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Benefiting from the favorable policy, Tibet Vista can guarantee you a Tibet Permit. In the past years, we've organized over 80,000 individual travelers and more than 30,000 tour groups with assured permits to Tibet, even during the very difficult period of time in early 2012. Now, we're taking reservations for 2019 Tibet tours. Do not hesitate to contact us if you are planning a trip to Tibet. Click the best of Tibet tours here.

How to get Tibet Travel Permit, Successful Application Tips

2019 Latest Tibet Travel Permit Information Updated on April.15,2019


Tibet Permit Service Has Been in Full Swing Ever Since Early April 2019

April 1st, 2019 officially marks the opening of this year’s Tibet travel. As expected, we’ve seen an upsurge in the number of Tibet Permit applications. So far, the processing of Tibet Permit for our clients has gone smoothly. And such strong momentum is expected to last from April to Nov. To ensure you a seamless Tibet travel experience, we suggest you start preparing your Tibet Permit at least leave 20 days before you hit the road for Tibet.

In the past year (2018) we've successfully handled as many as 8,000 Tibet permit applications, without a single failure.

Please kindly share your wanderlust, travel dates and initial tour plans with us, we promise to offer you the most reliable Tibet permit service and beyond for your Tibet travel in 2019. Click the link to mail your inquiry to us, our friendly travel consultants will give you a prompt reply (within 24h) and expert advice. If you travel on a budget, why not join our fixed-departure Tibet small group tour with the most competitive price you can get.

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Online Tibet Permit Application

Tibet Travel Permit, also known as Tibet Visa or Tibet Entry Permit, is an indispensable travel permit for international tourists to enter Tibet in addition to Chinese visa. For every foreign traveler, Tibet Permit is required as a must entry pass to board the flight or Tibet train bound for Lhasa.

>What Does Tibet Travel Permit Look Like?
>Who Needs Tibet Permit to Tibet and Who Don’t Need It?
>How to Get Tibet Permit Successfully? What Exactly You Need to Do?
>When and Where You will Get your Tibet Permit?
>The Price of A Tibet Permit; How Much Does Tibet Permit Cost?
>What are Aliens’ Travel Permit and Military Entry Permit?
>Pay Attention to Some Rules.

What Does Tibet Travel Permit Look Like?

The Tibet Travel Permit is issued by Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB).On this paper your tour group number, Tibet tour date, and day-to-day itineraries, number of travelers and tour operator will be clearly written, along with a travel group list.

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A Sample of Tibet Entry Permit

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Travelers's information is also attached to the Tibet Permit

Travelers need to have Tibet Travel Permit to enter into Lhasa or any other parts of the Tibetan Autonomous Region. It is obtained through tour operators for most tourists. When you take a flight or train to Lhasa, you will be asked to show this permit during check-in. Furthermore, the permit is also needed by groups traveling by road. But this will be arranged by the travel agency organizing the trip.

Who Needs Tibet Permit to Tibet and Who Don’t Need It?

a. Tibet Entry Permit for the Majority of International Tourists

Due to Tibet's unique ethnic traditions, cultural heritage, tourist service facilities, reception capacity, ecological protection needs and traffic situation, the National Tourism Administration prescribed that international tourists, like US citizens, Canadian citizens, and UK citizens and German citizens and French citizens, and Spanish citizens, and other tourists from the west and Asian countries, have to get a Tibet Travel Permit before you are allowed to enter Tibet.

Currently, Tibet Permit is readily available for Norwegian citizens. For Bhutan citizen, you can get your Tibet Permit to visit Tibet only through the help of Pilgrim Center (non-governmental) in Tibet. With the exception of Bhutan citizens and Indian pilgrims to Mt.Kailash, and in other extreme situations, we can help all the international tourists get your Tibet Permit.

All tourists can get it through a travel agency except for diplomats, journalists and government officials. You have to go through the Tibet Foreign Affairs Office.

b. Tibet Travel Permit for Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan Residents:

For the residents of Hong Kong and Macau, there is no need to apply for the Tibet travel permit (Tibet visa). All you need to take is your HK/Macau SAR Passport and Home Return Permit.

