The most up-to-date info on Tibet Travel Permits and Tibet travel regulations in 2014
Restricted areas of Central Tibet: When you make a travel plan to Tibet, it is essential to get up to date information about government regulations and policy. Tibet Travel Regulations are can be changed at any time with out any prior notice. So always keep in touch with your local travel company who is handling your travel document. SnowLion Tours always keep updating with clients every week for their travel permits status. If there is a change of regulation which affects your travel plan, you are the first person to know. The places you can’t visit at this moment are: Mt.Kailash, Lake Manasarovar, Guge Kingdom, route from Kashigar to Lhasa, Lhamo Lhatso Lake, Chamdo Prefecture and most of far south of Tibet Autonomous Region.
April 28th, 2014. Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarovar are still closed and this ban would last until at least end of June. So If you are making plan to travel to Mt. Kailash, I suggest you to travel in July or later. Travellers who are interested in doing a tour during the Saga Dawa time or a holy mountain pilgrimage tours in the year of Horse. We have the best alternative plan which is a tour to the second holiest mountain in Tibet – Mt. Amnye Machen.
April 4th, 2014, Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarovar likely be closed in April after a meeting in Tibet Tourism Bureau. According to insider, Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarovar should be reopen since May. Though some restrictions such as group number and group size will be applied for travel agencies in Tibet to arrange.
February 21st, 2014, Tibet Tourism Bureau stopped issue permits since February 20th 2014. Tibet is officially closed to foreign tourists. But Tibet will be reopen in the end of March or beginning of April. The estimate of entering Tibet is around April 5th or April 6th. According to some insider info, Tibet Permits regulation is likely change when it’s open. But for how it is going to change still unknown. We will have some more and clear updates around March 20th. Hopefully there is some good news about Tibet Permits.
April 8th,2013, Tibet Travel situation gets better this year, now Mt.Everest Base Camp is also reopen to foreigner tourists. Now only Chamdo region is closed in Tibet Autonomous Region.
March 30th, 2013, Now there is no restrictions on group size to apply Tibet Travel Permits, you can travel as small as one person group. Though Tibet Tourism Bureau start checking the copy of deposit receipt sent from oversea clients. The number of deposit can be as small as 300USD per person for normal tours and 500-600USD for bigger trips like Mt. Kailash Kora, trekking tours.etc. Mt.Everest Base Camp is still closed to foreign tourists. However, it may reopen sometime in the summer time.
March 26th, 2013, Tibetan Tourism Bureau (TTB) had a meeting on 23rd and discuss about the permits policy for 2013. Though TTB didn’t announce anything on the paper but Tibet Permits for Lhasa and Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) started being process on March 26th. For now, Tibet travelers only need to be in a group of 2 minimum from the same nationality. People from Japan, Philippines and Norway most likely will NOT be given permits. Everest Base Camp remains closed. Chamdo (Chi: Changdu) Prefecture in the eastern TAR remains closed as it has been closed since 2009. A deposit to Lhasa based travel agency bank account is also needed. Since this is the beginning of the new policy on permits. There will be some changes in the future. We will try our best to provide as most up to date and accurate info as possible.