Travellers are permitted to bring the following into Tibet:
- 400 cigarettes, 100 cigars and 500g of tobacco
- 1.5 litres of alcoholic beverages with 12% or more alcoholic content
- Personal articles up to a value of ¥5,000 (USD $50) for Chinese residents
- Personal articles which will be left in China up to a value of ¥2,000 (USD $20) for non-residents
The following are banned from being imported into Tibet: Arms and ammunition, imitation arms, narcotics, fruit, animals and animal products, and any publication (print, audio or video) directed against the public order and the morality of China.
Customs officials may seize audio and videotapes, books, records and CDs to check for pornographic, political or religious material. You must complete baggage declaration forms upon arrival noting all valuables (such as cameras, watches and jewellery) as this may be checked on departure. You should keep receipts for items such as jewellery, jade, handicrafts, paintings, calligraphy or other similar items in order to obtain an export certificate from the authorities on leaving. Without this documentation, you cannot take such items out of the country.
Additionally, you may not import pictures of the Dalai Lama, political or other publications by either the Dalai Lama or the exiled government in Dharamsala or even travel guidebooks that obliquely refer to Tibetan independence.