Tibet Travel Restrictions 2022 - 7 Practical Tibet Travel Tips

Tibet is one of the must-see places for many travel lovers in their lifetime due to the fascinating landscape and unique ethnic culture. She is also a special destinations since there are some travel restrictions for foreign visitors. But travel to Tibet dose not complicated. Here China Travel figures out 7 practical Tibet Travel Tips for your reference when you’re planning your Tibet Travel.

Can I Travel to Tibet in 2022?

The answer is absolute "Yes"! Due to the epidemic, the Tibet trip was suspended for about one year. After the epidemic was basically under control, on May 9, 2021, Tibet opened the door to expats living or working in China again.

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Due to the outbreak of the epidemic in Tibet, traveling to Tibet has been suspended. Tibet Permit Applications for foreign visitors are unaccepted now. Our agency pays close attention to the development of the epidemic in Tibet and other parts of the mainland. We will update the latest news about the application for entry into Tibet.

Expats in China Are Able to Travel to Tibet Now

For expats in China, it is good news that Tibet is open to you again. As long as you’re working or living in China, you can arrange a Tibet tour easily. You’re required to prepare your Green Health Code and negative PCR test result. China Travel has prepared dreamed and memorable Tibet tours for you. If Tibet is your next destination, please scan our QR Code to get detailed information.

Small Group: 8 Days Lhasa to Everest Base Camp Tour

  • Day 1 Arrive in Lhasa: Airport/train station to hotel transfer
  • Day 2 Lhasa: Potala Palace--Johkang Temple--Barkor Street
  • Day 3 Lhasa: Drepung Monastery--Sera Monastery
  • Day 4 Lhasa to Gyantse to Shigatse:Yamdrotso Lake--Karola Glacier--Simila Pass and Manla Reservoir--Gyantse Kumbum & Pelkor Monastery
  • Day 5 Shigatse to Rongbuk: Far View of Himalaya Mountain Range
  • Day 6 Rongbuk to Shigatse: Everest Base Camp--Rongbuk Monastery
  • Day 7 Shigatse to Lhasa:Tashilunpo Monastery--River View of Brahmaputra
  • Day 8 Lhasa Departure: Hotel to Airport/Train station transfer

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As for foreign visitors outside of China, it’s a pity that you cannot travel to Tibet now. You’re unable to get a Chinese travel visa (L visa) now. Once China issues a Chinese travel visa again, you can enter China. Then you can consider a plateau tour to Tibet.

Dynamic Record & Green Health Code
Dynamic Record & Green Health Code

Is it safe to Travel to Tibet now?

Don’t worry about Covid-19 in Tibet. Thanks to the local prevention measures, Tibet is more than safe to visit compared with other cities within China.

Covid-19 Situation in Tibet (updated on Aug 19)

Current Confirmed Cases Total Confirmed Cases Recovered Cases Total Deaths
15 229 6 0

Tibet Permit is A Must for Tibet Travel

As known that foreign visitors need to get a Tibet Travel Permit before traveling to Tibet. To apply for Tibet Permit, you have to prepare two important documents: a Chinese visa and your passport. We suggest you book a Tibet tour at least 10 days before departure since it usually takes about 10 days to apply for Tibet Permit.

Tibet Permit
Tibet Permit

How to Get a Tibet Permit for Expats in China?

As expats in China, you’re required to provide 6 documents. Don’t be scared off. The application for Tibet Permit is not complicated. Just cooperate with your tour operators and the application will be smooth.

A Guide to Apply for Tibet Permit

Work certificate
Work certificate

Can China Expats Visit Tibet Independently?

The answer is “NO”. According to the regulations of the Tibet Autonomous Region, independent Travel is not allowed in Tibet for foreign visitors. That means you have to book a Tibet tour with a travel agency. You can book hotels yourselves or with travel agencies. But during your whole travel to Tibet, you have to be accompanied by a tour guide to visit the scenic spots. During your spare time, it is no problem to get out alone.

Traveling in Tibet is not that convenient compared with traveling in other big cities in China, especially some remote cities far away from Lhasa. A tour guide will be helpful to take care of and arrange everything for you. The guide will help you to have a memory of this holy plateau.

China Travel has both group tours and private tours in Tibet. You could choose as per your interest.

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When Is The Best Time to Travel to Tibet?

Typically speaking, July to August is the summer in Tibet and the peak season of traveling in Tibet. That means July and August is the best time to visit Tibet when the weather is comparatively warmer and the oxygen content of the air is higher. It is also the rainy season in Tibet when it won’t be dry and static.

In summer, all kinds of flowers bloom and make this holy land stunning. Travel in the summer of Tibet, you can take the chance to visit as many places as possible in Tibet, such as Namsto, and Everest Base Camp. Especially Everest Base Camp, it will be extremely cold after September. If you’re interested trekking tour or pilgrimage tour, July and August will be good times.

In Spring and Autumn, the weather is mild. And the sky is clear. Autumn is also a friend for trekking tours.

Avoid Tibetan New Year When You Plan A Tibet Trip

Tibet is closed to visitors in March every year. That is because Tibetan New Year is in March. Moreover, Tibet also gets closed for some special anniversary celebrations, for example, the anniversary celebration of the Tibet Autonomous Region.

Expats in China, please skip March when you plan a Tibet tour. After China opens inbound travel again, foreign visitors should also pay attention to Tibetan New Year.

Tibetan New Year
Tibetan New Year

How Should I Enter Tibet via Nepal?

Before Covid-19, visitors can also travel overland from Nepal to Tibet. There were one or two flights between Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, and Lhasa.

Please kindly notice that Group Visa is required if you enter from Nepal. You should apply for a China Group Visa in Kathmandu. To get a group visa, assistance from an agency in Tibet is necessary. Your Tibet agency should issue an invitation letter including the information about your Tibet tour. Then the corresponding partner in Nepal will help you to get your China Group Visa at the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu. Actually, the procedure is very simple. All you have to do is fill out the application form in Kathmandu. It only costs about USD30.

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How to Avoid Altitude Sickness in Tibet?

Generally speaking, there is no age limit for visitors traveling to Tibet. However, due to the special landform of Tibet, the lowest altitude in Tibet is around 38,50 meters (12,600 feet), and areas like Shigatse and Everest Base Camp are around 5,200 meters (17,000 feet). Visitors who come to Tibet have to get used to the high altitude. Here we list some advice for you:

Bamboo Rafting in Yulong River
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How to Plan A Tibet Trip on A Budget?

As mentioned above, Tibet Trip will never be “cheap” compared to traveling to the main cities of mainland of china. Due to local regulations, you have to book a tour with a travel agency. You cannot travel independently. Thus, the tour budget would be “friendly”.

We have some advice about how to lower the tour cost:

Recommended Budget Tibet Tour

Small Group: 6-Day Lhasa and Shigatse Tour

  • Day 1 Airport/Train station to hotel transfer (Lhasa)
  • Day 2 Lhasa: Potala Palace--Johkang Temple--Barkor Street
  • Day 3 Lhasa: Drepung Monastery--Sera Monastery
  • Day 4 Lhasa to Gyantse to Shigatse: Yamdrotso Lake--Karola Glacier--Gyantse Kumbum--Pelkor Monastery
  • Day 5 Shigatse to Lhasa: Tashilunpo Monastery--River View of Brahmaputra
  • Day 6 Hotel to Airport/Train station transfer (Lhasa)

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