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About Coronavirus in Tibet

Time:07-02-2020 This Article is Composed by BudgetTibetTour

The horrific novel coronavirus has been sweeping almost the entire China since the second half of January 2020. From 23rd, January, the government even enforced quarantine lockdown of Wuhan by sealing off the entire city, the metropolis reported to be the virus origin place. The population of infected keeps rising up both in and out of Wuhan. On 29th, January, government of Tibet confirmed the first case of the infected who was a traveller from Wuhan, he took train from Wuhan to Xining and then connected another train from Xining to Lhasa, arrived Lhasa on 24th, January. Now the good news is he is the first and also the only infected has been confirmed so far in Tibet.

News Briefing about Coronavirus in Tibet

Part 1: How the epidemic situation like now in Tibet?
Part 2: What measures have been undertaken?
Part 3: Impact to Tibet tourism in 2020
Part 4: Advice and tips
Part 5: The latest news about coronavirus in Tibet

Part 1: How the epidemic situation like now in Tibet?

Till 7th February 2020, there has been only one confirmed infected case in the entire Tibet region while most of other provinces in China been reported over dozens of cases at least. In other words, Tibet, the roof of the world, now still remains the most secure province in China in terms of epidemic prevention.

Tibetan with mask before Johkang Temple

Part 2: What measures have been undertaken?

Though now Tibet looks like the safest place in China before the coronavirus, considering the high infectivity of this virus, the local government in Tibet proclaimed the most severe epidemic prevention measures on 27th, January. The measures include:

1. All 5 airports in Tibet must measure and monitor all passengers body temperature; passengers must reach the airport at least 2.5 hours before the departure time.

2. All tourists scenic spots in Tibet closed from 27th, Jan 2020.

3. All hotels in Lhasa (except for emergency use) closed from 28th, Jan 2020.

Sterilization in Lhasa

4. For whom newly enter Tibet by train, flight and overland must firstly stay home or at an assigned place for 14 days for quarantine purpose.

5. Sterilize the places like market and community with high population density.

Part 3: Impact to Tibet tourism in 2020

Tibet, the land of snow, is still very cold in February and March in most of places with not many tourists. If this virus can be controlled in one or two months, the impact to Tibet tourism will not be big since the best time to travel to Tibet is from April to October when temperature is warm on plateau. Almost 90% of travelers to Tibet visit Tibet during this period of time.

However, if the epidemic still cannot be eliminated in short term, the impact will not be small since, nowadays, tourism has already become one of the backbone industries in Tibet. The worst situation would be all the people in the Tibet tourism in 2020 cannot work, including people in travel agency, vehicle company, tour guide, hotels, restaurant, theater and etc. 

Part 4: Advice and tips

1. The medical facilities in Tibet is not as good as those in China, plus the lower oxygen level on plateau could probably worsen the illness, so we strongly not advise you to travel to Tibet until the Chinese government totally clears the control.

2. To plan your Tibet tour, you may book air tickets in advance, before getting definite official information from government, please do not book any air ticket or tour in advance.  

3. During this special period, if not a must, we advise you not come to China and Tibet just in case. But mostly you will be safe with mask on.

4. Some oversea cases confirmed too recently, we advise wear a mask and avoid crowdy places.

5. The best time to travel Tibet is from April to October, if you have booked a tour to Tibet this year, say in April or May, you don’t hurry to cancel it. You can wait some more time to see how the situation goes or negotiate with your travel agency to postpone the trip. If you must cancel the trip, normally, your travel agency has to refund you in full.

6. Considering the uncertainty of the coronavirus this year, tourists may miss the best times like April and May. But it is also advisable to travel Tibet in other months. If you just plan to visit Lhasa and Shigatse, all year round is good for you to travel. If you want to go to remote area such as Mount Everest or Mount Kailash, the golden time is September or early October when the weather is warm and without rain, you will have a great chance to view the clear summit of mountains and enjoy the marvelous scenery of all Himalaya ranges.

May Sacred Mount Kailash brings you health and good luck

To conclude, Tibet is just temporarily closed to tourists for their safety concerns. Now Tibet is very safe also before the epidemic because our government has undertaken all necessary measures to prevent any possible transmission. All the efforts made at great cost now is just for your next trip to Tibet in a relax and delightful manner. The hospitable people, responsible government on this mysterious and wonderful holy land couldn’t wait to see you in near future. If you make plan to visit Tibet after coronavirus which we believe will end soon, please feel free to consult our trip adviser for more details.

Part 5: The latest news about coronavirus in Tibet


The latest news about coronavirus in Tibet, the only patient infected with the coronavirus in Tibet was discharged from hospital after 18-day treatment today’s afternoon (2020/2/12).

the only patient infected with the coronavirus in Tibet was discharged from hospital

After receiving treatment, the patient’s temperature has returned to normal for 14 days, and two nucleic acid tests had negative results. In accordance with the country’s latest coronavirus pneumonia diagnosis and treatment scheme and consultation of an expert team, the patient has met the standard of cured and can be discharged from hospital.

“When I learned that I was a confirmed case, I felt great stress and was very upset. The medical staff gave me meticulous care. I sincerely thank the doctors, nurses and the Tibetan people,’’ the patient said. The patient, 34 years old, is from the city of Suizhou, Hubei, the hardest-hit province. He traveled from the city of Wuhan, Hubei to Lhasa by train from 22nd Jan to 24th Jan. On the evening of 25th Jan, the traveler developed symptoms of cough and fever, and later went to the designated hospital and was hospitalized. He was confirmed to be infected with the virus on 29th Jan and was also the first and only confirmed case in Tibet. It is reported that the patient will leave Tibet by train this afternoon.

the only patient infected with the coronavirus in Tibet was discharged from hospital

By 14:00 on 12th February, 2020, there has been only one confirmed infected case in the Tibet. Currently, there is 0 confirmed case, 0 severe case, 0 death case and 1 discharged case.

Travelers' Questions Might Help

The questions raised by our past customers can help you get a more clear picture about tours to Tibet, read them or tell us your own questions please contract us, our specialists will reply you within 24 hours.

Ms. Ho*** from: When to get my Tibet permit
January 15, 2020 05:11

Hello, we are considering to travel in Tibet in summer. We are a family of 5, two adults and three kids, age 13(then), 10, 8. We are interested in the 10 days Mt. EBC & Namtso Lake Group tour. We are US citizens with valid 10-year Chinese multiple entry visa, which we have applied when we went to Beijing in 2019. We are currently living in South Korea.  


1. Are kids suitable (or even allowed) for this tour?  

2. If kids can join, are there any discount deals for kids?

Answered by Helen
January 15, 2020 07:54

Dear Ms. Ho***,

    Greetings from Helen at Budget Tibet Tour and welcome you to join our 10 days Mt. Everest & Namtso Lake group tour. For your questions: 1. Your kids are suitable for this tour. Travelling in Tibet is as safe for kids as it is for their parents. While the high Tibetan plateau may be the highest place on the planet, very often, the kids that visit this region are more adaptable and have fewer problems than their parents. We also have arranged wonderful Tibet tours for many families with kids such as a tour to EBC for a family with a 3-year-old son, a 9-year-old girl and a 11-year-old boy, they did have fun in Tibet and there is no problem for them. Or you can take some medicine under the guidance of doctor to prevent high altitude before enter Tibet. 2. If kids travel with you, we'll offer some discount for them, please check your email and find more detailed information. Thanks & Regards

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