Tibet Travel Permits and Tibet Visa

Latest Tibet Travel Permits News on March 15th 2017: We keep updating the information on Tibet permits policy and application regulations. We assure you with guaranteed permits and visa application services.

  • After annual one month long Tibet closure, the Tibet travel permit application process starts again on March 15 for foreign travelers’s travel from April 1, 2017.
  • Foreign travelers can travel to Tibet from as early as on April 1st, 2017, but to process the Tibet permit application, we need to confirm tour booking at least 10 working days before arrival to Tibet.
  • Tibet travel permit application time varies from 5 to 20 working days to process, this depends on which Tibet tour you take.

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Welcome to check out the “Must-Know” travel information about Tibet Travel Permits and Tibet Visa in 2017! As local professional Tibet travel agency, we provide accurate Tibet travel permit and Tibet group visa information and professional application service for foreign tourists. Fore more details about permits, please send email to inquiry@tibettravelexpert.com or submit one Tibet permits inquiry!

All Tibet Travel Permits & Visa Documents Category

There are overall 6 kinds of travel documents for your Tibet holiday. You may just need A.B.C or A.B.C.D. or A.B.C.D.E.F. This depends on your Tibet travel itinerary. As different parts of Tibet requires different Tibet travel permits. Please take a quick look and hope it helps you.

  • A. Valid Passport
  • B. Chinese Visa or Tibet Group Visa
  • C. Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB) Permits-Tibet travel permits for entry
  • D. Tibet Aliens’ Travel Permits (PSB’s)-for not fully open areas;
  • E. Tibet Military Permit and Foreign Affairs Permit-for Kailash and Kham Tours;
  • F. Tibet Boarder Defense Permit-for Everest and Kailash trip

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More Details about Necessary Tibet Travel Permits and Visa Documents

A---Valid Passport is a must for travelling in Tibet

All foreign travelers travelling to Tibet must hold a passport valid for at least six months. This is the Tibet travel document you will provide.

B--- Chinese Visa or Tibet Group Visa

Travel to Tibet from China, firstly you need to apply Chinese visa by yourself.

As it is a fact that Tibet is part of China, under the Chinese Central Government’s Sovereignty. Thus to travel to Tibet from China, you will need China visa. And you can apply this visa from most Chinese embassies.

Most Chinese embassies and consulates will issue a standard 30-day, single entry tourist visa in three to five working days (an ‘L’ Visa means travel). If you are lucky, some embassies abroad may give you a 60 or even 90 days. Especially in Hong Kong, it is very easy to get a 90 day visa; most agencies can arrange it in one day. If you want more flexibility to enter and leave China several times, most Chinese embassies will issue a double-entry visa. For those who are working, studying or living temporarily in China, you may need other kinds of China Visa, such as “F” Visa, “X” Visa or “Z” Visa, etc. 

Important tips for you when you apply for a China visa to Tibet:

You’d better not mention Tibet or any places in Tibet such as Lhasa, Everest as your travel destination when applying for China visa (China Embassy in Kathmandu is the exceptional) because the embassy may refuse your application if you state that you will go there.

If you travel to Tibet from Nepal, you need Tibet Group visa document.

For entry from Nepal by land or air, you need “TIBET GROUP VISA”. A Tibet Group Visa is an A 4 size sheet of paper. It includes all members’s passport numbers, date of birth and occupations. The dates of entry and exit are on the paper as well. Usually, the visa is valid just for your Tibet tour, but it can be valid for 1 to 2 months if in need, so you can travel in China after Tibet with this visa.

To apply this Tibet group visa, we will help apply the visa invitation letter as below:


There will be two original copies of Group Visa, one for immigration at the entry and one for exit. Based in Lhasa, our agency can help arrange “Tibet group visa” invitation letter and our partner agency in Kathmandu can help apply the Tibet group visa in one working day. And we suggest you’d better have at least 2 working days in Kathmandu to get the visa from us.

C--- Tibet Entry Travel Permits (Tibet Tourism Bureau-TTB Permits)

Tibet entry travel permit includes two pieces of paper covering your travel info and names, passports numbers,etc.

Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB) Permits are Tibet travel permits for entry to Tibet. Our local Tibet travel agency will apply all necessary Tibet travel documents as a part of arrangements for your travel. After you decide to travel with us, we will help you to obtain your Tibet Entry Travel Permits.

