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

Know your time zone

Asia has multiple time zones that span from UTC +4 to UTC +10. Several countries offset their local time in increments of half- and quarter-hour rather than a full hour. As you travel east you will “gain” time, and as you travel west you will “lose” time.

When checking flights and airport transfer times, ensure you know the local time zones. The departure time on your plane ticket is always listed based on the time zone of the departure airport. We suggest resetting your watch during the flight – it will help your brain adjust to the new time zone and to deal with jet lag.

Book a seat in a quiet zone

Some airlines (for example AirAsia X) start to offer child-free "quiet zones" for a peaceful flight experience. Children below 10 years old are not allowed in this section. Those seats are usually located in front of the plane (bonus: less noise from the engines) with soft ambient lighting and early meal service.

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Flying to major Asian airportsAugust 2022

Asia Pacific has hundreds of international airports, many of which are among the world’s busiest, serving tens of millions of passengers every year. Most often, the airports with the largest volume of flights are located near major cities, with public transport and an airport shuttle service available. If you fly to Asia Pacific you will most likely land at one of these big international airports — 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.

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Kuala Lumpur from

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Flights to Asia Pacificfrom nearby

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 local 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.

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Avoid currency exchange kiosks at airports

Airports are infamous for making an exuberant amount of money from their currency exchanges due to the extremely high margins, and Asian airports are no exception. Airport kiosks usually charge higher fees which are sometimes hidden within the poorer exchange rates they offer – their business is based on charging extra for being a convenient, last-minute option.

Plan ahead and exchange some money at home to get the currency of the country you are traveling to.

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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Consider stopovers: see extra destinations for free

Layovers are the perfect opportunity to visit an additional destination. Some airlines offer significant discounts and travel perks for passengers to break up their trips: free luxury hotel stays, complimentary domestic flights or exclusive rates for activities. If you're prone to extremely severe jet lag, the extended stopover would help minimize its adverse effects.

Start checking for layover deals with government-owned airlines (looking to attract tourists to give the country economic benefits), such as Emirates, Etihad, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines and Malaysia Airlines. A side benefit of a stopover is that it makes you less likely to miss your connection. Such in-direct routes are usually much cheaper than direct flights too!

Lost baggage prevention

Avoid lost luggage nightmares by removing old tags on your suitcases. Tags are printed with a barcode for identification and tracking, so the old tags can confuse baggage handlers and the conveyor belt scanners. They are one of the reasons so many bags miss their flight or get misrouted.

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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.

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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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Watch for a good sale

One of the most convenient ways to ensure cheap flight tickets is to be abreast of the promotions, discounts and sales offered by various airlines.

To get a great bargain, be sure to track the airlines' online activity over several weeks. Keep checking their websites, subscribe to their newsletter and follow them on social media (set notifications for their posts that contain keywords such as “discount”, “promotion”, “ticket sales”, etc.).

Easier way: visit Promo Radar and sign up for weekly email alerts about the best ongoing promotions from all popular airlines.

Ask your hotel about transfers

A few days before departing call or email ahead and ask your hotel if they offer a free pick-up service from the airport (or if they run transfers at a lower rate). This is a major hotel hack to avoid expensive taxi rides.

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Take advantage of Google Maps

Before leaving your home or hotel, it’s worth checking Google Maps for an estimated time of getting to the airport. Add some extra time in case of reported heavy traffic conditions.

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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