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Travel Clinic

Gannett Health Services
110 Ho Plaza
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-3101

Tel: 607 255-5155
Fax: 607 255-0269

Gannett serves an amazingly diverse and internationally-mobile population of students, faculty, and staff. Travelers (more than 1600 last year) to destinations on all continents come to us seeking assessment, advice, supplies, and immunizations to help maintain their health while they travel abroad for education, research, business, or pleasure.

Gannett's Travel Clinic is endorsed by the Tompkins County Health Department. Travel Clinic Services are intended to supplement (not substitute for) care by your primary care provider. Children younger than 14 require special arrangements. If your plans involve world travel, take advantage of this convenient campus resource.

If you need an appointment
  • Start by visiting the CDC Traveler's Health site to learn about vaccination requirements for travel to your destination. You may not need to visit Gannett prior to your departure. However, if you do, plan ahead. We will be happy to address specific questions during an appointment.
  • Call 607 255-5155 to schedule an appointment.  
  • Call at least six weeks prior to your departure.
    - The Travel Clinic is very busy, and appointments are not available on short notice.
    - Some immunizations require multiple doses spaced out over a number of weeks.

Initial appointments include discussion about your needs and questions, and scheduling future dates for immunizations. This in-person consultation is required to receive any Travel Clinic services. This is an important step in preparing for travel as having the opportunity to go over an individual's travel itinerary, travel history form, and health history with a travel nurse helps to ensure travelers receive the appropriate services, information, and immunizations for their trip. 


We will review your travel itinerary, travel history form (pdf) and health history, and provide the appropriate services to support a healthy trip.

  • Assessment ... of immunization and health-care needs based on your itinerary and personal health history.
  • Immunizations ... that are required and recommended for travel anywhere in the world. We provide comprehensive information and necessary documentation, including the Yellow Booklets produced by the World Health Organization.
  • Education ... on prevention and treatment of commonly encountered health problems in the area of the world you plan to visit (i.e., food and water precautions, mosquito-borne illness, altitude sickness, sun protection, immunizations, and other relevant concerns).
  • Suggestions ... for your personal travel-medical kit.
  • Supplies ... including water purifiers and other items you might want to take along.
  • Advice ... on what to do in a medical emergency when language may be a problem.
  • Advice ... about prescription medications for prevention or treatment of travel-related illnesses.
  • Resources ... featuring a travel folder that includes health tips as well as detailed information about the countries you might visit: current health risks, disease maps, areas of political unrest, hospital lists, and embassy phone numbers.

Travel Clinic visits and most related immunizations are covered by Cornell's Student Health Plan (SHP). They are not are not covered by the Student Health Fee.

Those with other insurance coverage should check their plan for details. Learn more at Fees & Insurance.

  • Please ask about current fees when you call to schedule your appointment or during the appointment itself.
  • We will be happy to help you prioritize your needs if your finances are limited.
  • You may use a credit card, personal check, cash, or bursar charge (students only) to pay for the visit at the time of service.

Health Insurance for Travelers 

Check your health insurance plan before you travel so understand your coverage and know what insurance information to take with you.  

  • Make sure your plan covers medical evacuation in case of illness or injury; if it doesn't, get additional insurance for that purpose. Information about medical evacuation services is provided on the U.S. Department of State website.
  • Students who have Cornell’s Student Health Plan (SHP) have worldwide medical assistance, providing coverage anywhere in the world they may travel.  

Medical and Travel Assistance 

United Healthcare Global Assistance is Cornell's medical and travel assistance program for University business travel anywhere in the world. If you are planning any University travel we encourage you to take advantage of this program. For more information about how to access this resource, visit The International Gateway website.

Cornell's Travel Registry

The Travel Registry is a convenient one-stop service for students, staff, and faculty that supports emergency communications and access to University emergency travel insurance. Be sure to register before you travel!

Travel Advice for Students with Disabilities

If you are a student with a  disability and you wish to go abroad, planning ahead is essential. Please review the helpful resources provided by Cornell's Student Disability Services.

Zika virus travel alert

Guidance for Cornellians traveling to Zika-affected regions