Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, currently identified in several countries across the globe, all current and prospective USJ Outgoing Exchange (OutEx) Students are strongly encouraged to closely follow the World Health Organisation’s safety measures and regularly check the Travel Alerts issued by the Macao SAR Government.
From March 18th, 2020, to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Macao SAR Government banned the entry of all travellers from overseas countries until further notice (news here). As of January 17th, this measure remains valid and so most foreigners are still denied entry to the region (news here; exceptional cases may apply for entry according to information here).
The Public and International Relations Office (PIRO) Team is available to provide assistance in any way possible!
Prospective OutEx Students
The application period for the Spring Semester 2020/2021 closed on September 10th. The next application period, for the Fall Semester 2021/2022, will be held from February 1st to March 12th, 2021.
Due to the pandemic situation and until the world’s current situation stabilises, PIRO urges students to carefully think through their decision to take part in an exchange programme and make sure they are informed of all of the risks/potential constraints.
When researching the options sent by our office, prospective OutEx Students should make sure to closely monitor and take into consideration any constraints currently affecting the city/country of the potential Host Institution(s), as well as any special guidelines being implemented by the potential Host Institution(s).
Although our office tries to regularly check if the programmes will accept exchange students despite the pandemic situation, prospective OutEx Students should confirm this information when researching their options. Prospective exchange students must also fully understand and assume the risks associated with going abroad at this time.
OutEx Students Currently Abroad
OutEx Students should strive to be informed of any guidelines or procedures put in place by their Host Institution, as well as advice from local health authorities and the protocol on who to contact should they feel any of the related symptoms.
Should OutEx Students encounter any issues or have any queries regarding the situation of their classes, they should contact the International Relations Office (or equivalent) of their Host Institution and update USJ’s PIRO at firstname.lastname@example.org on any news that may affect the OutEx Student’s mobility period.
Similarly, OutEx Students should contact the PIRO Team at email@example.com should they like to discuss their options (e.g., potential withdrawal/postponement).
Accepted OutEx Students should confirm with their Host Institution what sort of COVID-19-related measures/guidelines are in place at the institution and/or host country to best plan their journey.
We strongly recommend that financial commitments (e.g., flight tickets, international medical insurance, accommodation, etc.) be made only when the accepted OutEx Student and respective Programme Coordinator/Dean have agreed to go on with the mobility despite the evolution of the pandemic and the student has received the official Acceptance Letter (or equivalent) from the Host Institution.
Please keep in mind that flights that can be postponed and/or cancelled are preferable given the uncertainty. Similarly, please be reminded to check if the selected medical insurance package covers the incidence of COVID-19 (medical observation, medical tests, hospitalisation, etc.). For reference, please find an example of extra coverage by AIA HK here: English / Chinese.
Macao Permanent Residents arriving from overseas must hold a nucleic acid certificate with negative COVID-19 infection issued (conducted 72 hours to 7 days prior to the scheduled flight departure*) and undergo 14 to 21 days* of centralised isolation medical observation upon arrival.
*Depends on the departure country.
- Macao Special Government’s Special Webpage Against Epidemic
- Government Information Bureau of the Macao SAR
- Hong Kong Government: COVID-19 Thematic Website
- Important Notices from Hong Kong International Airport
- World Health Organization’s Webpage on Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic
- USJ News on COVID-19 Measures
17/January – Most travellers from overseas countries are still prohibited from entering Macao
20/August – Current posts for COVID-19 testing
What To Do When in Self-isolation
During these uncertain times, when our students may have to undergo self-isolation, here are some tips of what to do to keep entertained and positive:
🏋️♀️🧘♂️ Exercise! Exercise is extremely important to keep your body and mind healthy. Why not do 3 rounds of 20 squats, sit-ups and push-ups every day? Easy to do from home and no equipment needed!
👩🏫👨💻 Follow online classes. Ensure that you continue learning – reach out to your professors or colleagues if you need additional support! If you are already caught up in your university classes, why not start a free online course in another subject you are interested?? There are lots of different resources online. For example, this website has a lot of courses to choose from: http://www.openculture.com/freeonlinecourses.
📖📚 Read a book chapter. Why not take the time to catch up on that book you always meant to read and never got around to it for lack of time??
💬🎨 Try something new. Take this chance to try something new – attempting a new recipe, mastering the basics of a new language and creating art are a few examples!
👨👩👧👦👯♀️ Spend quality time with family. Take this time to cherish and appreciate your loved ones – catch up, play a board game, exercise at home together… Anything goes! (If you are far away from your family and loved ones use video calls and even online games!)
Your Psychological Well-being is Just as Important as Your Physical Well-being!
If you are feeling worried, stressed, upset or anxious with the situation, please reach out to a family member, friend, PIRO/USJ team member or one of the services below:
USJ Pastoral Support: firstname.lastname@example.org
Social Welfare Bureau’s 24-hour counselling hotline: +853 2826 1126
For more information, please contact:
Public and International Relations Office
Location: USJ Ilha Verde Campus, Academic Building, 4/F
Telephone: +853 8592 5645
Opening hours: 09:00AM – 1:00PM & 2:30PM – 6:00PM (except weekends and public holidays)