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September,16 2019 BY Master Catherine Jigme 0 COMMENTS

Tibet Permit Without Tour

Unlike traveling elsewhere in China, for international tourists, you have to get a Tibet Permit to visit Tibet.

Besides, only through a local Tibet travel agency can you get it.

So, can you only get a Tibet Permit and travel independently in Tibet?

Well, the answer is no and here is the reason.

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Why You Can’t Get a Tibet Permit without Joining a Tour?

Some of our customers preferring independent travel would ask us for a Tibet permit only. Though we did provide such services before, we have to say “SORRY” now.

After March 14, 2008 when a series of riots, protests, and demonstrations took place in Lhasa, local government implements more strict regulations on tourism industry. All foreign travelers are required to book tour services, either a group tour or a private one, especially hiring a tour guide and a car for their whole trip in Tibet, from the travel agency through which they apply for the permit. They must submit their trip schedule, and the date for Tibet entry/exit, and tour operator, No. of travelers, etc. to the local government for approval when applying for the permit. Once the permit is issued, they are not allowed to change their itinerary at will. - Find out how to get a Tibet permit.

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Therefore, travelers, backpackers in particular, are faced with bigger tour cost and limited flexibility. The cost may increase from dozens of dollars per day to hundreds. For example, they have to spend a lot on renting a car instead of taking a bus from Lhasa to Shigatse. In addition, they have to hire a tour guide for the whole trip, not selectively.

As a responsible company, we won’t break the law and get you into trouble. Thus, we have to say “NO” if you ask for a Tibet permit only. But we have figured out three solutions for increasing flexibility and reducing your cost as much as possible.

1. To increase flexibility

Apply for more tourist destinations and a longer time than planned. Then, you can extend or shorten your trip in Tibet flexibly within the validity of your permit. The cost will not increase because of more sites or a longer period of validity.

2. To reduce the cost

Tibet Travel Org is the first local travel agency to launch Tibet group tours to help tourists to save more money. We offer several popular group tours with regular departures each week, such as Lhasa to Everest Base Camp or Kathmandu. The cost can be reduced to 120-150 dollars per day, even for a long trip.

3. To obtain more free time

You can arrange 1-2 free days for shopping, resting or doing other things you are interested in.

Prefer Peace & Quiet? Customizing a Private Tour is the Best Option.

If you are not the kind of group tour person, then tailor-making your Tibet journey will give you the greater flexibility and freedom you prefer.

Simply tell your needs and interest to our travel consultants. They will offer you plenty of feasible travel advice and solutions and help you customize a Tibet tour.

If you have more questions concerning Tibet permit and Tibet tours, please do not hesitate to reach us for free consultation.

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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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