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November,22 2019 BY Master Catherine Jigme 0 COMMENTS

Permit to Western Tibet and Remote Area of Tibet

Tibet Travel Permit will not be sufficient if the travelers’ destination covers some "closed" areas or the border area in Tibet. In addition to Tibet Travel Permit, visitors also need to apply for Aliens' Travel Permit, Foreign Affair Permit, and Military Permit.

However, there is no need to worry about getting them.

Our Tibetan guide will help you get the one needed before you leave for the next destination in Tibet.

Let’s take a quick look at which attraction or region requires a particular permit.

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Which Places Require Aliens' Travel Permit?

As everyone knows, the most basic permit to Tibet is Tibet Travel Permit which is issued by Tibet Travel Bureau and is required as an must entry pass to Tibet for every traveler. Travelling with Tibet Travel Permit, also called TTB Permit, you can go around Lhasa city, main tourist road in Nyingchi, Gyantse, Shigatse, Namtso and Naque.

If you want to explore those "closed" places, such as Mount Everest Base Camp, Tsedang Samye Monastery, you need to further apply a “PSB Permit”, which is issued by the Local Public Security Bureau (PSB) of Tibet. Fortunately, the PSB Permit is quite easy to apply and can only be arranged by travel agencies who are just arranging the tours for you.

PSB Permit - Aliens' Travel Permit permits international tourists to visit “restricted” or “non-open” areas in Tibet, such as:

Shigatse Prefecture: Mt. Everest, Rongbuk Monastery, Sakya Monastery
Gyantse County: Pelkor Chode Monastery & Kubum Stupa
Entire Ngari Prefecture, including Mt.Kailash and Manasarovar
Shannan Prefecture: Samye Monastery, Tomb of Tibetan King, Changdruk Temple, Yumbulakhang
Nyingchi: Basumtso Lake, Pomi, etc.
Western Nagqu Prefecture

Aliens' Travel Permit Required Map

Map of Aliens' Travel Permit Required Area

Note: We can only arrange your Aliens' Travel Permit upon your arrival in Lhasa, because we need the original passport and China Visa to arrange it. This permit is normally applied at the destination city, for example, if you are going to travel to Mount Everest, you can get Aliens' Travel Permit in Shigatse City.

Which Places Require Foreign Affairs Permit and Military Permit?

It’s the Foreign Affairs Permit and Military Permit that allow international tourists to visit “restricted‘’ and “sensitive” military region, such as:

Western Nagqu Prefecture
Entire Ngari Prefecture, including Mt.Kailash and Manasarovar
Shigatse Prefecture: Zhongba County
Chamdo Prefecture: Ranwu Lake

Foreign Affairs Permit and Military Permit Required Map

Map of Foreign Affairs Permit and Military Permit Required Area

Who Can Apply for These Permits?

As a tourist, everyone could get the relevant permits through a travel agency, but for those who travel to Tibet for Non-tourism purposes, such as diplomats, journalists, and government officials, they should travel to Tibet under the arrangement of the Foreign Affairs Office of Tibet Government.

How to Apply for the Relevant Permits?

No trouble at all. Our Tibetan guide will remind you to give your passport to him and he will help you get it for all the necessary permits for the next destination. The cost for each permit is around 70 CNY.

Note: Please ask your guide for the current price.

Places Unavailable to International Tourists

Nyingchi Prefecture: Yarlung ZangboGrand Canyon, Nanyi Valley, etc.
Shannan Prefecture: Lhamo La-tso
Shigatse Prefecture: Zhangmu (currently unavailable to international tourists)
Entire Chamdo Prefecture: except the road overlapping Chengdu-Lhasa Highway and Kunming to Lhasa highway.

For more questions about Tibet Permit and Tibet tours, Please feel free to email us and our professional travel consultants will offer one on one consultation within 1-24hrs.

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Master Catherine Jigme

About the Author - Master Catherine Jigme

With exceptional passion and outstanding leadership, Mrs. Catherine has dedicated herself to Tibet inbound tourism and China tour for 15 years. As one of the handful females who see great potential of Chinese inbound tourism, Catherine has made great contribution to promoting Tibet tourism and enhancing the employment of Tibetans and prosperity of local Tibetan community.

Over the years, she travelled overseas with Tibet Tourism Bureau many times to promote Tibet tourism. Currently, Catherine works as the marketing director of Tibet Vista, an opinion leader behind the whole team of Tibet Vista.

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