March 21, 2023

China Southern Airways will resume flights to Iran subsequent month following a two-year hiatus. From October ninth, China Southern will function a weekly flight between Urumqi and Tehran and will improve frequencies sooner or later.

China Southern resumes Urumqi-Tehran flights

After scrapping providers to Iran for over two years for the reason that outbreak of the COVID pandemic, China Southern Airways will resume service to the nation by relaunching flights between Urumqi Diwopu Worldwide Airport (URC) and Imam Khomeini Worldwide Airport (IKA).

Flights will resume on Sunday, October ninth at an preliminary frequency of as soon as every week every Sunday. China Southern has claimed it can think about upping its frequency of providers if demand is excessive sufficient.


China Southern was working as much as 5 flights every week between Urumqi and Tehran earlier than the pandemic. Picture: Getty Photographs

Based on LivingInTehran,

“Residents of Iran and China, particularly businessmen and college students, have repeatedly known as for extra flights between the 2 international locations, and the resumption of this new route is nice information for residents of each international locations.”

China Southern added that financial system fares from Tehran to Urumqi will begin at RMB 15,000 ($2,165). Passengers interested by buying fares might want to go to China Southern’s web site and ship an e mail to the airline.

Obligatory five-day pre-flight quarantine

Passengers seeking to journey on this route might want to quarantine for 5 days earlier than catching their flight to forestall the unfold of COVID-19. China could have relaxed its COVID entry necessities two weeks in the past however nonetheless maintains a few of the strictest entry necessities on this planet.

China Southern stated,

“Based on the necessities of the epidemic prevention workplace of the vacation spot, all passengers have to be quarantined on the Tehran airport lodge for five days earlier than boarding. Throughout this era, the lodge lodging, meals, and PCR take a look at prices complete about US$400 on the passenger’s personal expense.”

Worldwide vacationers to China will not have to report COVID exams, earlier infections and vaccination dates upon arrival, however that is nonetheless vital earlier than touring to obtain a well being certificates. Overseas guests will then have to spend seven days in an isolation facility earlier than a three-day interval of well being monitoring at dwelling.

Flights between China and Iran drop off

China Southern’s Urumqi-Tehran route was standard earlier than the pandemic, notably because the province of Xinjiang is predominantly Muslim. The airline launched a five-weekly service in 2017 however scrapped flights in 2020 when the pandemic broke out.

Relations between China and Iran are bettering. Picture: Thomas Boon

Through the pandemic, solely Iranian service Mahan Airways flew between the 2 international locations, as China’s strict entry necessities discouraged airways and passengers from touring.

Nevertheless, China and Iran are at present having fun with a boon in diplomatic relations following elevated commerce talks and a revived nuclear deal between the 2 nations.

Are you curious about touring with China Southern Airways between Urumqi and Tehran? Do you suppose China’s strict entry necessities are nonetheless vital? Tell us within the feedback.

Supply: LivingInTehran

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