- by Beatrice
- Last Updated: 2019-01-02
Tibet, a holy land in remote Asia which is known as the “third pole of the world”, attracts countless travelers all over the world to explore its unique beauty. Besides breathtaking landscape and mysterious Buddhist culture, travelers wonder that is it safe to travel to Tibet? Let me show you the most concerned issues.
Tibet is a tightly controlled place, there are many checkpoints on the roads which entail stopping. Checkpoints will check passports, permits and other documents. As a result, driving on Tibet’s roads means have stops, slow speed and a long time for waiting. For example, there are more than 20 checkpoints on the road between Lhasa and Shigatse. What’s more, most vehicles are equipped with speed-monitors, which will alert when the driver is driving too fast. During a long journey in remote areas in Tibet, particularly when you are looking forward to visiting the Mount Everest or other attractive sites, the speed may be frustrating. However, the speed limitation and checkpoints ensure you a safe travel in Tibet, please be patient.
Most of the roads in Tibet are well-paved and broad.
Local Tibetan are hospitable and trustworthy, criminal is rare in Tibet. Don’t worry, Tibet is a safe place to travel. However, there are some petty criminals in Tibet, the majority of them is theft and pickpockets. In crowded areas in Lhasa, particularly in Barkhor Street, you may encounter with pickpockets. Take care of your bags and pockets, and don’t bring a large amount of cash with you. Hold your camera tightly when you are taking photos of breathtaking scenery. Make sure your digital equipment, such as phones and tablet computers, are always in your bag. There are some common scams in Tibet and foreign travelers are vulnerable to them. Don’t go with people who approach you and invite you to drink at a bar or café. What’s more, ATM scams are common during recent years. Use ATM accompanied by your travel guide are suggested to avoid ATM crime to avoid your card be stolen by fake ATM. You’d better use ATM during daytime in banks, shops, and big shopping centers. Don’t go out at night.
Dogs and Other Animals
Tibet owns more than 800 species of wild animals, 200 species of which are native. As a wonderland for the wildlife, you are suggested to protect the animals and yourself by respecting laws. Brown bears, yaks, and snow leopards attacked local people during past years. Travelers are not suggested to trek or cycle in those wild areas, but travel in Tibet companied by travel guide is safe. When you see wild animals, keep a safe distance with them and never approach. In the countryside and pastoral areas, almost every local family owns a Tibetan mastiff. Tibetan mastiff is a species of dog, which is powerful, ferocious and dangerous. When you see a dog during your journey, keep a distance with it.
Tibetan mastiff is a very common Tibetan animal.
Money and Valuables
Don’t carry much cash with you, and don’t show your wealth in public. Take care of your valuables, such as jewelry, cameras, and expensive watches. Don’t leave them in vehicles or hotels. If your thing was stolen, report it to the nearest Public Security Bureau. You will fill in a loss report and claim the loss on your travel insurance, which will cover it.
You passport it valuable, since criminals may commit crimes with lost passports. To avoid your identity being used by criminals, take care of your passport and always bring it with you. Contact the nearest Embassy as soon as possible once you lost your passport.
Although you will be surrounded by attractive local food, which is cheap and delicious, you’re suggested to eat in the big restaurants. A meal in a big restaurant in Tibet is not cheap, which costs about CNY 60 per person, but it’s worthy. Food from vendors is not always safe, and it may be cooked with stale meats and vegetables. For your health, you’d better have your meals in reliable restaurants with better sanitary conditions.
Tibetan food deserves a trying.
Terrorism and Politics
When a riot breaks out in Tibet, travelers can be caught up or injured. It is reported during past violence. Although it’s not likely to take place during your travel, you’re suggested to stay in the hotel for your safety if you encounter with this situation. If the situation getting worse, local authorities and the embassy will organize flights out of Lhasa. Since the strengthened security procedure in Tibet now, there’s no need to worry about the terrorism. Because of the social unrest, Tibet is tightly controlled and there are some restrains. As an international traveler, don’t bring pictures of the Dalai Lama, Tibetan flag or any pro-Tibetan political things to Tibet.
In a nutshell, it’s safe to travel to Tibet as a foreign traveler. Located in Lhasa with 13 years’ experience, we offer group tour packages with seasoned travel guides and drivers. We guarantee you a safe, unforgettable and rewarding travel to Tibet.
Related Articles & Posts
Can Americans Travel to Tibet?
As a U.S. citizen, you can definitely travel to Tibet. There're two ways for American travelers to get to Tibet, from mainland China or from Kathmandu. No matter which way you choose, you need to work with an organized Tibet travel agency for your Tibet Travel Permit. ...
Travel to Tibet Alone
If you travel to Tibet alone, what should you put into consideration? We have made a full list for solo travelers, such as how to choose your travel agency, how to get the document, how to keep cost down, as well as other useful tips. ...
Best time travel to Tibet
Best time travel to Tibet depends on what you want to see and to do in Tibet. To make it clear, we list the best visiting time according to your tour destination or actitivities you want to get involved in. ...
Shenzhen Travel To Lhasa
More and more international tourists seek ways to travel to Tibet from Shenzhen. You may choose connecting flights to Lhasa, go to Guangzhou to take the direct train, or fly to Xining to experience the Qinghai-Tibet railway. ...
Packing List for your Tibet Tour
What to pack for Tibet? This article gives travelers a detailed packing list to make you well-prepared before your Tibet tour, especially for those first-time visitors. Also, we provide some tips to prevent the altitude sickness, as it's what you need to know before you Tibet journey. ...
Tibet Overland Routes
Some travelers prefer overland tours to Tibet for viewing as much as the amazing scenery along the road. However, the Tibet overland routes are usually very costly and not all of them are available. Right now, only Xinjing, Qinghai and Kathmandu to Lhasa overland tour are applicable. ...
Top Things to Do in Tibet
Tibet receives a considerable number of tourists every year for its fantastic sites. Below are top things to do in Tibet including the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Mount Everest, Mount Kailash, Namtso Lake, etc. ...
Travel to Tibet from Singapore
As residents in a modern city, more and more travelers from Singapore want to experience the unique culture and nature in Tibet. Tibet attracts thousands of international travelers every year, and it’s easy to travel to Tibet from Singapore. ...
Where is Tibet?
Maps of Tibet shows the location of Tibet on the world, Asia, and China. What's more, you can clearly get the information of Tibet attractions, terrain, routes from these maps. ...
How can an Indian get into Tibet
For Indian travelers going to Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarovar, you will be treated as pilgrims. Only Foreign Affairs Office of TAR and Pilgrim Center can arrange your tour. We also list the transportation ways for Indian travelers to Tibet. ...