While the Chinese living in Taiwan or Taiwan residents, you need to get Mainland Travel Permit for Taiwan Residents (MTP) and Tibet Travel Permit to visit Tibet.

Meanwhile, to the global overseas Chinese, if you don’t have Chinese ID or travel to Tibet as an overseas Chinese immigrant, you still need to get China visa and Tibet Travel Permit to visit Tibet.

c. Tibet Visa for Indian Citizens

Tibet Visa requirements for Indian citizens vary depend on whether you are an ordinary Indian tourists or an Indian pilgrim who prefer to visit Mt. Kailash from Lhasa. Please follow the link to check the detailed Tibet Visa policy for Indian nationals.

d. Tibet Visa from Nepal

If you plan to visit Tibet from Nepal, the basic Tibet Permit application procedure remains the same. Meanwhile, you have to get Group Tourist Visa to enter Tibet from Nepal. Please check the detailed guide for Tibet Visa from Nepal.

Whatever Tibet-entry city you choose, our dedicated travel consultants will offer the most tourist-friendly service for you to secure your Tibet Permit and offer easy solutions for your Tibet tour booking.

Tibet Permit Application Procedure; What Exactly You Need to do?

a. Get Chinese Visa First

As Tibet Autonomous Region is one of the provinces of China, overseas tourists will need to obtain Chinese Visa first on your own for applying for Tibet Permit and for the purpose of entering China. You can apply for it in a Chinese Embassy closest to you in your country or in Hong Kong. To most of the international tourists, a China tourist visa, also known as “L” visa, will be enough.

Meanwhile, we also offer help to facilitate your China Visa application, for example issuing the letter of invitation for your Tibet tour, etc. For more details, you may consult our travel consultants via emails.

Insider Tips: You need a Chinese Visa to go to mainland China and later after you get Tibet Permit, then you can legally board either Tibet train or flight to reach Lhasa.

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A Sample of Chinese Visa:L Visa

b. Email Us the Photo Image of Your Passport Information Page and Chinese Visa Page and the Photo of Yourself at least 20 days before your Tibet tour starts.

There are three main types of Chinese Visa, “L”,”F”,“Z”, symbolizing visiting China for the purpose of travel, business and work respectively. And our travel consultants will inform you which China visa is exactly the one you need.

Note: If you work or live in China or visit China for business purpose, you will need to offer a certificate to prove your purpose for visiting China.

Sample of Certifacate Paper

We herewith confirm that your full name , Passport Number, is working at your company name since  the date you join in this company to work as your position . 
(for visiting) Visit our company for your purpose , from the date you star visiting to the date you end visiting.If you have any question concerning with your full name, please feel free to contact the telephone number and fax number of your company
Company Name:
Company Seal:

Besides, any Visa issued by associations like APEC is not equal to Chinese Visa for Tibet Travel Permit application.

When and Where Can I Get My Tibet Permit?

Normally, it takes around 8-9 days to process your Tibet Permit in Tibet Tourism Bureau. Then, we will have it delivered to your hotel by express in mainland China. For those who take a domestic flight to Lhasa, only when you get the original Tibet Permit can you to board the plane legally to Tibet.

If you plan to take Tibet train to Lhasa, the printed copy (2) of your Tibet permit will suffice. However, if you intend to take Tibet train from Chongqing, Xi’an or Lanzhou to Lhasa, the original Tibet Permit will be required.

For the safety reason, your Tibet Permit will not be delivered to your country or places outside mainland China. If you happen to have a brief stopover at the airport in China for a connecting flight to Lhasa, our staff will deliver the Tibet Permit to you in person at the airport.

*For urgent permit, it takes 4-5 days to process and extra charge is required.

Tibet Permit Price: How Much Does My Tibet Visa Cost?

For our clients, as long as you book our Tibet tour, we promise to offer Tibet Permit service for free and guarantee to get your Tibet Permit before you head to Tibet.

What are Aliens' Travel Permit and Military Entry Permit?

(---a further reading of other Tibet permits you may need. Feel a little confused? No worries! We will get them done for you. )

In reality, even if you have the Tibet Travel Permit, you are not allowed to travel anywhere else outside of Lhasa city. If you want to get out of Lhasa, such as EBC or Mt. Kailash, you have to apply for other permits, like Aliens' Travel Permit and Military Permit.

