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September,05 2019 BY Lobsang Tsering 0 COMMENTS

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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When will you get the Tibet Travel Permit? (around 15 days)

After we get your basic information (scanned photos of your passport and Chinese Visa and your occupation), then we will hand it over to Tibet Tourism Bureau for Tibet Permit application. Besides, if you are an overseas student or an expatriate working in China, you have to provide a certificate (from your school or company) to prove your purpose of visiting China. Then, around 8-9 days, your processed permit is expected to be issued from TTB. Then we will manage to deliver it by express from Lhasa to your hotel or residence in China.

We promise to deliver it to you as soon as possible. Please don’t get too anxious during this particular time. In some extreme and rare cases, our staff will give the permit to you right before you board the Tibet train or flight to Lhasa. Overall, normally it takes around 15 days for you to get Tibet Travel Permit. - Find out the complete guide to getting Tibet Permits.

Where and when will you need the Travel Permit?

Tibet Permit is checked when you board the Tibet Train and flights to Lhasa. As you travel in Tibet, your guide will keep your permit for the group members. And whenever there is a checkpoint, your permit will be checked on your way to different attractions outside Lhasa, such as travel from Lhasa to Shigatse, Lhasa to EBC, Lhasa to Namtso, etc.

How many copies of Tibet Permit you need to prepare?

Well, the answer depends on where you travel to Tibet and by which means. Normally, if you take Tibet train to Lhasa, only the copy of original Tibet Permit will be checked., except for the cities from Chongqing, Xi’an, Lanzhou, and Shanghai.

And we suggest you preparing two copies of your Tibet Permit in case you get lost one of them or the staff of railway station might take one. If you decide to fly to Lhasa, original Tibet Permit is a must. 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.

a. Chinese Gateway Cities to Tibet:

By domestic flights: original Tibet Travel Permit is required
By Tibet train: Chongqing-Lhasa, Lanzhou-Lhasa, Xi’an-Lhasa, Shanghai (original Tibet Travel Permit is required); other cities (two copies of Tibet Permit are enough)

b. Kathmandu to Lhasa:

By flight: Chinese Group Visa (checked in airport in Nepal) + original Tibet Travel Permit (Your guide will give it to you in Lhasa)
By overland Trip: Chinese Group Visa + original Tibet Travel Permit

How to solve the emergent situations and unexpected problems?

Well, sometimes unexpected things do happen, for example our client loses his original Tibet Permit. In this case, 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 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 did get lost of your Tibet Permit, contact your travel consultants promptly.

When is Tibet permit used during your tour when arriving in Lhasa?

As you travel in Tibet, your Tibet permit will be checked many times (sometimes along with other travel documents) on the highway when there is a checkpoint close to the attraction. Your Tibetan guide will keep your Tibet permit and show it to officers when needed.

What to do with permit when finishing your tour?

In fact, your detailed Tibet tour itineraries and tour destinations will be written on your Tibet Permit. After you leave Tibet as planned, the original permit will collected by your Tibetan guide and later get archived.

What is the cost for Tibet Permit?

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

How can you get 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 in China. And our travel consultant will remind you to get it. In some extreme cases, our staff will give it to you right before you board the plane or Tibet train at the airport or railway station. 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.

Can we send Tibet Permit to a foreign country?

Well, to minimize the chance of getting lost of Tibet Permit, we don’t offer such service. Your Permit will be delivered safely to your hotels in China before you heading for Tibet.

Do HK citizens need a Tibet Permit to Tibet?

If you are a HKSAR citizen, you won't need Tibet Permit to tour Tibet. However, if you immigrate to USA, and now you are a US citizen or Chinese American. You have to get your Tibet Permit to enter Tibet.

Is Tibet Permit available for all tourists?

Currently, Tibet Permit is available to 178 countries that have diplomatic ties with China. 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.

How can Indian citizens get Tibet Permit?

Like other international tourists, Indian citizens actually share the same Permit process procedure. Firstly book Tibet tour with us and then mail your scanned copy of your passport and Chinese Visa to your travel consultant. Of course, don’t forget to tell us your occupation.

Then, if you plan to fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa, you need to get Chinese Group Visa ( we have Kathmandu-base office which offers service) to board the international flight to Lhasa. Our Tibetan guide will be expecting you with your Tibet Permit outside Lhasa Gonggar Airport. - Check the complete guide for Indian travelers to get Tibet Permit.

If you decide to enjoy road trip from Nepal to Tibet, firstly you need to get your Chinese Group Visa ( it takes 3-day process in Kathmandu) our guide will get your Tibet permit and meet you at the Sino-Nepal border(Gyirong Port) with your Tibet Permit and travel with you all the way to Lhasa.

With Tibet Travel Permit, can we travel to wherever we choose in Tibet?

Tibet Travel Permit enables you to enter and exit Tibet legally. However, to some restricted attractions like Everest Base Camp, Samye Monastery, Mt. Kailash, etc. Tibet Travel Permit alone does not suffice. You need to have Alien’s Travel Permit or Military Permit depending on different situation. However, no worries! Our guide will remind you and help you get all the necessary travel documents based on your itinerary.

How to get Chinese Group Visa in Kathmandu?

Well, currently Chinese Group Visa and Tibet Travel Permit are the only travel documents you need to enter and travel in Tibet from Nepal, though your Tibet Permit will be given to you as you land in Lhasa Gonggar airport if you travel by flight. - Check the Kathmandu to Lhasa overland tour.

Do arrive in Kathmandu earlier before your tour starts in Tibet. It takes 3 days to process your Chinese Group Visa in Kathmandu. We have Kathmandu-based office which can offer your great help. All you need to do is leave your passport and your photos and pay the visa process fee to our staff. Then we can help you get Chinese Group Visa. Remember Chinese Group Visa does not mean only a bunch of tourists can apply for it. Individual tourists will also do.

If you have other questions concerning Tibet Travel Permit or Chinese Group Visa or other issues about Tibet tour, please feel free to send us inquiry for professional and free consultation. We are ready to help you out.

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Lobsang Tsering

About the Author - Lobsang Tsering

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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