Daily cleaning, installation of cabin HEPA filters on flights to Tibet
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Foreign nationals arriving from the abovementioned countries must have a Health Declaration Form issued by a Chinese embassy or consulate. The form can be obtained with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) nucleic acid test result issued at most 48 hours before departure and a negative IgM anti-body test result issued at most 48 hours before departure. Travelers not arriving directly in China must repeat both tests in the transit countries and obtain a new Health Declaration Form in each transit country.
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An average nonstop flight from the United States to Tibet takes 35h 41m, covering a distance of 7540 miles. The most popular route is Dallas - Lhasa with an average flight time of 30h 15m.
The cheapest ticket to Tibet from the United States found in the last 72 hours was $441 one-way, and $1,617 round-trip. The most popular route is Dallas/Fort Worth to Lhasa and the cheapest round-trip airline ticket found on this route in the last 72 hours was $2,987.
Based on KAYAK flight searches, the most popular destination is Lhasa (100% of total searches to Tibet).
KAYAK’s flight Price Forecast tool uses historical data to determine whether the price for a given destination and date is likely to change within 7 days, so travelers know whether to wait or book now.
Scores according to KAYAK customer reviews
Pros: "Dated entertainment on the inside televisions and some of the headphones and movies were hard to understand because of the audio quality. But the bottom line was I couldn’t find a cheaper flight for my trip and overall I look for savings and my airfare."
Cons: "Customer service from the flight crew was pretty dry, my biggest complaint though was that there was very much stagnant air quality and no ventilation at HC location like I am normally a custom on most other planes."
Pros: "Lie flat seats in business class are very comfortable. Got a nice 10 hour sleep on the flight across. Bathrooms are clean and clean smelling and large. Crew pleasant and efficient."
Pros: "Organized boarding"
Pros: "Room on the plane, layout of the plane, early arrival"
Cons: "Add CNN news to your tv channels"
Cons: "No WiFi at all"
Cons: "i lost my fly because kayak send me to another page to buy the ticket ant that page was a scam never book whit kayak use expedia"
Cons: "A little bit of more room not eve a lot like a nuther cter miter or so"
Pros: "Nothing terrible"
Cons: "OK for the price"
Cons: "We have to claim the baggage outside and then come back to check in and get the new ticket to Bangkok again it’s terrible"
Pros: "Staff was friendly, food was okay. The serving of hot tea was nice."
Cons: "Only filled water up to half of the cup, twice"
Pros: "Price is cheap"
Pros: "Airline staff at the airport were super nice and helpful"
Cons: "They airline can’t add your TSA pass to the boarding pass Food is definitely not as interesting compare to other flights even though mine was only rice and beef and nothing Asian."
Pros: "The plane and staff were marvelous. Pleasantly surprised with this flight and experience as a whole!"
Cons: "There were no vegitarian options offered on the flight. Had to skip most of the food. But those around us seemed to love the food they got! we LOVED the warm rolls offered with meal!"
Pros: "Attendants are friendly and nice, their limited English makes them seem cold however I speak both languages and they have better manners than my experience with American carriers such as UA, American and Delta, particularly to the elderly and those that do not speak Chinese. Legroom is decent, seat cushions need more padding for long haul flights. Power supply working well, mediocre movie selection, on time departure and arrival. Food needs improvement. I was told my meal was beef and rice, however, it was fried fish."
Cons: "Bathrooms need more attention particularly on long haul economy. Food Needs Improvement!"
Pros: "I didn't expect much from this budget flight, but they went above and beyond and matched the quality of larger and more expensive airlines. The food was excellent (and they served food twice on a 14 hour flight), nothing was broken, and the boarding process was smooth."
Pros: "Last minute seating was good - got a window seat with an empty seat between me and another passenger for the long flight. Big bonus."
Cons: "Flight was late getting out of the gate and there were only 2 lavatories working (out of 5) for the entire economy section of plane. No drink service except for with the one meal served during the flight - which was okay by me, because who wants an extra trip to the bathroom when the lavs aren't working?"
