COVID-19 | Information for Outgoing Exchange Students

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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 information.

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). 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 Communication and Public Relations Office (CPRO) Team is available to provide assistance in any way possible! 

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Prospective and currently abroad OutEx Students

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 CPRO Team at exchange@usj.edu.mo on any news that may affect the OutEx Student’s mobility period.

Similarly, OutEx Students should contact the CPRO Team should they like to discuss their options (e.g., potential withdrawal/postponement).

Travel Logistics

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.).

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 28 days* of centralised isolation medical observation upon arrival.

*Depends on the departure country.

Useful Resources

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15/October 2021 – [infographic] 15 October 2021 health quarantine requirements and measures for inbound travellers

6/October 2021 – Updated requirements on documentation for people travelling from foreign countries

23/September 2021 – Health quarantine requirements and measures for inbound travellers of different identities

21/August 2021 – Most travellers from overseas countries are still prohibited from entering Macao

20/August 2020 – Current posts for COVID-19 testing

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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, CPRO/USJ team member or one of the services below:

USJ Counselling Service:  — Online counselling is available! For more information, click here. USJ Pastoral Support:   Social Welfare Bureau’s 24-hour counselling hotline: +853 2826 1126


For more information, please contact: Communication and Public Relations Office (CPRO) Location: USJ Ilha Verde Campus, Academic Building, 4/F Email: exchange@usj.edu.mo Telephone: +853 8592 5645 Opening hours: 09:00AM – 1:00PM & 2:30PM – 6:00PM (except weekends and public holidays) Note: Before entering the University, all must complete and present the Macau Health Code (green), and take their temperature at the security at the entrance.

Last Updated: October 19, 2021 at 1:43 pm

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