As I See It – How’s domestic, international travel during the pandemic?


Almost all of us are asking the question: When can we travel?

My friends, especially my high school batchmates from Urdaneta Community High School (UCHS Batch ’65) in Urdaneta City, Pangasinan, Philippines are really eager to travel again domestically and/or internationally. Domestically, I think the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is allowing us to travel while international travels are still not being recommended.

This means my wife Delia won’t be able to attend her Golden High School Reunion (50 years) this year after graduating from Altavas National High School in Aklan, Philippines (Batch ’71). She prepared for this but was derailed by corona! The spoiler caught her…

Okay, according to the CDC, people who are fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccine authorized for emergency use by the World Health Organization (WHO) can travel safely within the United States.

All members of my family are fully vaccinated, so that means we can travel, right?

It further stated that fully vaccinated travelers do not need to get tested before or after travel unless their destination requires it and fully vaccinated travelers do not need to self-quarantine.

My wife Delia, daughter May, and I are scheduled to attend the graduation of our youngest son Paul from his Master’s of Science in Information Systems. He will graduate from Hawaii Pacific University (HPU) with distinction.

Of course, we will also be visiting our granddaughter Ellie (daughter of our daughter Tweety and son-in-law John Rasay) who just turned 1-year and 2 months.

Two days before our travel, since Hawaii, our destination, requires

Covid testing, we underwent a COVID test at the San Jose International

Airport conducted by City Health Employees duly authorized/recognized by Hawaii Health Officials. This was a requirement for out travel.

In only about 24 hours, we received the t result which turned out negative so we were allowed to travel.  Alcohol).o are fully vaccinated are less likely to get and spread COVIC-1 but they should still follow CDC’s recommendations for traveling safely including:  wearing a mask over our nose and mouth; staying 6 feet from others and avoiding crowds; and washing your hands often or sing hand sanitizer.

Since travels increases one’s chance of getting and spreading COVID -19, CDC recommends delaying travel until fully vaccinated. If you are not fully vaccinated and must travel, follow CDC’s recommendations for unvaccinated people.

Those who are not fully vaccinated can still travel with restrictions. If you are not fully vaccinated and must travel, take the following steps to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. Before you travel, get tested with vaccine test 1-3 days before your trip.

Then while you are traveling: wear a mask over your nose and mouth; avoid crowds and stay at least 6 feet/2 meters (about 2 arms lengths) from anyone who is not traveling with you; wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).

If you develop symptoms after travel, self-monitor for COVID – 19 symptoms; isolate and get tested; and follow all state and local recommendations or requirements.

After you travel, get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel a stay home and self-quarantine r a full 7 days


After travel. Even f you tested negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full 7 days. If your test is positive, isolate yourself to others from getting infected. If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 11protect days after travel. Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days, whether you get tested or not.


Further, self-monitor for CoVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms. Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements.

Do not travel f if you were exposed to COVD – 19, for COVID – 19, or you’re sick, or test positive or you re waiting for results of a COVID est. Learn when it is safe for you to travel. Don’t travel with someone who I sick.

Last Monday, we shipped three large USPS flat rate boxes of goodies, clothes, diapers, and groceries to our cue Ellie to Oahu so we won’t be traveling heavily, she received the two days before we arrived on a Friday and Elie was busy opening the boxes and stockpiling canned goods and Gerber bb foods.

On Friday, we arrived at Oahu and the apostolic work has been renewed. Bonding was once again real with our youngest apo and not even the corona virus prevented us from visiting her.

Th means … more beaches, more flowers, more native delicacies (poke, katsu, etc.), mountains, parks, gardens, Tahitian, leis, hula, luau, and once again closer to Mother Nature!

Above all… more love, bonding, and more bonding with family separated by physical distance.

Yes… we are back in Hawaii!