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How to apply for the Chinese Group Visa? How much time it takes and do I have to stay in Kathmandu to wait for the visa to be approved?

Time: 19-02-2019 This Article is Composed by BudgetTibetTour

Entering Lhasa from Kathmandu, you need to apply for Chinese Group Visa in Kathmandu, the group visa is the only voucher for you to enter Tibet from Nepal. That is to say it is useless to have any other kind of Chinese visa obtained in any other country. The Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu accepts group visa application form from 10am till 2pm from Monday till Friday, but it takes at least three working days to get the Chinese group visa issued. So, please leave yourself enough time for visa application in Kathmandu. Firstly, we will apply for a Visa Invitation Letter with a copy of your passport about 20-25 days before your departure date based on the fact that you book a tour with us that early enough; Next, we will send the visa invitation letter to you and our visa agent partner in Kathmandu (about 10 days before departure date);

Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu
Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu

When you arrive in Kathmandu, you need to meet with our partner and give your original passport to him, and he will go to Chinese Embassy and apply for the group visa for you. Finally, pick up your passport and Chinese Group Visa from our partner and start your tour to Tibet. There are two kinds of group visa application, one is normal application, which takes four working days; another is urgent application, which takes three working days. During visa application, you don’t have to stay in Kathmandu all the time, you can travel other places in Nepal with a photo copy your passport. Different from normal visa printed on the travelers’ passport, Chinese Group Visa is a separate piece of A4 size paper with your name, gender, date of birth, nationality, passport number, entry and exit date of China on it.

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What documents are required to travel from Nepal to Tibet?

Nepal to Tibet visa

To travel from Kathmandu to Lhasa by air or overland, one has to bring passport and Chinese Group Visa; Tibet tour operator will hand the Tibet Travel Permit and pick you up with that permit allows you to travel in Tibet.
Can I apply for the Chinese Group Visa if I travel only by myself alone?

Chinese Group Visa one person

Chinese Group Visa for Tibet tours can both be applied by individuals and groups even this visa is called “group visa”. Solo traveler is allowed to apply for this group visa too.
What’s the valid duration of Chinese Group Visa? By using this visa, can I visit other parts of China, like Beijing or Shanghai after my tour in Tibet? Can I extend it while I am in China?

Chinese Group Visa Validation

Chinese Group Visa issued by the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu, also known as Tibet visa, is normally valid for 15 and 30 days.
Do I have to go to the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu in person? What documents should be prepared for the group visa application?

Chinese Group Visa Application

Visa application form, passport, visa invitation letter, passport size picture and visa fees are things needed when applying for a Tibet visa in Kathmandu.
Which overland port is open for tourists to travel into Tibet from Nepal? When it opens and closes?

Nepal to Tibet via Gyirong

Gyirong Port(E85.30/N28.85) between China and Nepal is the only available open port for international tourists to travel between China and Nepal by overland
What the road condition like from Kathmandu to Gyirong Port by overland? Is it safe?

Kathmandu to Gyirong Road

There is 170km from Kathmandu to Gyirong, the journey takes around 7 hours. The road condition is not ideally good but the scenery on the way is really good.
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Hi Nancy

I want to visit in Oct 2020 and do the Mt Kailash tour. I want to bring two of my grandchildren - aged 8 and 10 years old. Do you think it is possible?

Thanks

Answered by Nancy

Dear Mr. Ul***,

Greetings from Nancy at Budget Tibet Tour, thanks for visiting our website and sending your inquiry. I think it will be no problem for you to bring your grandchildren to do the trekking, as we had clients before who took child less than 4 years old did it, and they hired porter to carry him for some part. If you like, you can hire a horse and horse man to carry them to save the energy there. And also I recommend you to arrive in Lhasa1-2days earlier to make the children adjust the high place better if you have enough time. And I will send you the tour details, please check it by email. Best regards.

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