Cons: "I was unable to board because my middle name was incorrect. They could not make the correction. I was forced to buy another ticket and forfeit my previously booked ticket. I am furious."
Pros: "The plane was delayed both at LAX and at Pu Dong, but still arrived on time so I didn't miss my car sevice. Kelly, if you read this, it was a pleasure flying with you!"
Pros: "The airplane was nice and new, the crew was nice and diligent, and the food was better than last time."
Cons: "The seat wasn't the most comfortable and my seat was hurting half way through."
Pros: "The crew were approachable and always smiling"
Pros: "nothing really, except cheap price since I travel last minute"
Cons: "horrible food and use plastic spoons and forks are terrible idea.flight delay 2 hrs, no explanation. very hot, i booked in room i shnaghai,"
Pros: "The crew was friendly. Seats were small."
Cons: "Food could be better. Website slow - sometimes unresponsive."
Cons: "Improved English?"
Cons: "I fell and broke my collarbone, called to change my ticket and no one would help me. Terrible customer service."
Pros: "We didn't crash, and the crew spoke some English."
Cons: "The seats were uncomfortable, the movie options were limited, I couldn't get English subtitles on e flush movies which I needed because the only headphones one could use were the provided ones (due to the jack), but the sound quality was so poor and airline so loud that I couldn't follow. Also there was no menu or schedule to anticipate meals, and I was left hungry even with what was provided (14 hour flight). Certainly not Emirates."
Pros: "Very pleasurable"
Pros: "The movies and seats were amazing so it made the flight go by faster"
Cons: "None of the crew really spoke any English"
Cons: "Lacked flavor... quantity was great"
Cons: "The crew was not very helpful or friendly."
Pros: "Cheap price"
Cons: "Crazy rules insisting people remove earplugs 1 hour before landing."
Cons: "10 seats across in a 777 is just too narrow."
Pros: "Hello dear customer service manager, Anyone can tell me who is the one that input my passport info on China eastern airlines system? China Eastern system has a different passport number that I used before 2010. They asked me to contact the agent who issued the tickets to update or correct it but I have no idea who is the agent. I booked the tickets from justfly.com with my current passport number and I even did not remember the old passport number. You must know who is the so called agent and please pass my email to them to help me solve the problem. Otherwise I won't be able to get on board. Your prompt reply would be highly appreciated. Thanks and regards Kai By the way, my gmail does not work in China. I have to use a substitute email address to contact you. email@example.com"
Cons: "Light and table were broken."
Cons: "Too much too list here what I didn't like. Unbelievable. Horrible experience. Will NEVER book this airline ever again."
Pros: "It was pleasant, nothing wrong."
Cons: "Everything was fine."
Pros: "The plane, 777, was great. The newer planes are always great I guess."
Cons: "As always, the comfort of the seats could always use improvement. But I guess that's why there is Business and First class"
Cons: "Need more room"
Pros: "Liked the price!"
Cons: "No particular dislikes. Had no real expectations for a China base airline. No frills, all was Ok. Nothing to build any allegiance with the company"
Pros: "There's only one type of red wine and they ran out."
Cons: "They have one tiny bar of soap in there restroom..."
Pros: "Good in flight service and movie selection. Flight attendants were very accommodating."
Cons: "The layover was 18 hours and there was a delay in my flight"
Cons: "Music needs to be categorized by artists, or have the artist's name shown. Thriller and horror movies should be available."
Pros: "Free meals were great. Movies were awesome."
Pros: "Overall I would avoid China eastern in future. Th food was terrible."
Pros: "Considering the low price, it was an excellent experience!!"
