all CDC travel requirements.

The status of individual locations can change rapidly and may be reclassified during travel, and students should be vigilant about remaining informed of local conditions and changes that may occur while traveling.

Student Travel - International

Before You Travel

  • Make sure you understand and follow all airline and destination requirements related to travel, mask wearing, testing, or quarantine, which may differ from U.S. requirements. Requirements can be found on the CDC website for international travelers.
  • New York State no longer requires the Traveler Health Form.
  • All air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens and fully vaccinated people, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 3 days before travel or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months before they board a flight to the United States.
  • All international travelers must obtain a COVID-19 PCR test between days 3-5 after their arrival. A PCR test is different from a COVID-19 antigen test, so please ensure you are getting a PCR test.
  • Those who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 90 days are exempt from testing. Please provide a copy of your test to healthcenter@ithaca.edu

During Travel

Ithaca College COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement

  • To meet the COVID-19 vaccine requirement, Ithaca College is accepting all WHO-approved vaccines. You are considered "fully vaccinated" two (2) weeks (14 days) after your final vaccine dose.

Quarantine Information

  • Unvaccinated students traveling from an international location must quarantine for 7 days.
  • Unvaccinated students living off campus must independently arrange for quarantine and testing at their own cost.
  • If an unvaccinated student wishes to quarantine on their own or at a relative's, this will be permitted. If choosing this option, the testing costs will be your responsibility. Please send your quarantine plans and your arrival test results to healthcenter@ithaca.edu.
  • Unvaccinated students staying in residential halls or campus apartments are eligible to quarantine in Emerson Hall. To arrange for on campus quarantine, please contact caremanager@ithaca.edu by August 2, 2021. Upon arrival, students will proceed directly to Emerson Hall to begin their quarantine period. Ithaca College will provide students approved to quarantine in Emerson Hall with the required testing between days 3-5. Linens, meals, and 24-hour support will be offered for each student.
  • Individuals not fully vaccinated must adhere to Ithaca College health and safety protocols.
  • Upon the completion of the 7-day quarantine period and having received a negative test result from days 3-5, students will be able to proceed to their fall housing assignments or access campus and the broader Ithaca community if quarantining in an off campus location.
  • Students will continue to test weekly until their 2-week post vaccination period and they are considered fully vaccinated.

Employee Travel

Consistent with CDC recommendations, delaying travel until fully vaccinated is recommended. As of June 25, 2021, the New York State Travel Advisory is no longer in effect.  As such, travelers arriving in New York are no longer required to submit traveler health forms. All employees, whether travel is domestic or international, should continue to follow all CDC travel requirements.

All Ithaca College-sponsored travel by employees requires approval. Employees should not travel on college business to locations where they do not feel comfortable going. 

Employees should be mindful of federal and state travel restrictions or requirements for quarantine as these may change over time. Employees who are self-quarantining should discuss flexible work arrangements with their supervisors. If not able to work remotely, employees will be expected to use paid time away while in quarantine following travel unless under an order of quarantine or isolation from the Tompkins County Health Department. All employees are strongly encouraged to consult both New York State and CDC guidance before traveling. 

Employees should reconsider travel to non-Ithaca College professional meetings and/or conferences. In all instances, individuals should consider use of technology, such as Zoom videoconferencing, rather than in-person meetings. 

Study Away and Study Abroad

Please refer to our Study Abroad webpage for updates on the status of our study abroad programs.

Please refer to our Los Angeles Program webpage for updates on the operational status of that program.

The ICNYC program remains suspended for the 2021-22 academic year.

Enforcement of Travel Guidelines

Non-compliance with travel guidelines is a violation of the community agreement and can be reported here. Violations by faculty or staff will be subject to disciplinary processes in accordance with the respective policies in the Ithaca College Policy Manual or collective bargaining agreement covering the individual. Violations by students, both residential and off-campus, will be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with the Student Conduct Code.