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Tibet Permit

Issued by the Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB), Tibet Permit is a two-page A4 size document that allows you to enter and travel in Tibet. Tourists can only get this permit from a local tour operator in Lhasa whom you book a tour with to apply for the permit from the TTB, you have to send by email the scan copy of your valid passport and Chinese visa to your Tibet tour operator at least 15 days before the tour because the application & approval takes about 10 days. 

 There is no "permit-only" service from your tour operator, tour guide, vehicle and accommodation are all indispensable parts of this packaged tour like the Tibet permit

Tibet Permit 2017

Like previous years, Tibet opens to foreign tourists again from the very beginning of April after the complete closure in March. To some degree, April is seen as the beginning month for Tibet inbound tourism each year and Tibet permit policy declared in each April serves like an indicator for the whole year remains. Yet, it is still very hard to expect what's the next possible policy change could be. The new policy (restriction) could come out anytime if there is any sensitive event (anniversaries, visit by central-government officials or foreign politician) approaches or unexpected suddenness (social unrest, strike) take place. Based on our close relationship with related governmental bodies and rich experience in Tibet tourism, we will keep updating the latest Tibet permit policy in 2017 here if there is any new regulation come out.

UPDATING 2017 message

2017 Update 6: (20-07-2017)

 For some reasons, all the international tourists shall leave Tibet before 31st, August, 2015; from now on, tourism administration will not accept any Tibet travel permit application for tours in September, 2015; further news will be announced concerning when international tourists can get travel permit into Tibet in this September. 

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Tibet Permit Guide

What is Tibet Permit
What is Tibet Permit
Issued by the Tibet Tourism Bureau, Tibet Permit (also known as Tibet visa) is an A4 size document that allows you to enter and travel in Tibet. Tibet permit has been existed since the 1980s when Tibet firstly opened its door to foreign tourists.
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How to apply for Tibet Permit
How to apply for Tibet Permit
If you enter Lhasa by train or flight from a Chinese city, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Xining and etc, you have to apply for a Chinese (tourist) visa firstly. You cannot do the Tibet permit application by yourself; your Tibet tour operator...
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Where to get my Tibet permit
Where to get my Tibet permit
About 5-7 days before the trip, Tibet (entry) permit will be issued to your Tibet tour operator. Then, your tour operator will send you the permit depending on how you enter Lhasa. will send you the permit depending on how you enter Lhasa.
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When to get my Tibet permit
When to get my Tibet permit
For a normal Tibet tour, including tours to Mt. Everest, permit application must be carried out 15 days before the trip starts. The permit application checking and approval takes about 8 days, because not only Tibet ...
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Chinese Visa

Tibet is part of China politically, so to travel into Tibet, a valid Chinese visa is a must-have document for sure. Tibet is the only province in China that requires a travel permit and a pre-organized tour for non-Chinese tourists.
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Chinese Visa

Tibet Permit Nepal

Across the world, there is only one direct international flight to Lhasa that departs from Kathmandu, Nepal; besides, the Chinese Customs at Zhangmu that borders Nepal is also the only Customs that allows international tourists to enter and exit Tibet by overland..

What follows is some fundamental and essential facts concerning how to get all documents processed in a right and quick way.

  1. Email us your passport copy 15 days ahead
  2. We get the China Visa Invitation Letter for you
  3. You meet our China Visa partner in Kathmandu
  4. You obtain your China Visa 3 working days later
  5. Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa with the China Visa
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