Daily cleaning, installation of cabin HEPA filters on flights from San Francisco to Taichung
Taiwan has begun to reopen its borders to foreign nationals, provided they are traveling for reasons other than study, tourism or to visit friends. All visa waivers have been suspended, so travelers must apply for a special entry permit with a Taiwan representative office overseas before traveling.
Travelers who already hold a valid Alien Resident Certificate (ARC) or Alien Permanent Resident Certificate (APRC) do not require a visa to enter Taiwan.
Starting from December 1, until February 28, all travelers, including transit passengers, regardless of nationality and travel purpose must present a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result issued within 72 hours prior to departure to Taiwan.
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Passengers arriving from the Philippines are subject to medical screening on arrival.
Travelers are subject to a 14-day home quarantine.
From December 23, travelers arriving in Taiwan from the UK must now quarantine in group quarantine facilities for 14 days after entry, and be tested for COVID-19 before completing the quarantine period. Flights to and from the UK are to be reduced by half, effective immediately.
From November 9, all travelers arriving into Taiwan must declare if they have had COVID-19 symptoms in the last 14 days. If they report symptoms, they are subject to PCR test at the airport or a hospital immediately upon arrival. If they test negative, they must have a second test after 24 hours. They are subject to quarantine at a designated quarantine facility while awaiting for both results. If they receive two negative results, they will be able to leave the quarantine facility and carry out the 14-day self-isolation at home or in a designated quarantine hotel. A positive test will mean hospitalization.
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There are no direct flights for this route listed on KAYAK, the shortest multi-flight duration is 17h 30m.
In the past 3 days, the cheapest one-way tickets to Taichung from San Francisco were found on Cathay Pacific ($736), and the lowest round-trip tickets have been found on Cathay Pacific ($5,903).
When flying out of San Francisco you will be using San Francisco, often referred to as San Francisco Airport. You will be landing at Taichung ChingChuanKang, also known as Taichung Airport.
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Scores according to KAYAK customer reviews
Cons: "Seats were very uncomfortable. Food taste is ok. One of our checked bags was not loaded."
Pros: "Crew were very hospitable and helpful."
Cons: "More leg room on long international flights."
Cons: "Catering and professionalism of the crew could have been better."
Cons: "The food service could have been better . Quality is poor ! There was one lunch service, breakfast service and one snack service through 19.5 hours of nonstop flight. We were hungry through out as the quantities were so little and barely there . The toilets were bad and didn’t even carry tissues"
Pros: "Seats are ok, not super comfortable. Legroom are kinda limited but the monitor screens are great and user friendly."
Pros: "Checkin experience was great. Boarding was great. The crew was great"
Cons: "The movies were old. Not many new releases to choose from"
Cons: "Icecream too hard"
Pros: "Very professional and attentive"
Pros: "Good selection of movies and excellent inflight entertainment overall. Service was excellent."
Cons: "Seats were very small."
Cons: "Worst international trip I have taken in my 51 years. Was so cramped in my seat i literally could not move or reach for my things under my seat. Never again taking Cathay Pacific."
Pros: "Air hostesses service"
Cons: "Food quality"
Pros: "Overall good experience"
Cons: "Food can be improved a lot"
Pros: "Pleased that the flight departed on time and arrived 50 minutes early. Sad that waiting for my luggage frittered away the time we gained by arriving early."
Cons: "Having your bags tagged as “priority “ really doesn’t mean anything. Watched nearly two flights’ luggage go by on the carousel before mine came out. This is becoming the norm over the past several months for most airlines and airports. I don’t mind waiting for my bags. I do mind waiting with a false expectation of priority service."
Pros: "Food for economy was great. Entertainment system great."
Cons: "Left half hour late."
Pros: "Food was fine. Everything was run efficiently. I have no complaints."
Pros: "The vegetarian food was excellent every time."
Cons: "I could. It select a seat ahead of the flight. I got stuck in the middle of a row. I see the same for my return flight. I do not understand why I cannot preselect a seat."
Pros: "Great food, service, and timeliness."
Cons: "I wish the seats were more comfortable for such a long flight."
Cons: "Indian vegetarian meal was not great"
Cons: "There was no toiletries and slippers. Snacks should be given timely. It should not ask for it."
Pros: "very accommodating, I don,t know that hand carry bags changed to smaller size now, they helped me checked it in for free. I travel to the Phillippines every year ,I will fly w/ Cathay Pacific from now on. THANK YOU"
Pros: "The plane was late for no reason. Missed my connection in Hong Kong. Cathay pacific gave me a voucher for 9usd, it was insulting and ill not fly with them again"
Cons: "The plane was late for no reason. Missed my connection in Hong Kong. Cathay pacific gave me a voucher for 9usd, it was insulting and ill not fly with them again."
