Updated for Summer 2021
Please read this policy in its entirety.
While New York and other states have begun to ease travel restrictions, travel continues to increase the risk of contracting COVID-19. The risks vary based on many factors. As the University revises its own travel restrictions in response to evolving conditions, students and employees should carefully consider the potential risks and benefits of any travel.
It is the responsibility of all students and employees who plan to travel to review all relevant quarantine requirements and ensure that they are able to complete such requirements in appropriate time to resume any in-person activities required by their employment or academic program.
The University reserves the right to require travel quarantine or make appropriate accommodations for others based on situations that may arise due to workplace or living situations following travel.
All travelers must carefully monitor changing travel restrictions — locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. Keep up-to-date on the situation at your destination, knowing that it may dictate changes to your travel plans.
This revision to the pandemic travel policy considers the updated guidance while also taking into account that we need to continue public-health measures to best promote the health and safety of our entire campus community. This policy revision is effective May 10, 2021, until further notice.
Updated New York State COVID-19 Travel Advisory
New York State has updated travel restrictions, quoted here at length, requiring:
“... all New Yorkers, as well as those visiting from out-of-state or another country, to take personal responsibility for compliance in the best interest of public health and safety. Asymptomatic travelers entering New York from another country, U.S. state, or territory are no longer required to test or quarantine as of April 10, 2021. Quarantine, consistent with the CDC recommendations, is still recommended for all travelers who are not fully vaccinated or have not recovered from laboratory confirmed COVID-19 during the previous three months. Symptomatic travelers must immediately self-isolate and contact the local health department or their healthcare providers to determine if they should seek COVID-19 testing.
All travelers entering New York from a state that is not a contiguous state who have been outside of New York for more than 24 hours must complete the traveler health form. Contiguous states to New York are Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Vermont.
Irrespective of quarantine, all travelers must:
- Monitor symptoms daily from day of arrival in New York through day 14;
- Continue strict adherence to all recommended non-pharmaceutical interventions, including hand hygiene and the use of face coverings, through day 14 (even if fully vaccinated); and
- Must immediately self-isolate if any symptoms develop and contact the local public health authority or their healthcare provider to report this change in clinical status and determine if they should seek testing.
Fully vaccinated is defined as being two or more weeks after the final dose (e.g., first for Janssen/Johnson & Johnson, second for Pfizer and Moderna) of the vaccine approved by the FDA or authorized by the FDA for emergency use. Vaccines that are not authorized by the FDA for emergency use or approved by the FDA do not satisfy this definition.
Recently recovered is defined as 1) recovered from laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 by meeting the criteria for discontinuation of isolation, 2) within the three-month period between date of arrival in New York and either the initial onset of symptoms related to the laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 infection or, if asymptomatic during the illness, the date of the laboratory-confirmed test, and 3) asymptomatic after travel or new exposure.
Domestic travel is defined as travel lasting 24 hours or longer to states or U.S. territories other than contiguous states (i.e., Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Vermont). Travelers must fill out the NYS Department of Health traveler health form. There are generally no quarantine, work furlough, or testing requirements for asymptomatic domestic travelers.
All unvaccinated domestic travelers who have not recovered from COVID-19 in the past 3 months are recommended to get tested 3-5 days after arrival in New York, consider non-mandated self-quarantine (7 days if tested on day 3–5, otherwise 10 days), and avoid contact with people at higher risk for severe disease for 14 days, regardless of test result.
CDC and NYS recommend delaying international travel until the traveler is fully vaccinated.
International travelers must comply with CDC requirements, which currently include proof of negative test or recent COVID recovery in order to board airplanes headed to the U.S. Travelers must complete the NYS Department of Health traveler health form.
Currently CDC does not require quarantine, work furlough, or testing requirements for asymptomatic international travelers.
New York State follows that recommendation with the following exceptions:
- Fully vaccinated individuals who have not recovered from COVID-19 in the past 3 months are recommended to get tested 3–5 days after arrival in New York from international travel.
- All unvaccinated international travelers who have not recovered from COVID-19 in the past 3 months are recommended to get tested 3–5 days after arrival in New York, consider non-mandated self-quarantine (7 days if tested on day 3–5, otherwise 10 days), and avoid contact with people at higher risk for severe disease for 14 days, regardless of test result.
Travelers from Canada, crossing at land borders subject to the agreement between the governments of the United States and Canada, are permitted to travel in accordance with said federal agreement and need not quarantine solely due to such federally authorized travel. Travelers flying between the U.S. and Canada must follow the CDC guidance for international travel.”
Click a section below to review the detailed guidelines and requirements of this policy:
All members of the Community who commute to campus are advised to carefully monitor changing travel restrictions and University communications.
Vaccination Status/Previous Infection
The CDC recommends and Colgate strongly encourages that, if you must travel and you are eligible, you get fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Evidence continues to support the early findings that vaccines are efficacious against currently known variants of the virus and are effective in preventing asymptomatic transmission. According to the CDC, you are not considered fully vaccinated until it has been at least two weeks since your second dose of a two-dose series like the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine, or it’s been two weeks since you received a single-dose vaccine like the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine.
In accordance with guidance from the New York State Department of Health, vaccination status does exempt individuals from travel and close contact quarantine or post-arrival testing, but the University reserves the right to continue these practices for the health and safety of our community.
This travel policy remains in effect for everyone, even if you have been vaccinated or recovered from a COVID-19 infection.