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Omicron: Winter Break Travel Impacts

Visit Cornell's COVID-19 Response website to monitor updates on the new Omicron variant of COVID-19.

Update: Note that the November 26 proclamation mentioned below was revoked on December 28, 2021.

On November 26, President Biden issued a presidential proclamation restricting entry to the U.S. for non-U.S. citizens or permanent residents who were physically present in the following countries in the 14 days prior to their entry to the U.S.: Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents are not subject to the proclamation, which lists other exceptions as well. At this time, no exceptions have been announced for student or scholar visa holders.

Please be aware of these restrictions as you make plans to travel to or transit through those countries, since it could be difficult to reenter the U.S.

Student and Campus Life recognizes that recent and possible future Omicron travel restrictions could impact break plans for students living in the dorms. Consequently, the winter break application will remain open for students with a current on-campus housing assignment. Visit the Housing Portal for winter housing dates, rates, and to apply. If you have questions, please email the housing office.

We recognize the challenges and additional stress this may create for students and scholars from the impacted region, especially with potential upcoming travel plans during winter break. The Office of Global Learning will continue to monitor the situation, and we will communicate any updates as we receive them.

Please continue to check the campus COVID site for updates on the Omicron variant. Also watch our FAQ pages for students and scholars. Email us if you have any questions or needs related to the current situation.