Tibet is a politically sensitive region of China, so it is not easy to travel Tibet as Mainland China. Except for China Visa, Foreign travelers are required to apply for a special Tibet Travel Permit.
What is Tibet Travel Permit?
Tibet Travel Permit is an essential permit for all the foreign tourists who wanna travel to Tibet which is issued by Tibet Tourism Bureau.
Who Need Tibet Travel Permit?
All foreign citizens
All foreign Tourists need a Tibet Travel Permit to enter Tibet.
Overseas Chinese with a non-Chinese passport should apply for the Tibet Travel Permit as well.
It is also essential for Taiwan residents to apply for a Tibet Travel Permit.
Though Hong Kong and Macau residents don’t need a Tibet Travel Permit, they need to bring Chinese SAR passports and Home Return Permits (or Mainland Travel Permits).
Who can’t get the Tibet Travel Permit?
As a politically sensitive region in China, not everyone is allowed to travel to Tibet. People as diplomats, journalists, professional media photographer are restricted to enter Tibet. Therefore they can’t get the Tibet Travel Permit.
When Tibet Travel Permit Checked?
For sure that the Tibet Travel Permit must be checked when tourists enter Tibet. Besides, it will be checked when you board the plane, get on a train, check in the hotel or visit other attractions of Tibet.
How to Get a Tibet Travel Permit?
Since foreigners are not allowed to apply for Tibet permits independently, you should find a Tibet local travel agency, like The Great Tibet Tour, to help you manage it. The documents that you are required to apply the Tibet Travel Permit are the copies of your China Visa and passport. And you should tell the travel agency about the enter and departure city for you Tibet Travel which will be listed on your Tibet Travel permit and you can only enter and departure Tibet through the city that listed on the Permit. Generally speaking, it will take about 12 days to apply for the Tibet Travel Permit so you’d better book the travel agency in advance.
Where to Get Your Tibet Travel Permit?
When you let us manage your application of the Tibet Travel Agency, we will send the original by express mail service to your hotel in China or the airport before you departing for Tibet.
If you wanna explore other places of Tibet (outside the Lhasa city), you need an extra permit which will be managed by your travel agency.
Attractions Requiring Tibet Entry Permits and Aliens’ Travel Permits:
Attractions in Gyangtse: Pelkor Chode Monastery, Kubum Stupa
Attractions in Shigatse: Sakya Monastery, Mt. Everest, Rongbuk Monastery
Attractions in Nyingchi Region: Basum-tso, Pomi, Rawo-tso
Attractions inTsetang: Samye Monastery, Tomb of Tibetan King, Trandruk Temple, Yumbulakhang
Places Requiring Tibet Entry Permit, Aliens’ Travel Permit and Military Permit:
Ngari Region: Mt. Kailash, Lake Manasarovar, Tsaparang, Ali
If you travel from Nepal to Tibet you also need a Tibet Travel Permit to enter Tibet. Different from traveling from mainland China, you need a Group visa rather than China visa.