Daily cleaning, installation of cabin HEPA filters on flights to Beijing
The cheapest airline ticket to Beijing from South Africa in the last 72 hours was R11 943 one-way, and R123 116 round-trip on the route from Cape Town to Beijing. The most popular route is from Johannesburg to Beijing and the cheapest ticket found on this route in the last 72 hours was R40 807 round-trip.
Beijing is served by 2 major airports. Beijing Capital Airport (25 kilometres) is the closest to the centre of Beijing and Beijing Daxing Intl is 44 kilometres away from the centre. View on map.
Most visitors from South Africa will not be allowed to enter Beijing.
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Visitors from South Africa will need to quarantine for 14 days upon entering Beijing.
Visitors from South Africa must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken 48 hours before departing to Beijing.
Health Declaration Form
Must be presented upon arrival
Restaurants: Open with restrictions
Bars: Open with restrictions
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Scores according to KAYAK customer reviews
Cons: "The entertainment did not work good the entire flight"
Cons: "Beef main course overcooked and dry."
Pros: "Honestly, it was probably the best trans-Atlantic flight I have ever made. Clean, comfortable craft. Polite and attentive crew."
Cons: "Nothing comes to mind. Keep up the good work."
Pros: "Planes were comfortable and well maintained."
Pros: "Crew was great."
Cons: "The layover time was too close for FRA. By the time everyone deplaned and was shuttled to the terminal by a bus it was already my boarding time. I had to rush through the passport control feeling nervous The seat pitch of the flight was narrow. I could not use my laptop once the person in front of me reclined."
Pros: "Quick, comfortable and easy"
Cons: "Boarding was a bit clunky"
Cons: "Had our luggage checked for connecting flight in Frankfurt"
Pros: "The crew was great."
Cons: "Better seats,better food."
Pros: "Crew was good. Flight was delayed because the crew was caught in traffic. Should have a rule in place that all crew are at the airport 2 or 3 hours before the flight is to leave."
Cons: "The flight was good. Landing at the airport expect 2 hours through customs getting into the airport. Since you have to take a bus when you exit the plane."
Pros: "The airplane crew were very reassuring"
Cons: "Gate was changed 3 times and flight was delayed 2 times too!"
Pros: "Since I was traveling with a child we were borded first"
Cons: "The seats weren’t the most comfortable"
Pros: "Super service. From gate in Frankfurt to Rome."
Cons: "Communication on which luggage carousel our luggage was going to be on. The screen said, carousel 11 when in actuality, it was carousel 10. Very confusing...and caused me a delay. That’s the only frustration in the entire trip so far."
Pros: "The crew was excellent and the seats are v comfortable"
Cons: "I cant really think of anything"
Cons: "Touch screens were not working well. Required multiple hard taps which disturbed the passenger in front."
Pros: "Crew was great"
Cons: "Didn't have the vegetarian meal I ordered"
Pros: "Nice crew, good food, good choice of movies. Good beer. :) We will fly again with Lufthansa!"
Cons: "Nothing to complain about."
Pros: "Nice crew, good flight."
Cons: "45 minute delay was tough."
Pros: "Very comfortable flight with plenty of food, drink, entertainment and good service. Flight left on time."
Cons: "The flight departure time was too close to the arrival time so we ended up running thru the Frankfort airport."
Pros: "Height Space, good pilot and some of the food. Good landing and overall pilot skill."
Cons: "For the whole journey I had a small child kicking, knocking, tapping behind me. Kept waking me up also nearly ten hours of whining. I was genuinely uneasy and uncomfortable for the whole trip. I think there should be a designated child with adult area as I really don’t think this is acceptable. It is stressful enough traveling for 30+ hours this really is not welcome."
Cons: "The food was terrible. I couldn't eat it, and I can eat almost anything. Sorry! Everything else was good. The staff were amazing. I will fly with Lufthansa again. Thank you."
Pros: "I liked the interior of the cabin and the crew was professional. Crew on this flight was Ok."
Cons: "Food was not good, but I really do not care too much about that... If you judge an airline based on the then fly someone else..."
Pros: "Fast boarding."
Cons: "The usual flight discomfort, but the seat in front of me was broke. The person in it struggled to stay out of my lap, which I appreciated. The connecting flight had a non-functional screen and the reading light broke and flew across the cabin."
Pros: "Staff were efficient and friendly, constantly offering juice and water."
