Tibet travel restrictions from authorities keep influencing the atmosphere of Tibet inbound tourism. Foreign travelers frequently asked how to apply Tibet permits and Tibet visa, when it is good to travel here and many more questions. Well, like the sudden change of the typical Tibet weather in a day due to the high altitude and unique topography, Tibet permits policy and regulations keep changing month by month, season by season and year by year. Here let Tibet Local Guide travel Service team proved you the most informative Tibet travel permits and visa guidelines, and together with news update. 

Tibet Travel Restrictions & Tour Ban: Update on April 27, 2020:

Tibet public security bureau announced the Lhasa Barkhor streets will be reopen for public buddhists from April 27,2020. To help people contain the COVID19 (2019 Novel Coronavirus), people should keep social distance. Only the police car can park in designated area, while all other vehicles (including private cars) can not park anywhere in Barkhor streets and in the yard of PSB (public bureau security). Tibet has no COVID19 cases reports since late February and it is one of the safest place in China to travel right now. However permits application restriction is not lift yet. Any questions, please email us: service@tibetctrip.com or info@tibetlocalguide.com.

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Tibet Travel Restrictions & Tour Ban: Update on March 15, 2020:

Similarly as Italy, South Korea, and some other areas heavily hit by COVID19, most tourists attractions in most mega cities in China remain closed. Tibet shut the door of major tourists attractions since late January, 2020, till now most attractions in Tibet are still not fully open to public. And there is no news about Tibet travel permits application recovery as well. As responsible tour agent and operator in Lhasa, we do not suggest you come in Tibet in the following months of April, May and June. Only once the situation gets better worldwide, we can reconfirm to you whether it is wise enough to visit Tibet or not. Should you have any questions, please feel free to email us and we are more than happy to answer your questions.

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Definitely! We will carry oxygen cylinder for emergency issues. And local hospitals are ready to deal with any emergency cases. We will take good care of every customer during the tour. The rise of altitude is not immediate and it is a gradual process. So if you feel anything wrong, you can inform your Tibetan guide instantly and we may need to adjust the Tibet tour program and wait for you to feel better and take optional easier tour program accordingly. And if anyone feels very uncomfortable, we will let him stay in the relatively low altitude places and will catch him/her later when we finish the high altitude tour.

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This is a major concern among most travelers to China and Tibet. There are NCoV confirmed cases for overseas travelers who return to Thailand, Australia and USA after traveling in China. Even though right now it is very safe to travel in Tibet, but it is quite possible that Tibet will be on the waiting list of reopen after tourism temporal closure. During the national spring festival, most and major tourists attractions are closed for protecting travelers being infected by possible viruses.

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With regards to the question whether Novel Coronavirus can spread between travelers or not, the answer from CCTV reports recently that this kind of disease is contagious from animal to human, but also quite possible for the spreading between human. In limited cases, according to the CDC, but the primary mode of transmission seems to be from animal to human. In terms of how one would catch the virus, the CDC says that human coronaviruses are most commonly spread between an infected person and others via:

  1. —the air (from viral particles from a cough or sneeze);
  2. —close personal contact (touching or shaking hands);
  3. —an object or surface with viral particles on it (then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands);
  4. —and rarely from fecal contamination.
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Answer to this question is that: Tibet social safety is among the best in China. And it is very safe for any travelers to travel in Tibet. No matter whether you are traveling solo or with a group, it is quite safe. However Tibet is with high altitude and many travelers may fill mountain sickness symptoms after arrival, and travelers should prepare a comfortable tour schedule to reduce the pain of AMS (acute Mountain Sickness).

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Travelers worry a lot about AMS-Acute Mountain Sickness! This is very commonly asked by many travelers around the world. Tibet is with average high altitude above 4000 meters above sea level and you have to take precautions to help get well acclimatized.

It s quite normal that most people will face altitude sickness when ascending to a higher altitude and this is especially true when in Tibet.

Here local Tibetan guide provide you the tips to help you get well acclimatized:

  1. Try to avoid catching a flu before enter into Tibet;
  2. Make sure to get a good night’s sleep the night before flying to Lhasa;
  3. Better drink more water;
  4. Avoid strenuous activity during your first day in Tibet;
  5. Do not overexert yourself after your arrival in Tibet; walk slowly, take deep breaths;
  6. Take time to acclimatize;
  7. Ascend to higher altitudes gradually. DO NOT ASCEND ANY HIGHER if you begin feeling ill;
  8. Do not clime to Potala Palace on the 2nd day upon arrival;
  9. Enquire your doctors for personal advice just for your health condition;
  10. Prepare AMS medication, in accordance with a doctor’s advice.

Anyway first aid like oxygen supply should be available when one has severe symptoms and urgent transfer to hospital is the way to go. The most workable way to deal with is just fly out to a lower altitude.Then it is gone for good and ever.

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As many foreign travelers know that without valid and efficient Tibet travel permits, Tibet is difficult to get in, but it is even more difficult to get around. Travelers should join a group tour or take a private tour (on a tour only!) according to the local regulations on foreign travelers. However the natural beauty of the country, the spiritual atmosphere in the magic nation and the exotic Tibetan culture make it all worth it. Tibet is one of the most beautiful places in the world and it has many things to offer.

If you are heading to Tibet soon, here are some things you should know before your trip to Tibet.

  • Tibetan People (monks, nuns and people from all other walks of life)
  • Tibetan monasteries, palaces and nunneries
  • Tibetan mountains, rivers, lakes, valleys and gorges
  • Spiritual centers, meditation caves and many more
  • Tibetan arts and architecture
  • The Tibetan society (now and then, and the future)
  • Precautions you need to take before going, not only just Tibet permits, mountain sickness, local customs…

A trip to Tibet can be rewarding and adventurous experience, and it gives you a peek into one of the most oppressed nations in the world. But traveling to Tibet isn’t easy with the strict travel restrictions and visa rules. To prepare properly for this trip of a lifetime, here are some facts you need to know about travel to Tibet.

  1. Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) is officially a part of China even though some people may not agree with that.
  2. If you have any pro-Tibetan sympathies, be careful with whom you discuss them.
  3. Discussing political issues with your Tibetan guide might get him or her into a potentially dangerous situation.
  4. There are lots of travel restrictions or tourism bans to Tibet, and it’s NOT easy to enter and the travel here.
  5. Independent travel is not allowed – except in Lhasa – and foreign travelers need to prearrange a tour in order to obtain a Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB) permit.
  6. Without a TTB permit, you won’t be able to board a flight or train to Tibet.
  7. Besides citizens of Singapore, Brunei and Japan, all visitors require a valid Chinese visa to be able to enter China.
  8. Don’t mention Tibet and don’t list your occupation as ‘journalist’ or military person, etc, and public passport does not work.
  9. You will have to decide on your Tibet itinerary upon booking the trip.
  10. Travelers are also free to explore Lhasa on their own but a guide is a must needed if you enter a monastery, palace or any tour sites.

Why The Once a Life Time Tibet tour can be a Rewarding?

  1. Because of your visit to Tibet, Tibet and Tibetan people can get the attention and support from the outside world it deserves.
  2. Travel is one of the best form of education, let alone Tibet is such different from many other destination.
  3. By coming here, talking to our native Tibetans, seeing things from ground level and in the eyes of our Tibetan people can you truly learn about what’s going on, and can therefore inform others about the state that Tibet is in.
  4. The high level of spirituality for many Tibetan people will probably empower yourself from your sole and heart. Tibetans are deeply devoted to their faith and it can be extremely moving to experience their dedication.
  5. Learn to appreciate Tibetan culture and the religious daily life for people from all walks of life.
  6. To learn what has happened in history and what is happening now.
  7. Enjoy the pristine beauty of the natural landscapes and it makes it worth your while. Geography in Tibet is on a humbling scale —dramatic snow-peaked mountains loom over vast plains, zigzagging highways weave their way through high passes draped with colorful prayer flags, while glittering turquoise lakes stand in the shadow of centuries-old glaciers. Home to several of the world’s highest peaks, Tibet is an extremely mountainous region packed to the brim with natural sights that are impressive in terms of magnitude.

For those who are planning to travel Tibet, I hope this list has prepared you for your trip to the wonder of the world. Regardless, expect to be surprised, because nothing will really prepare you for the magic of Tibet.

Interested in traveling to Tibet? Tibet local guide travel service run many kinds of Tibet tours! Once the NCoV19 (COVID19) Coronavirus pandemic situation is over and things get back to normal, we will be more than happy to welcome you to our land and enjoy any trips soon.

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As many foreign travelers know that without valid and efficient Tibet travel permitsTibet is difficult to get in, but it is even more difficult to get around. Travelers should join a group tour or take a private tour (on a tour only!) according to the local regulations on foreign travelers. However the natural beauty of the country, the spiritual atmosphere in the magic nation and the exotic Tibetan culture make it all worth it. Tibet is one of the most beautiful places in the world and it has many things to offer.

If you are heading to Tibet soon, here are some things you should know before your trip to Tibet.

  • Tibetan People (monks, nuns and people from all other walks of life)
  • Tibetan monasteries, palaces and nunneries
  • Tibetan mountains, rivers, lakes, valleys and gorges
  • Spiritual centers, meditation caves and many more
  • Tibetan arts and architecture
  • The Tibetan society (now and then, and the future)
  • Precautions you need to take before going, not only just Tibet permits, mountain sickness, local customs…

A trip to Tibet can be rewarding and adventurous experience, and it gives you a peek into one of the most oppressed nations in the world. But traveling to Tibet isn’t easy with the strict travel restrictions and visa rules. To prepare properly for this trip of a lifetime, here are some facts you need to know about travel to Tibet.

