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Tibet Visa Information

Chinese Visa

It is important to note that Chinese visa and Tibet permit are two totally different documents as will be explained further in this information document.

To enter Tibet, or any part of China except Hong Kong and Macao, a Chinese visa is necessary. Unless you are taking a package tour to enter Tibet overland from Nepal, it is advisable to obtain Chinese visa before leaving your home country. Some countries are exempted from visa to Hong Kong and Macau if they enter these territories for a specified visa free period, please check if you are exempted with Chinese Consulate in your country.
Travel to Tibet is a sensitive issue to Chinese Authorities and Chinese visa can be denied if one specifically advised the embassy Official an intention to travel to Tibet. If you do that you will face a complicated and arduous visa process at least or may even be denied the visa.

Keep in mind the following:

  • When entering China it is best to have a visa covering the expected duration of stay as getting an extension inside China can involve delays and other unforeseen difficulties.

  • You need to apply for a Double- or Multiple Entry Visa if you need to leave and re-enter mainland China. Please note that, even when you leave for Hong Kong or Macao from mainland China, you still need to have a double- or multiple entry visas.

  • It is paramount not mention any intentions to travel Tibet, when applying for Chinese visa. After you have obtained China visa you can easily get permit for travel to Tibet. This is a correct sequence for obtaining Chinese visa and permit to travel to Tibet. If you decide to obtained permit to travel to Tibet and then apply for Chinese visa you will face the risk of being refused entry to Tibet even if you get Chinese visa but your destination is Tibet.

Frequently asked Questions:

How Can I get the Tibet Visa to travel to Tibet through Nepal?

If you enter Tibet from Kathmandu, Nepal, you are required to obtain a Chinese group visa in Kathmandu. Please note that this visa application is compulsory despite whether you have obtained a Chinese visa in your country or not, since this is regulated by the border treaty signed between Nepal and China. Note also that the Consulate of P.R of China in Kathmandu is only open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

The Chinese visa you get in Kathmandu is a “group visa”. A “group visa” is not entered in travelers’ passports but it is issued by the Chinese consulate in Katmandu on a separate sheet of paper and in duplicate, listing all members of the group. It usually allows a stay for 15 or 20 days. A “group” may be any number of travelers, or it may be just one traveler. If the group does not intend to stay together in Tibet or some members intend to leave Tibet separately, they should obtain separate group visas in order to separate in Tibet. Obtaining a group visa requires at least three business days in Katmandu.

What is Tibet Permit (Tibet Visa)?

Tibet Permit or Tibet visa is a document issed by the Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB). Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB) Permits are necessary for entry to Lhasa or any other part of the Tibetan Autonomous Region, and can only be obtained through tour operators in conjunction with travel arrangements; A T.T.B. permit does not include an Aliens’ Travel Permit for any closed areas that may be visited. These permits can be easily obtained from TTB Lhasa office.

How can I obtain Tibet Permit (Tibet Visa)?

Everyone except diplomats, journalists, and government officials who should travel to Tibet under the arrangement by the Foreign Affairs Office of Tibet Government can obtain Tibet Permit through a travel agency.

Generally it takes three days to get the Tibet Permit if you supply the all required documents. Simply send us your the exact information from your passport and state to us your occupation. If you are journalists or a person Chinese perceive as potentially involved in political matters your permit will not be granted. In such case the Tibet Permit procedure will be more complicated.

After having a permit, we can buy your the air tickets only after you have a valid Tibet Permit, which will allow you to pass the check-in at the airport and the check point en-route. Lhasa PSB will not issue travel permits to individuals and will direct you to a travel agency. Agencies can arrange a travel permit to almost anywhere but only if you book a package for Tibet.

How much costs Tibet Permit (Tibet Visa)?

It is important to note that we do not SELL permits. We only help you to obtain a permit from the local authority as part of service to our customers. The cost for a permit includes the the government charges and the service fee from tibettravel.org. Current up-to-date visa cost is included in our Package Itinerary.

Where can I visit in Tibet with Tibet Permit (Tibet Visa)?