Cons: "Boarding could have been a lot better organized they need to do it the same way Lufthansa does in Los Angeles"
Pros: "Although clearly an older plane, it was clean. Gate personnel re-assigned me to a seat in a row with no-one in it."
Cons: "The gate of departure moved twice before departure. The last change was to a completely different building. Apparently the equipment was changed and I did not learn that I would need a seat re-assignment until I scanned my boarding pass during boarding. (However, the gate agent was quick to accommodate)."
Cons: "Could have more options for entrainment"
Pros: "Boarding was fast. Crew was good. Comfort level was good."
Cons: "The requested meal was not delivered. However, the crew bring it from the extra they had with other classes."
Pros: "All good - flight, service all great!!!"
Pros: "We upgraded our ticket to business class and it was great. It left on time and even landed a little early so we had plenty of time to catch the next flight"
Cons: "I wish boarding by Priority was better organized"
Pros: "Very courteous service, clearly a step above other airlines"
Pros: "It was trouble free - check in was quick and efficient in Budapest, boarding was no trouble, and transfer in Frankfurt problem-free. Cabin crew were good, flight was nice."
Pros: "First time flying this airlines. The seats were comfortable and spacious. The entertainment options were excellent and the food service was regular and consistent."
Pros: "GOOD food, service was fine. Seat had good room."
Cons: "My seat didn't stay back (would lock) and kept me from getting much sleep. But, ultimate reason for mediocre rating was the level of turbulence. very bad - maybe not airline's fault, but still it was unpleasant."
Pros: "Selection of wine"
Cons: "The flight was delayed from Washington DC and from Frankfurt"
Cons: "Less knee room than usual. Very cramped."
Pros: "Comfortable, timely and pleasant overall."
Cons: "We were detained at the airport after boarding and then deboarding without information. The entire flight was locked in a room and not allowed to leave with very little explanation as to why. After 5 hours they let us board another plane. There was water and candy supplied as food. It was a joke for anyone with kids or the elderly. Nevermind anyone with health concerns. BAD way to manage a crisis in my opinion. We were treated like cattle. And these were NOT cheap tickets."
Pros: "The flight was short and well organized, boarding relatively efficient, snack was just OK, service was nice and crew was very accommodating and seemed happy. Mobile boarding options worked well."
Cons: "Snack could be better."
Pros: "In Los Angeles, excelent service in counter, and all flight on time and confort, good service on board."
Pros: "Food is very good for airlines"
Cons: "No entertainment set unless you have a tablet"
Pros: "Entertainment options were good and varied."
Cons: "We were significantly delayed on take-off, landing, and taxi to our gate, and the staff was very rude about the whole ordeal. One flight attended shouted at us over the intercom several times. I won't be flying Lufthansa again. The food was inedible and the seats were horrible."
Cons: "My seat (33A) was would not recline. I alerted the stewardess early on, she called a male colleague, both smiled and reassured me that they will deal with it later on. The uncomfortable seat became even more cramped as at the end of the dinner service the passenger ahead reclined his seat. I tried to catch the attention of the cabin crew - in vain. On disembarkation I saw the stewardess and reminded her of her promise of help . She sweetly wished me a "pleasant weekend". The cabin crew did not seem to care much over the discomfort of an elderly traveler in economy class."
Pros: "The ease and non-confusion of the boarding process"
Cons: "There wasn't much entertainment options on this flight"
Pros: "Comfort, pleasant, and efficiency"
Cons: "Food seems an afterthought in an otherwise top-notch business"
Pros: "The crew was very kind."
Cons: "There was a lack of communication with boarding and there was no one to check us in at the airport. We are paying you thousands of dollars, perhaps you could have someone check people in."
Pros: "Checkin was timely and the agent helpful!"
Cons: "The immigration line was way too long in New Delhi."
Pros: "The in flight entertainment and food were fantastic, the crew was friendly, and everything was very clean."
Cons: "The connecting flight was late."
Pros: "Lovely attentive crew went out of their way to provide comfort and service"
Cons: "Clear guidance for priority boarding groups"
Cons: "Better than I expected!"
Pros: "Food and drink service"
Cons: "All flights to and from China from this booking were cancelled. China Air customer service was non existent and has offered no compensation for additional travel expenses."
Cons: "Made a good effort."
Cons: "Everything. Boarding on time for starters"
Pros: "The crew was very nice and the seats are comfortable for a short flight"
Cons: "Entertainment options could have been better."
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""
Pros: "Only chose it for v price but it's a terrible airline."
Cons: "Flight was delayed. Seats are so cheap that are super uncomfortable. Food is terrible."
