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Due to Tibet's political situation, it is not so easy to travel Tibet as Mainland China. Foreign travelers are required to apply for special Tibet permits as well as a China visa. But China Highlights will help you get it!
Read on to learn how to apply for Tibet permits successfully.
Foreigners are not allowed to apply for Tibet permits independently. You have to find a China-based travel agency, like China Highlights, to help you do it. What's more, foreign citizens are not allowed to travel in Tibet independently. You have to be accompanied by a tour guide.
The first requirement for a Tibet Entry Permit is a China visa.
And you can only enter Tibet from the departure city as listed on your itinerary. For example, if your departure city is Beijing, you can only use the permit at Beijing airport, not other cities' airports. If you want to change your departure city, please do inform your travel agency at advance, so that we can help you apply for another permit.
Your travel agency help you apply for the permits and send it to you before your departure.
You are suggested to give permits to your Tibet tour guide for safe keeping.
Entering Tibet by air:
Our customers receive their original Tibet Entry Permits from one of our local offices in the city where they depart from for depart for Tibet, e.g. Chengdu, if traveling by air.
Entering Tibet by train:
We will send you a scanned copy of your Tibet Entry Permit by e-mail if you enter Tibet by railway. You will need to print it out. Your official Tibet Entry Permit will be held by your guide in Lhasa.
All foreign individuals entering Tibet must hold a passport valid for at least six months.
If you are an F (business) or Z (work) visa holder, you are required to provide additional information to get a Tibet Entry Permit. Your travel agency will send you the requirements after you book the tour.
1. If you are working in China on a Z visa, these are required:
2. If you are invited to China on an F visa (for business, research, lecturing; scientific, technological, or culture exchange; short-term advanced studies, or intern practice for a period of no more than six months), you need:
Entering Tibet from Nepal requires a "group visa" (at least 3 people in a group) valid for Tibet from the Chinese embassy in Kathmandu. It normally takes two weeks to obtain it.
For more please refer to Entering Tibet from Nepal.
After over 2 years of being closed, since the 2015 earthquake, the overland route between Tibet and Nepal has reopened to travelers. You can travel from Lhasa to Kathmandu via road now!
We can help you with your Tibet tour arrangements in good time and meet the above requirements, and also help get the permits. Currently we have helped our customers obtain Tibet Entry Permits with success rate of 100%. But we don't provide a separate visa/permit application service.
This page was last updated on June 28, 2017. Please contact us for the latest policy situation, or share the latest related news if you have any good resources.
If your Tibet tour only contains Lhasa city's attractions (The Potala Palace, Sera Monastery, Jokhang Temple, etc.), you only need to apply for a Tibet Entry Permit. But if you want to travel outside Lhasa, you may need extra Tibet permits.
Don't worry, your travel agency, and your tour guide will tell you what to do and help you with it. Read on to see what kind of permits you will need to go to various Tibet destinations:
An Alien's Travel Permit can only be applied for after you enter Tibet. Your tour guide will help you apply for it using your passport and Tibet Entry Permit.
Your travel agency will help you to get a Military Permit from the Military Office in Lhasa before you enter Tibet. Then your tour guide can take this certification and Tibet Entry Permit to apply for an Aliens' Travel Permit in Tibet.
You need to start applying for your Tibet permits at least one month before departure for Tibet if you want to visit places requiring a Military Permit.
Always remember to plan your Tibet tour as early as possible, because there is much work for your travel agency to do after you send the required documents.
Don't trouble yourself about the complicated-looking Tibet permits procedures: we will guide you and help you through all of the application and Tibet travel process.
If you are planning a Tibet tour, please see our most popular itineraries below for inspiration, or you can simply contact us to begin tailor-making a unique Tibet tour according to your interests and requirements.