Tibet Permits & Tibet Visa

For foreigners who want to travel to Tibet, Apart from your Passport and Chinese visa, you are required to apply for Tibet Travel permits before the tour starting so that you can board the train or flight to Tibet. Also, if you prefer to travel to outside of Lhasa, there are other documents you need like Aliens' Travel Permit and Military Permit. For details, you can check our useful permits guide as follows.

Tibet Group Visa

Tibet visa is also named TGV, it is a special visa for that tourist who visits Tibet from Nepal or China. Many Tourists are confused about it, so here we would like to share more useful information for you to make your trip planning more clear and easier.

 

What kind Tibet visa is required for Kathmandu to Tibet tour


 

if you visit Tibet from Kathmandu (by land or by plane), the only visa required is Tibet Group Visa (TGV). Do not apply any other type of China visa in your country advance, the TGV covers Tibet tour and China tour both, so one TGV is enough already.

Who can NOT get TGV

1) The following countries tourists have to apply China Visa & Tibet Group Visa in their own respective country.

2) If any client who has traveled to following RED highlighted countries , they arenot able to get Tibet Group Visa.

 

How to get TGV?

 

Once you booked the tour with Tibet agent, please send your passport copy by e-mail to them, they will start the Tibet permit application (during your Tibet traveling it will be checked, and it will be managed by your tour agent.). When you arrival Kathmandu, the Nepal operator will help you to apply the TGV, it needs 3 working days for application ( before booking discuss with your tour consultant about your Kathmandu arrival, departure date, and Tibet arrival, departure date to make sure you have enough time to apply and get the TGV in Kathmandu,). After you get the TGV, you can enter Tibet from Nepal by land or by Air.
 

How many types of Tibet Group Visa (TGV)
 

*Normal Application:
 

Days Required: 5 working days
 

1) If you give us your original passport on Monday morning, then we can get TGV and passport back to you in Friday noontime.
 

2) If you give us your original passport on Tuesday morning, then we can get TGV and passport back to you next Monday noontime.
 

3) If you give us original passport on Wednesday morning, then we can get TGV and passport back to you in next Monday noontime.
 

4) If you give us your original passport on Thursday morning, then we can get TGV and passport back to you in next Wednesday noontime.
 

5) If you give us original passport on Friday morning, then we can get TGV and passport back to you in next Wednesday noontime.
 

6) If you give us your original passport on Saturday morning, then we can get TGV and passport back to you next Friday noontime.
 

7) If you give us your original passport on Sunday morning, then we can get TGV and passport back to you in next Friday noontime.
 

*Urgent Application:
 

Days Required: 3 working days
 

1) If you give us your original passport on Monday morning, then we can get TGV and passport back to you in Wednesday noontime.
 

2) If you give us original passport in Tuesday morning, then we can get TGV and passport back to you in Thursday noontime.
 

3) If you give us original passport in Wednesday morning, then we can get TGV and passport back to you in Friday noontime.
 

4) If you give us original passport in Thursday morning, then we can get TGV and passport back to you in next Monday noontime.
 

5) If you give us original passport on Friday morning, then we can get TGV and passport back to you in next Tuesday noontime.
 

6) If you give us original passport on Saturday morning, then we can get TGV and passport back to you in next Wednesday noontime.
 

7) If you give us original passport on Sunday morning, then we can get TGV and passport back to you in next Wednesday noontime.
 

The TGV fee for different countries tourists are not same, inquiry your consultant about the price when needed.
 

Embassy Holidays Reference:
 

During the below holiday period, the Chinese embassy in Kathmandu will not accept the TGV application, please kindly note.
 