The Tibet permit will allow you the visit within Lhasa. In order to travel to anywhere outside of Lhasa city you will require “Aliens’ Permit” for the required area, which can be arranged by Tibetan Travel Agency upon a purchase of a package tour to the area.

What are Aliens’ Travel Permits (PSB’s)

These are permits required for travel to most of the Tibetan Autonomous Region outside the Lhasa district. They are usually only obtainable through tour operators (Us), for tours by four-wheel-drive vehicle

Permits to visit places that are not declared open are known as Aliens’ Travel Permits, or PSB’s. They are issued by the police (Public Security Bureau, “PSB”). A single permit is normally issued to all the people who are traveling together; the permit names just one of travelers and states how many others are accompanying the leader. The passports, or at least photocopies of passports and visas, of all persons traveling must be presented in order to obtain a permit.

If you want to do an overland tour from Yunnan, Sichuan, and Qinghai or Xinjiang province to Tibet, you must obtain the PSB permit before embarking on the tour.

Can I obtain Tibet Permit (Tibet Visa) only?

These are permits required for travel to most of the Tibetan Autonomous Region outside the Lhasa district. They are usually only obtainable through tour operators (Us), for tours by four-wheel-drive vehicle

Permits to visit places that are not declared open are known as Aliens’ Travel Permits, or PSB’s. They are issued by the police (Public Security Bureau, “PSB”). A single permit is normally issued to all the people who are traveling together; the permit names just one of travelers and states how many others are accompanying the leader. The passports, or at least photocopies of passports and visas, of all persons traveling must be presented in order to obtain a permit.

If you want to do an overland tour from Yunnan, Sichuan, and Qinghai or Xinjiang province to Tibet, you must obtain the PSB permit before embarking on the tour.

Can I use the Tibet Permit/ Visa during your tour for my personal unaccompanied movements?

The Tibet permit will allow you the visit within Lhasa. In order to travel to anywhere outside of Lhasa city you will require “Aliens’ Permit” for the required area, which can be arranged by Tibetan Travel Agency upon a purchase of a package tour to the area.

How much costs Tibet Permit (Tibet Visa)?

It is important to note that we do not SELL permits. We only help you to obtain a permit from the local authority as part of service to our customers. The cost for a permit includes the the government charges and the service fee from tibettravel.org. Current up-to-date visa cost is included in our Package Itinerar


Permits and Visa

  • There are two documents required for foreign tourists who want to travel in Tibet. One is the Chinese Visa, which you can apply for in Chinese Embassy in your country of origin; another is the Alien’s Travel Permit issued by Tibet Tourism Bureau.

Permits and Visa

  • Non-Chinese passport holders, including those of Taiwan, Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR and other countries, must have an Alien’s Travel Permit as well as a valid passport and a Tibet Visa, except travelers from countries having visa exemption agreement with Hong Kong. Visa can be obtained from the local China consulate in your country. Since the government encourages group tours to Tibet the permit is issued only to tour groups traveling with a Chinese tour operator. Your travel agency will represent you to facilitate the application process.

Visa Obtained in Katmandu

  • Visa for Tibet can be obtained from the Chinese Embassy in Katmandu. Application has to be lodged a minimum of 7 business days before the commencement of the trip. Visa can be obtained by paying a surcharge up to 3 days before the trip departure date. Original passports are required for application of visa. The following details of the travelers are required to be submitted to the Chinese Embassy for the processing of the visa: name, nationality, passport number, gender, date of birth and profession along with one passport size photograph. Please note that visa for Tibet obtained elsewhere has to be endorsed by the Chinese Embassy in Katmandu. Regular visas for China are not valid for travel into Tibet from Nepal.

Tibet Group Visa Cost Per Person

Nationality Ordinary Cost Urgent Cost Top Urgent Cost
Europina: US $ 50.00 US$ 65.00 US$ 85.00
American: US $140.00 US$ 115.00 US$ 175.00
Romanian: US $ 72.00 US$ 82.00 US$ 90.00
Servian: US $ 60.00 US$ 72.00 US$ 85.00
Other Nation: US $ 50.00 US$ 65.00 US$ 85.00