Be in the know before you go
US citizens must obtain a visa prior to arrival, and have a passport with at least six months’ validity remaining. The lack of either will result in a fine and immediate deportation. U.S. citizens traveling to China can apply for a ten-year multiple-entry visa, useful for repeated travel or trips to Hong Kong or Macau with returns to China. This visa may be in an expired passport if the traveler also carries a valid passport.
The Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), requires special permits for tourist travel, most often obtained through your travel consultant. If you do enter a restricted area without the requisite permit, you could be fined, taken into custody, and deported for illegal entry. To learn more about specific entry requirements for Tibet or other restricted areas, check with the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China.
If you encounter problems in Tibet, the U.S. government has limited ability to provide assistance, as the Chinese government does not usually authorize U.S. government personnel to travel there, even to provide consular assistance to U.S. citizens.
Health & Wellness
Yampu Tours cannot provide medical advice regarding inoculations and cannot be held responsible for unannounced health requirement changes. It is the sole responsibility of the traveler to make sure that he/she complies with all passport, visa and vaccination requirements.
(Tibet/Himalayas) During your tour you will be visiting high altitude areas. Travelers with medical conditions, such as heart disease, lung disease, high blood pressure, sickle cell disease, or women who may be pregnant, should be advised to consult a physician, familiar with high-altitude medical issues, before traveling to high altitudes.
For up to date information on recommended and required vaccinations and general health travel tips for China please visit http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list, then use the drop down menu to select the countries you are visiting. Please consult with your physician for clarification or concerns regarding recommended or required vaccinations.
During your tour, you will be staying in a Rural Homestay. You will be staying in a room in a local’s home and may have to share facilities. Please review the attached disclaimer and sign before sending it back to us at your earliest convenience.
Please advise us of any dietary restrictions, any medical conditions that may affect your tour or any other special requests in general at this time (in writing) so that we may make the appropriate arrangements.
High Altitude Sickness in Tibet
Oxygen content in air becomes relatively thinner when the altitude gets higher, for instance: when entering into Tibet by plane, you cannot get acclimatized to the new environmental condition very quickly and your body may feel uncomfortable symptoms. Symptoms of high altitude sickness usually are headache, dizzy, asthma, fatigue, insomnia etc. Some people who suffer from hypertension and heart problems should pay more attention to HAS. But if you treat HAS carefully, it can be avoided.
Preventions for HAS
Lacking of oxygen at high altitudes is the basic reason for suffering from HAS. Many places in Tibet have canned oxygen for sale. You may buy one or two when in need. If your symptom is not serious, you’d better not take oxygen, but below methods may prove helpful.
• At the beginning of your arrival to Tibet, you should better not eat or drink too much because it’ll increase the burden of your digestive system. You’d better not smoke or drink alcohols and eat more things containing rich vitamins like vegetables and fruit etc.
• Don’t walk too fast or run. You’d better drink more water and take a good rest.
• Wear warm clothes and add a thick quilt to prevent catching cold. Because catching cold is one of the reasons for causing acute pulmonary emphysema of the highland.
Don’t increase psychological burden to yourself.