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How to Travel to Tibet: Short Video Answers to Your Questions

How to Travel to Tibet: Lobsang and Yolanda Answer your questions

Lobsang Wangdu and Yolanda O’Bannon of YoWangdu Experience Tibet answer your questions about how to travel to Tibet.

2024 Travel Advisory: 

China is piloting visa-free programs for certain countries for entry to China, but all international travelers to Tibet also require a special Tibet permit.

US travelers must have both a Chinese visa (which you get on your own in the US) and a special Tibet travel permit, which you must get from an official Tibet travel agency. Starting January 1, 2024, China is simplifying the visa process for Americans, removing required proof of round-trip flights, hotel reservations and itinerary.

If you need help traveling to Tibet, ask us for an introduction to a reliable Tibetan travel agency here, at no cost to you.

We made these videos at various times — the best way to get up-to-the-minute updates is to ask for us to connect you to our preferred Tibetan-owned agencies, and they will answer your questions, with no pressure to buy.

Is it Safe to Travel to Tibet?

Tibet Travel Q and A: Is it safe to Travel Tibet

Can I visit Lhasa by myself?

Tibet Travel Q and A: “Can I visit Lhasa by myself?

Lessons Learned about Using your Phone in Tibet

What gifts should I bring to Tibet?

Tibet Travel Q and A: “What gifts should I bring to Tibet?”

How to stay healthy in Tibet?

Good hikes near Lhasa

What to do in Xining before taking the Tibet train to Lhasa?

How to travel cheaply in Tibet?

How can I take a meditation walk in Lhasa?

What is the best way to arrive in Tibet — via Nepal or China?

Is it safe to talk to Tibetans when you’re in Tibet?

Is late summer too rainy for overland from Lhasa to Kathmandu?

How to deal with visas and permits for Tibet?

Is October a good time to visit Tibet?

More video answers to your questions about Tibet travel:

Get more answers to your Tibet travel questions at our How to Visit Tibet FAQ post.

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5 responses to “How to Travel to Tibet: Short Video Answers to Your Questions”

  1. Debbie Avatar

    Greetings! Love your website!
    I’m doing the 8-day overland trip to Kathmandu starting August 16. Should I bring rain pants?

    1. It’s very likely to rain at some point during the trip. Summer rain is often at night, but it could be anytime. We did have rain paints at Everest but that was as a wind layer against the cold. Have also been soaked at Shigatse in the summer — and rain pants were good. But really up to you. Hope this helps.

  2. Eileen Hewson Avatar
    Eileen Hewson

    Thanks for your reply and for your interesting newsletter.

  3. Eileen Hewson Avatar
    Eileen Hewson

    Has Tibet reopened to Foreigners after the annual shutdown?
    Please send me your newsletter.

    1. Hi Eileen, yes, Tibet has opened again, and in fact the shutdown ended at some point in March this year — at least in theory. The announcement came too late for permits to actually be processed in March but in theory Tibet was open. We’ll sign you up to the newsletter, which we’ll need to do through signing you up for the Tibet Travel Planning Guide. You should get an email soon.

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