  1. Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) is officially a part of China even though some people may not agree with that.
  2. If you have any pro-Tibetan sympathies, be careful with whom you discuss them.
  3. Discussing political issues with your Tibetan guide might get him or her into a potentially dangerous situation.
  4. There are lots of travel restrictions or tourism bans to Tibet, and it’s NOT easy to enter and the travel here.
  5. Independent travel is not allowed – except in Lhasa – and foreign travelers need to prearrange a tour in order to obtain a Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB) permit.
  6. Without a TTB permit, you won’t be able to board a flight or train to Tibet.
  7. Besides citizens of Singapore, Brunei and Japan, all visitors require a valid Chinese visa to be able to enter China.
  8. Don’t mention Tibet and don’t list your occupation as ‘journalist’ or military person, etc, and public passport does not work.
  9. You will have to decide on your Tibet itinerary upon booking the trip.
  10. Travelers are also free to explore Lhasa on their own but a guide is a must needed if you enter a monastery, palace or any tour sites.

Why The Once a Life Time Tibet tour can be a Rewarding?

  1. Because of your visit to Tibet, Tibet and Tibetan people can get the attention and support from the outside world it deserves.
  2. Travel is one of the best form of education, let alone Tibet is such different from many other destination.
  3. By coming here, talking to our native Tibetans, seeing things from ground level and in the eyes of our Tibetan people can you truly learn about what’s going on, and can therefore inform others about the state that Tibet is in.
  4. The high level of spirituality for many Tibetan people will probably empower yourself from your sole and heart. Tibetans are deeply devoted to their faith and it can be extremely moving to experience their dedication.
  5. Learn to appreciate Tibetan culture and the religious daily life for people from all walks of life.
  6. To learn what has happened in history and what is happening now.
  7. Enjoy the pristine beauty of the natural landscapes and it makes it worth your while. Geography in Tibet is on a humbling scale —dramatic snow-peaked mountains loom over vast plains, zigzagging highways weave their way through high passes draped with colorful prayer flags, while glittering turquoise lakes stand in the shadow of centuries-old glaciers. Home to several of the world’s highest peaks, Tibet is an extremely mountainous region packed to the brim with natural sights that are impressive in terms of magnitude.

For those who are planning to travel Tibet, I hope this list has prepared you for your trip to the wonder of the world. Regardless, expect to be surprised, because nothing will really prepare you for the magic of Tibet.

Interested in traveling to Tibet? Tibet local guide travel service run many kinds of Tibet tours! Once the NCoV19 (COVID19) Coronavirus pandemic situation is over and things get back to normal, we will be more than happy to welcome you to our land and enjoy any trips soon.

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Yes, as of Jan.25,2020, it is already closed and there are no any single travel permits to Tibet can be processed, for those permits which were already issued out for traveling in late January and February, all these permits will be suspended and foreign travelers must cancel the trip plan for late Jan. whole month of February and March, and it is quite possible that Tibet travel permits closure will be until end of April or till end of May. Because of the Novel Coronavirus outbreak in some parts of China such as Wuhan, for the public’s safety and health concern,  Tibet tourists scenic attractions were closed already for public.

Updated on March.23,2020, Due to the worldwide COVID19 quick spread, international flights to Beijing from countries such as Italy,Germany, France, UK, Spain, Middle East, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, etc can not land in Beijing but have to be diverted to other airports. These airports include Tianjin, Shijiazhuang, Hohhot, Jinan, Qingdao, Nanjing, Shenyang, Dalian, Zhengzhou, Xi’an etc.

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 335,900 people and killed more than 14,600. The COVID-19 illness causes mild or moderate symptoms in most people, but severe symptoms are more likely in the elderly or those with existing health problems.

Travelers from countries heavy hit by COVID19 may not land in China per scheduled itinerary. This is actually a travel ban and it will surely infect foreigners travel to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Xi’an, etc. And this is to say that foreign travelers can not enter Tibet according to any pre-managed travel itinerary. So far no Tibet permits can be applied and all foreign travelers planning to travel to Tibet need to postpone the trip to after June 2020 at least.

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Updated on March.23,2020: There is a surge in imported confirmed coronavirus cases as students, others fly back to China. Due to the worldwide COVID19 quick spread, international flights to Beijing from countries such as Italy,Germany, France, UK, Spain, Middle East, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, etc can not land in Beijing finally but have to be diverted to other nearby airports. These airports include Tianjin, Shijiazhuang, Hohhot, Jinan, Qingdao, Nanjing, Shenyang, Dalian, Zhengzhou, Xi’an etc.

The latest on the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 335,900 people and killed more than 14,600 worldwide. The COVID-19 illness causes mild or moderate symptoms in most people, but severe symptoms are more likely in the elderly or those with existing health problems.

Due to More Imported Cases, Tibet/China Protect local People and Foreign Travelers via Flights Restrictions

Travelers from countries heavy hit by COVID19 may not land in Tibet, China per scheduled itinerary. And most probably passengers may have to be quarantined for around 2 weeks in designated area. To those foreign travelers wanting to visit Tibet, this is actually a Tibet travel ban and the restrictions will surely infect foreigners arrival entry to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Xi’an, etc. So it is to say that foreign travelers can not enter Tibet according to any pre-managed travel itinerary. So far no Tibet permits can be applied and all foreign travelers planning to travel to Tibet need to postpone the trip at least after June 2020. If there is instant news from tourism authority in Lhasa, we will update it. Foreign travelers can also write to us for reliable Tibet travel suggestion for any traveling after June 2020 (info@tibetlocalguide.com).

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If I am from New Zealand, can I travel to Tibet in 2020? New Zealand is the paradise for worldwide travelers since many years ago. Tony, as one of the general managers from Tibet local guide travel service team, went to New Zealand for more 5 times and had some special feeling on KIWI people and the beautiful country. Tibet, the hometown of Mt. Everest attracts hundreds of KIWI travelers every year, and the mostly well known one is Edmond Hillary who conquered Mt. Everest peak in 1956.

With the outbreak of COVID19 worldwide, New Zealand was also hit by this deadly virus and this is really horrible to New Zealanders. We, the whole team from Tibet local guide travel service, as one people, sincerely wish New Zealand will not be infected too much and tourism can keep well. It is good to know that New Zealand announces lockdown as Canada withdraws from Olympics in 2020. Fingers crossed and wish God will protect the land on the South Pacific Ocean!

Once the worldwide health situation goes better and the COVID19 crisis is over, and Tibet gets back to normal, Kiwi travelers are more than welcome to travel to Tibet. Based on the southwest of Pacific, with around 3-4 hours to Sydney, Melbourne, Australia, New Zealand has direct flights to Shanghai, Beijing and Chengdu, as well as Guangzhou. And it is even more convenient to fly from Auckland, New Zealand to Chengdu directly by Sichuan airline on every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, since there are more and cheaper flights to Lhasa Tibet from Chengdu. If you are from New Zealand and want to travel to Tibet, you are welcome to contact us by sales@tibetctrip.com or info@tibetlocalguide.com or Gail from Auckland for references: http://www.gailnicholls.co.nz

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Many Norwegians desire to travel Tibet in the past. However it has been  8 long years without seeing travelers from Norway in Tibet since any Norwegian travelers set foot on Tibet in 2008. Tibet travel permits restrictions apply to this Nordic country, but it was open in the last two years. Well with the current COVID around the globe, which draws tens of thousands of travelers to travel to pandemic epicenters and more and more tourism restrictions policies happen around the whole world.

Recently flights scheduled to land in Beijing, Shanghai may not be able to land there but have to be diverted to land at other nearby airport, so travelers from Norway or other countries in Europe should plan a tour of Tibet for a later time in 2020 or 2021 when the situation gets back to normal.

For the Norwegian travelers to Tibet, once Tibet is open, they should follow the process below to get their Tibet travel permits approved.

SIMPLE Tibet Tour Booking Process for Norwegian travelers 

  • Step 1 – Contact one local Tibet travel agency to offer you a private tour or Tibet group tour;
  • Step 2 – Pay required deposit to secure the Tibet tour booking;
  • Step 3 – Provide Norwegian Passport data page & Chinese visa page in due time
  • Step 4 — Pack your bag for the tour, pay the balance upon arrival and enjoy the trip
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By end of 2019, there were many travelers to Tibet from Malaysia. With daily flights from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Chengdu, the gateway city to Tibet, the travel to tibet from Malaysia and Singapore actually is very convenient. But with the outbreak of COVID19, more and more Malaysian travelers would better postpone the trip to Tibet and many other parts of China. This is a good suggestion to protect Malaysian ravelers and also Tibetan local people.

In the same way that Malaysia tightens overseas travel to Malaysia, China will also tighten the inbound travel from abroad, because recently there is a big surge of imported COVID19 cases to China. It looks very clear that any overseas travelers to Tibet will face more restrictions both from mainland China entry regulations and the Tibet travel permits requirements.

With the uncertainty surrounding the outbreak of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic,Tibet Local Guide travel service booking center’s whole team want to reassure our travelers across the globe with a trusted source of unbiased Tibet travel permits information. Throughout these challenging times, foreign travelers need to keep a peaceful mind and wait for next comfortable and safe jourey to Tibet when your time comes.

Here below is the Tibet travel permits timeline from January 1.2018 to March.24,2020:

[January 1,2018 Tibet Permits Update]   Tibet Travel Permit application went well and all foreign travelers can get permits for traveling before Feb.10,2018, while the Tibet permits for trip between Feb.10 and March.31,2018 can not be approved.

[March 14,2018 Tibet Permits Update]  Tibet Travel Permit application can be processed for foreign travelers for entry as early as March30, but all travel permits can only come out around March.25, 2018, and urgent permits delivery may be a must for early entry date around March 30, 2018.

