‘When will you return to China?’
“Do you have to go back?’
I’m asked these questions every day. The answer is ‘I don’t know.’
Yes, eventually I will have to return.
I have recently checked flights from Tulsa to Beijing, and it looks like it is possible to return to at least the Beijing Airport.
There is a flight from Tulsa to Dallas to Los Angeles with American Airlines, then on to Tokyo with United Airlines and from Tokyo to Beijing by way of Air China.
There is also a flight from Tulsa to Chicago by way of American Airlines, Chicago to Seoul by way of Korean Air and Korean Air from Seoul to Beijing.
My normal route is Tulsa to Dallas to Beijing with American Airlines.
The State Department has recently issued a Level 2 warning for travel to both Japan and South Korea, which means they are urging caution to travelers to those countries.
This is how the warnings began while I was in China. There were warnings not to travel to Wuhan, Level 2. Over several weeks, the level heightened and is now a level 4 for traveling in China.
The Coronavirus has spiked recently in South Korea. As of this writing it appears 5 have died and 500 are infected.
Japan was criticized for their handling of the quarantined cruise ship docked at a Japanese port.
So if my only way back is through either Japan or Korea, would I really be asked to return to school?
A recent message from school stated:
We received a message from the BDA Social Development Bureau this morning:
- Any staff currently who are outside of Beijing should not return to Beijing without notice from the school.
2. Under very special circumstances, should a staff member need to return to Beijing, he/she may only return to Beijing upon school and BDA Social Development’s Bureau’s approval.
So, as of now, I cannot return to my apartment in Beijing without permission. For how long? No need to even think about it. There is no answer.
Will I now miss my son’s graduation in June? I already have the ticket. How would the quarantine work? Do I need to cancel the flight? So many things to consider. Good thing I have all day to ponder these things, I guess.
If I only had a crystal ball.