Pros: "Brand new A350-900 airplane. Better movie selection. Nicer bathrooms."
Cons: "No more advanced seat selection except for an additional $180. No more serving wine and beer with dinner although I think its still available on request. A lot more screaming kids on the flight. Cathay is becoming more like the budget Chinese airlines. Sad."
Pros: "no trouble at all"
Cons: "would like more vegetarian food options on the flight. i didn't think to order ahead but it would have been nice if the food choices had offered more options."
Pros: "Most of the stuff was regular flights"
Cons: "Even after explicitly asking them for Hindu vegetarian food they gave me chicken with the wrong label. I realized it after eating a bite. They should not have done this mistake."
Pros: "attentive and courteous crew members Landed more than an hour early extremely smooth landing toilets were clean till the end though it was a 15 hr flight"
Cons: "smaller flights"
Pros: "Great service from the flight attendants."
Pros: "The smile that never ends on all the crews. Sespite their hard work, they never cease to smile and so gracious"
Pros: "I wasn’t"
Cons: "I didn’t like the fact I had a different gate on my boarding pass. We were waiting at terminal 2 for 5 hours thingking that’s where our gate was. One hour before our boarding I come to find out that our gate was in a whole other terminal, we almost missed our flight. We would have missed it if I didnt as the ticket counter when is the Seattle flight going to go up on the screen. Poor communication on Alaska airlines part. Not very happy with that I had to rush to the other terminal because I had the wrong information on my boarding pass."
Pros: "Although we booked the fight online, we were able to call the airline directly and got seat assignments for all the flights. Very pleased to speak to a person than navigate on computer."
Cons: "Hardly any Indian movies for 15 hours flight. Other flights have more options. Pl aying games was terrible without a handset. Seats are cramped. There was 2 fruits for an Indian vegetarian option and when we asked how come there is no desert they say that is the option which is comes with."
Pros: "They are very Harsh, There was no service at all."
Cons: "Airhostess response is very poor."
Pros: "very comfortable."
Pros: "Crew assistance, comfort and food"
Cons: "Very less choices of movies in entertainment systems. Also entertainment controls could be better"
Pros: "Offering excellent services to handicapped passengers proactively"
Cons: "After landing in Hong Kong the local airport services to the disabled need better organisation/communication. They claimed that the SFO Cathay Pacific check-in staff had not included me in the list of wheel-chair requesters while I knew that the opposite was true"
Pros: "What you'd expect from a Cathay flight. The abundant entertainment options was a pleasant surprise."
Cons: "There was quite a delay, which was a shame."
Pros: "Service at every step and level."
Cons: "Being an experienced traveller, I am for the first tine encounter a female flight attendant who was not only impolite to passengers, and kicked toilet doors!"
Pros: "Crew behaviour"
Cons: "Food was bad..more snacks needed...movie list was not updated ...should be more Bollywood movie"
Pros: "Nice crew. Economy seats ok."
Cons: "Really bad food. Ran out of noodles for breakfast and had the worst 'eggs""
Pros: "Hospitality was good. PRO was excellent."
Cons: "Jain Vegetarian Food was not satisfactory. It requires improvement."
Cons: "Hindi movies not that many choices."
Pros: "Entertainment system"
Cons: "The seats are not comfortable. My head kept rolling forward when sleeping because there was not enough recline. Couldn't sleep my entire 14 hour flight."
Pros: "Excellent crew service, comfortable seats."
Cons: "A little difficult to understand the announcement in English."
Pros: "Better hindu veg meal"
Cons: "Leg room"
Pros: "The crew and staff were generally friendly and the food was fine."
Cons: "For the first time in thirteen years traveling with my guitar, I was forced to check in my guitar, potentially in violation of the US Department of Transportation's rule on musical instruments. While my guitar thankfully arrived in good condition, this caused an unnecessary amount of stress in my 24 total hours of travel. I'd highly advise Cathay Pacific to revise their inflexible stance towards musical instruments, as many passengers brought carry-on bags which were much larger than my guitar in its case."
Pros: "Everything- I had 3 seats to relax and sleep. The food was excellent for the vegetarian option."
Pros: "Nothing really"
Cons: "Food sitting position checking in"
Pros: "It was good"
Cons: "I didn't got my Indian vegetarian food"
Cons: "Seats not comfortable Not great selection of western movies"
Airlines flying from San Francisco to Taichung have enacted additional safety measures and adjusted policies to better accommodate travelers. Policies vary by airline.
Daily cleaning, installation of cabin HEPA filters on flights from San Francisco to Taichung
Masks required on board, masks provided on flights from San Francisco to Taichung
Social distancing seating
Middle seats unavailable to book on flights from San Francisco to Taichung
Testing for antibodies, testing for symptoms for flights from San Francisco to Taichung
Waiving of change fees. Search flexible flights from San Francisco to Taichung