Tibet tour permit

Essential requirement

For all foreign traveler Before travelling to Tibet you must need contact a travel agency have arrangement the Tibet tour permit prior to your departure, for apply the Tibet permit you first need provide a valid passport which is valid at least 6 months and a valid Chinese visa is essential .If without these documents. The tourist bureau will refused to issue the Tibet permit for foreign traveler to Tibet.

Passport and Chinese Visa :

The Chinese visa is generally obtainable from most Chinese Embassies and consulates in your home country. And most Chinese embassies and consulates will issue a standard 30day single entry tourist visa for you in 3-5working days ,the visa fees vary according to how much your country charges Chinese citizens for a visa, When you go to Chinese embassy visa application form asks you a lot of questions, You do not let that you plan to visit Tibet when you fill in this section, when you listing your itinerary, pick the obvious contenders other part of China, and don't listing you occupation as journalist and don't mention bicycles, 

If you are beginning the trip from china side to entry Tibet ,you will require a single china visa valid for the whole length of time you intend to remain in china (include during in Tibet ), such visa is can be obtained from Chinese embassy or consulate in your home country or Hong Kong..

If you begin the tour from Nepal to entry Tibet, It is better not to apply for any individual Chinese visa in your country, Because arrived at Kathmandu ,You need to join a group to Tibet with group visa .The Chinese embassy will first cancel your former individual visa then issued a group visa for you .So do not apply Chinese visa until you reach to Kathmandu and avoid waste of money , In order to get Chinese visa in Kathmandu, please send us your clear passport copy and other details like your profession to us at least 15 days in advance. When we get your these detail information ,Our tour operator team will apply the visa invitation letter and Tibet enter permit from Tibet tourist Bureau. When we obtained these supporting document from Tibet tourist bureau. We will send by E-mail to our partner agent in Kathmandu .For apply the group visa for you travel Tibet, We need provide your original passport to the Chinese embassy in Kathmandu, for this case we advised you arrival Kathmandu at least 2-3days prior to Tibet departure. Our Nepal partner agent tour operator will take these document with your original passport go to Kathmandu Chinese embassy to apply the Chinese group visa for you. The Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu issues visas on Monday, Wednesday and Friday only so you must plan your itinerary to allow for this.
Very important: The visa days in the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu is Monday, Wednesday and Friday ( and visa can be collected the same day upon payment of urgent fees – USD 327 for European passports and USD 162 for US passports ) . In order not to waste your time in Kathmandu, make it such that you arrive to Kathmandu either Sunday or Tuesday or Thursday so that you can get visa the next day and fly to Tibet the day after. (Except in main season, the flights to Lhasa from Kathmandu are generally operated on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings and almost always get packed)

             The latest  visa fee information from Kathmandu Chinese Ambassy charge for group visa     


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                                                              Tibet tour Permit

In Tibet according to government regulation ,exception the Hong Kong and Macau travelerAll foreign tourist who when travel to Tibet must obtained the travel permit before entry to Tibet, If you without the travel permit you cannot buy the flight or train ticket to travel to Tibet. Therefore before you plan to travel Tibet you should contact with a local travel agency arrangement a tour for you that include the Tibet tour permits . Only the local agency will can help you application the Tibet tour permit from Tibet tourist bureau, For issued the permit you need send your passport and valid Chinese visa copy by fax or E-mail to us at least 2weeks prior to your departure. With this you also need provide us your detail information as following 

1 Full of name 2 Gender 3 birth of date ;4 Nationality;5 Occupation.6 Passport No etc.

If you beginning the tour from China to entering Tibet. You need send a valid passport including a standard Chinese entering visa copy by E-mail to us at least 15days prior to your departure, And according to regular Your passport must be valid minimum six months and your Chinese visa is valid for the whole length of time you intend to remain in china(include Tibet),and the type of tourist visa “L”is easy to obtain the permit .meanwhile the business visa “F”, resident visa “D”, Student visa “X”or work visa “Z”, These types visa are able to obtain the Tibet permit but you need provide a certificate letter from your china business partner or related units as School or company .If who holds the three category of the passport as government official and Diplomats and Journalists capacity person is cannot obtained the Tibet tour permit From any local travel agency. And with this you must provide us your detail information as full of name ,Gender Occupation  Nationality ,Passport No and birth of date. When we received your these detail information. Our tour operator will make application text and group list to apply the permit for you in 5 work days from Tibet tourist bureau.

Other permit :

For the permits situation there are four different of the permits are needed to travel in Tibet Autonomous Region The Tibet tour permit , Alien travel permit, Military permit and Foreign affair office permit, The Tibet tour permit is required entry to Tibet when you want issued the air ticket, train ticket or bus ticket from these main gate way cities to Tibet, If you without this cannot be obtain the air ticket or train ticket to Tibet, The alien's permit is required that if you travel to non-opened area as Tsetang ,Samye monastery, Gyantse,Sakya monastery ;Mt Everest area ,and other close part in Tibet, This permit was be obtained from Public Security bureau(PSB);The military and foreign affair permit is required the remoter area as southeast Tibet kham and far northwest-Tibet as Mt.Kailash and Guge with Jantang area; The our tour operator will apply for all permits on your behalf. In order for us to do this you need to provide us your information as a clear legible copy of the your passport and valid Chinese visa to us via fax or E_mail at least 3 weeks prior to your departure we will obtain these special permits for you from these office ,When you booking Tibet tour with our tour operator we will be arrangement all necessary permit for you.

 Note: Do not trust a travel agency that offers to sell you a Tibet travel permit without requiring you to book a tour. No legitimate travel agency will offer "permit-only" service. Avoid wasting your money, as this is almost certainly a scam. Lhasa PSB will not issue travel permits to individuals and will direct you to a travel agency. Agencies can arrange a travel permit to almost anywhere but only if you book a Land Cruiser, driver and a guide. then through the Tibet tourism Bureau and related office have audit the application document then issued the permit for local travel agency, 

     LOOK  The sample of the  Tibet tour permit issued from Tibet tourism bureau


The name list of Tibet tour permit , within first page together use once booking a air ticket or train ticket from China or from Nepal of Kathmandu entry to Tibet.

Especially from 2008 the permit application policy was change .to apply  for the  permit audit procedure is go strictly .now if the travel agency to apply the Tibet tour permit for the group need at least 10 work days include when obtain the permit then send you through EMS to your first stop city in China prior to you departure hotel or address at less 3days ,there are need 13days.

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