Cons: "The flight was delayed and there was no setting of expectations or announcement by the crew. The frustrated passengers waited and was asking the crew to announce it so everyone would know yet they declined to announce. Everyone just waited even if the flight was late without no expectation on the delay and what caused it. The crew had poker faces and didn't know how to empathize with the frustrated passengers who were worried bec they might miss their connecting flights. There were no apologies and seemed that they didnt care at all, no answer and no setting of expectations theybjust kept asking us to wait whenever a passenger would ask when we will be onboarded."
Pros: "Each seat had it's own video monitor. There was a large selection of movies available."
Cons: "We were not allowed to use our cell phones in airplane mode at all on the flight at any time. They were to remain completely turned off. If we had a tablet, we could use that, but only after reaching a certain altitude. Also on my return trip from Shanghai to LAX, I had my cell phone charging, but turned off. As we were getting ready to land the flight attendant not only made me unplug my cell phone from charging but also unplugged their headphones from their video monitor that I was using. She gave me no explanation. So the movie continued to play, but I couldn't listen to it."
Cons: "If Crews could speak English, Crews not readily available, Hope there are more choices for food, So small portion of drink, Ordor needs to be controlled"
Pros: "The customer service rep from the United at the check-in was awesome."
Cons: "I bought my ticket from justfly.com. My vegan food choice did not feed into Air China. I had no food."
Pros: "Entertainment selection was great. Nice to have two meals in flight"
Cons: "Meals could have been a better selection. Did not know we had to request vegetarian meals in advance."
Pros: "Crew pleasant and friendly"
Cons: "The food is terrible. Selection of beverages and meals very limited."
Pros: "The food was good and the seating was great as well"
Cons: "I wish there was a menu to request more food and drinking. I only had 2 drinks with my meals for the entire flight."
Pros: "Crew was good. Boarding good too."
Cons: "On time performance."
Cons: "Departure always not in time"
Pros: "Cheap ticket price"
Cons: "Flight landed more than an hour late in India. Other than that nothing really need to be said for improvement at the moment."
Pros: "The 748 is nice and new and in premium economy the legroom stretches for miles"
Cons: "They lost our Bags! Crew did not speak english! Transferring is a pain! Food was very poor quality"
Pros: "Entertainment was good quality, and had a good variety of games and movies. The food was also pretty good, and provided pretty good headphones."
Cons: "The plane departed 1 hour late, and arrived 1 hour 15 min late, and we barely made our connection on time. The crew gave full cups of drinks to the Chinese passengers, and half full cups to the people of other races. I was sitting in a row of 4 seats, and the person next to me couldn't get anything, so they asked me to get water for them. I asked for water for me, and tried to ask for water for the person next to me, but the crew member just ignored me. I asked her 6 times, and she just wouldn't pay attention to me, so the guy next to me didn't get water."
Cons: "We paid $37 to check in 1 Baggage and the flight from SFO to Beijing had delivered the baggage in baggage claim area. We had to take Chinese Visa to get to the baggage, even-though it is a transit. We missed the next connecting flight to Shenzhen as it ate up all our time. Now have to travel in the mercy of the airlines for next flight. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU LIST THAT "VISA NEEDED IF CHECKING IN BAGGAGE" MISSED ALL FLIGHTS"
Cons: "We paid $37 to check in 1 Baggage and the flight from SFO to Beijing had delivered the baggage in baggage claim area. We had to take Chinese Visa to get to the baggage, even-though it is a transit. We missed the next connecting flight to Shenzhen as it ate up all our time. Now have to travel in the mercy of the airlines for next flight. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU LIST THAT "VISA NEEDED IF CHECKING IN BAGGAGE""
Cons: "Upgraded and didn’t get the perks of the upgrade"
Pros: "I actually liked the pork noodle dish. It was a little Greeley but just what I wanted"
Cons: "The staff is young, they try hard but they don’t have the grace that more experienced international crews will display. There video display interface was confusing for someone e who doesn’t read chinese simplified characters. I had to ask how to turn on the overhead light."
