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How to Smoothly Visit Tibet under Travel Restrictions in 2024

February,21 2024 BY Lobsang Tsering 0 COMMENTS

Great news! Tibet tours are now available to travelers from all over the world, and you can travel to this stunning destination by train or flight. However, there are still some travel restrictions to know while planning your trip to Tibet.

To help you plan your Tibet tour smoothly and enjoyably, we take into account the latest travel restrictions and have compiled updated travel tips here.

Get Required Tibet Travel Permits Early through Your Tour Operator

International tourists need to obtain a Tibet Travel Permit before visiting Tibet. And this requirement also applies to expats living in the mainland of China. Tibet Travel Permit is a must for all foreigners, without it, you will not be allowed to board the train or flight to Lhasa.

How to get a Tibet Travel Permit?

Since the individual applying for a Tibet Travel Permit is not allowed, you need to contact a local travel agency to apply for Tibet travel Permit on your behalf. Luckily, as the local leading tour operator, we can help to guarantee your Tibet Travel Permit.

Here are the simple steps for Tibet permit application:

Step 1: First book your Tibet tour with us and confirm your travel itinerary and tour dates.
Step 2: Then send the copies of your Chinese Visa and passport, as well as other required documents, to us to apply for the permit.
Step 3: We will submit the permit application to the Tibet Tourism Bureau.
Step 4: After it gets issued, we will immediately deliver the permit to your address in the mainland of China.

Tibet Travel Permit SampleTibet Travel Permit is required for all international tourists to visit Tibet.

What documents are needed to apply for Tibet Travel Permit?

For international travelers, you need to provide a scanned copy of your passport (valid for at least 6 months) and Chinese Visa.

For expats in China who have already obtained a work visa (also called Z visa) or residence permit, the following documents are also required for Tibet Permit Application:

a. A working certificate by your company, if you are working in the mainland of China;
b. An admission certificate if you are a student studying in the mainland of China.

It is suggested to mail your documents to us at least 20 days before your tour departure date, in case there will be more procedures when situations change.

Joining an Organized Tour is Required, but it is Safer and More Convenient

As a foreigner visiting Tibet, you are required to join a tour group organized by a local travel agency. But the group can be any number of tourists. You can join a Tibet group tour with other travelers or just customize a private tour, with only your tour guide and driver.

You can Travel to Tibet with your Chinese Friends or Relatives

Many clients have inquired us the question: can I visit Tibet with my Chinese friends or relatives? The answer is definitely yes. You can travel to Tibet with other Chinese citizens. The only precondition is that you still need to comply with all the local travel policies and restrictions on foreigners.

Travel to Tibet with Chinese FriendsYou can visit Tibet together with your Chinese friends or relatives.

Don’t think it getting complicated. You just need to go through the Tibet permit application, tour group booking, and some other procedures as usual. And we can always help you to handle all of these to ensure you a worry-free Tibet tour with your beloved ones.

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You can Travel to Tibet from Mainland by Train or Flight

It is quite easy to get to Tibet from the mainland of China, as the trains and flights to Tibet are just as convenient as those you see in other places of China.

With seven direct trains to Tibet from Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Xining, etc., you can easily catch the train from your residence, with or without transfer. The Tibet trains provide a gradual elevation rise for passengers heading to Tibet, which is good for your altitude adaption. The least time-consuming train is the one from Xining, taking about 22 hours. And a soft sleeper berth is most recommended for a comfortable stay onboard.

Tibet trainTaking a train to Tibet is easy and convenient.

If you don't reserve adequate time on the way, you can take the flight to Tibet instead. Also, many major cities in mainland China offer direct flights to Lhasa, and the price depends on distance and travel season.

Either of the ways to Tibet is safe and convenient, and no matter which you take, you can consult us about your question. We can also help to book your Tibet Train ticket or flight ticket if you find difficulty in booking one by yourself, especially during the peak season.

There is no Age Limit to Visiting Tibet, just be Careful

There is no restriction on age to travel to Tibet. But if you are going to bring your kids or elderly parents to Tibet, you should pay extra attention.

The elderly (especially those over 65 years old) tend to have worse physical conditions. And once they suffer from altitude sickness, they may be caught in a serious situation. And if your kids are too young like only 3 or 4 years old, and cannot communicate properly with you, you may be not informed timely when they are not feeling well.

Of course, it mainly depends on the physical condition that whether one can go to Tibet or not. People with cardiovascular disease, serious diabetes, heavy cold, recent major surgery, or pregnant women, are not recommended to visit Tibet. It is best to ask your doctor before you make the decision.

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Journalists and Diplomats Need to Visit Tibet in Other Ways

Tibet welcomes foreigners from all walks of life. But if you are a journalist or a diplomat, you cannot travel to Tibet as an ordinary tourist. No travel agency can handle your tour in Tibet or help to apply for your Tibet Travel Permit. You have to be approved by the China Foreign Affairs Office to visit Tibet.


Kinds of travel restrictions seem to make a Tibet tour troublesome. But it actually helps you to ensure an orderly and safe journey in Tibet. And we provide one-package services for tourists from around the globe, making your trip easier and worry-free. Start planning your Tibet tour with us now, and get prepared for your lifetime journey to the holy land!

Lobsang Tsering

About the Author - Lobsang Tsering

Born in the Kham region and growing up in Lhasa, Lobsang Tsering has been credited by many travelers as a versatile, professional, and charismatic Tibetan guide. He is also one of the most experienced Tibetan guides in our big family.

Nowadays, Lobsang has dedicated himself to creating bite-sized Tibet travel videos and writing insightful travel articles for global travelers planning to visit Tibet.

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