Asia is reopening to international tourism

Asian countries are taking a cautious approach to restart tourism, announcing reopening plans each at their own pace. Many countries have recently stepped up vaccination efforts, prompting policymakers to be more willing to reopen the borders and welcome vaccinated foreign travelers.

The pace of reopening is now gaining momentum across Asia. The Maldives, Sri Lanka, and Thailand were the first countries to reopen for international travelers. Once lagging behind, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and Vietnam are all catching up. Vaccinated visitors to Cambodia, Fiji, India, Laos, Nepal, the Philippines, and the UAE are allowed entry without compulsory quarantine. In some cases, even pre-departure and on-arrival Covid tests are not required.

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Tips, tricks & hacksfor flying to Asia Pacific

Download a VPN app

Many Asian countries seem to have problems with online content. China censors a large chunk of Western Internet with its “Great Firewall of China”, Indonesia dislikes content that violates "morality" (LGBT content, Reddit, Steam, and Vimeo are blocked), and Internet freedom is declining in Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam.

If you want to keep access to your favorite websites while traveling in Asia, you should download a VPN app for your smartphone and laptop before you arrive.

Alcoholic drinks

If you enjoy having a beer or a drink during the trip, you may think about it in advance. Some Islamic countries, such as Malaysia or Indonesia, have completely dry airports, especially if you are taking a domestic flight. Also, if your route is served by Air Arabia, Air Asia Malaysia, or Turkish Airlines (domestic flights) the inflight menu will not have alcoholic drinks available for purchase.

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Airports in Asia Pacific

Asia Pacific has hundreds of international airports, many of which are among the world’s busiest, serving tens of millions of passengers every year – Bali/Denpasar DPS, Bangkok BKK, Beijing PEK, Delhi DEL, Dubai DXB, Jakarta CGK, Hong Kong HKG, Kuala Lumpur KUL, Seoul ICN, Singapore SIN, Taipei TPE, and Tokyo HND.

As in any country, airports with the largest volume of flights are located near major cities – about 10 to 20 kilometers from the city center – with public transport and airport shuttle service available. These are hubs for major Asian airlines, with large passenger terminals, first class lounges, shops, and restaurants.

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Flights to Asia Pacific from nearbyAirfares in August 2022

Check flight times and ticket prices for return flights from the airports near you to the main Asian airports.

Once in Asia Pacific, there are frequent flights between the major cities via domestic carriers such as ANA, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, EVA Air, Japan Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways, and Qantas, as well as to popular destinations in the region via low-cost airlines by the likes of AirAsia, Air India Express, Cebu Pacific, IndiGo, Jetstar Airways, Nok Air, Scoot, and VietJet Air.

Here are some examples of real-time return airfares to Asia Pacific in August 2022:

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Long waiting times when calling the helpline?

Social media is usually a faster way to reach the airline when a problem arises. Use Twitter or Facebook Messenger to contact the airline customer service and get a response and solution within minutes (see detailed guides for Emirates, Singapore Airlines, Turkish Airlines, and others).

When it comes to Twitter there’s one more trick to get in touch with the airline faster: mention the airline in a tweet about your issue (add "@airline_handle", for example: "@EmiratesSupport"). The social media team will often notice it immediately, ask you for a direct message, and respond privately.

Book your flights in the local currency

Airfares that a flight search engine or airline website quotes you often vary depending on where you book from. Try to spoof your location and currency so that it looks like you're booking the flight from the same country it departs from. For example, if you are in the US and booking a leg of your trip from Tokyo to Bangkok, set the country on the airline website to Japan and the currency to Japanese yen (JPY).

This simple trick doesn't work every time (not all websites set prices the same way), but it can sometimes save you significant money.

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Popular destinations
in Asia Pacific

From the skyscrapers of Hong Kong to the paradise islands of the Pacific and the architectural marvel of places like Angkor Wat in Cambodia or Borobudur in Indonesia – Asia Pacific is full of bucket list destinations!

Look at our list of the best places to visit in Asia and the Pacific, check flight prices and our travel tips, then plan your next journey.