[April 5,2018 Tibet Permits Update]  Tibet travel permits policy got back to normal and all foreign travelers can enter Tibet if they hold needed and the right documents. Journalists, military soldiers, government service people who hold none personal passports can not get Tibet permits, these people must contact government related offices to get the unique documents.

[August.15,2018 Tibet Permits Update]  Tibet inbound tourism has been going well so far and Tibet Travel Permit process took normally around 10-20 working days. It depends on whether your trip covers Kailash-Lake Manasarovar or not, travelers need to book Kailash tours at least 40 days in advance to avoid urgent permits application. Here the government tries to improve the permits issuing efficiency and Tibet tourism bureau will develop the new online application system and so in the near future it would be in use.

[October.15,2018 Tibet Permits Update]  Tibet weather gets dry and cooler now, the government hold series of conferences to promote Tibet winter tours. There is no closure of Tibet Travel Permit and permits application process is quite smooth now. The tour prices are normally with seasonal discounts. Tibet travelers can plan shorter distance and cultural focused trips.

[Feb.1,2019 Tibet Permits Update]  Tibet permits can not be applied as usual and we suggest foreign travelers avoid the travel season between February 1 and March 31, 2019. But good news that we can accept booking for entry date as early as April 1, 2019.

[March 26,2019 Tibet Permits Reopen Update]  Tibet permits process recovered and foreign travelers can enter Tibet from April1, we have begun permits application for early April trips.

[May 26,2019 Tibet Permits Policy Update]  Tibet Entry Travel Permit regulation is getting easier now and the permit processing period was also shorten more than one week since April 10 this year, now average Tibet Entry Travel Permit Processing time is around 10 working days for regular tours without Kailash, if travelers trip covers Kailash and Lake Manasarovar, it still takes 3 weeks time normally. On the other hand, the good news that all travel agencies here in Lhasa Tibet can submit the permits application via the online system and it saves some labor work.

[August 20,2019 Tibet Permits Application Situation Update]  
Tibet Entry Permit application process is fairly slow these days, but there is no news from our inner Chanel of Tibet closure in September 2019, as there are rumors spreading that Tibet will be closed in September due to the upcoming ceremony. Normally September is the peak season for foreign travelers because there are less Chinese mainland travelers, while the weather is great. Wish Tibet will remain open till end of this year.

[January 1,202o Tibet Permits Reopen Update]  Tibet Permit application was quite ok but the winner application efficiency is fairly slow. There were less people working in the TTB (Tibet tourism bureau) office in winter months as usual. The online submission was easy for travel agencies since April 2019, but all travel permits workers have to wait patiently to wait for many meetings a week. These regulations restrictions on Tibet permits really added much extra work and increased the cost of waiting. As local agency in Lhasa, we know how early to apply permits to avoid urgent cases. Anyway foreign travelers can still enter Tibet in February.

[January 22,202o Tibet Permits Latest Issue]  This is a really Big but BAD news: The Novel Coronavirus NCoV19 broke out in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, and all travel permits application has to be suspended. Travel agencies have to hand back the permits which were already issued out. Tibet main tourism attractions such as Jokhang Temple, Potala Palace, and dozens of others are to be closed. From now on, travel agencies can not get any permits for foreign travelers.

[January 29,202o Tibet Permits Latest Issue]  A few weeks after the NCoV19 outbreak in Wuhan, Hubei province, Tibet remained the only region in China without confirmed case, but this was until Jan 29th, 2020 the first case of the Novel Coronavirus infection was reported. Tibet tourists attractions doors were shut for public and it is sure and wise that foreign travelers should avoid traveling in the following weeks. Mr. Zhang, the 34-year-old man from Suizhou city, Hubei Province, took the train from Wuchang and arrived in Lhasa on Jan 24, 2020. The next day, he himself came to a designated hospital in Lhasa for the treatment and was soon hospitalized and quarantined. Later, he was tested positive for the Novel Coronavirus (later named COVID19 by WHO). Currently, his health remains stable and is still in the isolation unit for further treatment. And importantly, no more new cases have been reported in Tibet since then.

[March23,202o Tibet Permits Latest Update] With the quick spreading of COVID19 in Italy, Spain, Iran, South Korea, USA and many other countries worldwide, China sees a surge daily for imported COVID19 cases, all Beijing inbound flights will be diverted to land in nearby airports such as Tianjin, Dalian, Xi’an, Shijiazhuang, and anymore. Other major gateway entry airports will take precautionary measures as Beijing. Many governments around the world announced travel warning to their fellow citizens. As a responsible agency with a group of Tibetan tour operators in Tibet, we battle together and do all necessary preparation work in our power to expect for the Tibet tourism recovery. But, we do suggest foreign travelers not come to Tibet/China in the near future even after it is reopen. Please keep an eye on the worldwide safety situation before you book any trips anywhere.

Read some reference about Malaysia government’s tourism restriction timeline:

[3.16 Update] Malaysia announced that it will lock its country for two weeks. Foreigners are not allowed to enter Malaysia, and Malaysia’s own nationals are also prohibited from leaving the country.

[3.7 update] Malaysia prohibits entry of foreigners who have been to the following places in the past 14 days:
Hubei Province, Jiangsu Province, Zhejiang Province, China, Cheongdo-gun, Daegu, South Korea, Hokkaido, Japan, Lombardy, Veneto, and Emilia-Romagna, Tehran, Qom and Gilan, Iran

[2.11 update] Malaysia prohibits entry of Chinese citizens with passports issued in Hubei, Jiangsu or Zhejiang or foreigners who have visited Hubei, Jiangsu or Zhejiang in the past 14 days. If the place of issuance is elsewhere and the place of birth is these three places, the itinerary needs to be carefully checked. If you have been to Hubei in the past 14 days, any foreign citizen in Jiangsu or Zhejiang will be barred from entering. Sabah has banned entry of foreigners who have been to mainland China in the past 14 days. Sarawak has banned entry of all Chinese citizens and foreigners who have been to mainland China in the past 14 days while the Singapore-Malaysia Johor port is closed to Chinese citizens.

The Malaysian government announced on January 27 that Chinese residents of Hubei were banned from entering the country (the passport was issued in Hubei). Malaysian residents have also launched a petition in hopes of banning Chinese citizens from entering the country altogether, but this has not yet been implemented.

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Our foreign travelers begin to ask whether novel coronavirus outbreak will infect inbound tourism in Tibet, because their Tibet travel plan is fixed and in the upcoming spring season. Well, till now it is very safe to travel in Tibet and there is no novel coronavirus case report from Lhasa Tibet. However it becomes popular that many Chinese people begin to ware mask in public areas and people delay their travel plan and choose to stay at home in some cities, especially in Wuhan. 

Mayor of Wuhan (Central China’s Mega city): Stay away

By ZHOU LIHUA in Wuhan and ZOU SHUO in Beijing | China Daily | Updated: 2020-01-22 07:28
Please check this news via China Daily (local official news recourse: https://www.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202001/22/WS5e27890ca3101282172729d5.html)
China Tibet NCoV cases may infect Inbound Tourism
Workers disinfect a market in Wuhan, Hubei province, on Sunday. MIAO JIAN/CHANGJIANG DAILY

Reducing travel in and out of city may curb disease spread, he says

The mayor of Wuhan, Hubei province, called on people not travel to and from the city in order to combat the ongoing pneumonia outbreak.

Mayor Zhou Xianwang said during an interview with CCTV on Tuesday that reducing the flow of people will also decrease the possibility of the virus spreading and lighten the pressure on disease prevention and control efforts.

Wuhan set up a prevention and control center to combat the outbreak on Monday, the city’s health authorities said.

Led by Zhou, the center heads eight task forces made up of authorities involved in emergency management, publicity, transport, market regulation, medical treatment and epidemic control and prevention, according to the Health Commission of Wuhan.

The city will strengthen measures to scan passengers for higher body temperatures at airports, train and bus stations and ports, and reduce or cancel all unnecessary large gatherings.

Patients with serious symptoms should be treated by a team of medical workers with a specific plan, and hospitals should strengthen the protection of their staff to prevent infection within hospitals.

The city will promptly and objectively release information about disease prevention and control.

TLG quoted this news from third party news Chanel and this doesn’t represent our points of view, we can not judge and evaluate the case’s situation, travelers should check from their ordinary news recourses to get further details.

Here below you can learn more about  “Wuhan Coronavirus, the Chinese pneumonia outbreak”

The 2019–20 novel coronavirus outbreak, also known as the Wuhan coronavirus, the Chinese pneumonia outbreak or the Wuhan pneumonia (simplified Chinese: 武汉肺炎; traditional Chinese: 武漢肺炎; pinyin: Wǔhàn fèiyán), is a viral outbreak that was initially identified during mid-December 2019 in the city of Wuhan in central China, as an emerging cluster of people with pneumonia with no clear cause, which was linked primarily to stallholders who worked at the Huanan Seafood Market (华南海鲜市场), which also sold live animals. Chinese scientists subsequently isolated a new strain of the coronavirus, designated as 2019-nCoV, which has been found to be at least 70% similar in genome sequence to SARS-CoV. It is not clear however, whether the 2019-nCoV is of the same severity or lethality as SARS.

