TIBET TRAVEL UPDATES IN 2021
After more than a year of being closed to all foreign visitors, Tibet is finally reopening for foreign visitors currently living in China. There are additional requirements for travelers in 2021. Below, you will find full list of documents you need to visit Tibet.
As we know, covid pandemic changed the traveling regulations around the world and many destinations closed for tourists trying to keep people safe from the virus.
Tibet was closed for all foreigners since early 2020. With no cases of covid in Tibet and tight control helping to prevent the spread of the virus in Mainland China, it finally became possible to travel here.
WHO CAN VISIT TIBET IN 2021
Currently, only residents living in China can visit Tibet. That includes foreigners with valid work, business, student visas, and members of their families living in China. You will have to stay in China for at least 90 days prior to entering Tibet.
With new cases of covid in some provinces, government restricts traveling from the provinces with high number of cases. This list updates regularly and we will provide all details upon request. You cannot travel from the regions with high cases numbers. You cannot even take a flight with a stopover in one of these cities or regions.
You will also need to install a Green Code health app to enter the airport or train station in China.
From July 2021 Taiwanese living in China can apply for permits to visit Tibet.
TIBET TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS
All foreigners visiting Tibet need Tibet Travel Permit. To apply for it we need clear photos or scans of passport and Chinese visa. In 2021, there are 3 additional requirements that foreign visitors have to meet.
Complete list of required documents to apply for Tibet travel permit in 2021:
1. Clear scan or photo of passport: page with information
2. Scan or photo of Chinese visa
3. Provide proof of residentship in Mainland China.
It is required to stay in Mainland China for at least 3 months prior to applying for the permit. You will need a letter saying that you didn’t leave Mainland China during the previous 3 months.
For travelers with work visas, your company can issue this letter.
Students can request this letter from their school or university.
You can also include your family members in the letter.
Please, contact us for a template of this letter. We provide all the necessary information and examples.
4. Have a negative covid test taken within 7 days of permit application.
We need one test before we apply for the permit and another test before you take a train or flight to Tibet
5. Install a Green Code app and a Health Kit app on the phone.
We have to submit a screenshot of your app showing your name along with other documents. In addition, you need to enter your passport information in the Health Kit app on the WeChat and take a screenshot of it.
Setting up both apps takes little time and we will help you with information on how to do it.
Please, note, after you travel to Tibet, you can return back to the city where you live in China and you don’t need to quarantine!
As always, we have to submit your documents in advancce and it takes around 10-15 days to receive your permit. After that, we will mail you the original permit as you need to show it when boarding the train or a plane to Lhasa.
IS IT SAFE TO VISIT TIBET IN 2021
There was only one case of covid positive person in Tibet. It was found in March 2020, and the person successfully recovered. There were no covid cases in Tibet since then.
To keep Tibet covid-free only people with the negative covid test can travel to Tibet.
In addition, travelers have to install a green code health app on the phone that helps to stop the spread.
WHEN FOREIGNERS LIVING OUTSIDE OF CHINA WILL BE ALLOWED TO VISIT TIBET
Right now, we don’t have any information about reopening for all travelers. As we know, the situation around the world is changing rapidly. We will keep posting updates when more news becomes available.
We hope that with more people getting vaccines, traveling will be safe again soon.
In the meantime, please, stay safe, take care of your family and friends!
We hope to greet you here in Tibet as soon as it will be possible!
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POPULAR TOURS IN TIBET
8 DAYS LHASA TO EVEREST
A beautiful and exciting journey, starting in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet and going to the Everest Base Camp. The tour visits Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Sera, Drepung and Tashilhunpo monasteries, Kumbum Stupa, Yamdrok Lake and Karola glaciers.
15 DAYS MOUNT KAILASH PILGRIMAGE TOUR
One of our most popular group tours, starting in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, and going to Mount Kailash for three-day trekking around this sacred mountain. During this tour, we visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Yamdrok Lake, Gyantse monastery and Kumbum stupa, Mount Everest, Lake Manasarovar, Mount Kailash, and much more.
10 DAYS EASY ACCLIMATIZING EVEREST TOUR
This slow-paced private tour takes you from Lhasa to Gyantse and Shigatse, where we spend the first few days acclimatizing. We will visit many of the historical and religious places, such as Potala Palace, Jokhang temple, Gyantse monastery, and Kumbum Stupa.
We will make stops by the most beautiful natural spots: Yamdrok Lake, Karola glaciers and many of the high mountain passes and viewpoints. Finally, we will reach Everest Base Camp, where we stay for the night.