Travel Tech Company CIBT and Air China Announce Distribution Partnership

March 22, 2024

The partnership gives Air China the ability to use CIBT’s proprietary suite of products to inform United States outbound travelers of travel documentation requirements when traveling to China.

Leading provider of Global Visa, Passport and Immigration Solutions, CIBT uses proprietary products and travel documentation expertise to create a seamless customer experience journey for Air China passengers traveling from the United States to China. Travel providers and customers alike are eager to start traveling to China again—but what was once familiar is now complex due to the rapid pace of change in travel rules.

United States citizens must have a visa to enter China. The type of visa required depends on the purpose of the visit. As of January 1st 2024, China updated their regulations allowing simplified visa applications for tourists from the United States, reducing the documents required. Tourist visa applicants in the United States no longer need to submit air ticket bookings, hotel reservations or an invitation letter. Although the changes are welcome to revive tourism and boost the world's second-largest economy, the changes create a lot of uncertainty regarding documentation requirements for travel.

'Our team's mission is focused on continuously delivering digital solutions and experiences to our partners that close the information gap and enables global movement with the real-time accuracy that customers need to manage the complexities of a changing world and travel confidently. Our partnership with Air China solidifies our larger vision of simplifying the journey, to bridge people, cultures, and businesses and open the world by making it possible for travelers to obtain documentation requirements during the travel booking process.” said CIBT, Global Distribution, SVP, Silvia Medina.

To ensure that Air China travelers are ready for their trip without the stress or the uncertainty of travel documentation requirements to visit China, Air China partnered with CIBT to provide customers with access to their proprietary widget. The widget allows Air China customers to obtain instant results if a travel visa is required for their next international trip, all the necessary documentation and steps to process their visa, and requirements for making sure that their passport is valid. Additional services are available through CIBT that ensures the required visa paperwork for Air China travelers is filled out, signed, and delivered to the proper place. CIBT can also expediate the visa application, and its staff are available to answer any questions that customers may have.


CIBT has also partnered with Air China to create a customized, mobile friendly website for travelers. Air China travelers may access CIBT’s website without limitation to obtain resources such as visa requirements,

Air China operates non-stop flights to Beijing from four key destinations in the United States: Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, and Washington, D.C. Specifically, the flight schedule includes four weekly flights from Los Angeles (Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday) two weekly flights from San Francisco (Wednesday and Saturday); five weekly flights from New York (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday); and two weekly flights from Washington, D.C. (Tuesday and Saturday).

As part of a collaborative effort with CIBT, Air China extends an exclusive benefit to travelers who secure Chinese visas through CIBT. These travelers are eligible for an additional 5% discount when booking tickets through Air China's North American website.

With a commitment to safety and comfort, Air China ensures a seamless and enjoyable journey for passengers traveling to China.

Additional Information

About Air China

Today’s Air China can trace its origins to 1988 when Air China International Corporation was established. In October 2002, based on an industry reform plan formulated by the central government, Air China International Corporation, China Aviation Corporation and China Southwest Airlines merged, and the surviving company was still called Air China International Corporation. On September 30, 2004, Air China International Corporation was rebranded as Air China Limited. Air China is responsible for the task of providing special flight services for China’s leaders when they go on foreign trips. Air China is the only flag-carrier aviation company in China, and a member of the world’s largest airline alliance Star Alliance, the official aviation transportation partner of the 2008 Beijing Olympics and Paralympics and the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics and Paralympics. Air China takes the lead among domestic airlines in passenger transportation and other related services. Headquartered in Beijing, Air China has several branch offices in areas such as Southwest China, Zhejiang, Chongqing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Hubei, Xingjiang, Guangdong, Guizhou, Tibet, and Wenzhou. Visit

About CIBT

The leading global provider of immigration, visa and document services for businesses and consumers, CIBT draws on over 30 years of experience to smooth the path of international mobility by managing the complexities of a changing world for professionals and individuals alike. Founded in 1989 and globally headquartered in Washington, DC, CIBT taps the passion and expertise of nearly 2,000 immigration and visa professionals, attorneys, and qualified migration consultants located in over 60 offices in 29 countries to empower people and organizations to live, work, travel, and trade seamlessly through its global reach, local expertise, and customer-focused technology solutions. Services range from global immigration and mobility, visas and passports, legalizations, travel, and document services and more. The trusted and primary service provider to 75% of the world’s largest companies, CIBT’s suite of services is offered under brands CIBTvisas, Newland Chase immigration services and Blair Consular Services. For more information, please visit and follow CIBT on LinkedIn, Facebook, X (Twitter) and Instagram.