On 20 January 2020, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang urged decisive and effective efforts to prevent and control the pneumonia epidemic caused by a novel coronavirus. As of 22 January 2020, 17 deaths have occurred, all in China, and there is evidence of human-to-human transmission. Extensive testing has revealed more than 500 confirmed cases, some of whom are healthcare workers. Confirmed cases have also been reported in Thailand, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Macau, Hong Kong and the United States. Read further on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2019–20_outbreak_of_novel_coronavirus_(2019-nCoV)

Here is the governmental official news website (XinHuaNet) for more reference: http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-01/14/c_138703493.htm 

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If it is serious, it is not recommended to go, and they do not dare to catch a cold at high altitudes. It is easy to aggravate the condition of a cold. The pathogenesis of bronchitis is the result of repeated infection of the respiratory tract and physical and chemical factors when the body’s resistance and respiratory tract defense function decline, causing bronchial epithelial cell degeneration. At high altitudes, the air is thin, and the symptoms of altitude sickness may occur in most people. If the doctor says that your bronchitis is not too serious and you can go to the plateau area, it is also recommended to bring the medicine for bronchitis before going, take Hongjingtian oral solution more than one week in advance, and bring some fast-acting anti-altitude reaction health products or drugs.

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Tibet Permits Policy/situation Update on Jan.25, 2020:

For the public health and safety, Tibet travel permits application has been banned. All foreign travelers can not travel to Tibet and it is quite possible Tibet closure in 2020 will last one year. Check more about the Tibet permits questions and answers listed and updated below. Should you have any questions, please feel free to email us.

Tibet Permits Policy/situation Update at the end of December, 2019

As of Nov. 15, 2019, all Tibet travel permits application has been in good situation. There is no news of 2020 Tibet travel permits ban. But as usual, we do not suggest foreign travelers to travel to Tibet between Jan.20 and March 31 in 2020. As the Tibetan new year and Chinese New Year is in the same period of time, foreign travelers are not suggested to visit Tibet due to cold weather and busy and crowded festival. Our agency has begun all paper work preparation for Tibet permit application especially for those tour groups coming December and early January in 2020. For those wanting Kailash pilgrimage in early April, we suggest an early booking to avoid permit urgent case.

Information needed for 2020 Tibet travel permit application:

  • Tibet Arrival date and departure date;
  • Entry point city (please confirm flight booking at least 15 days in advance, train booking at least 30-60 days in advance) and exit point city;
  • Foreign traveler’s passport photo copy (Please send passports copies 10-30 days in advance, China visa photo copy if you enter Tibet from mainland China);
  • Travel itinerary (you can have permit itinerary with your ideal places you wish to see, but your actual travel itinerary can be the same or just part of the full permit itinerary);
  • Apply the 4-8 days easy cultural tour at least 10-14 working days before arrival, and at least 15 working days before arrival for EBC tour, and 30-45 days before arrival for Kailash tour, Chengdu-Tibet overland or Shangri-La Tibet overland tour.

How to Book Tibet Tour efficiently? – Maximize the value of your time and money when booking Tibet tour.

  1. Decide where you will have to go in Tibet;
  2. Book Tibet travel permit with your maximum duration covering all places you want to visit in Tibet (per your actual arrival and departure date);We have successfully obtained Tibet travel permit for thousands of travelers, who also enjoyed our great tour services. To apply for a Tibet permit, you need to email the scanned copy of your Chinese visa and passport at least 15-40 days before entry to Tibet, then we will take care of the whole complicated application procedures for you on time. Because in the winter season, Tibet local officials have low working efficiency and permits process is slower than normal.
  3. Book hotel in Lhasa. As a Lhasa-based travel agency, our accommodation sales price is lower than TripAdvisor or any other online agent such as booking.com or trip.com;
  4. If your trip covers Everest Base campKailash or other area needing military permits, foreign affairs permit, you will need to confirm your Tibet tour at least 45 days before your actual arrival date, so our agency can submit your Tibet permits application at least 30 days before your arrival date to ensure all permits will be obtained on time.

Read further about Tibet permits FAQs and some other General FAQs about Tibet tourism.

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Normally we do not suggest you drink any alcohol in the first or second day tour in Tibet because you need time to adjust to the high altitude. But if your body feels good and you really want to taste it in the following days, you can have a little bit. The Tibet highland barley wine is a light wine, with a low spirit of 8%. As you know, to have a Tibet highland tour, it is not always easy and only when your health situation is quite good, you may try some light alcoholic staff.

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How long can my Tibet travel permits be valid? and can I have the permits valid as long as I wish? The answer is  “YES”. As a well-experienced and responsible Tibet travel agency, we can guarantee that during the time of your schedule with us your TTB Permit will be valid. If you want to change your schedule, please let us know in advance. We need time and extra efforts to rearrange your tour. If you arrive Tibet earlier than your scheduled date, this will be an urgent situation and we will charge extra service fee to reapply for your TTB permit. If you arrive later than your scheduled date, we can extend your trip for a few more days (normally 2-5 days) to help you finish the scheduled trip.

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Normally our Tibet travel agency can obtain the Tibet TTB travel permit 10-30 days before the starting date of the trip. If you book the trip earlier, we can get the permit earlier. However one month in advance is the earliest we can. If you are going to fly into Tibet from any airport in China, you will need the original permit to board the flights. We will send the original permit to you by EMS or Air-Express which takes 1-3 days within China and we need your exact post address such as your hotel or residence address in China (including contact person, contact phone number and the correct name under which the hotel booking is made). If you take the train to Lhasa from Chongqing, Xi’an, Lanzhou, you also need the original permit to get the ticket and we will send it to you by EMS or Air-Express as well. We suggest you take the train ticket in advance to avoid any urgency or unexpected situation. If you take the train from any other city’s station to Lhasa, you only need to have the photocopy of the permit and we will email you the electronic copy to you in advance. The police in Golmud station will check the permit so you should keep it safe. However, our local tour guide will collect your TTB permit after your arrival and guide will need to hold it for your whole trip in Tibet and return all Tibet travel permits to our agency after the trip.

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Normally it will be easy for you apply for a China tourist visa, “L” Visa. Most Chinese embassies and consulates will issue a standard 30-day, single entry tourist visa in three to five days. If you are lucky, some embassies may give you a 60 or 90 day visa. If you want more flexibility to enter and leave China for several times, most Chinese embassies will issue a double-entry or multiple entry visa. For those who work, study, or live temporarily in China, you need other related China visa such as “F” Visa, “X” Visa, “Z” and “M” Visa. We strongly suggest that you would better not mention any words of Tibet on your China visa application form due to its sensitive political condition. If you have any trouble applying for a China visa, we can help you apply and send you an electronic copy of Tibet visa invitation letter to help you solve the problem. And we normally apply this visa invitation letter 1-3 months in advance. However, we do not receive clients who is a congressman, journalist or military.

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When you travel under a foreign passport, you will have to travel legally  according to the Tibet local authority. During your traveling in Tibet, the three main primary documents are passports, China visa (or Tibet group visa) and Tibet entry permits. Different tour destination will need further document such as military permits, foreign affairs border passing permit, alien’s travel permits. Here is the document list for Tibet traveling. Please double check before coming to our land.

  1. Valid Passports (at least valid for 6 months after your departure date of Tibet)
  2. Valid China visa (for entering from China);
  3. Tibet group visa (for entering Tibet from Nepal, you do not need to apply China via in your country, even so it will be cancelled);
  4. Tibet entry travel permits for all Tibet tours;
  5. Alien’s travel permits for trip covering Everest. Tsetang (Samye monastery), Kailash and north-loop Grand Tibet, eastern Tibet such as Draksumtso lake;
  6. Foreign affairs permit (policy keeps changing on this section)
  7. Border defense passing allowance permit (trip between Nepal and Tibet)
  8. Military permits.

And here is another list of the documents which you will have to provide by email to us when you book a tour, we need these docs to apply some of the above necessary permits.

  1. Photocopies of valid passports data page for all travelers (upon booking)
  2. Photocopies of valid China visa (you can send it after you get it)
  3. Working certificate or student Id card copies if you do not hold “L” China visa but Z or F type of China visa.
  4. Marriage certificate or relatives’ statement with signature if you hold Q category China visa.

While booking your Tibet tour, we would like you to send us the copy of your Passport and China Visa for every member of the group. The copy of passport should be the same one you will be using to get your Chinese visa. If you renew your passports, but the China via is on the expired passport, please provide both passports photo copies.

If your visa is not the “L” category, i.e., tour category china visa, you will need to provide us the additional supporting document such as student certificates, resident and Work Permit and so on.

Please provide passport copies at least 2-4 weeks before arrival date. For Tibet tour without Kailash, eastern Tibet, North-loop Grand Tibet, we can accept urgent tour booking 2 weeks before your arrival date, but if your trip covers the places mentioned here, you’d better send us your passport photo copies 4 weeks to 5 weeks in advance at least, most of our Kailash travelers provide us passport copies half year in advance. And they can provide China visa copies 1 month in advance.

If you travel to Tibet from Nepal, we will only need your valid passport copies. Yet, we will have to apply for the Chinese Group Visa from the Chinese Embassy in Nepal.

Read further: Can I apply for Tibet Travel permit or Tibet group visa by ourselves?Definitely No, you cannot apply for Tibet travel permit or Tibet group visa directly. Tibet Travel Permit is only issued by Tibet Tourism Administration in Lhasa, together with other Chinese authorities such as military office, and foreign affairs office, national security office, public security bureau, etc. Therefore, an only local registered travel agency based in Lhasa can help you apply for it. Hence it is impossible for you to apply permits by yourself, and you will have to book your Tibet tour directly or indirectly with a local travel agency in Lhasa.

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This is a common question about Tibet travel permits and Tibet visa. Well, you need a Tibet Group Visa. However, you cannot apply this by yourself. We will send an electronic copy of visa invitation letter to our local travel agency in Kathmandu and they will apply this for you. There is no need to apply for an individual China Visa in your country if you decide to travel to Tibet from Nepal because the Chinese Embassy will cancel your China Visa when you receive your Tibet Group Visa.

