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Travel reminder for China

Travelers to China reminded to monitor current conditions

In light of recent detentions of Canadians in China, the University is providing faculty, staff, and students the following information for consideration prior to traveling to China:

  • Anyone contemplating travel or study in China should continue to monitor current circumstances. Up to date travel advice and advisories are available on the Government of Canada’s Travel Advice and Advisories website.  Individuals may contact the Department of Environmental Health and Safety if they have questions about travel advisories.
  • Anyone contemplating travel or study in China should familiarize themselves with local laws and customs before departure. Information on local laws and contacts for in-country assistance is available on the Government of Canada’s website.  While in China, take heightened precautions around behaviours that authorities could perceive as a breach of local laws.   
  • Those travelling or studying in China should be prudent when using social media platforms such as WhatsApp and WeChat.  The University of California recently advised against using any social media when in China.
  • A number of Queen’s undergraduate students are currently on exchange in China, with some beginning exchanges in February.  Student Affairs and the relevant Faculty exchange office will advise students beginning exchanges in February that should they no longer wish to go to China, the university will work to accommodate their academic needs on main campus, on another exchange, or at the Bader International Study Centre.
  • All undergraduate students are required to register with the Off-Campus Activity Safety Policy (OCASP) online planning tool as part of their exchange agreements. The OCASP records allow the university to track the location of students abroad and provide them with pre-departure orientation.
  • Graduate students, staff, and faculty members, not undertaking higher risk activities as defined by the OCASP, are strongly encouraged to register in the system to ensure the university can provide support if needed and share updated information on travel advisories. 
  • Queen’s recently entered into an agreement with International SOS, a travel assistance service provider used by many peer institutions. International SOS will provide medical and security support to Queen’s students, faculty, and staff. The University is working to expedite the rollout of these services and will make more information available shortly.