Traveling to the United States
Before you make travel reservations, it is very important to consider the scheduled arrival dates for your enrollment semester. Ground transportation is provided for international arrivals on select dates and at select locations. If you are traveling by air, please carefully review the airport options presented here and any associated ground transportation costs before selecting your destination airport.
Getting to Plattsburgh by Air
The Plattsburgh International Airport is located just miles away from campus and is our preferred arrival airport for new students. You may also look at flights arriving into larger airports in our region. In those cases, please take note of the need for you to arrange additional ground transportation to Plattsburgh. If you would like us to help you with ground transportation to campus, you must consider very carefully which city you will end your travels in. Please review our recommended options below well before you make your travel reservations.
Ground Transportation to Plattsburgh from Local Airports
If you would like assistance with ground transportation, it is absolutely critical that we have your most updated travel information using our arrival form. You must re-submit this form as often as your plans change.
Driving to Plattsburgh
If you are already in New York, take Interstate 87 (the Adirondack Northway) to Exit 37. Turn right at the light and drive east on Route 3 (Cornelia Street) to the “V” intersection with Broad Street. Turn right onto Broad Street. At the third light, you’ll be facing the Kehoe Administration Building.
If you are coming from the ferry (from Vermont), follow the signs to Plattsburgh, turning left onto Route 9 (south). Continue on Route 9 (Margaret Street) through downtown Plattsburgh to Broad Street. Turn right onto Broad Street and drive for about one-half mile to the Kehoe Administration Building.
It is important to coordinate your arrival time on campus with the available hours of check in at the Global Education Office in advance so that you can get your residence hall room assignment and have your documents copied for our files.
- Never leave your luggage unattended at the airport, and do not allow strangers to carry your bags.
- Always observe signs and regulations in public places.
- Always carry some local cash, in case of an emergency. Keep the equivalent of at least $75 cash in reserve while traveling. Be discreet about taking out your money and use credit cards when possible.
- Travel by bus, train, local transportation or car (DO NOT HITCHHIKE!). Do not accept rides from strangers. Take only official taxis from the airport to your final destination.
- Be careful of whom you give personal information to (i.e., your name or address).
- Be aware of your surroundings. If you are lost, ask a policeman, security officer, airline personnel or workers in the airport for assistance.
- If you are threatened, call 911 from any telephone.
For information regarding what you may legally bring into the U.S., check the U.S. Customs website.
Travel to Canada
Citizens of certain countries are required to obtain a visa before they travel to Canada (The countries on the list are subject to change. Please follow the Canadian Consulate link for up-to-date information and applying instructions.)
The fee for a Canadian visitor’s visa is $75.00 (U.S.) for a single visit and $150.00 (U.S.) for multiple visits. Payment must be made in cash (if you are applying in person), by money order or certified bank check, payable to the “Canadian Consulate General.” Canada currently has bilateral agreements with Iran, Portugal, Turkey, and Yugoslavia which state that although citizens of these countries are required to obtain a visa to enter Canada, they are not required to pay the processing fee.