Domestic trips & COVID-19
CAU has a long history of offering safe travel opportunities for our participants. We continue to work closely with our domestic travel partners to present the most engaging trips possible, follow best practices, and institute guidelines to address the uncertain nature of travel.
We encourage interested travelers to carefully consider the destination they wish to visit and assess for themselves the level of risk they are willing to accept when traveling.
As you consider your decision, please familiarize yourself with the extra health and safety measures established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Department of State, and New York State.
If you plan to travel with Cornell's Adult University, you must meet the requirements outlined below.
In addition, when you check in with a CAU staff member upon arrival at your program, you must show your related COVID-19 vaccination or test documentation, along with a photo ID matching the name on your CAU registration. A photo, photocopy, or screenshot, or proof stored on an electronic device is acceptable.
Failure to produce these documents on site will result in your exclusion from the program without a refund.
If fully vaccinated
You must present proof of being fully vaccinated for COVID-19 with an FDA- or WHO-authorized vaccine upon arrival at your destination.
For proof of vaccination, you may use one of the following:
- A CDC Vaccination Record card. A photo or photocopy of this card is also acceptable. The card must include your name, vaccine brand, lot number, dose dates, and the site administrator.
- An official immunization record from within or outside the U.S., including from your health care provider. This documentation must include, at a minimum: your name, vaccine brand, and dose dates, along with the name of the certifying agency providing the immunization record. International documentation must be translated into English, including your name.
- The NYC COVID Safe App: This app is available via the Android or iOS stores. It will store a photo of your CDC vaccination card or other official record, along with your photo ID.
- A NYS Excelsior Pass (or Excelsior Pass Plus): Available via the Android or iOS stores.
- Cornell students, staff, and faculty may present proof of vaccination using their personal Cornell University Daily Check account.
In the event of a medical exemption
You must present one of the following:
- Proof of a negative COVID-19 test in the form of an FDA- or DOH-authorized PCR, rapid PCR, or nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT) collected within taken no more than 72 hours prior to arrival at your destination.
- Proof of a negative COVID-19 test in the form of an FDA-authorized antigen test performed on a specimen collected within six hours prior to arrival at your destination.
- If you are traveling by air to your CAU destination, results of a negative COVID-19 test in the form of an FDA- or DOH-authorized PCR, rapid PCR, or nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT) collected within 72 hours prior to boarding your flight.
- If you are traveling by air to your CAU destination, an FDA-authorized antigen test performed on a specimen collected within six hours prior to boarding your flight.
Proof of a negative COVID-19 test (PCR, rapid PCR, NAAT, or antigen) must include:
- The name of the health care facility or testing program providing the result
- Your name, which must match the photo identification you present at boarding
- The date and time the sample was taken
- The testing methodology (PCR, rapid PCR, NAAT, or antigen)
- The result of "negative" or "not detected"
Masks & physical distancing
All CAU participants will be provided with an approved mask that you must wear indoors unless in a private, non-shared space or eating or drinking.
Approved masks include masks with any of the following certifications: ASTM (procedure or surgical) KN95, FFP2, KF94 or NIOSH N95. Cloth masks are not approved unless worn in conjunction with an ASTM medical mask.
When indoors, exempted, unvaccinated individuals must maintain physical distancing when unmasked to eat and drink. When outdoors, everyone is encouraged wear a mask when physical distancing is not possible.
All dining and meeting areas have been selected to provide for ample spacing between seated guests. Chartered buses will not be filled to capacity, allowing for room between passengers.
Please carefully review CAU's Domestic Travel and Safety Policy (below).
Also, see CAU's Health and Safety Measures and refund and cancellations policies, which are detailed on each trip's specific web pages.
We encourage you to contact us with any questions or concerns.
CAU's Domestic Travel and Safety Policy
Cornell is pleased to provide domestic study tour opportunities for its alumni and friends.
Travelers are responsible for making their own safety decisions concerning travel. Cornell University's role and liability are limited.
Specific national health and safety protocols will apply to each trip and travelers should review all protocols and trip terms and conditions, including terms and conditions regarding cancellations, refunds, health and safety, and insurance prior to making a reservation.
Terms and conditions for travel with Cornell University can be found in the Domestic Travel Assumption of Risk, General Release, and Indemnification Agreement that all travelers must sign prior to making a final payment.
We encourage all participants to follow the guidelines implemented by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the CDC at security checkpoints at airports, as well as the extra health and safety measures established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Department of State, and New York State.
We suggest all participants research airline carriers prior to booking flights. Many airlines are enforcing policies to prevent the transmission on planes, including passengers all wearing face coverings, enhanced cleanings between flights, temperature checks at the gate, and the use of air filtration and circulation systems to minimize virus spread.
Refund and cancellation policy are clearly outlined on your individual tour's "Prices" page.
If you have independently purchased Cancel for Any Reason (CFAR) travel insurance, you may be eligible for a full refund on your trip.
For more information
We encourage you to visit Cornell's health update web site for the most up-to-date coronavirus news, resources, and FAQs.
Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time. As always, we remain grateful for your support. Please contact us if you have further questions.