China is closed to international tourism

China remains committed to the zero-covid strategy – travel restrictions and bans continue to be lifted or increased as the pandemic situation changes. Currently, international travel remains largely barred, and the country may stay isolated with closed borders well into 2023.

Only foreign nationals with valid residence permits or visiting China for emergency reasons are allowed to enter. There is also a Fast Lane agreement with Germany, France, South Korea, the UK, Japan, and Singapore allowing travel between countries for business travelers.

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Best time to fly to China?
Here are the cheapest months/days to book flights

The best time to fly to China tends to be during the low season. Weather patterns vary from region to region, but as a rule, the low season tallies with the winter months – November to February (before the Chinese New Year). Travelers looking for warmer weather will find the cheapest fares in early Spring (March – April) or late fall (September – October).

Bear in mind that plane tickets usually don’t get cheaper closer to the departure date. Even these reasonably priced flights in the low season sell out quite far ahead of the date of travel – it pays to book your ticket well in advance. The best time to buy can vary among airlines but the golden time for domestic flights usually falls between 3 weeks and 8 weeks before the departure. For international flights, give yourself even more time: start checking ticket prices at least 2-6 months beforehand to find an affordable flight.

There is one main rule airlines’ price algorithm use: the fewer seats an airline has left on a flight, the more expensive those available seats will be. Knowing how the flight ticket pricing work, will give you an advantage when booking the next flight

Here are some examples of flights departing from popular airports. The prices are updated in real-time.

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8 most effective flight hacks for China

  1. Get a VPN before boarding the plane. China censors the internet with its “Great Firewall of China” and blocks access to popular websites and services like Google, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Wikipedia, Netflix, etc. Using a VPN is still legal in China, so you should download a VPN app BEFORE you arrive in China. Check these tips on the best VPNs for travel.
  2. See extra destinations for free. Though most people prefer direct routes, few others embrace layovers and take them as the perfect opportunity to visit an extra destination. Some airlines offer free layovers which mean you have an extra city to visit without purchasing any extra ticket. Big plus: in-direct routes are usually much cheaper too!
  3. Watch for a good sale. Most airlines publish their web promotions frequently. To get a great bargain be sure to watch the airline sales over the course of several weeks.
  4. Print all flight and hotel reservations. You will most likely need to show your flight reservations before boarding a plane – as proof that you plan to exit China.
  5. Plan for airline delays. Flights in China are often delayed. Always keep at least one change of clothes and a toothbrush in your carry-on – just in case your flight gets delayed, and you will have to spend the night in the hotel.
  6. Lost baggage prevention. Avoid lost luggage nightmares by removing old tags on your suitcases. Tags are printed with a barcode which is used for identification and tracking – so the old tags can really confuse baggage handlers and the conveyor belt scanners. They are one of the reasons so many bags miss their flight or get misrouted.
  7. Join Air Traveler Club. A proven way to get great prices on flights to China is to become a member of the Air Traveler Club. It is free to join, and deals that the members get every week are priced at least 40% below the average airfare for a given route. Some of these 'hacker fares' can save you up to 80% (!) on your next flight.
  8. DM instead of the call center. Use Twitter or Facebook Messenger to contact the airline customer service. If the problem arises, social media is usually a faster way to contact a real human that can answer your questions. Don't count too much on airline call centers, they are usually super busy.

Stopover options in Asia Pacific

Direct flights to your Asian destination can be expensive. So if you’re looking at a long-haul trip with at least one connection, rather than simply transiting an airport, why not take an opportunity and plan a longer stopover? It won’t only break up your journey but will become a legitimate part of your vacation.

When booking flight tickets, many airlines include a stopover en route to your final destination. Those flights are usually cheaper than non-stop flights, and they can be a great way of seeing more than one place on your trip. You can often add it at no additional cost, just by looking for multi-city flights with longer layovers.

Check flight prices and other details for these great stopover options when traveling to countries of Asia and Pacific:

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