COVID-19 & Travel

On June 24, 2020 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, partnering with Governors Murphy and Lamont, issued an executive order announcing that all visitors entering New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut from states with a higher than 10% positivity rate, or a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents, over a seven day rolling average, will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival, effective June 25, 2020 12:01AM. States that meet these metrics of high infectivity rates will be reassessed as the data changes. Please see the list of states currently included in this travel advisory here.

Please continue to regularly check Mount Sinai's Travel Policy for updated travel guidelines.

As of 8/5/20, all Mount Sinai Health System employees must enter all work-related and personal travel plans outside of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania into the MSHS Travel Registry. Please note that this travel registry does not replace manager/supervisor approval.

Personal Travel

Travel for personal reasons is no longer restricted, however if you plan on engaging in international or domestic travel (outside of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut), you must notify your manager/supervisor. For further details, including PTO and quarantine guidelines related to travel, please review Mount Sinai's Travel Policy.

Lastly, we encourage you to review our COVID-19 Travel Considerations for resources and safety advice when engaging in personal travel during this uncertain time.

Work-Related Essential Travel

Work-related travel is permissible for essential purposes only and must be approved by a supervisor or Department Chair. Additional approval is also required from Vicki R. LoPachin, MD, MBA, Chief Medical Officer for the Mount Sinai Health System, who will work with an appropriate committee of hospital and school leadership to assess need and safety issues per travel request. For further details, including PTO and quarantine guidelines related to travel, please review Mount Sinai's Travel Policy.

Mount Sinai considers a work-related trip to be “essential travel” if,

  • operations are mission-critical;
  • the needed outcome cannot be achieved using an alternative method of meeting (e.g., Zoom, phone, email, relying on a local colleague, etc.);
  • in-person visitation to specific locations may not be postponed;
  • it is necessary in order to fulfill a contractual obligation.

Examples might include:

  • COVID-19-related work with colleagues at other institutions in the U.S. or abroad;
  • providing life-saving clinical care;
  • teaching/training on a specific clinical skill that Mount Sinai has a specific expertise in.

Examples of what is NOT considered essential travel:

  • Conferences
  • Global Health electives for Mount Sinai students or residents.

Mount Sinai employees should not feel obligated to travel on behalf of Mount Sinai during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Supervisors or Department Chairs will discuss any proposed travel plans with their employees in advance to assess the employee’s level of comfort, risk tolerance, and any other additional factors (e.g., pre-existing health conditions, etc.) that may make the employee unable or unwilling to travel.