Pros: "My trip started off with airplane problems from the beginning. From my flight being delayed multiple times by air china to the overly packed united to the confusion of the non updated confirmation numbers or the e-ticket number. Even on the day I left upon arriving to the airport my confirmation number they had just given me after all the prior problems still didn't work. Air china had mediocre food with okay entertainment except my headset jack on the TV was broke and I couldn't watch anything. On the last air china flight from Bejing to Bangkok. I couldn't even charge my phone, watch any entertainment and basically was just stuck with no WiFi. Justfly wouldn't compensate for the changes on their end and said I myself would have to ask the airlines for compensation which the.the airlines directed me no where for compensation or even to upgrade my seat. Now I'm finally in Thailand but I'm scared of my return."
Pros: "Courteous service, clean cabin, reasonable price for business class ticket compared to any other airline."
Pros: "Attendants were courteous and smiled. Food was ok. Drinks were good. Got the blanket."
Cons: "I assumed blinds were given out during long flights, but was not offered one. No slippers. Don't get the fish."
Pros: "Awesome service! New equipment and everything worked, Cabin attendants smoked. Very, very professional and attentive. Seats were comfortable. Magnificent pricing."
Cons: "Food was ok. Entertainment and newspapers were mediocre. Layover in Beijing was painful."
Pros: "The in-flight meals from SFO to Beijing were good and the flight attendents' service was up to the standard."
Cons: "The transfer at Beijing was awful."
Pros: "I think the food served on the flight has improved significantly over the last few years. I've been flying Air China for the past few years and am very impressed by the progress made by Air China. I will continue to be a loyal customer of this airline. Thanks!"
Pros: "Service was absolutely great, seats were spacey and comfy, entertainment system for every seat had a wide selection. Overall a great flight!"
Cons: "The food was aweful, but it's airplain food, usually it's aweful..."
Pros: "Airfare was cheap"
Cons: "No variety of options for entertainment"
Cons: "One suitcase did not make the transfer; food was not good"
Cons: "My baby (not yet 1-year) was uncomfortable on the flight and through out. When I asked one crew for help to clean up the floor she just gave me a disgust face and told me I should make the baby throw in the trash bag... I was super shocked and disappointed. I think air china really need to improve their employee training."
Cons: "Wasn't on the flight"
Pros: "The service was good. The aircraft was an old aircraft and noisy."
Cons: "Aircraft was old and noisy."
Pros: "Clean safe and on time. Competent cabin crew. The great fares made this trip possible....so we have no complaints about Air China."
Cons: "Wasted more than an hour in the wrong immigration line because we got no guidance from Air China that long layover passengers need to sign up at a special...and poorly market special pre-immigration desk before proceeded to regular immigration line. As for the flight itself.....the seats are just not made for people over 5' 7"."
Pros: "Food was good. and more leg room. Also gave you a pillow and blanket. Of course the flight to China was a much larger airplane a Boeing 747, where flight to Sfo was a 737-800 and a smaller Air bus. All my flights made it to destination on time. Or close to it. You should plan on at least 1&1/2 hours between transfers. SFO was under staffed at security long lines, and empty desks. Beijing & Soul airports had smaller lines. The Visa free transit at Beijing worked well."
Cons: "Long time through customs and security especially when transferring from one plane to another. We had carry on luggage but still had to go through baggage claim and exit before transferring to the next flight."
Cons: "The air China flight attendants are some of the rudest people I have encountered. They were extremely unhelpful and one went so far as to sigh and roll her eyes at me. Our flight was also delayed for four hours with no explanation, while we all sat on the plane waiting. Finally they made us all get off of the plane issued us new tickets and then we got back on. The whole process was rediculous. The seat space was smaller than usual and the plane was very dirty. It was also the worst airplane food I have ever tasted. I would definitely recommend not flying air China. K"
Pros: "Courteous & professional. Provided information & snacks while waiting. If they devised a way to provide information & resources about connecting flights to each passenger, they would be at the top of their game."
