Travel to Tibet from Sydney, Melbourne Australia to Lhasa Tibet
Travel to Tibet from Australia

Travel to Tibet from Australia, Melbourne Australia to Lhasa Tibet

We warm welcome Australian travelers to travel to Tibet! Based in Lhasa, Tibet Travel Expert Service help many Australian travelers travel in Tibet with ease and lower price. Today we present our guide on how to travel to Tibet from Australia.

Here we are happy to shares the important Tibet tour information with distinguished travelers from Australia.

1) How to get to Tibet from Australia

As all people know that, to enter Tibet, you have two destinations options to travel to before entering Tibet. One is China and another one is Nepal. The gate way city to fly from mainland China to Lhasa is Chengdu. There are about 20 flights between Lhasa and Chengdu a day. It is fairly convenient for Australian travelers to fly to Chongqing, Chengdu, Shanghai, Guangzhou or Beijing. There is flight from Melbourne or Sydney to these cities in China. And the Tibet travel permits can be delivered to traveler’s hotel in these cities before flying to Lhasa.

2) Both Private tour or Group tour for Australian travelers are optional

For travelers from Australia to Tibet, you do not have to join a group tour, as you can have your own private tour if you prefer. Even one person can book a tour of Tibet. And since 2015, there is no more restriction on travelers nationality and group size. However group tours of Tibet are more economical way considering the expensive transport in Tibet.

3) For Solo Australian travelers to Tibet

For Solo Australian travelers travelling to Tibet, you can also get Tibet permit, but be sure you will be part of an organized tour. It does not mean you have to book everything with travel agency. E.g you can book your own hotel in Lhasa, you can have your own free days in Lhasa, but when you travel outside of Lhasa, you will need to book a tour guide, and or a car when necessary.

4) To travel from Australia to Tibet, like other foreign nationalities, all Australian  travelers also need Tibet Travel Permit

For Australian travelers, the same for any other foreign nationality travelers, you will need Tibet travel permits to board the plane to Lhasa (when flying from cities in China to Lhasa), and you will need original permit as well for boarding the train from Chongqing, Xi’an and Lanzhou for Lhasa. However permits photo copies work when you board the train from other cities to Lhasa.

To go to Tibet, you’d better contact an experienced, reputable and Lhasa based Tibet travel agency to avoid any middle handler’s high commission fee in between. You never worry, as going from Malaysia to Tibet is very easy.

5) Flight Chengdu/China to Lhasa

Chengdu is the main gateway entry point city to Tibet, there are many more flights a day between Lhasa and Chengdu. And the airfare is far cheaper than you flying from Beijing, Shanghai or Guangzhou, or from Nepal as well. There are daily and discounted airfare for flights between Bangkok and Chengdu/Guangzhou/Kunming all year-round. And there is direct Sichuan Airline flight between Chongqing and Sydney or Melbourne. Also there is flight to Chengdu via Air Asia (Malaysia) with a stop at Kuala Lumpur. 

6) Australian travelers need Chinese Visa to enter China before going to Tibet

Before you fly to any cities in China from Australia, you will need to have China visa in advance. And the tourist visa-L type China visa is good if you can get it. Remember not to mention any words of Tibet or Tibet tour when you apply your China visa, this is a common practice which we always recommend our foreign travelers. If you do mention, you may need our local Tibet travel agency’s further support to apply and send you the Tibet group visa invitation letter.

Here below is some information about Chinese Consulate in Australia

Chinese embassy in Australia


Chinese Visa Application Service Center (CVASC)

In order to provide a better service for the applicants, the embassy of PRC in Canberra, and General Consulates in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Perth have introduced the CVASC. Applications from all ordinary passport holders should be submitted to the center:

Note: Applicants holding Diplomatic, Service or Official passport, or who are qualified to apply for the Diplomatic, Service, or Courtesy visa , or who apply for Hong Kong or Macao visa/entry permit, Chinese passport/Travel Document, Notarization or Authentication should still submit the application directly to the Consulate General as usual and don’t have to make online appointment.

Detailed information about the CVASC:

Address: Suite 201, Level 2, Canberra House, 40 Marcus Clarke Street, Canberra, ACT 2600
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1862, Canberra, ACT 2601
Tel: +61-2-62797800
Fax: +61-2-62472888
Office Hours: 09:00 – 15:00, Monday – Friday (except public holidays)

Address: Level 5, 299 Elizabeth Street, Sydney, NSW 2000
Mailing address: P.O. Box 20516 World Square NSW 2002
Tel: +61-2-94758800
Fax: +61-2-92612088

Address: Ground Floor, 570 ST Kilda RD., Melbourne, VIC 3004
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 7227, ST Kilda Rd., Melbourne, VIC 3004
Tel: +61-3-9937-2308
Fax: +61-3-9937-2337, +61-3-9937-2338

Address: PART level 4, 140 Ann Street, Brisbane, QLD 4000;
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 12545 George Street, QLD 4003
Tel: +61-7-3031-6300
Fax: +61-7-3221-9388

Address: Ground Floor, 256 Adelaide Terrace, Perth WA 6000 (Entrance via Victoria Ave)
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 3090, East Perth, WA 6892
Tel: +61-8-9220-3800
Fax: +61-8-9221-1888

7) Flights between Chengdu and Lhasa.

There are 8-15 daily flights between Lhasa and Chengdu. And it is just around 2 hours flight and normally there is free drink and/or food on the board. If you want to take the train to Lhasa from Chengdu, you’d better let your Tibet Trip Advisor know that you are going by train as there is no daily train leaving Chengdu for Lhasa. It is only available every other date. By the way Tibet Travel Expert Service can help you reserve the train tickets easily if we book it 30 days to 65 days in advance before train leaves. The train ticketing schedule is subject to change per China railway system policy.

8) Tibet travel permits schedule-Australian travelers need to know

To get permits ready for going to Tibet from Australia, normally 5-10 working days are necessary for regular tours without Mt. Kailash. And travel agency sends permits to hotel or living address in China and so travelers can get it in hand before flying to Lhasa or Nyingchi.

9) Finally for Australian travelers to Tibet, we have the suggestions below:

A) Do Not book a tour of Tibet with agencies or individuals outside of Tibet;
B) Do Not 100% trust “Tibetan” or “Tibetan Owned” tour agencies prices, because lots of travel websites claim they are based in Lhasa, and not middle handlers-even if they are, but the price is extremely high.
C) Do Not pay sky high prices for “namely high quality private Tibet tours”, Sky high prices always means big commissions if the handler is not Lhasa based.
D) Do Not pay “cheapest” price for a tour, since these tours may not be quality services.
E) Do Not trust”Biggest” travel agencies, small agency with personalized service and fairly lower prices would be your options to choose.

Traveling from Australia to Lhasa, Tibet is as easy as ABC

All in all, the travel from Australia to Tibet is not so difficult. Just do some necessary research on your own and bare the information above in mind and choose the right Tibet travel agency to start your dream tour. Hope above Tibet travel tips are helpful for you. Should you have any questions on Tibet travel, please feel free to write us an email. Our email address is:

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