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Take advantage of loyalty programs

Choose an airline that suits you the best, then stick to it. By becoming a 'regular', you will be able to use its loyalty program and earn "miles" (or points) – not only for flying but also for everyday expenses (if your card is affiliated with an airline).

Points earned this way often add up over time and are extremely helpful in flying at reduced fares. Airlines offer not only ticket discounts for their frequent flyers, but also special travel perks such as cabin class upgrades, increased checked baggage allowance, or access to their airport lounges so you can relax during long layovers.

If you often fly with Emirates, opt for Skywards, with Qantas – for Qantas Frequent Flyer, with Singapore Airlines – for KrisFlyer, etc.

Don’t wait for the last-minute

Booking last-minute flights almost always never work out. You should never wait until the last minute unless you have to. If you want to find a great deal, be quite flexible with your travel dates and book well in advance – the best fares for international routes can be spotted around 2-3 months before the departure date.

Try to plan far in advance and you will pay at least a few hundred dollars less for the trip.

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Air Traveler Club.How to book a superdeal to Asia Pacific?

Every superdeal you receive from Air Traveler Club includes a link you can use to book a flight. It always directs you to the website that offers the lowest price. Sometimes it’s an airline website; in other cases, Google Flights or a similar flight booking platform.

This video explains how to use Google Flights to book a plane ticket.

Booking cheap plane tickets to Asia Pacific with Google Flights.

Flights from Asia

  • Asia is probably the best continent for short-haul and mid-haul flying. The sheer scale of this most populous region on Earth is reflected in the type of aircraft operating many short-haul flights: intra-Asia flyers benefit from comfortable, wide-bodied aircraft by the likes of Boeing 777, 787 or Airbus A350, A330, and A380.
  • When flying within Asia, you’ll often use regional airlines. The budget carriers offer tens of weekly flights to Asia Pacific with relatively comfortable flight experience and the cheapest fares – check the prices from AirAsia, Air India Express, Cebu Pacific, IndiGo, Jetstar Airways, Nok Air, Scoot, and VietJet Air.
  • For more comfort and top-notch customer service, consider flying with recognized full-service airlines such as Air CanadaANA, Asiana, EVA Air, Emirates, Cathay Pacific, Japan Airlines, Malaysia AirlinesSingapore Airlines, and Qantas.
  • Mentioned airlines operate direct or 1-stop flights from primary Asian hubs such as Bangkok BKK in Thailand, Singapore SIN, Bali DPS in Indonesia, Hong Kong HKG, Seoul ICN in South Korea, Tokyo HND in Japan, Dubai DXB in UAE, Kuala Lumpur KUL in Malaysia, Hanoi HAN and Ho Chi Minh City SGN in Vietnam, Phnom Penh PNH in Cambodia, Delhi DEL in India, Beijing PEK in China, Taipei TPE in Taiwan, Manila MNL in the Philippines), Doha DOH in Qatar, Istanbul IST in Turkey, and others.

Flight prices can vary considerably. Here are some real-time examples:

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Pre-book the exact luggage allowance

It is always cheaper. Plan your baggage, and don’t just look at the maximum weight – make sure you are within the specified size (length/width/height) and the number of bags allowed. It will be enormously expensive if you go over and have to purchase additional kgs during check-in at the airport. Huge fees await if the airline staff catches you with oversized luggage at the boarding gates!

Booking through a travel agent easies the pain

If you hate dealing with airlines’ customer care, consider using a travel agent to book your flights. They can remove all that drama from your booking experience. When an airline cancels a flight or makes a change to your itinerary, travel agents have the power to handle this on your behalf. Sometimes, they can even “bend” the rules.

The best thing: you’ll typically pay the same price for the flight ticket. Commissions made by agents generally come from the airline side, not from the customer side.

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Carry your prescriptions

This one is important and will ensure you get through customs and immigration smoothly. Some countries are very strict about medicines you carry along. Many common OTC medicines available in one country may require a prescription in another. Make sure you take prescriptions along to avoid any hassle while traveling.

Board early

Overhead baggage bins on the plane tend to fill out quickly. Try to board early so you can secure room for your hand luggage and avoid “stowage wars.”

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