1. All weekends
 

2. Jan: New year from 1st to 3rd Jan
 

3. Feb: Spring Festival
 

4. March: no holiday
 

5. April: Qing Ming Festival
 

6. May: Labor Festival
 

7. June: Dragon Boating Festival
 

8. July: no holiday
 

9. August: no holiday
 

10. Sept: Middle Autumn Festival
 

11. Oct: National Holiday
 

12. Nov: no holiday
 

13. Dec: no holiday

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Tibet Travel Permit

What is Tibet Travel Permit (TTP)
 

Tibet Travel Permit refers to the visa for non-Chinese citizens, non-Chinese passport holders, and non-Chinese citizen identity cardholders who need to enter Tibet. It is a document required by the Tibet government for foreign travelers, while Chinese and HK Macao citizens do not need it. Here let us tell you more details about the Tibet Travel Permit.

 

Tibet Permit Sample

 

The First Page of TTB Permit (Tibet Entry Permit)


The Second Page of TTB Permit (The Name List)

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Aliens' Travel Permit to Tibet

Tibet Travel Permit is the most important permit for your Tibet tour, but it is not sufficient, sometimes you need Aliens' Travel Permit if you are are going to visit some border area. Such as Gyangtse, Shigatse, Everest, etc.

According to Tibet local regulation, it is not allowed to only sell any permit to travelers. All travelers to Tibet must book tours or services with a travel agent, and accompanied by a guide during the traveling period.
 

PSB Permit Application
 

we agent will arrange Alien’s Travel Permit (PSB) when tourists are in Lhasa, we will use your original passport and visa to apply for PSB permit, it will only take several hours.
 

Require PSB Permit Restricted Areas:
 

If you only travel to Lhasa and Nagqu regions, you do not need a PSB permit. But if you are planning to visit the following places, the PSB permit is a must.
 

Tsetang: Samye Monastery, Tomb of Tibetan King, Changdruk Temple, Yumbulakhang
 

Shigatse: Sakya Monastery, The Mt. Everest, Rongbuk Monastery
 

Gyangtse: Pelkor Chode Monastery & Kubum Stupa
 

All tourist destination in Nqari Region
 

Basumtso lake in Nyingchi Region
 

All tourist destination in Chamdo Region
 

**Lhasa and Nagqu regions are open to foreign travelers and no need for PSB Permit.**
 

Who Can’t Apply for PSB permit?
 

As a traveler, everyone could get the Alien’s Travel Permit through a travel agent, but for those who travel to Tibet for Non-tourism purposes,for instance, diplomats, journalists, and government officials, whose Tibet tour should be arranged by the Foreign Affairs Office of Tibet Government.

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Military Permit

Only TTB permit is not enough especially if you will also visit some unopened area like some military sensitive places, for instance: Nyingchi (Ranwu, Pomi) and Ngari (Mt.Kailash, Lake Manasarovar) and so on.

It is ONLY required for some restricted areas during your trip, the military permit will be managed by we agent.

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Tibet Visa and China Group Visa Tips

Who needs Tibet Travel Permit
 

1. Foreign Passport Holder
 

2. Tourists from Taiwan, China;
 

3. Overseas Chinese
 

PS: HK and Macao Citizens need to offer Mainland Travel Permit for Hong Kong and Macao Residents

 

Who can’t get TTP
 

1. Diplomats
 

2. Journalists
 

3. Professional media photographer
 

4. Government officials
 

Above travelers need to apply for Tibet permit from Tibet Foreign Affairs Offices.

 

When Tibet Permit checked
 

1. At Train station
 

2. At Airport
 

3. Whole Tour
 

4. At Tibet hotel
 

5. At Scenic spot entry

 

How to apply for Tibet Permit
 

Procedures for applying for Tibet Travel Permit:
 

1. Handing over your passport and China visa copy to travel agency
 

2. The travel agency will apply Tibet permit for tourists
 

3. The travel agency will give Tibet permit to tourists before their Tibet entering
 

4. Only with Tibet travel permit tourists can board on train and flight and visit Tibet.
 

 

Tibet Permit Price:
 

According to the regulation of local Governments, travel agents are only allowed to apply for Tibet permit when tourists indeed book tour and service from agents. It means tourists can't buy a permit from agents only and can't visit Tibet by own.
 

