Travel Restrictions

All academic- or work-related travel, domestic or international, is suspended. Exceptions within the tristate area* are permissible but must adhere to University group size gathering limits and other safety protocols, and are subject to approval by applicable deans.

*Unless those states move onto the list of states requiring quarantine under Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order 205



Last updated: September 29, 2020

All Columbia affiliates (faculty, staff, and students) arriving from countries outside the United States with high COVID-19 transmission per the CDC or from U.S states with high prevalence of COVID-19 are required to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. The current list of states can be found on New York’s travel advisory webpage, with guidance on how to register arrival in New York. Additionally, the countries outside the United States (designated as Level 2 or 3) with a quarantine requirement upon arrival in New York State can be found on the CDC’s travel advisory page.

Note: On September 28, 2020, New York Governor Cuomo issued an Executive Order which instated a mandatory quarantine for any traveler to New York who is arriving from a country designated Level 2 or 3 by the CDC. This includes most countries around the world. Cambodia, Thailand, New Zealand, Taiwan, Greenland, and a limited list of other countries are designated as either Level 1 or have a very low risk and would not require quarantine. Travelers from Level 2 and 3 countries are required to quarantine for 14 days; detailed guidance has not yet been released by the Department of Health but is likely to mirror the guidance for state-level quarantine.

Columbia University Travel Restrictions for Fall 2020