However, you don’t need to worry about getting these permits since your Tibetan guide will help you get them properly after you land in Lhasa and get everything ready for your further visit after the day tour in Lhasa.

Aliens' Travel Permit

The Alien’s Travel Permit is issued by the Public Security Bureau. It is required when tourists are planning to travel to the 'unopened' areas of Tibet, like Mount Everest Base Camp in Shigatse, Samye Monastery in Tsedang.

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A Sample of Aliens' Travel Permit

Aliens' Travel Permit is required to visit 'unopened' areas. It is issued by the police (Public Security Bureau, "PSB"). Usually, you can apply for it once you arrive at Lhasa. For tour groups, our guide will ask you for the passport and Tibet Travel Permit, with which they will submit to the Foreign Affairs Division of the PSB for the Aliens’ Permit.

It normally takes several hours and the cost is 50 CNY per person. If you travel alone, you need to join local tours to 'unopened' areas, and the local travel agencies will arrange the PSB for you as well. Pay attention, no travel agency can provide 'Alien’s Travel permit-only' service.

Notice: If you want to do a Tibet overland tour from Yunnan, Sichuan, Qinghai or Xinjiang province to Tibet, you must got the PSB permit before your tour starts. However, currently, the overland tours above are not available. (Updated Jun, 7, 2018). If they become available again in the future, we will inform you in the first place.

Which parts of Tibet require Alien's Travel Permit for a visit?

At present, you have to apply for a Alien’s Travel permit if you are planning to visit the following places:

Tsedang: Samye Monastery, Tomb of Tibetan King, Trundruk Monastery, Yumbulakhang
Shigatse: Sakya Monastery, Mt. Everest, Rongbuk Monastery
Gyangtse: PelkorChode Monastery &Kubum Stupa
Ngari Region: Mt. Kailash, Lake Manasarovar, Tsaparang, Years, etc.
Nyingchi Region: Basum-tso, Pomi, Rawo-tso, etc.
Chamdo Region: Chamdo, Riwoche, Tengchen, etc.

Military Area Entry Permit

The military area entry permit is required if tourists are planning to travel to some military sensitive areas in Tibet. Like Mount Kailash in Ali, Rowok Lake in Chamdo.

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A Sample of Military Permit

Sensitive borders such as Mt. Kailash and eastern Tibet not only require a Military Area Entry Permit, but also a Foreign Affairs Permit. For Tholing and Tsaparang in western Tibet, you will also need a permit from the local Cultural Antiquities Department. All these will be arranged by our travel agency one month before you enter Tibet.

The Military Area Entry Permit is issued by the military affairs office while the Foreign Affairs Permit is issued by the Foreign affairs office in Lhasa. It normally takes 10-15 working days to get them all.

We know the notoriously complex Tibet travel documents may leave you bewildered. However, we promise to get all the permits you need timely and all you to solely immerse yourself in experiencing the thrilling Tibet tour.

Other Matters to Pay Attention to

Our clients need to bear in mind that:

a. Travelers need to offer unfeigned, effective and related credential, license or certificate through which we will apply for necessary permits.

Once any counterfeit credential, license or certificate from travelers is confirmed, Tibet Vista reserves the right to cancel the corresponding trip, without any refund. Necessary compensation from travelers also occurs when any counterfeit made by the travelers induces loss to Tibet Vista.

b. Only after having your Tibet Travel Permit can a travel agency buy air tickets for you. You can then pass airport check-in.

Unforeseeable events when applying for Tibet Visa

When there are important political events or any indication of such political or social unrest, the government may not issue Tibet Travel Permits. Although the conflicts are defused day by day, it is still a problem out of our control. Therefore, we cannot guarantee that you will get the Tibet Travel Permit under those circumstances.

Moreover, we cannot predict when it will happen. Please do understand and take it into consideration when planning your trip to Tibet. However, there is no need to worry too much because it rarely happens. And any unofficial information you find on the Internet or hear from other people, even from travel agencies, can be considered as a rumor. Please do not believe it unless you get an announcement from the government.

Let our Chief Editor (Frank) Tells you How to Get Tibet Travel Permit in an Easiest Way.

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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