Travel Guidelines

New York Institute of Technology has been and continues to closely monitor the COVID-19 outbreak as it develops. Our top priority is the health and safety of the New York Tech community through this rapidly evolving situation.

The following resources will help you navigate how New York Tech is responding to COVID-19 as well as help you learn who members of the New York Tech community can contact for more information.

Travel and Self-Isolation Guidelines

New York Tech continues to monitor the COVID-19 disease in partnership with local, state, and federal health agencies. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has provided the following country-specific risk assessments for COVID-19:

  • Level 3: China, Iran, Italy and South Korea
  • Level 2: Japan
  • Level 1: Hong Kong

Per CDC guidelines, a 14-day self-isolation period is required for ALL travelers – faculty, students, staff, affiliates and visitors – traveling from Level 2 or 3 countries. Travelers from Level 2 or 3 countries should self-isolate at their home or an off-campus residence for 14 days and monitor their symptoms before returning to campus. If symptoms occur, individuals should seek medical attention.

Any New York Tech student, faculty or staff member who travels to any country on the CDC's level 2 and level 3 warning list are asked to self-isolate and stay away from campus for two weeks after returning to the U.S.

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Personal Travel

New York Tech does not set requirements for personal travel, but we are strongly urging people to not travel to areas with active community transmission and/or Level 1, 2 or 3 countries. All travelers are encouraged to check the CDC's COVID-19 travel page, State Department travel advisories, and the International Air Transport Association's list of travel and entry restrictions for the latest information before departing.

Note that if you leave the country, your trip may affect your ability to return to the United States and campus.

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Study Abroad

Out of an abundance of caution, all New York Tech-led study abroad through August 31, 2020 has been canceled. Students who are traveling abroad with outside providers before August 31, 2020 are encouraged to cancel their trips.

We also remind any student, faculty or staff member who travels to any country on the CDC's level 2 and level 3 warning list that they should self-isolate and stay away from campus for two weeks after returning to the U.S.

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Business Travel Advisory for Faculty/Staff

All university-related international travel remains temporarily suspended until further notice. University domestic travel will be determined on an individual basis by your supervisor and must be approved by your Vice President. These guidelines apply to faculty, staff, and students and include but are not limited to travel booked for conferences, meetings, and events.

  • Financial considerations for cancelled trips should be discussed with Beth Witkiewicz,
  • If you have recently traveled internationally to a country identified by the CDC as high risk, please follow the guidelines outlined by

New York Tech encourages the postponement of any international personal travel to places identified by the CDC as high risk. Should you or a member of your household decide to travel to any of those countries outlined by the CDC you must notify Human Resources prior returning to work. As a precaution, you may be required to work from home for a period of time to identify any possible exposure for up to two weeks due to the potential 14-day incubation period.

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Public Transportation Tips

Here are tips given by Business Insider for ways to make public transportation, such as the city buses, the subway, or trains:

  • Do not touch your phone while you are taking public transportation.
  • Carry hand sanitizer and use it the moment you leave the bus, train or subway.
  • Do not touch your face.
  • If someone is coughing or sneezing, try to move away from them.
  • Wash your hands the moment you have access to soap and water.
  • Limit contact with train and bus poles.
  • If it is possible, try to commute a bit earlier or later to avoid rush hour crowds.
  • Do not eat or drink while on public transit.
  • Sanitize your bag and keep it off the floor and other surfaces.
  • Avoid directly touching the turnstiles.

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