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Travel Instructions

All non-essential travel, both domestic and international, is strongly discouraged at this time. Furthermore, in accordance with guidance issued by the CDC, gatherings with those who are not part of your established pods/circles/bubbles is strongly discouraged and, under NYS guidelines, residential gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited. University policy mandates that in connection with personal travel, post-travel quarantine must be taken as personal time off, i.e., vacation days. The University policy mandates a minimum of eight days quarantine post-travel and clearance by Occupational Health Services prior to returning to the Rockefeller campus for work. Please see below for details.

Those considering essential travel should keep in mind their own individual risk factors (for example, if they have chronic illness or are immunosuppressed) and closely follow the NYS restricted states and the CDC’s travel updates before and during travel. Employees are strongly encouraged to consult the International Air Travel Association (IATA) Interactive Coronavirus (COVID-19) Travel Regulations Map when planning essential international travel.

Employees must report any/all travel to locations outside New York State (NYS)—regardless of whether the travel is for business or personal reasons—to the OHS COVID-19 Health Monitoring Program. This must be reported prior to leaving New York State.

  • If you are planning travel outside NYS or have close contact with someone who has traveled, complete the University’s on-line Travel Questionnaire.
  • Based upon the responses to the screening questions, you may be instructed not to come to work and advised to self-monitor your temperature and symptoms at home for up to 14 days after returning from travel.
  • However, NYS policy permits a traveler to reduce the length of the quarantine by obtaining two tests that are negative for SARS-CoV-2. One must be collected within 72 hours prior to returning to New York State and the second one must be collected on day four after return to New York State. The returning traveler must quarantine until receiving test results indicating that both of these tests are negative. Please read the details of this policy carefully.
  • In order to return to the University for work, one must still quarantine for the full 14 days or must meet the NYS criteria for testing-out and obtain a third negative test on a sample collected on day eight upon returning to NYS. Final clearance to return to campus must be obtained from Occupational Health Services. The rationale for the third test is that if one were to be infected during travel back to NYS, the three-day quarantine (before the second test on day four) is less than the median time of incubation of the virus, which is 4-6 days.
  • Employees may arrange for their testing under the RUStrong program or obtain testing from a third-party source. Those who wish to test under the RUStrong program should obtain a sample kit prior to travel departure and plan to return the sample by Federal Express or by dropping it in the collection box at the 66th Street Gate.
  • If you commute to work from another state that is contiguous with NYS, you are required to disclose that travel using the University’s on-line Travel Questionnaire. You will be required to complete the questionnaire to report your routine commuting travel only once.

If the travel is for documented essential business purposes, the quarantine period upon return to New York may be considered for coverage under University and/or NYS COVID leave policies, rather than as personal time. This must be reviewed and approved by your supervisor and HR in advance of travel.  If the travel is for personal reasons, the quarantine period must be taken as personal time off, i.e., vacation days, to the extent such time is available.   

More information, including up-to-date data about COVID-19, is available from the IATACDCNYC Department of Health, and the University’s pandemic preparedness website.

The safety and health of University employees and students remains a top priority. Thank you once again for your cooperation in promoting the health of our community.