COVID-19: Travel Policy

CNM Travel Policy relating to COVID-19.

Effective: 03/05/20

Revised: 03/11/21

CNM is committed to maintaining a healthy learning environment and workspace for students, faculty, and staff. In an effort to minimize the spread of COVID-19, the following travel-related policy is effective immediately and will remain in place until further notice.

For the purposes of this policy, student communication should be directed to the Dean of Students Office and individual instructors.

Employees should direct communication to the Human Resources Department

CNM will continue to evaluate and adjust this policy as needed, so please be sure to read your email and check CNM’s website on a regular basis.

CNM-Related International and Domestic Travel

  • All CNM-related international and domestic travel outside the State of New Mexico by students, faculty, and staff must be related to essential needs of the College. Non-essential travel raises the risk of spreading and contracting COVID-19 and should be avoided. At this time all travel should be postponed or canceled until further notice.
  • Those students, faculty, and staff who have essential travel outside the State of New Mexico are recommended to stay home and self-quarantine for a full 10 days after their entry or return to New Mexico in accordance with current state guidelines. 
  • Those entering into or returning to New Mexico should also be tested for COVID-19 as promptly as possible following their arrival to New Mexico. 
  • Travelers who are uncomfortable traveling within the State of New Mexico for CNM-related events or training due to COVID-19 concerns may continue to postpone or cancel travel plans. Travel coordinators should be contacted to ensure travel is canceled and the appropriate refunds or credits are obtained.
  • Students should not personally pay for airline or hotel costs as CNM will not reimburse any costs that are personally paid for by students.

Personal Travel by Students, Faculty, and Staff

  • CNM strongly encourages ALL students, faculty, and staff to evaluate and reconsider both international and domestic travel. 
  • Communication with CNM supervisors during and upon return from personal travel is critical.
  • Travelers arriving in New Mexico from another state or from outside the United States are recommended to self-isolate or self-quarantine for a period of at least 10 days from the date of their entry into the State of New Mexico. For more information, please see Policies For The Prevention And Control Of COVID-19 In New Mexico
  • Travelers entering or returning to New Mexico are strongly advised to get tested with a COVID-19 test at their earliest convenience.  Information on testing locations and availability can be found at   
  • Travelers who feel they may have contracted COVID-19 are strongly encouraged to contact the New Mexico Department of Health hotline at (855) 600-3453 and contact a healthcare provider as needed. Travelers who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to self-quarantine for 10 days before returning to campus. Persons who have undergone a COVID-19 test are advised to self-quarantine while awaiting results of their test.
  • Students who may have been exposed to or contracted COVID-19 as a result of travel, including by household members, should communicate the circumstance to their instructor.
  • Employees who may have been exposed to or contracted COVID-19 as a result of travel, including by household members, should communicate the circumstance to the Human Resources Department.


  • Visitors are advised to follow all local and state guidelines before accessing any CNM campus. Visitors entering into New Mexico after traveling internationally should quarantine for 10 days.