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Tibet Travel Permit

For those traveling to Tibet as tourists, certain rules apply. All foreign citizens need to apply for a Tibet Travel Permit to get into Tibet. To get the permit, there are certain steps that need to be taken. Foreign Nationals are not allowed to apply for a Tibet Travel Permit independently. All visitors to Tibet must apply for the permit through a registered Tibet travel agency, such as Tibet Group Tour. Moreover, foreign nationals are not permitted to travel independently in Tibet, and are required to have a tour guide, driver, and private vehicle, and be on an organized tour.

The Tibet Travel Permit is the most important permit for travelers to Tibet, as none of the other permits you need to travel around the region can be applied for without it. Nor can you even book the train or flight tickets and board the transport without the original copy in your possession. It is, therefore, very important that you keep it safe and do not lose it, as this can cause serious problems whilst traveling around Tibet or leaving the region.

Recently, the Tibet Travel Permit has had a change of name, and is now known “officially” as the “Letter of Confirmation for Entry into the Tibet Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China”. That is quite a mouthful; however, you can rest easy in the knowledge that many people still use the original name, even those officials that will ask for it at the various checkpoints around the region.

 

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How to apply Tibet travel permit?

The first step in getting permits is to obtain a Chinese Entry Visa. Once you have your visa, you can apply for the Tibet Travel Permit. This needs to be done through a registered travel agency for Tibet, such as Tibet Group Tour. In order to apply for the permit, you need to send us the following documents:

  • Scanned copy of your passport with your photo, date of issue, and passport number clearly visible. Make sure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months from the date of departure
  • A scanned copy of your Chinese Tourist Visa
  • An itinerary, with a list of the places you intend to visit in Tibet. This can be discussed with our agent, to get you the best tour possible to meet your requirements

Tibet Travel Permits normally take between 15 and 20 days to organize, so applying for your Tibet Travel Permit as early as possible is advisable. Once the permit has been approved, it can be forwarded to your hotel in China, ready for your trip. Submission for the permit should be done well in advance of your expected travel dates, as there is no guarantee that it will be ready if it is left until the last minute. The original permit will be required in order for you to board the flight or train to Tibet.

For those traveling through Nepal, the Tibet Travel Permit is still required, and must be applied for at least 20 days in advance of your trip. The permit is used by our representative in Kathmandu in order to apply for your visa to enter China at the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, and will be handed to you once all the documents are approved.

Note: No Tibet travel agent can arrange the permits only, and all tourists must be on a pre-booked tour in order for all permits for Tibet to be processed and approved.

 

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Other Travel Permits

Aside from the Tibet Travel Permit, there are other permits that you will need for the tour of Tibet if you are intending to tour in the areas of the region outside Lhasa. Many of these permits can be applied for once you are in Tibet, however, some must be arranged before you travel, and require time to procure.
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Alien’s Travel Permit

The Alien’s Travel Permit is required for those tourists that plan to travel to the “unopened” areas of Tibet, such as Shigatse, and is also required for the closed and sensitive areas of Tibet, such as Nagqu, Ngari, Nyingchi, and Chamdo Prefectures, in conjunction with the Restricted Areas Permit. The Alien’s Travel Permit can easily be applied for once you are in Lhasa, and is normally done by your tour guide while you are acclimatizing to the high altitude.

The Alien’s Travel Permit requires your original passport with Chinese Visa, as well as the original copy of your Tibet Travel Permit for the application, and your guide must do it on your behalf, as foreign tourists are not permitted to make their own permit applications. Processing of the Alien’s Travel Permit at the PSB office in Lhasa takes around 2 hours.

The permit is issued by the Lhasa office of the Public Security Bureau (PSB), and is required for you to be able to visit places like Mount Everest Base Camp, Tashilhunpo Monastery, Rongbuk Monastery, etc.

For those traveling to Lhasa from Nepal, whether by flight or traveling overland, the Alien’s Travel permit must be applied for and issued before you depart Nepal. We will make this application on your behalf in advance of your trip to Lhasa, and the permit will be included in the documents you will be given before leaving Kathmandu.

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Military Permit

The Military Permit, also known as the Restricted Areas Permit, is required for all tourists planning to visit the “military sensitive” areas of Tibet, such as Mount Kailash and the rest of Ngari Prefecture, as well as Chamdo, Shannan, and Nyingchi Prefectures.

While some tour operators are advising that this can be obtained in Lhasa, tourists should be aware that this permit can take several days to process once applied for, and should be applied for along with the Tibet Travel Permit before you depart for Tibet.

Once the permit has been approved, your guide will collect it from the Military Office in Lhasa on your arrival in the Tibetan capital, ready for your trip overland to the areas included in the permit that you wish to visit.

Note: For those traveling by flight or overland from Nepal to Lhasa, we will make the application for the permit on your behalf beforehand, so it is ready for your expected date of travel, and your guide will have it when he meets you at the immigration office at Gyirong Port.

 

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Border Permit

When traveling close to the Chinese border areas of Tibet, such as the border between Tibet and Nepal, Bhutan, and India, the Border Permit or Frontier Pass is required. The permit is issued by the Tibet Armed Police Border Corps in Lhasa, and can only be issued through us as your Tibet tour operators. Once we receive your Tibet Travel Permit, we will make the application for the Border permit using your scanned documents.

The permit applies to those wishing to travel to certain locations near the borders, such as Mount Kailash, Mount Everest, Lake Manasarovar, the Yadong Border Area in Shannan Prefecture, etc., and is also required for those traveling to Nepal across the border checkpoint at Gyirong Port as well as those taking a flight or overland tour from Kathmandu to Lhasa.

Note: For those traveling by flight or overland from Nepal to Lhasa, we will make the application for the permit on your behalf beforehand, so it is ready for your expected date of travel, and your guide will have it when he meets you at the immigration office at Gyirong Port.