How Reciprocal Access to Tibet should be implemented—and what you can do to help!
The Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act (RATA) is the most important Tibet legislation in the United States since 2002. This landmark law takes aim at China’s double standard of preventing American diplomats, journalists and ordinary citizens—including thousands of Tibetan-Americans—from entering Tibet, even though Chinese citizens travel freely throughout the US.
Under RATA, Chinese officials involved in keeping Americans out of Tibet will be denied entry to the US—unless China changes it policies.
RATA was signed into law in December 2018. Now, the time has come for it to be fully implemented.
What the State Department will do
The Secretary of State will identify those Chinese officials who are substantially involved in the formulation or execution of policies related to access for foreigners to Tibetan areas and will revoke those officials’ visas or other documentation to enter or be present in the United States.
What ICT will do
The International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) is compiling information about the experiences of Americans, including Tibetan-Americans, who have applied to visit Tibet. This information will be used to prepare briefings on the status of reciprocity that Americans have in accessing Tibet. ICT will use these briefings in our work with Congress and the White House.
What YOU can do
Have you applied for a visa to visit Tibet recently or in the past few years? Whether your application was accepted or denied, we want to hear about your experience. Provide ICT with feedback, including a description of the process, required permits and other measures that impeded your freedom to travel to Tibetan areas. Feedback will be kept confidential and can be shared through this quick online questionnaire.