COVID-19 Travel-Related and Exposure Quarantine Guidance for Non-Clinical Students

Updated: April 18, 2021

The Columbia University Travel policy states that all University sponsored travel for students is currently suspended. Students are urged to postpone all personal domestic travel but are approved for personal or family emergencies.

Review the COVID-19 Travel Restrictions for Spring 2021

There are several considerations for students who are planning travel during this time, including allotting time for testing and quarantine as required. Please review this page thoroughly for relevant guidance. 

Review the Most Recent NYS Travel Guidance

Guidance for CUIMC Students Without Clinical Responsibilties

Students who are NOT currently enrolled in a clinical experience are not eligible for the health care worker exemption and will be required to adhere to the New York State Travel Guidance.

Criteria for Fully Vaccinated Individuals

The guidance provided is determined based on a students' vaccination status or documentation of recent recovery from COVID-19. The following criteria must be met to designate an individual as fully vaccinated*

  • At least 2 weeks have passed since completion of vaccine series (after receiving second dose of Pfizer or Moderna, or one dose of Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine)

  • Documentation of vaccination has been uploaded to the Student Health portal AND emailed tocovidtesttrace@columbia.edu.

Learn More About Isolation and Quarantine

International Travel-Related Quarantine

Vaccinated Non-Clinical Students

1. Required prior to arrival in US: Provide documentation of negative PCR test within 3 days of travel by air to the US 

2. Recommended upon arrival in US: 

• Quarantine x 7 days and if asymptomatic may exit quarantine on Day 8 with confirmed negative PCR test 3-5 days after travel and symptom monitoring through Day 14 OR

• Quarantine x 10 days with no testing and if asymptomatic may exit quarantine on Day 11 with continued symptom monitoring through Day 14 

Non-Vaccinated or Incompletely Vaccinated Non-Clinical Students

1. Required prior to arrival in US: Provide documentation of negative PCR test within 3 days of travel by air to the US 

2. Recommended upon arrival in US: 

• Quarantine x 7 days and if asymptomatic may exit quarantine on Day 8 with confirmed negative PCR test 3-5 days after travel and symptom monitoring through Day 14 OR

• Quarantine x 10 days with no testing and if asymptomatic may exit quarantine on Day 11 with continued symptom monitoring through Day 14 

Non-Clinical Students Who Have Recently Recovered from COVID-19

1. Prior to arrival in US: Provide proof of positive COVID-19 PCR test within the past 3 months AND documentation from your healthcare provider or public health official stating you are cleared to travel 

2. Recommended upon arrival in US: Quarantine x 10 days with no testing and if asymptomatic may exit quarantine on Day 11 with symptom monitoring through Day 14 

Domestic Travel-Related Quarantine

Vaccinated Non-Clinical Students

• No quarantine required if asymptomatic with continued symptom monitoring through Day 14 

• Must complete NYS traveler health form

Non-Vaccinated or Incompletely Vaccinated Non-Clinical Students

• No quarantine required if asymptomatic with continued symptom monitoring through Day 14 

• Must complete NYS traveler health form

Non-Clinical Students Who Have Recently Recovered from COVID-19

• No quarantine required if asymptomatic with continued symptom monitoring through Day 14 

• Must complete NYS traveler health form

Close-Contact Exposure Quarantine

Vaccinated Non-Clinical Students

No quarantine required if asymptomatic and vaccination criteria are met* with continued symptom monitoring through Day 14 

Non-Vaccinated or Incompletely Vaccinated Non-Clinical Students

Quarantine x 10 days with no testing and if asymptomatic may exit quarantine on Day 11 with symptom monitoring through Day 14 

Non-Clinical Students Who Have Recently Recovered from COVID-19

Asymptomatic individuals who provide documentation of a positive COVID-19 PCR test in the last 90 days to covidtesttrace@columbia.edu

• Do not need to quarantine 

• Do not need to get tested after exposure 

• Should continue symptom monitoring through Day 14