Non-essential travel, both domestic and international, continues to be discouraged at this time. Furthermore, in accordance with guidance issued by the CDC, gatherings with those who are not vaccinated or who are not part of your established pods/circles/bubbles is strongly discouraged and, under NYS guidelines, residential gatherings of more than 10 people indoors or 25 people outdoors are prohibited.
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 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.
Unvaccinated employees must report any/all travel to locations outside New York State (NYS) and the five contiguous states (Massachusetts, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Vermont) —regardless of whether the travel is for business or personal reasons—to the OHS COVID-19 Health Monitoring Program.
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.
Fully vaccinated employees DO NOT have to quarantine after domestic and international travel and do not have to test before or after travel, unless it is required by the destination or carrier.
To be fully vaccinated, you must have received your final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least two weeks ago. For Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, this means two weeks after the second dose. For the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, this means two weeks after the first and only dose. Furthermore, your vaccination must have been reported to OHS.
If you are NOT fully vaccinated:
- You must complete the University’s on-line Travel Questionnaire if you plan to travel outside NYS and/or the five contiguous states or have close contact with someone who has traveled outside these areas.
- 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.
- You may reduce the length of the time prior to being allowed back on campus by obtaining three tests that are negative for SARS-CoV-2. One must be collected within 72 hours prior to returning from travel, the second one must be collected on day four after return and the third negative test on a sample collected on day eight .
- 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 the travel is for documented essential business purposes, the quarantine period prior to return to campus 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.
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.