During the travel period, travelers also must be accompanied by the guide. If tourists behavior obeys local regulations, it will be punished as well as a travel agent.
 

But for the travelers who booked a tour or other tour service with us, we promise to offer free Tibet Permit service and guarantee to get your Tibet Permit before you head to Tibet.

 

How Do I Get My Tibet Permit
 

If enter Tibet by flight
 

Option 1: We will post the original paper permit to your home address before your departure date.
 

Option 2: We will post the original paper permit to the hotel in which you stay in China before Lhasa, you can get the permit from the hotel reception desk when checking in. Remember to keep it carefully, as it will be checked at Airport.
 

Option 3: If you not stay in any hotel in other cities of China before Tibet, and only transfer at airport, then our clerk will meet you at airport and pass the permit to you at airport, please guarantee at least 3 hours so that we have enough time to pass the permit to you at airport and you have enough time used for flight transit.

 

If enter Tibet by train
 

Tibet permit color version copy is enough, please print them out twice for train boarding and check.

 

If enter Tibet from Nepal to Tibet (by flight or overland)
 

You do not need to care about the Tibet permit, because the permit copy has been sent to our Nepal office for Group Visa application, you only need the Group Visa for entering Tibet.

 

Is there any age-limit for Tibet Permit application?
 

The answer is No. If you are healthy and have prepared for this trip and do enough methods to cope with altitude sickness, then there will be no problem for you to visit Tibet.
 

I am from Singapore and want to travel to Tibet from Kathmandu, do I need to apply for the group visa?
 

China does have the Visa Exempted policy for passport holders of Singapore, Brunei, and Japan, to visit China without a visa within 15 days. But traveling Tibet from Kathmandu is an exceptional case and not used for that condition, which means you still need to apply for a group visa.

 

If I got the Tibet Group Visa, how many days I can stay in Tibet, or can I visit other cities in China beyond Tibet?
 

The Tibet Group Visa is valid up to 30 days (cannot be extended) and you can arrange your time in Tibet no more than the period. Or if you want to explore other cities in China, the valid Group Visa still works. It's worth mentioning you can never get back to the mainland if you transfer to Hong Kong or Macau as this visa is a single entry.

 

If I want to come to Tibet from Nepal, do I need to apply for a Tibet Group Visa, even if I already got a Chinese Visa?
 

Whether you have already got a Chinese Visa or not, a Group Visa is a must for you to enter Tibet from Nepal, and need to apply through your travel agency. And your existing Chinese visa will be invalid once you got the group visa. Therefore, if you’re intended to enter Tibet via Nepal, do not try to apply a visa for China in your own country, just apply it in Kathmandu.

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Different Visa Requirments for Tibet Travel

Actually, there are two kinds of visas for Tibet travel, one is the China Visa for those travelers who enter Tibet from the inland city of China, and the other is Tibet Group Visa for those travelers who enter Tibet from Nepal. Many travelers are not clear about these two visas, so here let us Third Pole explain it to you in detail.

 

Tibet Group Visa

 

Travelers who enter Tibet from Kathmandu no need to apply for China visa advance, but need to cost 3 working days in Kathmandu to make sure we travel agency have enough time to help you apply for the Tibet Group Visa.

 

Firstly, please confirm your dates and flights schedules to and out Kathmandu with us for avoiding any problems

Secondly, please inform us your destination after Tibet, because it will be listed in the permit and not changeable

Please also kindly inform us of your Kathmandu hotel address, hotel name, and your phone number so that our Nepal clerk can find you easily and effectively, then help you apply the TGV immediately.
 

Because the TGV fee is not included, to apply for TGV, please prepare the TGV fee and 2 passport size photos advance.

 

China Visa
 

Please apply your China visa advance in your country, no mention Tibet will help to avoid any problems.

You can firstly send us your passport copy before handing it to apply for China visa, send us your visa copy later when you have it.
 

If the Chinese embassy requires an invitation letter, please kindly inform us of your arrival China date, arrival city, departure China date, departure city these necessary elements, then we will send you the invitation letter accordingly.
 