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Tibet, as known as “the roof top of the world’ has an average elevation around 4,500 meters above sea level. It is quite common that most travelers will have kind of mountain sickness after arrival in Tibet and during the trip in Tibet. Here let Tibet local guide tourism booking gateway provide the general information about Tibet travel destination and the main tourists attractions elevation in meters and feet.

Map of Tibet in China,World

Tibet Destinations Altitude

The lowest region in Tibet is Nyingchi, while the highest area is Ngari in west Tibet, with an average elevation of 4,500 meters. We suggest travelers over 60 do not go to Ngari, as the altitude is high and facilities are very primitive.

Travelers to Tibet should spend at least 3 days at a place with relatively low altitude, such as Lhasa, for acclimatization before traveling to a higher altitude. See below for altitudes of major Tibet cities/towns and attractions.
City/TownElevation in MetersElevation in Feet
Lhasa City3,650 m11,975 ft
Tsetang City3,580 m11,745 ft
Gyantse County4,000 m13,123 ft
Shigatse City3,900 m12,795 ft
Tingri (Shegar) County4,300 m14,107 ft
Nagqu City4,500 m14,764 ft
Damshung County4,200 m13,780 ft
Purang County3,700 m12,139 ft
Nyingchi City3,100 m10,170 ft
Pomi County2,750 m9,022 ft
Chamdo3,200 m10,499 ft
Potala Palace3,700 m12,139 ft
Namtso Lake4,700 m15,420 ft
Mt Everest Base Camp5,200 m17,060 ft
Lake Manasarovar4,588 m15,052 ft
Mt. Kailash (Darchen)4,575 m15,010 ft

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As many foreign travelers know that without valid and efficient Tibet travel permits, Tibet is difficult to get in, but it is even more difficult to get around. Travelers should join a group tour or take a private tour (on a tour only!) according to the local regulations on foreign travelers. However the natural beauty of the country, the spiritual atmosphere in the magic nation and the exotic Tibetan culture make it all worth it. Tibet is one of the most beautiful places in the world and it has many things to offer.

If you are heading to Tibet soon, here are some things you should know before your trip to Tibet.

  • Tibetan People (monks, nuns and people from all other walks of life)
  • Tibetan monasteries, palaces and nunneries
  • Tibetan mountains, rivers, lakes, valleys and gorges
  • Spiritual centers, meditation caves and many more
  • Tibetan arts and architecture
  • The Tibetan society (now and then, and the future)
  • Precautions you need to take before going, not only just Tibet permits, mountain sickness, local customs…

A trip to Tibet can be rewarding and adventurous experience, and it gives you a peek into one of the most oppressed nations in the world. But traveling to Tibet isn’t easy with the strict travel restrictions and visa rules. To prepare properly for this trip of a lifetime, here are some facts you need to know about travel to Tibet.

  1. Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) is officially a part of China even though some people may not agree with that.
  2. If you have any pro-Tibetan sympathies, be careful with whom you discuss them.
  3. Discussing political issues with your Tibetan guide might get him or her into a potentially dangerous situation.
  4. There are lots of travel restrictions or tourism bans to Tibet, and it’s NOT easy to enter and the travel here.
  5. Independent travel is not allowed – except in Lhasa – and foreign travelers need to prearrange a tour in order to obtain a Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB) permit.
  6. Without a TTB permit, you won’t be able to board a flight or train to Tibet.
  7. Besides citizens of Singapore, Brunei and Japan, all visitors require a valid Chinese visa to be able to enter China.
  8. Don’t mention Tibet and don’t list your occupation as ‘journalist’ or military person, etc, and public passport does not work.
  9. You will have to decide on your Tibet itinerary upon booking the trip.
  10. Travelers are also free to explore Lhasa on their own but a guide is a must needed if you enter a monastery, palace or any tour sites.

Why The Once a Life Time Tibet tour can be a Rewarding?

  1. Because of your visit to Tibet, Tibet and Tibetan people can get the attention and support from the outside world it deserves.
  2. Travel is one of the best form of education, let alone Tibet is such different from many other destination.
  3. By coming here, talking to our native Tibetans, seeing things from ground level and in the eyes of our Tibetan people can you truly learn about what’s going on, and can therefore inform others about the state that Tibet is in.
  4. The high level of spirituality for many Tibetan people will probably empower yourself from your sole and heart. Tibetans are deeply devoted to their faith and it can be extremely moving to experience their dedication.
  5. Learn to appreciate Tibetan culture and the religious daily life for people from all walks of life.
  6. To learn what has happened in history and what is happening now.
  7. Enjoy the pristine beauty of the natural landscapes and it makes it worth your while. Geography in Tibet is on a humbling scale —dramatic snow-peaked mountains loom over vast plains, zigzagging highways weave their way through high passes draped with colorful prayer flags, while glittering turquoise lakes stand in the shadow of centuries-old glaciers. Home to several of the world’s highest peaks, Tibet is an extremely mountainous region packed to the brim with natural sights that are impressive in terms of magnitude.

For those who are planning to travel Tibet, I hope this list has prepared you for your trip to the wonder of the world. Regardless, expect to be surprised, because nothing will really prepare you for the magic of Tibet.

Interested in traveling to Tibet? Tibet local guide travel service run many kinds of Tibet tours! Once the NCoV19 (COVID19) Coronavirus pandemic situation is over and things get back to normal, we will be more than happy to welcome you to our land and enjoy any trips soon.

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As many foreign travelers know that without valid and efficient Tibet travel permitsTibet is difficult to get in, but it is even more difficult to get around. Travelers should join a group tour or take a private tour (on a tour only!) according to the local regulations on foreign travelers. However the natural beauty of the country, the spiritual atmosphere in the magic nation and the exotic Tibetan culture make it all worth it. Tibet is one of the most beautiful places in the world and it has many things to offer.

If you are heading to Tibet soon, here are some things you should know before your trip to Tibet.

  • Tibetan People (monks, nuns and people from all other walks of life)
  • Tibetan monasteries, palaces and nunneries
  • Tibetan mountains, rivers, lakes, valleys and gorges
  • Spiritual centers, meditation caves and many more
  • Tibetan arts and architecture
  • The Tibetan society (now and then, and the future)
  • Precautions you need to take before going, not only just Tibet permits, mountain sickness, local customs…

A trip to Tibet can be rewarding and adventurous experience, and it gives you a peek into one of the most oppressed nations in the world. But traveling to Tibet isn’t easy with the strict travel restrictions and visa rules. To prepare properly for this trip of a lifetime, here are some facts you need to know about travel to Tibet.

  1. Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) is officially a part of China even though some people may not agree with that.
  2. If you have any pro-Tibetan sympathies, be careful with whom you discuss them.
  3. Discussing political issues with your Tibetan guide might get him or her into a potentially dangerous situation.
  4. There are lots of travel restrictions or tourism bans to Tibet, and it’s NOT easy to enter and the travel here.
  5. Independent travel is not allowed – except in Lhasa – and foreign travelers need to prearrange a tour in order to obtain a Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB) permit.
  6. Without a TTB permit, you won’t be able to board a flight or train to Tibet.
  7. Besides citizens of Singapore, Brunei and Japan, all visitors require a valid Chinese visa to be able to enter China.
  8. Don’t mention Tibet and don’t list your occupation as ‘journalist’ or military person, etc, and public passport does not work.
  9. You will have to decide on your Tibet itinerary upon booking the trip.
  10. Travelers are also free to explore Lhasa on their own but a guide is a must needed if you enter a monastery, palace or any tour sites.

Why The Once a Life Time Tibet tour can be a Rewarding?

  1. Because of your visit to Tibet, Tibet and Tibetan people can get the attention and support from the outside world it deserves.
  2. Travel is one of the best form of education, let alone Tibet is such different from many other destination.
  3. By coming here, talking to our native Tibetans, seeing things from ground level and in the eyes of our Tibetan people can you truly learn about what’s going on, and can therefore inform others about the state that Tibet is in.
  4. The high level of spirituality for many Tibetan people will probably empower yourself from your sole and heart. Tibetans are deeply devoted to their faith and it can be extremely moving to experience their dedication.
  5. Learn to appreciate Tibetan culture and the religious daily life for people from all walks of life.
  6. To learn what has happened in history and what is happening now.
  7. Enjoy the pristine beauty of the natural landscapes and it makes it worth your while. Geography in Tibet is on a humbling scale —dramatic snow-peaked mountains loom over vast plains, zigzagging highways weave their way through high passes draped with colorful prayer flags, while glittering turquoise lakes stand in the shadow of centuries-old glaciers. Home to several of the world’s highest peaks, Tibet is an extremely mountainous region packed to the brim with natural sights that are impressive in terms of magnitude.

For those who are planning to travel Tibet, I hope this list has prepared you for your trip to the wonder of the world. Regardless, expect to be surprised, because nothing will really prepare you for the magic of Tibet.

Interested in traveling to Tibet? Tibet local guide travel service run many kinds of Tibet tours! Once the NCoV19 (COVID19) Coronavirus pandemic situation is over and things get back to normal, we will be more than happy to welcome you to our land and enjoy any trips soon.

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Our foreign travelers begin to ask whether novel coronavirus outbreak will infect inbound tourism in Tibet, because their Tibet travel plan is fixed and in the upcoming spring season. Well, till now it is very safe to travel in Tibet and there is no novel coronavirus case report from Lhasa Tibet. However it becomes popular that many Chinese people begin to ware mask in public areas and people delay their travel plan and choose to stay at home in some cities, especially in Wuhan. 

