Obtaining a Tibet permit and understanding the constantly changing restrictions on travel to Tibet can at first seem like a hassle. With a permit required to enter Tibet, then additional permits for travel to certain areas it can seem like an extremely complicated process. Independent travel in Tibet is not possible at this time. Fortunately a properly registered travel agency can take care of all the details for you. When planning your trip to Tibet, be sure to keep in mind that you will need to do your part by providing the appropriate documents to your travel agency and complying with local laws.
In order to obtain your Tibet permit you will need to provide the appropriate passport and China visa documents and information below:
- Full name
- Date of birth
- Passport number
- Nationality and occupation.
Note about China visa before Applying Tibet Permit
- When applying for your visa it is recommended that you indicate your city of arrival (e.g. Beijing) as your destination in China rather than mentioning that you will go to Tibet, no words of Tibet please.
- If entering Tibet through Nepal, our travel agency will help you obtain a separate visa from the Chinese consulate in Kathmandu, regardless of whether or not you have a Chinese visa already.
When do I need Tibet permits and how to get it?
- Entering Tibet from Nepal by flight or by overland driving: your tour guide will take the original Tibet entry permits to pick you up and show to police to help you check in Tibet-passing the immigration office checking in, we do not send the permits to Nepal)
- Entering Tibet from Nepal, you will need 3 working days time in Kathmandu before leaving for Tibet.
- Entering Tibet from mainland city in China by flight (you need original Tibet permits for airport checking in. Meanwhile when taking train from Chongqing,Xi’an and Lanzhou to Tibet, foreign travelers also need to provide permits physical copies, but travelers only need permits photo copies for the train travel from other cities.
Tibet Travel Permits Restrictions
Unfortunately there are additional restrictions on travel in Tibet for foreign diplomats, government officials, military, and journalists. Make sure and check with us before booking your trip because it is not always possible for these individuals to obtain a Tibet travel permit. Outside of this permit applications are seldom denied as long as you follow the guidelines which we will give you upon inquiry. Also depending on the time of year and local political climate, there may be additional restrictions on group sizes and travel to certain areas of Tibet.
When booking your trip it is important to remember that government regulations can prevent all Tibet travel permits from being issued with little to no advanced notice.
It is important to follow all local laws when travelling in Tibet. While a violation might not set you back much, it is not unheard of that travel agencies are fined in excess of 50,000 yuan and run the risk of losing business. This is especially important in sensitive areas, always listen to your Tibetan guide. While traveling in Tibet you will need to be as respectful and understanding of the local laws as possible. As long as you abide by any regulations applicable at the time of your visit your risk of encountering any problems will be minimized and you will, no doubt, have an unforgettable experience traveling in Tibet.
Here at Tibet Travel Expert Service, we keep updating the application situation, policy and regulations via our blog page. It is critical to know in advance before you book any Tibet trip. Should you have any questions about Tibet tour and permits, please feel free to contact us by email to [email protected] now.