No matter you take flight or train to Lhasa, please notice us the enter city names, as it will be written on Tibet permit and not changeable.
 

Enter Tibet by flight, you need the original paper Tibet permit for flight boarding. Confirm your flight's schedules with us before booking, make sure we have enough time to send you the original paper permit.
 

Enter Tibet by train, the Tibet permit color version copy is enough, print them out twice for train boarding.

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Q2 Visa Holders Need Family Invitation Letter

For those travelers who hold a Q2 visa, we agent need your China family members to offer an invitation letter to prove you are their family members.
 

Visa Type: Q2
 

Visit Purpose: Family Visit for visitors of Chinese origin.
 

Required documents:
 

>> Passport copy
 

>> Visa copy
 

>> An Invitation letter from your Chinese family members with his or her Chinese ID card copies.
 

Here below is the sample
 

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No mention Tibet while applying China visa

It is because if you mention you are going to visit Tibet, then you are required to offer Tibet Travel Permit, but actually, for applying for Tibet Travel Permit, we agent need your passport and China visa copy first, so this is an order problem. That's why when applying for a China visa, it is better not to mention Tibet.

Tourists can tell the embassy that you will visit other mainland cities of China instead of Tibet, then the embassy will issue a visa by a normal process. At this time tourists are usually required to provide a China tour invitation letter from an agent, which you can ask a travel agent to make it for you. To make an invitation letter, remember kindly notice the agent your arrival date, arrival place name, departure date and departure place name these details.

 

Also, the embassy will check your international flight's booking information, just show it and the invitation letter to them then you can get the China visa normally.

 

Notice
 

If you are doing Kathmandu-Tibet tour, NOT need to apply China visa advance in your country, but apply it in Kathmandu only, which is call Tibet Group Visa.

 

Check here for more details: www.tibetviator.com

 

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Company Document & School Document for Tibet Tour

If you are working or studying in China, and holding the student or working visa, we also need below documents from you for Tibet permit application:

* Passport Copy

* Visa Copy

* Company / School Certification

Notice

The certification should have below information:

* Company or school title

* Stamp seal

* Your passport name & number

* Time period of work or study .

See below sample:

 

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Tibet Visa for Indian Citizens

There is a special historical and religious background between China and India, usually, the Indian travelers with an Indian passport are generally categorized into 3 types when traveling Tibet.

 

Type 1:
 

The ordinary Indian citizens who visit Tibet other areas than Ali prefecture (Mt. Kailash) can get Tibet visa like other usual foreign tourists.

 

Type 2: Indian Pilgrims

 

Indian pilgrim means who visit Tibet mainly for Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarovar pilgrimage. or even those tourists go to Nagari areas without pilgrimage will be deemed as pilgrims.

 

Type 3:
 

Other Nationality passport holder Indian tourists won’t be treated as a pilgrim, even you go to Mt. Kailash for pilgrimage.
 

How do Indian tourists and Indian pilgrims get Tibet visa (Tibet Travel Permit)
 

Tibet visa application for Indian tourists and Indian pilgrims

 

For Indian tourists:
 

If regular Indian tourists visit Tibet from mainland China, Tibet permit application requires China visa+ Passport copy.

If regular Indian tourists visit Tibet from Nepal (overland or airplane), it is no need to apply for China visa advance, they are required the Tibet Group Visa, which will apply in Kathmandu. Once they arrive Kathmandu, our operator will help you do it, please prepare relative metaries for application.

 

For Indian pilgrims:
 

Indian pilgrim groups traveling to Ali area for pilgrim tours should find the appointed local pilgrimage operators to arrange relative documents. Join our pilgrimage group tours, let our company handle everything for you.
 

For other Nationality passport holder Indian tourists
 

Luckily, these tourists will not be treated as a pilgrim, so even you visit Mt. Kailash for pilgrimage, the application of Tibet permit only requires China visa+ Passport copy.

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