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Tibet in March??

Sydney, Australia
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Tibet in March??

I was told by an agency in Tibet that the month of MARCH is CLOSED for tourists. Has anyone heard of this or can confirm this? Are there any other restrictions like this that I should know about?

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1. Re: Tibet in March??

See post "Visiting in March 2014" where I wrote:

"The closure will actually begin around February 20th and most likely will last until the end of March or the beginning of April. Though China usually claims that these closures are due to “bad weather”, in reality the region is closed because March is the anniversary of several important protests and uprisings. Huge protests and uprisings occurred across Tibet in 1959, 1987, 1989 and most recently in 2008. March is also the anniversary of the Dalai Lama fleeing to India, where he has lived in exile since 1959. Since March is a sensitive time, the government closes it to foreign travelers just in case any protests do happen. If everything remains calm in the TAR, the area should reopen around the first of April."

You know that you will need to be in a pre-organised guided group tour to enter Tibet and to get the permit to travel into Tibet?!

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2. Re: Tibet in March??

What Laowai88 mentioned is absolutely right. Tibet is closed in March to foreign visitors or in Feb , they start tightening it. it will last till April.

All visitors shall obtain Chinese visa before applying for the Tibet Travel Permit. And it must be obtained through a Travel Service on a guided tour. also, whereabouts in Tibet to be traveling shall be mentioned as well in the application. It sounds complicated, but no more than formality to have it done through the travel service.

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You are OK to visit Tibet all year round only except March. If no incident happens by March-May(nobody likes to see that), everything by applying for visiting Tibet will go very smoothly.

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