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Top Concerns about Tibet Permit

Apart from Chinese Visa, it is the Tibet Travel Permit (or Tibet Visa) that will allow you to enter holy Tibet. Applying for it often comes first for your Tibet tour. Check the following top concerns about Tibet Permit frequently asked by our clients.

As a well-established local Tibet tour operator since 1984, we promise 100% Tibet Permit application and would help you get Tibet Permit for free after you book our Tibet tours.

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1. Is Tibet permit available for all international tourists?

Currently, a Tibet permit is available to 178 countries that have diplomatic ties with China. Travelers from those countries can apply for the Tibet travel permit to visit Tibet through a Tibet travel agency.

However, if you are a diplomat, journalist, or governmental officials, you need to look for the help from Tibet Foreign Affairs Office, since ordinary Tibet travel agencies are in no position to apply for it on your behalf.

2. Do HK citizens need the permit to Tibet?

If you are a HKSAR citizen, you won’t need the Tibet Permit to tour Tibet. But if you are a dual citizen, you still need to apply for a visa to travel to Tibet.

3. If I already have a Chinese residence permit, do I need Tibet travel permit?

Though you have a Chinese residence permit, if you are not a Chinese citizen, you still need to apply for the Tibet Travel Permit for your trip to Tibet.

Once you confirm your travel itinerary and book your tour with us, you just need to provide the scanned copies of your Chinese visa, the residence permit, and the certificate (from your school or company) to prove your purpose of living in China. The follow-up will be done by us. You just wait for the permit to be issued.

4. If I travel with an Indian passport, how can I get Tibet permit?

The process of applying for a Tibet Permit for Indian citizens is a little different.

If you plan to visit the holy Mount Kailash, you need to get your Tibet Permit through the Foreign Affairs Office of TAR or the Pilgrim Center. Ordinary travel agencies cannot handle the Tibet permit for you.

If you don’t visit Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar, you can share the same Permit process procedure as other international tourists. First, you book a Tibet tour with us and then just provide the scanned copies of your passport and Chinese Visa to us.

5. How long can I stay in Tibet with the Tibet Permit?

The validity of your Tibet Permit is determined by your specific Tibet tour itinerary. Your entry and departure dates will be listed on your permit. You can leave Tibet earlier than the scheduled date, but no later.

6. What is the cost of the Tibet Permit?

For our clients, as long as you book any of our Tibet tours, we would help you get Tibet Permit for free.

7. How long in advance should I apply for Tibet Travel Permit?

Generally, we recommend applying for your Tibet Permit at least 20 days in advance. The permit processing takes 8 to 9 days. It will take another 3 days for the permit to be mailed to your address in mainland China from Lhasa after it is issued.

If you are entering Tibet from mainland China, please make sure you already have a Chinese visa before you apply for your Tibet permit. If you travel from Nepal to Tibet, you need to go to the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu at least three working days in advance to apply for a China Group Visa.

8. When will I get the Tibet permit issued? (around 15 days)

After we get your basic information (scanned photos of your passport, Chinese Visa, and your occupation), then we will hand it over to Tibet Tourism Bureau for the Tibet Permit application.

Then, around 8-9 days, your processed permit is expected to be issued from Tibet Tourism Bureau. Once we get it, we will manage to deliver it by express from Lhasa to your hotel or residence in mainland China.

We promise to deliver it to you as soon as possible. Normally, it takes around 15 days for you to get Tibet Travel Permit. Don’t get too anxious during this particular time. - Find out the complete guide to getting Tibet Permits.

9. What if I lost my Tibet Permit?

If you lost your original Tibet permit before getting to Tibet, you will be denied access to Tibet until we get a new one or a copy of your original permit with an official stamp on it for you.

To ensure you have a hassle-free travel to Tibet, it’s highly advisable to have two copies of your original copies with you and keep an image of your Tibet Permit in your cell phone just in case. If you lose your Tibet Permit, please contact your travel consultant in time.

10. How can I receive Tibet permit?

After we get your Tibet Permit from Tibet Tourism Bureau in Lhasa, we will manage to deliver it by express to your hotels or your residence in mainland China. And your travel consultant will remind you to get it.

In some extreme cases, our staff will give it to you at the airport or train station before you board the plane or board the train to Tibet.

If you happen to stop by Chengdu, you can visit our Chengdu office and get your Tibet Permit yourself, and have a nice chat with your travel consultant.

11. Can you send the Tibet permit to a foreign country?

To minimize the chance of losing your Tibet Permit, we don’t offer an international postal service. Your permit will be delivered safely to your hotel in mainland China before you heading for Tibet.

12. How many copies of the Tibet permit do I need to prepare?

We suggest you prepare two copies of your Tibet Permit in case you get lost one of them or the staff of the railway station might take one.

You can use the copy service at the front desk of your hotel or ask the hotel staff where the nearest printing and photocopy shop is. Usually, it takes around 1 or 2 CNY for two copies.

Please notice that if you decide to fly to Lhasa, the original Tibet Permit is a must.

13. Where and when to check my Tibet Travel Permit?

First, the Tibet permit is checked when you board the Tibet train and flights to Lhasa.

Once you arrive in Tibet and start your tour, your guide will keep the permit for you and the group members.

And on the way to different attractions outside Lhasa, your permit will be checked whenever there is a checkpoint, such as from Lhasa to Shigatse, Lhasa to Everest Base Camp, Lhasa to Namtso Lake, etc.

14. With the Tibet travel permit, can I travel to wherever I choose in Tibet?

Sorry, Tibet Travel Permit alone does not suffice to some remote attractions like Everest Base Camp, Samye Monastery, Mount Kailash, etc. Since Tibet Travel Permit enables you to enter and exit Tibet legally, extra travel permits, like Alien’s Travel Permit and Military Permit are required for trips to remote areas outside Lhasa.

However, no worries! Our guide will remind you and help you get all the necessary travel documents based on your itinerary.

15. What to do with the Tibet permit when finishing my Tibet tour?

After you leave Tibet as planned, the original permit will be collected by your Tibetan guide and late get archived.

Please note that your detailed Tibet tour itineraries, tour destinations, and travel dates are mentioned on your Tibet Permit, please follow your travel plan strictly.

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I am a tour guide in Tibet an was Born in Kham Tibet, I am the father of 2 little girls, bachelor's degree. I have more than 7-years experience of being a tour guide in Tibet. I am a warm, friendly, knowledgeable and attractive guy.

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