Mayor of Wuhan (Central China’s Mega city): Stay away

By ZHOU LIHUA in Wuhan and ZOU SHUO in Beijing | China Daily | Updated: 2020-01-22 07:28
Please check this news via China Daily (local official news recourse: https://www.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202001/22/WS5e27890ca3101282172729d5.html)
China Tibet NCoV cases may infect Inbound Tourism
Workers disinfect a market in Wuhan, Hubei province, on Sunday. MIAO JIAN/CHANGJIANG DAILY

Reducing travel in and out of city may curb disease spread, he says

The mayor of Wuhan, Hubei province, called on people not travel to and from the city in order to combat the ongoing pneumonia outbreak.

Mayor Zhou Xianwang said during an interview with CCTV on Tuesday that reducing the flow of people will also decrease the possibility of the virus spreading and lighten the pressure on disease prevention and control efforts.

Wuhan set up a prevention and control center to combat the outbreak on Monday, the city’s health authorities said.

Led by Zhou, the center heads eight task forces made up of authorities involved in emergency management, publicity, transport, market regulation, medical treatment and epidemic control and prevention, according to the Health Commission of Wuhan.

The city will strengthen measures to scan passengers for higher body temperatures at airports, train and bus stations and ports, and reduce or cancel all unnecessary large gatherings.

Patients with serious symptoms should be treated by a team of medical workers with a specific plan, and hospitals should strengthen the protection of their staff to prevent infection within hospitals.

The city will promptly and objectively release information about disease prevention and control.

TLG quoted this news from third party news Chanel and this doesn’t represent our points of view, we can not judge and evaluate the case’s situation, travelers should check from their ordinary news recourses to get further details.

Here below you can learn more about  “Wuhan Coronavirus, the Chinese pneumonia outbreak”

The 2019–20 novel coronavirus outbreak, also known as the Wuhan coronavirus, the Chinese pneumonia outbreak or the Wuhan pneumonia (simplified Chinese: 武汉肺炎; traditional Chinese: 武漢肺炎; pinyin: Wǔhàn fèiyán), is a viral outbreak that was initially identified during mid-December 2019 in the city of Wuhan in central China, as an emerging cluster of people with pneumonia with no clear cause, which was linked primarily to stallholders who worked at the Huanan Seafood Market (华南海鲜市场), which also sold live animals. Chinese scientists subsequently isolated a new strain of the coronavirus, designated as 2019-nCoV, which has been found to be at least 70% similar in genome sequence to SARS-CoV. It is not clear however, whether the 2019-nCoV is of the same severity or lethality as SARS.

On 20 January 2020, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang urged decisive and effective efforts to prevent and control the pneumonia epidemic caused by a novel coronavirus. As of 22 January 2020, 17 deaths have occurred, all in China, and there is evidence of human-to-human transmission. Extensive testing has revealed more than 500 confirmed cases, some of whom are healthcare workers. Confirmed cases have also been reported in Thailand, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Macau, Hong Kong and the United States. Read further on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2019–20_outbreak_of_novel_coronavirus_(2019-nCoV)

Here is the governmental official news website (XinHuaNet) for more reference: http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-01/14/c_138703493.htm 

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To all foreign tourists who want to travel to Tibet, you must have a Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB) Permit. You are not allowed to apply this by yourself, so we will help you get this. You need to send us clear scanned or photo copies of your valid passport date page and China Visa. No matter whether you hold “Z”, “F” or “Q” type China visa, or APEC visa, we can help you apply permits smoothly.  We will need your specific schedule (including the entry and departure dates, means of transportation, cites you come from and leave for in China) to fill in the blanks on the permit, so we strongly suggest you arrange your travel schedule at least 15-30 days  before the starting date of your trip in advance. As a professional Tibet travel agency, we can apply for the Tibet permit one month before the starting date to guarantee the whole process successful.

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If it is serious, it is not recommended to go, and they do not dare to catch a cold at high altitudes. It is easy to aggravate the condition of a cold. The pathogenesis of bronchitis is the result of repeated infection of the respiratory tract and physical and chemical factors when the body’s resistance and respiratory tract defense function decline, causing bronchial epithelial cell degeneration. At high altitudes, the air is thin, and the symptoms of altitude sickness may occur in most people. If the doctor says that your bronchitis is not too serious and you can go to the plateau area, it is also recommended to bring the medicine for bronchitis before going, take Hongjingtian oral solution more than one week in advance, and bring some fast-acting anti-altitude reaction health products or drugs.

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When you fly from Lhasa to Kathmandu, Nepal, the airport custom will check passports, your China visa, Tibet permits (including entry permit and border defense permit), however guide will need to show these permits and help you clear the customs easily. After that, guide will take permits back. Hope this helps. Any reliable Tibet travel agencies here in Lhasa know very well.

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Tibet Alien’s travel permits are for foreign travelers to travel in the not fully open regions in Tibet. And these places refer to Tsetang (such as Samye Monastery, Mindrolin Monastery, etc), Mt. Everest Base Camp, Saga, Payang, Mt. Kailash, Lake Manasarovar, Guge Kingdom Ruins, and Lake Draksumtso in east Tibet (Nyingchi prefecture). We apply these permits in local “Public Security Bureau“, so that is why this permit has another name of “PSB permit”. If your travel includes Lake Draksumtso and if you leave Lhasa for this sightseeing and Nyingchi is your last stop, we will need to apply this permit in Lhasa.

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Updated on April 24, 2017: Do I have to find Malaysian travelling companions to travel Tibet? In my group, do we have to have the same nationality? Some travelers from Malaysia still ask this question. However since 2 years ago, the Tibet travel permits restriction on the same nationality is already cancelled. Now different foreign nationality travelers can travel together in Tibet. This is a favorable policy so far in Tibet tourism. We wish more and more travelers can travel together, sharing the group tour cost.  

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Foreign Tibet travelers frequently asked that whether they can fly to Kathmandu without a tour guide accompany and permits at Lhasa airport. The answer to this question is that: You will have Immigration problem if without providing “Tibet Travel Permit”. As you know, all foreign travelers flying from Lhasa to Tibet after Tibet travel, they need to provide passports, China visa, Tibet permits (including entry permit and border defense permit). The airport custom authority will check all these Tibet travel permits documents, however your Tibetan tour guide will help you show all these Tibet permits. 

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To buy Qinghai-Tibet train tickets, you need to email your valid passport photo copy to our Tibet travel agency and once the tickets are on sales (normally at least 30 to 60 days before train departure date), we will help you buy the train tickets. While to be able to get the paper tickets and board the train from mainland China to Tibet, you will need a valid physical passport, a Chinese visa and a Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB) permit (original or photo copies). The original copy of TTB permit is needed when you board the train to Tibet from Chongqing, Xian and Lanzhou, however except for three cities, the printed photocopies of permits are fine for you to claim the train tickets and board the train from Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Guangzhou, etc. Your Tibet TripAdvisor will reconfirm to you at least 5-10 days before your arrival date in Tibet.

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On one hand, you don’t have to keep your original TTB permit because you already have the photocopy in your mind. On the other hand, we need to return the permit to the Chinese government. So please understand our duties.

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How can I obtain Aliens’ Travel Permits (ATP) for my Tibet Travel? This is another common question about Tibet permits. Permits to visit places that are not declared open are known as Aliens’ Travel Permits (ATP). So if you want to travel to places besides Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse, you will need Aliens’ Travel Permits (ATP) issued by Local Public Security Bureau (PSB). A single permit (with a group’s all name list) is normally issued to all the people who are traveling together and the permit just name one of them and states how many others are accompanying him. After you arrive, we need your original passport and visa to apply for the permit in Lhasa or Shigatse and it normally takes only 30 minutes to get this. Our Tibetan tour guide will apply and keep the permit for you.

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You may want to ask whether you can take one agency’s Tibet travel permits to join different Tibet travel agency’s tour. Well the answer is absolutely no. On one hand, it is not legal per local provisions. On the other hand, even if you succeed by a fluke, it is not likely that you will have more pleasure with other agencies.

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How long can my Tibet travel permits be valid? and can I have the permits valid as long as I wish? The answer is  “YES”. As a well-experienced and responsible Tibet travel agency, we can guarantee that during the time of your schedule with us your TTB Permit will be valid. If you want to change your schedule, please let us know in advance. We need time and extra efforts to rearrange your tour. If you arrive Tibet earlier than your scheduled date, this will be an urgent situation and we will charge extra service fee to reapply for your TTB permit. If you arrive later than your scheduled date, we can extend your trip for a few more days (normally 2-5 days) to help you finish the scheduled trip.

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Normally our Tibet travel agency can obtain the Tibet TTB travel permit 10-30 days before the starting date of the trip. If you book the trip earlier, we can get the permit earlier. However one month in advance is the earliest we can. If you are going to fly into Tibet from any airport in China, you will need the original permit to board the flights. We will send the original permit to you by EMS or Air-Express which takes 1-3 days within China and we need your exact post address such as your hotel or residence address in China (including contact person, contact phone number and the correct name under which the hotel booking is made). If you take the train to Lhasa from Chongqing, Xi’an, Lanzhou, you also need the original permit to get the ticket and we will send it to you by EMS or Air-Express as well. We suggest you take the train ticket in advance to avoid any urgency or unexpected situation. If you take the train from any other city’s station to Lhasa, you only need to have the photocopy of the permit and we will email you the electronic copy to you in advance. The police in Golmud station will check the permit so you should keep it safe. However, our local tour guide will collect your TTB permit after your arrival and guide will need to hold it for your whole trip in Tibet and return all Tibet travel permits to our agency after the trip.

