July 2021: fresh travel update for Asia Pacific // List of countries open for tourism now // Flight hacking: hand-picked deals // How to travel hassle-free now // New airline policies and visa regulations // Latest travel videos

22 July 2021 Web version | Sign Up

Welcome to the Air Traveler Club – Tiket2's weekly newsletter about the current state of tourism and international travel. You can check our up-to-date list of countries reopened for tourism.

Reading but not subscribed?

Did some awesome person forward this issue to you? Subscribe to newsletter to join our community. 

Weekly roundup

1)  Air VnV: Wealthy people from Indonesia, Thailand, and Taiwan fly overseas to skip vaccine queues at home and get a jab.

2)  Qatar Airways: 2,500 bonus miles for new members (no activity required) plus 5,000 miles and 50 Qpoints upon completing one flight with Qatar Airways.

3)  Thailand suspends most domestic flights starting July 21, due to record numbers of Covid-19 cases. Flights to and from Bangkok (and other high-risk regions) will be halted indefinitely, until the epidemic situation improves.

4)  Asia’s two most popular resort islands, Phuket in Thailand and Indonesia’s Bali, have been in a race to see which would reopen to international tourists first.

5)  Philippines: The travel ban for those coming from Indonesia, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Oman, and the UAE has been extended until the end of July.

6)  As arrivals to Australia remain under strict limits, all visitors must now declare Covid vaccination. The new declaration form shows how post-pandemic travel is taking shape, along with vaccination passport apps and mandatory Covid tests. 

7)  After 62 days at sea, 356 buckets of water, and months of hitchhiking on yachts across the globe, this Australian couple is almost home.

Video Image

8)  Why AirAsia is still waiting for its recovery to begin.

9) Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City turns into a ghost town under Covid-19 lockdown. 300 police checkpoints have been set up around the city, and mobile police regularly patrol the streets.

10) The Covid travel checklist: what to know before you go. If you're making your first flight for a while, things may be very different from what you've previously been used to.

Travel news →

Travel update (switch on images in your email client to see this picture)

South Korea travel update

South Korea is still closed for tourism. Currently, most foreign visitors are denied entry into the country, except in some exceptional cases. Visa for non-urgent travels is suspended until further notice. Visa-waiver and visa-free entry programs are not available. 

As the situation in South Korea is still evolving it’s difficult to estimate the date borders reopening to non-essential travelers, especially tourists. Reportedly, South Korean airlines are planning to resume international flights later this year – starting with China and other countries with a stable COVID-19 situation.

Read more →

Unlocking Asia →

Flight hacks

This is where pure flight hacking takes place! Sudden price drops, so-called ‘mistake fares’, or limited promotions from the airlines – our team scans the web, so you can fly cheaper. Expect 40%-80% savings on every flight deal we publish.


Krabi KBV →  Bangkok BKK

Sept 2021, Thai Vietjet Air
Regular price: ~$30



Christchurch CHC →  Queenstown YQN

Aug 2021, Air New Zealand
Regular price: ~$88



Manila MNL →  Hong Kong HKG

Jan 2022, Cebu Pacific
Regular price: ~$130



Denpasar DPS →  Singapore SIN

Oct 2021, AirAsia
Regular price: ~$120



Singapore SIN →  Bangkok BKK

Jan 2022, Jetstar
Regular price: ~$130



Surabaya SUB →  Perth PER

Oct 2021, Air Asia
Regular price: ~$920



Nice, France NCE →  Bangkok BKK

Nov 2021, Swiss Air
Regular price: ~$630


RoundtripBusiness Class

Seoul ICN →  Hong Kong HKG

Nov 2021, Cathay Pacific
Regular price: ~$1,135


RoundtripBusiness Class

Kuala Lumpur KUL →  Hong Kong  HKG

Nov 2021, Royal Brunei
Regular price: ~$1,150


RoundtripBusiness Class

Istanbul  TPE →  Jakarta CGK

Mar 2022, Saudia
Regular price: ~$1,400


Please note: most deals are time-sensitive and don't last long. If you can't find the price shown above, play around with different date combinations (several days before or after the original deal) - similar low prices may still be available.


What destination should we cover next?

Reply to this email and tell us what flight you are looking for? We will do our best to include it in the next newsletter.

Airline promotions

Garuda Indonesia→ Free Covid-19 vaccination for domestic passengers. Details

Malaysia Airlines→ Pre-purchase extra baggage online for a 20% discount. Details

Thai Lion Air → 25% of base fare discount for domestic route . Details

More promotions ⟶

Meet us on Twitter

We share even more trending news and flight deals with our friends on Twitter. Give us a follow!

Follow us ⟶

Forward to friends

Simply forward this email to your 3 closest friends to share the joy. If you liked this issue, probably your friends will find value in it too.

Sponsor an issue

Interested in advertising to smart readers like you? Learn more about sponsoring options here or just reply to ask me about the details.

How did you like today's email?

Hate it?Mehhh?Love it?