Pros: "Very friendly and helpful staff."
Cons: "Lost my bag."
Pros: "Flight crew helpful"
Pros: "I was stranded by not being aloud to board the plane there was a visa problem at my destination the air China staff required me to have a visa to enter the country of India. There is a tourist visa for under 180 days stay. That’s what I get when I enter on a land route just a 60 day visa upon arrival so the agents would not let me board. Air China sent me a note that I could cancel the flight and should be able to get a refund. I have called 6 times already and have yet to speak with anyone I stayed in the station all night and at 9 am today they will give be a number that will work"
Cons: "I would like to get a full refund"
Pros: "Crews were polite and helpful"
Pros: "The departure from Shenzhen instead a typical Hong Kong departure is good, also the cost was good"
Cons: "Airliner should offer something to cover the seat at busisnes class instead just the blanket as other airliner do. The policy of no eletronics during the flight is not ok"
Cons: "You can't even supply the flight yet constantly send e-mails asking how the flight was. You shouldn't offer flights if you can't book them. Then sending constant e-mails making it seem like they're booked."
Cons: "Firstly, the ticket I bought had a hidden stop that wasn't disclosed to me. I called and the representative said it is fine."
Cons: "Forty minute delay boarding with no announcement of reason why"
Pros: "Crew served perfectly."
Cons: "This flight was 13 hours delay. No any info and undated news from airport and Shenzhen airline. I was sitting in the airport for over 13 hours. NO food was supplied. All customers were desperate and annoyed."
Pros: "staff quite friendly and helpful"
Cons: "the seat can not be adjusted, worst one I've seen all these years."
Pros: "It got me there."
Cons: "Vintage plane."
Cons: "A HORRIBLE EXPERIENCE WITH FLIGHT NETWORK. I WILL NEVER EVER AGAIN BOOK MY TICKETS ON KAYAK.COM DESPITE MAKING AN ONLINE BOOKING THE PREVIOUS DAY AND RECEIVING BY EMAIL A FLIGHT CONFIRMATION BOOKING REFERENCE NUMBER, 6 HOURS INTO THE DEPARTURE, FLIGHT NETWORK TELLS ME THAT THE BOOKING IS CANCELLED AS THE AIRLINE COULD NOT CONFIRM THE BOOKING ! BEWARE, AS OUTSOURCING TRAVEL AGENTS ARE PLAYING GAMES !! VERY UNRELIABLE !"
Pros: "Was an ok flight experience. Boarding was smooth and the cabin staff were pleasant."
Cons: "Not one of my 4 flight legs were on time. The flight I was on was advertised as non stop flight but what is not made clear is the flight has to make a stop for passengers to clear immigration and customs - which is ok but they should make it clear. They also have a wierd policy of not allowing use of phones or tablets even on flight safe mode which if you aren't prepared for makes a boring flight."
Pros: "The service has improved and nice to travel with them especially when I'm star alliance gold member."
Cons: "Nothing for this trip"
Cons: "I saw a price on Kayak app on my Iphone. I chose the Kayak price, no other 3rd party. Kayak re-directed me to Flight Network. Purchase the tickets, filled out credit card and all. Got a ticket purchase confirmation. Went to bed to wake up early in the morning to get early flight. Get to the airport, I learned from the airline the tickets were never issued. Called flight network and they tell me the tickets have been canceled because they were not able to secure the advertised price. This is misrepresentation and screwed up my whole trip. If a booking is done, the 3rd party should honor what they sale, even if they mess up. Moreover so that I choose the purchase on kayak option. Will never do it again, lesson learned. Will purchase elsewhere."
Pros: "Good service, decent food, fair sized planes"
Cons: "All is good"
Pros: "We asked at the China air lounge if we could change seats to sit together, which they did."
Cons: "Food quality (we did not eat a bite), space"
Pros: "Great service both on the ground and in the air. The staff was very nice and made sure everything for me was perfect."
Pros: "There was plenty of leg room"
Cons: "The policy about cell phone use on the aircraft"
Airlines flying to Beijing have enacted additional safety measures and adjusted policies to better accommodate travellers. Policies vary by airline.
Daily cleaning, installation of cabin HEPA filters on flights to Beijing
Masks required on board, masks provided on flights to Beijing
Social distancing seating
Middle seats unavailable to book on flights to Beijing
Testing for antibodies, testing for symptoms for flights to Beijing
Waiving of change fees. Search flexible flights to Beijing