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Can I get my Tibet permit in New York (London, Pairs, Hong Kong)?

For tours from April to October, the Tibet permit will generally be issued to your tour company only about 5 or 6 days before the trip starts. There is no DHL or UPS courier service in Lhasa, so firstly, there is no enough time to courier the permit to New York. Considering your permit will not be checked out of China, so secondly, it's pointless to courier the permit to New York. There is no direct international flight (except from Kathmandu) to Lhasa, so anyway, you have to connect another domestic flight from Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou or Chengdu to Lhasa, and your permit will only be checked at airport in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou or Chengdu. Based on the above reasons, your tour company will just courier the permit to your hotel in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou or Chengdu where you connect another flight to Lhasa. You can get your Tibet permit upon check-in at your hotel. Normally, a 3 days' courier from Lhasa can reach any big city in China; so, you can receive your permit from the hotel about 2 or 3 days before the trip.


The above situation only applies to those who take flight into Lhasa from a certain Chinese city, if you take train into Lhasa. The permit scan copy can be sent to you immediately by email when your tour company gets the permit for you 5 or 6 day before the trip. You just need print out the permit and bring along on the train for the possible checking.

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user portrait Mr. To*** from: What documents are required to travel from Nepal to Tibet?

Hello  I am planning a trip to Katmandu and on to Lhasa and Mt. Kalias. I am  pilgrim. Let me know costs and details I intend to fly or go overload from Katmandu Lhasa etc. Thx.

Answered by Helen

Dear Mr. To***,

Thanks very much for your inquiry. Travelling to Tibet from Nepal, you need to apply for Chinese Group Visa in Kathmandu. Firstly, we'll apply for visa invitation letter with copy of your passport. Next, we'll send visa invitation letter to you and our partner in Kathmandu. When you arrive in Kathmandu, you need to meet with our partner and give them your original passport, then they will go to Chinese embassy and apply for Chinese Group Visa for you. When you board plane from Kathmandu to Lhasa, they'll only check your passport and Chinese Group Visa. Apart from Chinese Group Visa, you also need Tibet Permit, we'lll apply for Tibet Permit for you in Lhasa, and our guide will pick you up at Lhasa airport with your permit. I will send detailed itinerary to your email, please check it. Thanks & Regards

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