Tibet Travel Permits Tips—Please Keep in mind:
  1. All info should be exactly the same as on your passport. And you need to tell us your occupation because journalists, military person or public service people need more complicated procedure to get the Tibet travel permit. 
  2. Please note that if you do not book at least a mini tour from us, we cannot help you get the Tibet travel permits. No Tibet travel agency can provide “permit-only” service. The mini tour could be a hotel booking, or few hours Lhasa tour guide rental, etc.
  3. A TTB Permit is not enough if your Tibet tour covers not fully open areas such as Mt. Everest Base Camp, Samye Monastery, etc. 

D ---Tibet Travel Permit-Aliens’ Travel Permits (PSB’s)

Aliens’ Travel Permit is important Tibet travel permit when your trip covers Mt. Everest, Mt. Kailash, Lake Draksum tso etc. All these places are not fully open. So to travel to these destinations, you will need it. This permit has another name of “PSB permit” because the local Public Security Bureau issues these permits. We can apply these permits in PSB in Lhasa or Nyingchi, Tsetang and Shigatse city. If your trip covers Lake Draksumtso, we can get this permit ready in Lhasa before going.

Which parts of Tibet are listed as the closed or not fully open areas?

At present, you have to apply for a Alien’s Travel permit if your destinations include following places:

  • Tsedang: Yumbulakhang Palace, Samye Monastery, Tomb of Tibetan King, Trundruk Monastery, 
  • Shigatse: Sakya Monastery, Mt. Everest, Rongbuk Monastery
  • Gyantse: Pelkor Chode Monastery & Kubum Stupa, Shalu Monastery
  • Ngari Region: Mt. Kailash, Lake Manasarovar, Tsaparang, Guge Kingdom Ruins, Qionglong, Saga, Payang, Zhongba
  • Nyingchi Region: Basum-tso, Pomi, Rawo-tso (Lake Raog), etc.
  • Chamdo Region: Chamdo, Riwoche, Tengchen, etc.

1. If your Tibet travel destination only covers Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse, there is no need to apply “PSB” travel permit.

2. If your trip covers destinations along the overland tour from Yunnan, Sichuan, Qinghai or Xinjiang province to Tibet, we need your Entry Stamp to China to apply the PSB before your tour starts.

E--- Tibet Travel Permits—Military Permit and Foreign Affairs Permit

Tibet Military Permit and Foreign affairs permit documents are for travelling between Yunnan/Sichuan province and Tibet by overland, or travelling to Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarovar. These Tibet travel permits documents are important and it takes much longer time than shorter tour. SO we should start the Tibet permits application process around one month in advance.

F --- Tibet Travel Permits:—-Border Defense Permit

Tibet Border Defense Permit is for you to travel to Everest Base Camp or Mt. Kailash areas. This  Tibet travel document is important. And the Tibet travel permits application process starts normally 15 days to 30 days in advance. So if your travel covers Kailash, we suggest you book at least 15 days before arrival. And if your trip covers Mt. Kailash, we suggest you book at least 30 days before arrival date. 


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Please keep in mind that Tibet travel permits policy and local political climate may change from time to time. The sensitive political, historical and religious events may infect Tibet inbound tourism regulations. But if you focus on our Tibet permits situation update, you will get the most up to date Tibet travel permit information. 


June 5, 2017
Dear Tibet travel agency, this is Ben from Germany and I would like to know how fast your agency can apply a Tibet travel permit for us, and how long it takes to deliver the permits to Germany. We are planning to come to travel in Tibet in late August, can your agency assure all necessary Tibet travel permits? Our trip would cover holy Kailash Mountain, Holy Lake Manasarovar and Guge Kingdom Ruins, and other places around Lhasa? by the way can we travel by ourselves in Lhasa? Thank you so much, Ben
Tony-Tibet TripAdvisor
June 9, 2017
Hello Ben, we normally apply permits 1 month in advance for our guests and we get permits far in advance. But we do not send Tibet travel permits to Germany at all. Do you have one night stay in China before flying to Lhasa? For Lhasa, you can have your own free time, no problem. Tony from Tibet Ctrip Travel Service/Tibet Travel Expert Service.
June 4, 2017
Dear Tibet travel service, can your agency arrange Tibet permits and deliver the documents to South Africa?How long time does it take for you to apply Tibet travel visa? Thank you, Luca
Tony-Tibet TripAdvisor
June 9, 2017
Dear Luca, thanks for inquiry, we do not send permits abroad. Please follow our website to learn more about Tibet travel permits.

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