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Tibet Travel Permit Guide

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 Tibet travel 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 travel permit. Here we’ll go over more details in this Tibet travel permit guide.

2019 Tibet Travel Permit

Unlike previous years, Tibet opens to foreign tourists even in WHOLE March(when was supposed to closed the whole month before), but in whole March, people need to take private tour, no group tour. Obviously we have more opening policy on tourism in Tibet. In 2019, Tibet keeps opening from the very begining, which is quite beyong our forecast. This is the first time of the new loose on the policy since 2008. This is quite promising for us in 2019. And we give our big hug for all the international friends to visit Tibet in March with quite low cost on hotel, vehicle fee and entrance fee. So this is the really cost-effective time to enjoy Tibet sunshine in early Spring time. As north part might be affected by low temperature, but no problem to visit New Everest Camp Base and souther part of Tibet. Especially the peach blossom in Nyinchi in late March which is only for Chinese tourists before. And this year it will open for all people to visit.

UPDATING 2019 message

2019 Update 1: (26-02-2019)

 Good news is that all the international friends can visit Tibet in whole March, only need to take private tour, not join in any group tours. So you will not miss the Peach Blossom Festival in Nyinchi in March this year.  

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Learn More with Our Tibet Travel Permit Guides

If you want to learn more about getting a Tibet travel permit and all of what Tibet travel permits entail, you can check out our various Tibet travel permit guides below. You can learn more about what exactly a Tibet permit is, how to apply for one, and where and when to get one. Our guides will help make it easy to get the permit you need to enjoy your next trip to this country, without the hassles that can come without understanding what a Tibetan tour requires. You can also learn more about how to apply for a Chinese visa. Once you have your Tibet travel permit, you can learn more about our tour packages and start scheduling your next trip with us.

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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