Cons: "I had to pay to catch my connection with no way to document it, as it was an extreme rush & cash was the only way to get it done on the run. So I doubt I'll see any reimbursement. Airlines, Air China included, should try to provide better accommodations for delayed connecting passengers & not just leave it to airport ground crew or worse, passengers own resources. The only assistance provided was a couple crew directing with flight number signs from the arriving gate. But nothing further than that."
Cons: "I didn't like us taking the bus onto the plane from the tarmac. Luckily it wasn't raining or 10 degrees Fahrenheit like my last experience with air china in Beijing"
Pros: "I liked be provided with a blanket, pillow and entertainment system."
Cons: "they cancelled my flight connecting in beijing to shanghai. no reason this just happens all the time in china. they lost my luggage for hours. they didn't have another flight until the next day. and i was traveling alone meeting my husband in shanghai. so i was just stuck in beijing. they were incredibly unhelpful and unconcerned that i was alone with no luggage, without a phone that worked since i was getting a chinese sim from card from my husband in shanghai, no hotel, transportation etc."
Pros: "Boarding is smooth, organized"
Cons: "Both flights from SFO to Beijing and from Beijing to SGN all are delayed, both at the gate and taxi out, food is very basic nothing fancy about it, same goes with drink, and in fact I don't expect much from them. I hope they will learn and compete with other asian airlines in the region, like Eva Air, or Singapore airlines."
Pros: "Courtesy & willingness of crew to respond effectively"
Pros: "I didn't like it , nothing to tell"
Cons: "12 hours delay at departure, service very bad, overall very shity plane, thats,why ticket so cheap"
Cons: "Food, entertainment"
Cons: "Missed my flight because I pushed the wrong date."
Cons: "Delayed twice - on my way to an my overnight layover to see a friend in Beijing and then on my way to Tokyo."
Pros: "It was a smooth flight"
Cons: "Everything very friendly staff and it was a very comfortable flight."
Pros: "Friendly crew"
Cons: "Boarding was a cluster of people"
Pros: "I was worried after reading some of the reviews. However, I was extremely happy with my experience. Clean and comfortable. Everything was on time and no delays. Cabin crew was attentive and very helpful. A great all-round flight and trip."
Cons: "No real complaints. Airline food is airline food. The services for drinks was amazing though."
Pros: "Food and service was really nice! The entertainment system was outdated"
Pros: "The only thing I like about it is that each seat has its own TV player in which I can watch my own choice of movie even if there are poor choices when it comes to the varieties of movies."
Cons: "The crews are unapproachable. They don't even offer water. Food choices are not as good as well. First meal was edible the second one is we don't even know what it is."
Pros: "Personal television, blanket available, food better than most plane food"
Cons: "Crew prefer to deal with Chinese speaking people."
Pros: "New plane w/ well designed seating for space, access to bathrooms and roomy overhead compartments. Attentive personnel & good food--Eastern/western mix. Direct flights from west coast w/ reasonable schedule at gopd price. Recommend."
Cons: "If you book other than Air China, cannot check-in online, but only at airport. Any follow-up (ie seat assignments) must be done by phone w/ endless waits (although I was never disconnected in the end). Didn't really like the movie choices--mostly for kids, or action. I watched Cinderella and a story about a British skier. Ok."
Pros: "The plane was well maintained, the bathroom was accessible, and drinking such as water and juice were readily available at the back and could be retrieved at any time."
Cons: "The entertainment options were limited- very few movies of interest or new titles. Although there was a lot of food, it was not very good. The smell made it especially unappealing."
Pros: "Did not expect the individual video for each seat. Nice video selections."
Airlines flying to Tibet 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 to Tibet
Masks required on board, masks provided on flights to Tibet
Social distancing seating
Middle seats unavailable to book on flights to Tibet
Testing for antibodies, testing for symptoms for flights to Tibet
Waiving of change fees. Search flexible flights to Tibet