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Normally it will be easy for you apply for a China tourist visa, “L” Visa. Most Chinese embassies and consulates will issue a standard 30-day, single entry tourist visa in three to five days. If you are lucky, some embassies may give you a 60 or 90 day visa. If you want more flexibility to enter and leave China for several times, most Chinese embassies will issue a double-entry or multiple entry visa. For those who work, study, or live temporarily in China, you need other related China visa such as “F” Visa, “X” Visa, “Z” and “M” Visa. We strongly suggest that you would better not mention any words of Tibet on your China visa application form due to its sensitive political condition. If you have any trouble applying for a China visa, we can help you apply and send you an electronic copy of Tibet visa invitation letter to help you solve the problem. And we normally apply this visa invitation letter 1-3 months in advance. However, we do not receive clients who is a congressman, journalist or military.

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To be responsible, our tour guide will keep your Tibet travel permit safely during all your tours with us. We can give you the photocopy if you want but it is not necessary. If you want some free time in Lhasa, you can take the photocopy with you but we strongly suggest you join our many optional Tibet day tours packages because there are many local tour guides to share their knowledge and insights about Lhasa with you. Should you have any more questions on Tibet permits, please check our Tibet travel permits FAQs.

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Once we applied the Tibet entry travel permits, it normally takes 2-5 days to post Tibet permits from Lhasa to any cities in mainland China. We do not post permits abroad. But remember that permits are only ready around 1 week to 2 weeks before your arrival date, we can not send permits too early and it is not recommended to send permits abroad.

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As one Tibet tourism booking gateway, our Tibet travel permits application staff members handle all permits application professional. We have serious application schedule according to the local authority’s permits issuing schedule. We can not apply permits Half year in advance, but we do not apply permits 1 week before your arrival date in Lhasa. So with our know-how, we can definitely assure the accurate permits will be applied and available to you on time. Once we received your booking, you do not need to worry about further, since you are in the right hand. Here below is our normal Tibet permits application schedule.

Lhasa Tsetang Yamdrok-Gyantse Shigatse, Namtso tours

  • deadline permits submission: 10-40 days before arrival date, booking 10 days before arrival date risk top urgent case;
  • We receive your permits 5-30 days before your arrival date here in Lhasa;
  • We send permits to your address in China 1-7 days before your flight/train to Lhasa;
  • And we send you delivery tracking order to expect the permits arrival on your hand.

Mt Everest Base camp Tour

  • deadline permits submission: 12-40 days before arrival date, booking 10 days before arrival date risk top urgent case;
  • We receive your permits 5-30 days before your arrival date here in Lhasa;
  • We send permits to your address in China 1-7 days before your flight to Lhasa;
  • And we send you delivery tracking order to expect the permits arrival on your hand.

Kailash Tour, Kham tour in Tibet

  • deadline permits submission: 20-60 days before arrival date, booking 10 days before arrival date risk top urgent case;
  • We receive your permits 5-30 days before your arrival date here in Lhasa;
  • We send permits to your address in China 1-7 days before your flight to Lhasa;
  • And we send you delivery tracking order to expect the permits arrival on your hand.
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Question: Hello, dear local agent in Lhasa, can I come in early this February? Does your agent get permits for foreign travelers?

Answer: Since March 2008, every February and March Tibet is closed and all travel agencies do not organize foreign travelers to visit Tibet. However the permits regulation keeps changing year by year and till now, Tibet is still open for foreign travelers, and for the coming up February and March, foreign travelers can plan a tour of Tibet, but if in case there is urgent closure, you’d better have a travel plan B.

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When you travel under a foreign passport, you will have to travel legally  according to the Tibet local authority. During your traveling in Tibet, the three main primary documents are passports, China visa (or Tibet group visa) and Tibet entry permits. Different tour destination will need further document such as military permits, foreign affairs border passing permit, alien’s travel permits. Here is the document list for Tibet traveling. Please double check before coming to our land.

  1. Valid Passports (at least valid for 6 months after your departure date of Tibet)
  2. Valid China visa (for entering from China);
  3. Tibet group visa (for entering Tibet from Nepal, you do not need to apply China via in your country, even so it will be cancelled);
  4. Tibet entry travel permits for all Tibet tours;
  5. Alien’s travel permits for trip covering Everest. Tsetang (Samye monastery), Kailash and north-loop Grand Tibet, eastern Tibet such as Draksumtso lake;
  6. Foreign affairs permit (policy keeps changing on this section)
  7. Border defense passing allowance permit (trip between Nepal and Tibet)
  8. Military permits.

And here is another list of the documents which you will have to provide by email to us when you book a tour, we need these docs to apply some of the above necessary permits.

  1. Photocopies of valid passports data page for all travelers (upon booking)
  2. Photocopies of valid China visa (you can send it after you get it)
  3. Working certificate or student Id card copies if you do not hold “L” China visa but Z or F type of China visa.
  4. Marriage certificate or relatives’ statement with signature if you hold Q category China visa.

While booking your Tibet tour, we would like you to send us the copy of your Passport and China Visa for every member of the group. The copy of passport should be the same one you will be using to get your Chinese visa. If you renew your passports, but the China via is on the expired passport, please provide both passports photo copies.

If your visa is not the “L” category, i.e., tour category china visa, you will need to provide us the additional supporting document such as student certificates, resident and Work Permit and so on.

Please provide passport copies at least 2-4 weeks before arrival date. For Tibet tour without Kailash, eastern Tibet, North-loop Grand Tibet, we can accept urgent tour booking 2 weeks before your arrival date, but if your trip covers the places mentioned here, you’d better send us your passport photo copies 4 weeks to 5 weeks in advance at least, most of our Kailash travelers provide us passport copies half year in advance. And they can provide China visa copies 1 month in advance.

If you travel to Tibet from Nepal, we will only need your valid passport copies. Yet, we will have to apply for the Chinese Group Visa from the Chinese Embassy in Nepal.

Read further: Can I apply for Tibet Travel permit or Tibet group visa by ourselves?Definitely No, you cannot apply for Tibet travel permit or Tibet group visa directly. Tibet Travel Permit is only issued by Tibet Tourism Administration in Lhasa, together with other Chinese authorities such as military office, and foreign affairs office, national security office, public security bureau, etc. Therefore, an only local registered travel agency based in Lhasa can help you apply for it. Hence it is impossible for you to apply permits by yourself, and you will have to book your Tibet tour directly or indirectly with a local travel agency in Lhasa.

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We do not suggest this kind of action because all procedures need time and strict inspection. But if you have any urgent situation and have only one week to prepare for everything needed for the Tibetan trip, as a professional and well-experienced Tibet travel agency, we can help you with all the documents you need (Group Visa for entry from Kathmandu by flight, TTB Permit). But this can be only possible for city tours like visits to Lhasa (Lhasa, Namtso and Ganden etc short distance and fully open area), Lake Namtso, Lake Yamdrok, Gyantse and Shigatse. However, we cannot guarantee 100 percent although we will try our best. If it is unlucky, you do not have to pay us single dollar for this TOP urgent case.

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This is a common question about Tibet travel permits and Tibet visa. Well, you need a Tibet Group Visa. However, you cannot apply this by yourself. We will send an electronic copy of visa invitation letter to our local travel agency in Kathmandu and they will apply this for you. There is no need to apply for an individual China Visa in your country if you decide to travel to Tibet from Nepal because the Chinese Embassy will cancel your China Visa when you receive your Tibet Group Visa.

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Well this is a very common question asked by many Indian travelers, especially many questions are raised by travelers from India. However due to the Tibet Kailash permits strict restrictions, all travel agencies here in Lhasa Tibet have no rights to apply any Tibet permits for Indian nationality passports holders for Kailash travel. This business is controlled by government pilgrimage office, namely they say they may have very strict and serious tourism arrangement management and they do not allow any travel agencies to organize these tours. However as travel agency in Lhasa, Tibet, we can organize all Kailash Manasarovar tours for any none Indian passports holders. If you are overseas Indian immigrants, we can definitely organize any tours in Tibet. The solution for Indian travelers Kailash tour booking is that, these travelers should book the Kailash trip with India based tour companies. Read further about Kailash tours here.

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While booking your Tibet tour, we would like you to send us the copy of your Passport and China Visa for every member of the group. The copy of passport should be the same one you will be using to get your Chinese visa. If you renew your passports, but the China via is on the expired passport, please provide both passports photo copies.

If your visa is not the “L” category, i.e., tour category china visa, you will need to provide us the additional supporting document such as student certificates, resident and Work Permit and so on.

Please provide passport copies at least 2-4 weeks before arrival date. For Tibet tour without Kailash, eastern Tibet, North-loop Grand Tibet, we can accept urgent tour booking 2 weeks before your arrival date, but if your trip covers the places mentioned here, you’d better send us your passport photo copies 4 weeks to 5 weeks in advance at least, most of our Kailash travelers provide us passport copies half year in advance. And they can provide China visa copies 1 month in advance.

If you travel to Tibet from Nepal, we will only need your valid passport copies. Yet, we will have to apply for the Chinese Group Visa from the Chinese Embassy in Nepal.

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As many foreign travelers know that without valid and efficient Tibet travel permitsTibet is difficult to get in, but it is even more difficult to get around. Travelers should join a group tour or take a private tour (on a tour only!) according to the local regulations on foreign travelers. However the natural beauty of the country, the spiritual atmosphere in the magic nation and the exotic Tibetan culture make it all worth it. Tibet is one of the most beautiful places in the world and it has many things to offer.

If you are heading to Tibet soon, here are some things you should know before your trip to Tibet.

