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Non-Essential Travel to North Carolina and Mississippi

As you may have already read in the local media, in reaction to certain legislation enacted by the states of North Carolina and Mississippi, Governor Cuomo has issued Executive Orders 155 and 156 banning all non-essential travel to North Carolina and Mississippi. This travel ban applies to all travel funded by the University, state or Research Foundation, included travel funded from state IFR or Research Foundation multiple sponsor accounts or by another New York State agency. Travel through an airport located in North Carolina or Mississippi to a final destination outside of North Carolina or Mississippi is allowed so long as there is no overnight layover in North Carolina or Mississippi. However, when possible and cost effective, travelers should avoid making airline connections through a North Carolina or Mississippi airport.

In order to comply with this Executive Order, please do not schedule, make deposits, or incur any expenses related to travel to North Carolina or Mississippi at this time.

The only travel allowed to North Carolina or Mississippi is travel to enforce New York State law, meet prior contractual obligations or for the protection of public safety, welfare and security. Requests for travel exceptions under these criteria will be considered on a case by case basis. To make a travel exception request, please e-mail the following individuals with all details of the travel request, including:

  • exact destination in North Carolina or Mississippi
  • purpose of the trip
  • mode of transportation
  • length of stay in North Carolina or Mississippi
  • estimated total cost of the trip including airfare, hotel, meals and other costs
  • any costs already prepaid which cannot be refunded and the date these costs were prepaid
  • for RF funded trips, the grant number and name through which the travel would be paid, and
  • under which of the exception criteria the trip should be allowed and why:

For state funded travel please e-mail the above details to:

Kevin Wilcox
Associate Vice President and Controller
Controller’s Office

For Research Foundation funded travel please e-mail the above details to:

Jerry Gauriloff
Associate Director
Office of Sponsored Program Administration

These offices will consider the travel exception request and respond within 48 hours of receiving the request.

Please share this e-mail with all individuals involved with University or Research Foundation travel at UAlbany and thank you for your immediate attention to this matter. Further updates on the status of the Executive Orders shared as they are issued.

View the complete updated Executive Orders:


Kevin C. Wilcox
Associate Vice President and Controller

Paula Kaloyeros
Assistant Vice President for Sponsored Programs Administration


Canada Entry Requirements Update
Beginning on 15 March 2016, entry requirements into Canada will change. Citizens from countries other than the USA, who do not require a visa to enter Canada, will need to apply for, and receive an electronic travel authorization (ETA) prior to arrival. There is a cost of CAD $7 to register, and the ETA will be valid for 5 years, or until the expiration date of the registered passport, whichever comes first.

Effective January 1, 2016 the new mileage rate will be 54 cents per mile driven.

New York State Travel Card PowerPoint