  • Tibetan People (monks, nuns and people from all other walks of life)
  • Tibetan monasteries, palaces and nunneries
  • Tibetan mountains, rivers, lakes, valleys and gorges
  • Spiritual centers, meditation caves and many more
  • Tibetan arts and architecture
  • The Tibetan society (now and then, and the future)
  • Precautions you need to take before going, not only just Tibet permits, mountain sickness, local customs…

A trip to Tibet can be rewarding and adventurous experience, and it gives you a peek into one of the most oppressed nations in the world. But traveling to Tibet isn’t easy with the strict travel restrictions and visa rules. To prepare properly for this trip of a lifetime, here are some facts you need to know about travel to Tibet.

  1. Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) is officially a part of China even though some people may not agree with that.
  2. If you have any pro-Tibetan sympathies, be careful with whom you discuss them.
  3. Discussing political issues with your Tibetan guide might get him or her into a potentially dangerous situation.
  4. There are lots of travel restrictions or tourism bans to Tibet, and it’s NOT easy to enter and the travel here.
  5. Independent travel is not allowed – except in Lhasa – and foreign travelers need to prearrange a tour in order to obtain a Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB) permit.
  6. Without a TTB permit, you won’t be able to board a flight or train to Tibet.
  7. Besides citizens of Singapore, Brunei and Japan, all visitors require a valid Chinese visa to be able to enter China.
  8. Don’t mention Tibet and don’t list your occupation as ‘journalist’ or military person, etc, and public passport does not work.
  9. You will have to decide on your Tibet itinerary upon booking the trip.
  10. Travelers are also free to explore Lhasa on their own but a guide is a must needed if you enter a monastery, palace or any tour sites.

Why The Once a Life Time Tibet tour can be a Rewarding?

  1. Because of your visit to Tibet, Tibet and Tibetan people can get the attention and support from the outside world it deserves.
  2. Travel is one of the best form of education, let alone Tibet is such different from many other destination.
  3. By coming here, talking to our native Tibetans, seeing things from ground level and in the eyes of our Tibetan people can you truly learn about what’s going on, and can therefore inform others about the state that Tibet is in.
  4. The high level of spirituality for many Tibetan people will probably empower yourself from your sole and heart. Tibetans are deeply devoted to their faith and it can be extremely moving to experience their dedication.
  5. Learn to appreciate Tibetan culture and the religious daily life for people from all walks of life.
  6. To learn what has happened in history and what is happening now.
  7. Enjoy the pristine beauty of the natural landscapes and it makes it worth your while. Geography in Tibet is on a humbling scale —dramatic snow-peaked mountains loom over vast plains, zigzagging highways weave their way through high passes draped with colorful prayer flags, while glittering turquoise lakes stand in the shadow of centuries-old glaciers. Home to several of the world’s highest peaks, Tibet is an extremely mountainous region packed to the brim with natural sights that are impressive in terms of magnitude.

For those who are planning to travel Tibet, I hope this list has prepared you for your trip to the wonder of the world. Regardless, expect to be surprised, because nothing will really prepare you for the magic of Tibet.

Interested in traveling to Tibet? Tibet local guide travel service run many kinds of Tibet tours! Once the NCoV19 (COVID19) Coronavirus pandemic situation is over and things get back to normal, we will be more than happy to welcome you to our land and enjoy any trips soon.

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Yes, as of Jan.25,2020, it is already closed and there are no any single travel permits to Tibet can be processed, for those permits which were already issued out for traveling in late January and February, all these permits will be suspended and foreign travelers must cancel the trip plan for late Jan. whole month of February and March, and it is quite possible that Tibet travel permits closure will be until end of April or till end of May. Because of the Novel Coronavirus outbreak in some parts of China such as Wuhan, for the public’s safety and health concern,  Tibet tourists scenic attractions were closed already for public.

Updated on March.23,2020, Due to the worldwide COVID19 quick spread, international flights to Beijing from countries such as Italy,Germany, France, UK, Spain, Middle East, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, etc can not land in Beijing but have to be diverted to other airports. These airports include Tianjin, Shijiazhuang, Hohhot, Jinan, Qingdao, Nanjing, Shenyang, Dalian, Zhengzhou, Xi’an etc.

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 335,900 people and killed more than 14,600. The COVID-19 illness causes mild or moderate symptoms in most people, but severe symptoms are more likely in the elderly or those with existing health problems.

Travelers from countries heavy hit by COVID19 may not land in China per scheduled itinerary. This is actually a travel ban and it will surely infect foreigners travel to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Xi’an, etc. And this is to say that foreign travelers can not enter Tibet according to any pre-managed travel itinerary. So far no Tibet permits can be applied and all foreign travelers planning to travel to Tibet need to postpone the trip to after June 2020 at least.

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Updated on March.23,2020: There is a surge in imported confirmed coronavirus cases as students, others fly back to China. Due to the worldwide COVID19 quick spread, international flights to Beijing from countries such as Italy,Germany, France, UK, Spain, Middle East, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, etc can not land in Beijing finally but have to be diverted to other nearby airports. These airports include Tianjin, Shijiazhuang, Hohhot, Jinan, Qingdao, Nanjing, Shenyang, Dalian, Zhengzhou, Xi’an etc.

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Due to More Imported Cases, Tibet/China Protect local People and Foreign Travelers via Flights Restrictions

Travelers from countries heavy hit by COVID19 may not land in Tibet, China per scheduled itinerary. And most probably passengers may have to be quarantined for around 2 weeks in designated area. To those foreign travelers wanting to visit Tibet, this is actually a Tibet travel ban and the restrictions will surely infect foreigners arrival entry to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Xi’an, etc. So it is to say that foreign travelers can not enter Tibet according to any pre-managed travel itinerary. So far no Tibet permits can be applied and all foreign travelers planning to travel to Tibet need to postpone the trip at least after June 2020. If there is instant news from tourism authority in Lhasa, we will update it. Foreign travelers can also write to us for reliable Tibet travel suggestion for any traveling after June 2020 (info@tibetlocalguide.com).

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Many Norwegians desire to travel Tibet in the past. However it has been  8 long years without seeing travelers from Norway in Tibet since any Norwegian travelers set foot on Tibet in 2008. Tibet travel permits restrictions apply to this Nordic country, but it was open in the last two years. Well with the current COVID around the globe, which draws tens of thousands of travelers to travel to pandemic epicenters and more and more tourism restrictions policies happen around the whole world.

Recently flights scheduled to land in Beijing, Shanghai may not be able to land there but have to be diverted to land at other nearby airport, so travelers from Norway or other countries in Europe should plan a tour of Tibet for a later time in 2020 or 2021 when the situation gets back to normal.

For the Norwegian travelers to Tibet, once Tibet is open, they should follow the process below to get their Tibet travel permits approved.

SIMPLE Tibet Tour Booking Process for Norwegian travelers 

  • Step 1 – Contact one local Tibet travel agency to offer you a private tour or Tibet group tour;
  • Step 2 – Pay required deposit to secure the Tibet tour booking;
  • Step 3 – Provide Norwegian Passport data page & Chinese visa page in due time
  • Step 4 — Pack your bag for the tour, pay the balance upon arrival and enjoy the trip
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To all foreign tourists who want to travel to Tibet, you must have a Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB) Permit. You are not allowed to apply this by yourself, so we will help you get this. You need to send us clear scanned or photo copies of your valid passport date page and China Visa. No matter whether you hold “Z”, “F” or “Q” type China visa, or APEC visa, we can help you apply permits smoothly.  We will need your specific schedule (including the entry and departure dates, means of transportation, cites you come from and leave for in China) to fill in the blanks on the permit, so we strongly suggest you arrange your travel schedule at least 15-30 days  before the starting date of your trip in advance. As a professional Tibet travel agency, we can apply for the Tibet permit one month before the starting date to guarantee the whole process successful.

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How to get Tibet travel permit?

Many foreign travelers often tell us that: some travel agencies say the Tibet travel permit is totally free. Well as local Tibet travel agency, we want to tell you that, this is their promotional words and it is not free at all. This is a tourist trap and they do not offer your permits only services. They must sell you something before they can apply Tibet travel permits. And few other agencies may tell you that the permit service fee is around RMB 1500-2000, this is sky high price and this is not true as well. So for Tibet permits only, there are lots of rumors. Here lets state it clear that travel agency in Tibet must prepare lots of work to apply Tibet travel permits according to the permits schedule. If your trip is with Everest base camp, you d better confirm a tour booking at least 15 days before arrival date, and if your trip covers Mt. Kailash, it is safer to confirm a tour booking at least 30 days before arrival date. For easy cultural tour in and around Lhasa, you can even apply permits 10 days in advance only. Here below we will share how to get the Tibet travel permits.

Tibet travel permits application process:

  1.  confirm a full tour or minimum tour service with local Tibet travel agency per above time schedule. It is better to confirm earlier to avoid urgent situation.
  2. Once local Tibet travel agency gets your passport copy and/or China visa photo copies, they can prepare to apply permits 1 month-45 days at most.
  3. Permits will be ready at least 1 weeks before your arrival date in Lhasa, as experienced Tibet travel agencywe get permits almost 20 days in advance.
  4. One permits got from Lhasa, agency can send permits to your address in China, and it is not wise to send permits abroad. as the international express from Lhasa is too complicated and too risky.
  5. Then at least 2-3 days before your arrival date, you can get the Tibet travel permits and fly to Lhasa without any problem.
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Whether you are looking for a trip in Lhasa, or central Tibet to Mt. Everest Base Camp, or even further to Mt Kailash or east Kham of Tibet, and no matter you have just 1 day or up to 30 days Tibet vacation plan, if Tibet is open to foreign travelers, we can apply all your necessary Tibet permits and deliver to you. Our agency is specialized in applying the most difficult permits for Kailash trips and grand North Tibet loop trip. Should you have any questions, please send email to info@tibetlocalguide.com.